What TCU brings:
The Frogs are coming off two Big 12 wins over West Virginia (3-1) and Kansas State (3-2). Those two wins ended the two game losing streak the Frogs were on after facing previously ranked No. 2 Texas and previously ranked No. 15 Kansas.
Junior middle blocker Regan McGuire and junior outside hitter Ashley Smith lead the Horned Frogs in blocks and kills, respectively.
McGuire is second on the team with 116 kills in 55 sets played. McGuire leads the team in blocks with 84, averaging 1.53 blocks per set, good for seventh in the NCAA and first in the Big 12.
Smith leads the Frogs with 164 kills and 197 points, averaging 3.58 points per set, good for tenth in the Big 12.
TCU ranks first in the Big 12 with 2.76 blocks per set, but ranks significantly lower in the other major statistical categories as a team.
What OU brings:
The Sooners are looking to start a winning streak after beating Baylor University 3-1 in Norman. The Sooner victory ended a three-game losing streak.
Redshirt junior outside hitter Madison Ward and junior middle blocker Micaela Spann lead the Sooners.
Ward is second on the team with 153 kills, averaging 3.06 kills per set, good for ninth in the Big 12.
Spann leads the team in blocks with 77, averaging 1.24 blocks per set, the second best in the Big 12. Spann is fourth on the team in kills with 138, but has a hitting percentage of .392 good for sixth in the Big 12.
Oklahoma ranks fourth in the Big 12 in blocks and hitting percentage.
The Bottom Line:
TCU is 4-1 at home this season and was 13-3 last season. OU is 3-4 on the road this season. TCU is a much different team while playing at the University Recreation Center than when they play on the road.
Given TCU’s blocking ability and how the team plays at home, the Frogs should be the ones who prevail in this match.
Prediction: TCU, 3 to 1