TCU Heads to K-State for Road Finale

Blaire Pickens
Nov. 21, 2014

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Coming off a 3-1 victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night, the TCU volleyball team will hit the road to face Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 22 at 7 p.m., in its final conference road match of the 2014 season at Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.

The Horned Frogs (16-13, 6-8 Big 12) and the Wildcats (21-6, 8-5 Big 12) will battle for the sixth time in the series history live on Fox College Sports with Brian Smoller and Liz Wegner-Busch on the call.

Fans unable to attend the match in Manhattan can see live stat updates through, while a live audio feed with Jeff Lewis on the call will be available through FrogVision with a CBS Sports All-Access subscription on

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 308 kills and 2.96 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in 17 matches and also has 253 digs on the season and 42 total blocks. Smith leads the team with 11 double-doubles on the season, which is good for fourth in the Big 12.

Stephanie Holland is following close behind and is helping shoulder the offensive load. Holland has 248 kills on the season, 2.56 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 58 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. 6 with a .318 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 1.33 per set and 145 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 13 matches this season including 10 of the last 15 and a season-high 16.0 against Iowa State. Mattie Burleson is ranked No. 7 in conference only matches with 1.19 blocks per set and fourth with 64 total blocks.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU despite missing a few matches with an injury and has recorded 349 digs and 4.11 digs per set which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12.

A career-high 31 digs from Sutton Sunstrum along with a match-high 19 kills from Ashley Smith led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-22, 20-25, 25-22) victory over Texas Tech on Wednesday night.

TCU is now 13-2 at home, with Smith recording double-digit kills for the Horned Frogs for the 17th time this season. Sunstrum crossed the 30- dig plateau for the first time in her career against the Red Raiders with the dig total the most in a Big 12 four-set match.

Smith rounded out her night with her team-leading 11th double-double with 13 digs, while Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley also joined the double-double club. Langley led the team with career-high 26 assists to go along with 10 digs, while Heist dished out 25 assists and picked up 11 digs.

Macy Capen came into the last two set for the Frogs and came up big with a season-high seven kills and a .333 hitting clip to go along with two blocks.

TCU recorded double-digit blocks for the sixth straight Big 12 match and 13th time this season with 11.5 against Texas Tech. The Frogs have recorded 10 plus blocks 10 times in Big 12 action, with Regan McGuire leading the efforts with eight blocks.

Kansas State (21-6, 8-5 Big 12) is sitting at second in the Big 12 standings and is comin goff a five-set victory over Baylor a week ago. The Wildcats are looking for their 22nd win on Saturday which will be the most in a single season since 2008.

Freshman Kylee Zumach is coming up big in her first season with Kansas State and leads the team with 365 kills and 3.61 kills per set, which is good for No. 4 in the league. Zumach has led the Wildcats 17 times this season and needs only 11 kills to tie the K-State record for kills by a freshman in a single season.

The Wildcats also look to Brooke Sassin, Katie Reininger and Chelsea Keating for hlep on offense with all three players striking down at least 2.00 kills per set. Sassin has 284 kills on the season and 2.90 kills per set, while Reininger (2.42 k/s) and Keating (2.06 k/s) are following closely behind.

Kansas State has been quite dominant at the net defensively this season and are No. 2 in the conference and No. 18 nationally with 2.87 blocks per set. Natali Jones leads the conference with 126 blocks and 1.40 blocks per est, which is ranked No. 21 nationally.

Katie Brand is dishing out the assists for K-State and is ranked No. 2 in the conference and No. 27 in the country with 11.13 assists per set. Brand is tied for the lead in the league with 17 double-doubles on the season, which is also one short of tying the Wildcat sophomore record for most double-doubles in a season.

In the first meeting between the teams in 2014, the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25- 18, 25-21, 25-21) decision to then-No. 25 Kansas State in front of a sold-out crowd at the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs were led for the second straight match by the senior duo of Stephanie Holland and Mattie Burleson, who notched eight and seven kills, respectively. Ashley Smith, Regan McGuire and Mia Swanegan all chipped in six kills a piece on the night.

Smith led TCU with 11 digs, while Holland finished with double-digit digs for the second match in a row with 10. Burleson led the blocking effort for TCU and finished with three total blocks for the match.

The Wildcats were led by Kylee Zumach, who finished with a match-high 11 kills. Kersten Kober picked up 14 digs, while Katie Brand dished out the assists and finished with 33 on the night.

This will be the sixth meeting all-time between the two programs who had never met before TCU joined the Big 12 in 2012. The Wildcats took the first three meetings, with Kansas State sweeping the Frogs in both matches in 2012 before coming back to defeat TCU in five sets in the first matchup last fall.

In the two matchups last year, TCU was up 2-1 on the Wildcats in Manhattan but could not finish out the match with Kansas State taking the first match in the series 3-2. The Frogs welcomed Kansas State to the Rec Center for senior night in the final home match of the season and TCU was able to sweep the Wildcats for its first victory in the series.

First Meeting: 10/13/12 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (25-20, 25-18, 25-19)
Last Meeting: 10/15/14 - Kansas State wins 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-21)



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