VB Preview: at Texas Tech

Nov. 18, 2016

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LUBBOCK, Texas - A final match on the road is what is on the slate as the TCU volleyball team looks to end the season on a winning streak by traveling to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Saturday, Nov. 19 at the United Supermarkets Arena at 6 p.m.

The match between the Horned Frogs (12-12, 5-9 Big 12) and the Red Raiders (10-19, 0-14 Big 12) will stream live on TexasTech.TV as TCU is looking for its first conference sweep of the season after getting the four-set win over Texas Tech in September to kick-off league action.

Quick Hits
-The 2016 season marks the 21st season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the second under the helm of alumni and Director of Volleyball Jill (Pape) Kramer
-Kramer (1996-99) was the first scholarship volleyball player on the inaugural team in 1996 and still holds the single-season and career school records in kills and total attacks
-TCU returns 10 letterwinners and five starters from a season ago and also welcome nine newcomers, including three transfers
-91% of the offense returns for the 2016 season along with 95% of the defense at the net in blocking
-The squad includes seven seniors this season including All-American Ashley Smith and AVCA All-Southwest Region honorees Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower
-Smith, who has led the team in kills per set the last three seasons, was named to the Preseason All-Big 12 team for the second straight season
-Two other key returners are Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson who spent their springs honing their skills on the beach courts
-The Frogs have great offensive depth which means a 6-2 will be in play again with Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guiding the offense
-TCU brought in a stud of a freshmen class which was ranked for the first time in program history by Prepvolleyball.com by coming in at No. 15
-In its final preseason match of the season, TCU downed No. 8 North Carolina with the win marking the second top-10 win in program history and second straight season the team has achieved that feat
-In the win over Iowa State, Mikals became the sixth player in program history and the first under the helm of Kramer to score a triple-double with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 blocks
-TCU has out-block their opponents in 18 of the 24 matches played and the team has recorded double-digit blocks in eight matches
-Three school records have fallen this season with Sarita Mikals breaking the single-match record in digs (36-9/2/16 at Duke), while Natalie Gower recently topped the single-match record in blocks (15-10/1/16 vs. Oklahoma). The team also finished with 23.5 blocks against the Sooners for a new program best in total team blocks.
-After the win over Baylor on Wednesday, TCU is looking to wrap-up the last two matches on a winning streak as they look to the postseason

Last Time Out: vs Baylor
-A career-high 22 kills from sophomore Ashleigh Martin helped lead the way as the TCU volleyball team picked up a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13) victory over Baylor on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd
-The win for the Horned Frogs marked the team's fifth over an opponent ranked inside the top-40 RPI and will split the season series with the Bears
-Martin led TCU in kills in three of the five sets on the way to her career-high while she also finished with a .404 hitting clip to go along with eight digs and two blocks.
-Three players finished with double-doubles as Smith recorded 15 kills and 13 digs, while Sarita Mikals scored 14 kills and 20 digs and Lamprini Konstantinidou finished with a season-high 36 assists and 12 digs.

Last Time We Met: Sept. 21 vs Texas Tech
-The pin hitters led the way on as the TCU volleyball team put together a 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-13, 25-14) victory over Texas Tech to open Big 12 Conference play in front of a sold out crowd
-The Horned Frogs dominated the opening set against the Red Raiders by hitting .472 with 19 kills, but had one too many errors in the second set as Texas Tech sneaked away with the win to even up the match. TCU rebounded by siding out over 70 percent of the time in the final two sets to finish out the win in four sets.
-Jillian Bergeson and Sarita Mikals led the team offensively and defensively, as the duo each recorded a double-double with Bergeson finished with 12 kills to go along with 24 digs and Mikals scored her double-double with 16 kills and 16 digs against Texas Tech

Scouting the Opponent: Texas Tech
-Texas Tech is still looking for its first conference victory of the season after being swept in the team's last two road matches at Oklahoma and at Texas
-Lauren Douglass is the team's lead offensively with 3.04 kills per set and a .343 hitting clip while also pacing the Red Raiders at the net defensively with 1.06 blocks per set
-Douglass is also leading the team in service aces as she has a team-best 20 on the season for 0.19 service aces per set
-Marguerite Grubb is dishing out the assists with 10.03 per set to go along with a defensive performance of 2.28 digs per set
-From the back row, Reyn Akiu is picking up 4.98 digs per set this season which is ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 37 nationally



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