TCU Opens Postseason Against Hawaii


Dec. 3, 2015

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will embark on the postseason by opening the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball National Championship against No. 7 Hawaii at 4:30 p.m., in College Station, Texas at Reed Arena.

The match for the Horned Frogs (19-9, 9-7 Big 12) marks the second postseason appearance in program history, as they take on the Rainbow Wahine (26-1, 16-0 Big West) for the seventh time in program history. The match will air live on ESPN3 with Casey Richardson and Chelsea Reber on the call.

Live Stats & Video
Fans unable to attend the match in College Station can see live stat updates through StatBroadcast.com., while a live stream of the match can be viewed at WatchESPN.com. Live audio of the match can also be heard at ESPN1420am.com.

Tickets
Tickets are still available for purchase for the first and second round matches. Fans can purchase tickets online at 12thman.com/tickets or by calling the Texas A&M Ticket Office at Kyle Field at 888-99-AGGIE (992-4443) or 979-845-2311.

All-Session Ticket Pricing
$16: Adult Reserved
$12: Adult General Admission
$5: Student General Admission
Free: Children under 2

Single Day Ticket Pricing
$9: Adult Reserved
$7: Adult General Admission
$3: Student General Admission
Free: Children under 2

Quick Hits
-TCU enters the postseason for only the second time in program history as they face No. 7 Hawaii in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship
-The Horned Frogs only other appearance in the postseason came in 2009, as the team defeated Rice in the first round before falling to eventual runner-up Texas in the second round
-Four Frogs earned postseason Big 12 honors on Monday, as Ashley Smith, Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower were named to the All-Big 12 Second Team and Ashleigh Martin was selected to the All-Big 12 Freshman Team
-The Frogs won their biggest match in program history to start the second half of Big 12 play, when they swept then-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
-TCU will stick with the 6-2 offense that is led by Ashley Smith with 2.94 kills per set, while McGuire is putting down 2.14 kills per set
-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-10 in blocks per set (10th - 2.95), as blocking has been a key part of its game with the team posting double-digit total blocks 16 times this season
-McGuire sits at No. 8 nationally and leads the Big 12 with 1.53 blocks per set, while Gower is No. 2 in the league and No. 35 nationally with 1.29 blocks per set

NCAA Quick Hits
-The at-large selection to the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship marks only the second invitation for the Horned Frogs in program history
-TCU last appeared in the NCAA Championship back in 2009, where they were also an at-large selection and the team was able to advance to the second round
-The Frogs are 1-1 in postseason action with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-13, 27-25) victory over Rice in the first round in 2009 and a 3-0 (25-15, 25-14, 25-18) loss to Texas in the second round
-TCU is one of five Big 12 schools that is making an appearance in the 2015 postseason, as they join national seeds Texas (No. 3) and Kansas (No. 9), along with Iowa State and Kansas State
-This marks the first appearance in the NCAA Championships for Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer as a head coach
-Kramer is one of three head coaches in the NCAA Championship that is at the helm of their program for the first season (BYU: Heather Olmstead & Washington: Keegan Cook)
-Kramer is also one of seven coaches in the 2015 NCAA Champioship that is coaching at their alma mater (WKU: Travis Hudson, UCLA: Michael Sealy, Louisville, Anne Kordes, Illinois: Kevin Hambly, UNI: Bobbi Petersen and Jackson State: Rose Washington)
-Sutton Sunstrum will be the second member of the Sunstrum family to play in the NCAA Championship for TCU, as her sister Sloane (TCU letterwinner from 2009-12) was a freshman on the team that advanced to the postseason in 2009

Series History
Hawaii and TCU will be facing off for the seventh time in program history and first time since 2000 when both teams were members of the WAC. The Rainbow Wahine hold the upper advantage in the series record, as they have won all the previous six meetings. TCU has not been able to win a set off the Rainbow Wahine, as all six wins have come in sweeps. The match on Friday will mark the first on a neutral site.

First Meeting: 10/11/97 - Hawai'i 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: Hawaii
Hawai'i enters the match on a 21-match winning streak and is the best blocking team in the country with 3.29 blocks per set. The Big West Champions also rank No. 9 nationally with .288 hitting clip and No. 31 with 14.13 kills per set.

Nikki Taylor is leading the Rainbow Wahine with 4.36 kills per set, while Tai Manu-Olevao is putting down 2.60 kills per set. Taylor is ranked nationally in multiple categories including kills per set (No. 19 - 4.36), service aces per set (No. 21 - 0.43), points per set (No. 5 - 5.46) and blocks per set (No. 65 - 1.21). Olivia Magill and Emily Maglio are highly ranked in hitting percentage at No. 17 (.413) and No. 29 (.395), respectively.

Defensively at the net, Magill is sitting at No. 7 nationally and leads the team with 1.53 blocks per set, while Maglio is stuffing 1.24 blocks per set and is ranked No. 51 nationally. From the back row, Casey Castillo is picking up 3.85 digs per set.


 

 

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