Volleyball Welcomes Texas Tech

Mattie Burleson
Nov. 18, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - After a three-match road swing, the TCU volleyball team will return to its home court to face Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (15-13, 5-8 Big 12) and the Red Raiders (15-10, 3-10 Big 12) are meeting up for the 11th time in program history with the match to air live on FOX College Sports Central with Chuck LaMendola and Logan Mittie on the call.

The first 250 fans in attendance at the Wednesday night match will get a free TCU volleyball long sleeve.

Fans unable to attend the match at the Rec Center can see live stat updates through GoFrogs.com, while a live audio feed will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription.

TCU returns for the 2014 season after posting a winning record for the ninth time in the last 12 years under head coach Prentice Lewis in 2013.

2014 marks the 19th season in program history and the 13th under the helm of Lewis. 14 returners will be on the roster for the Horned Frogs, including five returning starters and the libero.

Under the tenure of Lewis, TCU has finished with a .500 record in nonconference play every year since 2002 and has garnered at least one tournament title.

Ashley Smith has been a consistent leader for the Frogs this season and leads the team with 289 kills and 2.89 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in 15 matches and also has 240 digs on the season and 41 total blocks. Smith leads the team with 10 double-doubles on the season.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 242 kills on the season, 2.60 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 54 total blocks which is good for third on the team.

The Frogs once again have at least one player ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Regan McGuire checking in at No. 7 with a .320 clip. Blaire Pickens currently holds the school record with a perfect 1.000 hitting clip after going 10-for-10 against Grambling State earlier this year.

The Frogs sit near the top the Big 12 in service aces with 1.34 per set and 141 total aces. TCU has notched at least one service ace in every match this season except for two.

TCU has been shutting down at the net the last few matches and has recorded 10 plus blocks in 12 matches this season including nine of the last 14 and a season-high 16.0 against Iowa State. Mattie Burleson is ranked No. 7 in conference only matches with 1.20 blocks per set and fourth with 61 total blocks.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU despite missing a few matches with an injury and has recorded 318 digs and 3.93 digs per set which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12.

The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback and dropped a 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 25-15, 24-26, 15-8) heartbreaking loss to Iowa State on Saturday evening at the Hilton Coliseum.

After being down 2-1 in the match and 23-21 in the fourth set, the Horned Frogs did not give up and took five of the final six points of the set to force a decisive fifth set against the Cyclones. The comeback would not come to fruition, as Iowa State controlled the majority of the fifth set and took match.

Regan McGuire had a career-high day for TCU and led the team with 15 kills and three service aces, to go along with four blocks. Ashley Smith had a career day from the backrow with a career-high 19 digs, while also striking down 10 kills for her 10th double-double of the season. Blaire Pickens rounded out the double-digit offensive performers with 11 kills.

Alexia Heist notched her sixth double-double of the season with 20 assists and a career-high 17 digs. Sarita Mikals and Sutton Sunstrum also recorded double-digit digs with 12 and 11, respectively, as the Frogs recorded a season-high 76 digs.

The Frogs notched double-digit blocks for the 12th time this season and ninth time in Big 12 action, with 12 total team blocks. Mikals and Mattie Burleson led the way with five blocks a piece.

Texas Tech (15-10, 3-10 Big 12) is sitting at last in the league standings with only three conference wins this season, as the Red Raiders have lost six straight matches. The Red Raiders won the first matchup against TCU in Lubbock to start Big 12 action and also boast wins over Iowa State and Baylor.

The outside hitter combination of Jenna Allen and Breeann David are doing the most damage offensively for Texas Tech with the duo averaging 3.17 and 3.11 kills per set, respectively. Allen checks in at No. 5 in the conference standing in kills per set, while David sits at No. 8.

From the middle, Lauren Douglass and Mikia Mills are also stepping up offensively with 2.66 and 2.00 kills per set, respectively. Douglass leads Texas Tech with a .329 hitting clip, which is ranked No. 5 in the league.

The backrow is controlled by Racheul Burmmitt, who is No. 2 in the league and No. 45 nationally with 4.91 digs per set and 466 digs on the year. The Red Raiders are averaging 2.41 blocks per set, with Mills leading the way with 98 total blocks and an average of 1.04 per set, which is good for eighth in the conference. Douglass is following close behind Mills with her defense at the net, with 93 blocks on the season and 0.98 blocks per set.

Despite taking the first set, the TCU volleyball team could not upend undefeated Texas Tech and fell 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-25) in the Big 12 opener at the United Supermarkets Arena.

Ashley Smith led the Horned Frogs with 15 kills and notched double-digit kills for the seventh time at that point in the season, while the Red Raiders continued to stay unbeaten with three players posting double-digit kills.

Regan McGuire and Sarita Mikals chipped in seven kills for TCU, while Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley recorded 18 and 13 assists, respectively, with Langley finishing three service aces on the night.

At that part in the season, Heist picked up her third double-double of the year with 11 digs, while Mikals dug up 10 and Shane Peters finished with a team-high 20 digs. TCU recorded 11.5 blocks on the night, with Mattie Burleson and Blaire Pickens each shutting down five apiece.

Texas Tech holds a slight advantage at 6-4 in the series record after sweeping TCU in the two meetings last year. Before last year, the Frogs won the last four meetings, including sweeping the Red Raiders in the team's first year in the Big 12 in 2012. Wednesday's matchup will be the fifth time the teams have played in Fort Worth.

In the series, TCU is 2-4 when playing in Lubbock and 2-2 when playing at home at the University Recreation Center. Dating back to last fall, Texas Tech has won the last three meetings to take the lead in the series.

First Meeting: 10/17/99 - Texas Tech wins 3-0 (15-6, 15-6, 15-5)
Last Meeting: 9/24/14 - Texas Tech wins 3-1 (22-25, 25-23, 25-19, 25-15)

The home of the TCU volleyball team, the University Recreation Center, houses a perfect atmosphere for the Frogs as they have gone nearly undefeated in one of the rowdiest atmospheres in the Big 12.

TCU is 12-2 at home this season and has swept four of its opponents on the home floor. The Frogs are currently 5-1 at home in conference action and earned their first victory over Iowa State in a dominating four-set fashion, while also defeating Kansas and No. 24 Oklahoma in five sets.

The Frogs are averaging a .279 hitting clip at home, while holding opponents to a .171 hitting percentage. The Frogs are also striking down 13.40 kills per set to their opponents 11.68, while also notching 2.59 blocks per set and 1.53 service aces per set.



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