VB Preview: West Virginia

Nov. 22, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The final regular season match of the 2016 TCU volleyball season is set to take place on Wednesday, Nov. 23 as the Horned Frogs will welcome West Virginia at 7 p.m., at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The match between the Frogs (13-12, 6-9 Big 12) and the Mountaineers (12-16, 3-11 Big 12) will stream live on FrogVision on GoFrogs.com with a CBS All-Access subscription. Tickets are still available and the first 200 fans in attendance will receive a free TCU volleyball.

Clear Bag Policy
Only the following items will be permitted upon entrance into TCU athletics facilities:
-Bags that are clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and not exceeding 14 inches by 14 inches
-One-gallon clear plastic freezer bag (Ziploc bag or similar)
-One unopened bottle of water
-Small clutch bags with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
-The Small clutch bags must be approximately the size of a hand 
-Exceptions will be made for medically necessary items after proper inspection at stadium/arena gates
-Backpacks, diaper bags and other similar bags will not be allowed

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 19 of the 25 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.
-Riding a two-match winning streak, TCU is looking to finish the regular season with a final win at home
-This will also mark the final home match for TCU's seven seniors - Jillian Bergeson, Natalie Gower, Regan McGuire, Sarita Mikals, Chyanne Perkins, Chyna Perkins and Ashley Smith

Series History
-Wednesday's match will be the 11th meeting all-time in the series and the fifth played in Fort Worth since the teams became conference foes
-TCU is looking for a series split for the third time since 2012 after WVU took the win in Morgantown earlier this fall
-The Frogs lead the all-time series with a 7-3 record and were on a three-match winning streak before the loss in Morgantown in September

Last Time Out: at Texas Tech
-Trailing 10-8 in the fifth set, the TCU volleyball team used a strong serving performance to come back and score seven straight points on their way to a 3-2 (26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10) victory at Texas Tech on Saturday night
-The teams traded points until a kill by the Red Raiders followed by a service ace gave them a 10-8 lead. After a TCU timeout, a block from Regan McGuire and Sarita Mikals fueled the 7-0 run needed to take the set 15-10 and win the team's second straight five-set match and final road match of the regular season
-For the second straight match, four players scored in double-digits with Anna Walsh leading the way with 13 kills, while Ashleigh Martin recorded 12 kills and Mikals and Natalie Gower each chipped in 11 kills
-The team also finished with a season-high in service aces with 12 in the match with McGuire leading the team with a season- and career-high five

Last Time We Met: Sept. 28 at West Virginia
-Despite going up 2-1 in the match, the TCU volleyball team could not hold on as the team dropped its first Big 12 match of the season as they fell 3-2 (25-18, 24-26, 21-25, 25-18, 15-10) to West Virginia
-After a slow start to the match, the Horned Frogs rebounded by taking the second and third sets over the Mountaineers. WVU responded by taking a big lead to start the fourth set & then used the momentum to capitalize in the fifth set to steal the victory
-Anna Walsh led the team in kills for the first time this season with 14 against WVU, while Jillian Bergeson chipped in nine kills.
-Three players finished with double-digit digs with Kayla Scheevel leading the way with 18, while Sarita Mikals finished with 16 and Bergeson had 13

Scouting The Opponent: West Virginia
-West Virginia comes into Wednesday's showdown on a four-match losing streak after dropping five-set heartbreakers to Kansas State and Kansas and 3-0 sweeps at Iowa State and at Baylor
-The Mountaineers rely heavily on offensive leader Payton Caffrey who is putting down 4.52 kills per set and also picking up 2.25 digs per set
-The Freshman leads the team as well in service aces with 0.27 per set
-Mia Swanegan and Katelyn Evans are good for 2.10 and 2.03 kills per set, respectively while Swanegan also leads WVU and the conference with 1.40 blocks per set
-Gianna Gotterba is pacing the backrow with 3.94 digs per set



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