TCU Welcomes WVU for Home Finale


Nov. 25, 2015


FORT WORTH, Texas - The end of the regular season is here for the TCU volleyball team and they will play host to West Virginia in the home finale on Friday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m., inside the University Recreation Center.

Admission to the match between the Horned Frogs (18-9, 8-7 Big 12) and the Mountaineers (5-22, 0-14) is free and the match will serve as the final home match of their careers for the four seniors - Macy Capen, Alexia Heist, Blaire Pickens and Sutton Sunstrum.

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

Promotions
The first 500 fans in attendance will receive a free purple "Beat Baylor" long sleeve t-shirt that they can wear at the football game later on Friday evening.

New Security Measures & Parking
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, approximately the size of a hand, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the venue with one of the clear plastic bags
• 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. Due to increased security screening, fans are asked to arrive at stadium/arena gates earlier than normal.

Fans are encouraged to park in the free lot at the Travis Avenue Baptist Church, with a free shuttle service being provided to and from the University Recreation Center starting at 12:30 p.m.

Directions to Travis Avenue Baptist Church
From I-35 to Travis Avenue Baptist Church
Space Allotment: 300 spaces available.
Directions
• Take Berry St. exit and turn onto West Berry St. heading toward TCU.
• Follow Berry St. to Travis Avenue Baptist Church.
• Church will be on corner of Hemphill and Berry St.

Quick Hits
-The home finale marks the end of the regular season for TCU as they hope to pick up league win No. 9 and earn a big into the NCAA Championships
-The win against the Texas Tech last Wednesday marked win No. 8 in conference action, which is a program-best for TCU since joining the Big 12 in 2012
-The Frogs won their biggest match in program history to start the second half of Big 12 play, when they swept No. 2 Texas at home for its first victory over a top-10 and top-5 opponent
-This season, TCU posted its first four-match winning streak in conference play in program history when it downed West Virginia, Kansas State, Oklahoma and Texas Tech
-The 2015 season marks the 20th season in the history of the TCU Volleyball program
-This season also marks the first under the helm of TCU 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
-The Horned Frogs set a new program record by starting the season winning the first 15 straight sets
-TCU reached the double-digit mark in non-conference action for the 11th time in program history, fifth straight season and 11th time in the last 13 years.
-Regan McGuire became the first player in TCU volleyball history and fifth player in Big 12 history to win three straight Big 12 weekly awards
-The offense is paced by junior Preseason All-Big 12 selection Ashley Smith, who is averaging 2.97 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.14 kills per set
-TCU will stick with the 6-2 offense, as senior Alexia Heist is joined by transfer sophomores Kaylee Smith in guiding the offense this season
-Sutton Sunstrum will be anchoring the back row from the libero position and became the 10th person in TCU volleyball history to hit 1,000 career digs
-TCU is nationally ranked in the top-15 in blocks per set (12th - 2.93)
-The Frogs blocking has been a key part of their game, as the team has posted double-digit total blocks 15 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 9 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.52 blocks per set, while also being ranked No. 22 nationally in total blocks with 143

Series History
TCU holds a 6-2 advantage in the series record with West Virginia. After sweeping the Mountaineers in the first season in the Big 12 in 2012, the Frogs have split the meetings with WVU the last two seasons. WVU was able to win in Morgantown the last two seasons in the previous two seasons, but TCU snagged a 3-1 victory in the first meeting this season in Morgantown. The Frogs have found victory each of the last three seasons in matches played in Fort Worth.

First Meeting: 9/12/09 - TCU wins 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-9)
Last Meeting: 9/30/15 - TCU wins 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22)

Scouting The Opponent
West Virginia has hit a few road blocks this season with the Mountaineers only able to put together five victories in non-conference action and the team has yet to win a conference match this season. WVU will be coming off a two-match road swing at Oklahoma where they dropped both matches.

In Big 12 action, the Mountaineers have only been able to pick up a victory in one set and that was against TCU earlier this season on Sept. 30. Leading the offensive charge is sophomore Morgan Montgomery, who is averaging a team-best 3.74 kills per set which is good for No. 3 in the league. Caleah Wells is following right behind with 2.21 kills per set, while Dzeni Hadzisehovic and Bridgett Talia are good for 1.96 and 1.87 kills per set, respectively.

After an injury to senior setter Brittany Sample against the Horned Frogs earlier this season, Haley Roe has stepped up and taken over the setter role. Roe is averaging 4.07 assists per set this season, while also picking up 1.59 digs per set. Defensively, WVU is led by Gianna Gotterba, who is picking up 3.62 digs per set from the back row. At the net, Hannah Shreve is leading the team with 0.99 blocks per set.


 

 

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