Volleyball Wraps Up Season at UTEP

Stephanie Holland
Nov. 28, 2014

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EL PASO, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will finish the 2014 regular season with a nonconference matchup with UTEP on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., CST at Memorial Gym in El Paso.

The Horned Frogs (16-15, 6-10 Big 12) and the Miners (6-21 4-12 CUSA) are meeting for the first time since 2000 when both teams were members of the WAC, with UTEP holding a 5-2 advantage in the series.

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

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 324 kills and 2.95 kills per set. Smith has led the team with double-digit kills in 17 matches and also has 266 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 257 kills on the season, 2.52 kills per set and is shutting down at the net with 61 total blocks, which is good for third on the team.

The Frogs once again have two players ranked in the top 10 in hitting percentage for the Big 12, with Regan McGuire checking in at No. 5 with a .325 clip, while Blaire Pickens is No. 9 with a .306 clip. 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 1.29 per set and 148 total aces. TCU has notched at least one service ace in every match this season except for three.

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 16 conference matches. Mattie Burleson is ranked No. 7 in conference only matches with 1.10 blocks per set and sixth with 66 total blocks.

Sutton Sunstrum has held down the backcourt for TCU despite missing a few matches with an injury and has recorded 373 digs and 4.10 digs per set which is ranked No. 4 in the Big 12.

In its home finale, the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) decision to No. 3 Texas at the University Recreation Center and wrapped up play in its third season in the Big 12 Conference for the 2014 season on Wednesday night.

Blaire Pickens was able to slam down 10 kills to lead the Horned Frogs with double-digit kills for the sixth time this season. Regan McGuire chipped in nine kills on the night and led the blocking defensive effort with six blocks, including three block solos against the Longhorns.

Ashley Smith recorded eight kills on the night, while Stephanie Holland wrapped up her career inside the Rec Center with seven kills. Sutton Sunstrum finished with double-digit digs for the 22nd time this season and led the team with 12 digs. Trisha Langley and Alexia Heist dished out 18 and 15 assists, respectively, while Langley also finished with eight digs.

UTEP (6-21, 4-12 CUSA) enters the match on a three game losing skid and have not playd a match since Nov. 15 when they were swept at North Texas. Before that, the Miners were on a two-gam winning streak after defeating Louisiana Tech and FIU.

Coline Cossens was recently named to the CUSA All-Freshman team and leads UTEP with 279 kills and 2.94 kills per set. Cossens has also served up a team-leading 19 service aces and has recorded 224 digs and 43 total blocks.

The rest of the Miner's offense is spread out between Talia Jones, Krystal Ejesieme and Dominique Millette. Jones has 196 kills on the season and 2.45 kills per set to go along with 16 service aces and 16 digs. Ejesieme and Millette has 1.93 and 1.94 kills per set, respectively, while the duo combine for 175 of the team's total blocks.

UTEP is picking up 15.22 digs per set as a team, with Daya Acevedo Rios leading the way with 3.16 digs per set. Sarah Villa is also notching over 3.00 digs per set for the Miners with 3.10 digs per set.

Lindsey Larson guides the UTEP offense with 860 assists on the season and 8.96 assists per set. Larson has also dug up 202 digs on the season, while also collecting five service aces and 69 total blocks.

This will be the eighth meeting all-time between the programs, with UTEP leading the series with a 5-2 record. This will be the first meeting between the programs since both were members of the WAC Conference in 1999 and 2000. In the four meetings as conference opponents, TCU won both matches that took place in Fort Worth, while the Miners were victorious in both matches in El Paso.

This will be the fourth match played between the teams in El Paso, with TCU never taking a victory at Memorial Gym. The teams have met as nonconference opponents only one other time, with a UTEP 3-0 victory in 1998 at the New Mexico State Invitational.

First Meeting: 10/4/96 - UTEP wins 3-1 (15-9, 11-15, 15-12, 15-1)
Last Meeting: 11/18/00 - UTEP wins 3-1 (15-8, 15-17, 15-4, 15-9)



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