TCU Picks Up Sweep in Opener

Aug. 25, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team opened the 2017 season by picking up the 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-13) sweep of UTSA on Friday night in the first match of the Cowtown Classic at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center in Fort Worth.

After a slow start in the opening set, the Horned Frogs (1-0) used a kill by junior Anna Walsh to chip away at a four-point lead by the Roadrunners (0-2) late in the set. Five kills, three blocks and a service ace later, TCU secured the comeback with a 25-23 win as the Frogs used the momentum to control the final two sets as the team picked up its first sweep of the season. TCU put down 39 kills in the victory to go along with seven total service aces and 39 digs.

Walsh was a main factor in the comeback as the Grapevine, Texas native finished the match with a team-high 11 kills on 15 swings with only one error for a .667 hitting clip. Walsh also chipped in five blocks as TCU recorded eight total as a team. Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou guided the offense to a .296 hitting percentage with 18 and 14 assists, respectively. Freshman Dani Dennison got the start at libero and anchored the defense with 14 digs.

Stat of the Match
13 - TCU opened the season with a victory for the 13th time in program history. The Frogs have won three straight season openers with all of them coming under the helm of Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"Just like most teams go through, we had first match jitters. I was hoping that going through that scrimmage we would have fixed that but opening day is just a different day any way you want to look at it. We have a lot of young players out there so that changes things a little bit.

"The biggest thing that I want to say is thank you to the students who came out to the game. In two years here, that has been the biggest student crowd that has been into it with cheers the whole time. It wasn't just having students in the stands, it was having a unified group of students in the stands. I tell my team all the time - Are you a crowd or are you a tribe? A crowd is a group of people where there is no communication and there is nothing that brings them together. A tribe is a group of people who communicates together and they have things that bring them together. This crowd out here was a tribe and it was really really cool. We are hoping that this starts getting a group of people or tribe of people together on a regular basis. Thank you. That was awesome."

-TCU won its season opener for the third straight season and 13th time in program history
-With the win by TCU, the Frogs tie the overall series record with UTSA at 3-3
-Walsh had double-digit kills for the third time in her TCU career as she led the team with 11
-Walsh was also the most efficient hitter on the floor with a .667 hitting clip
-Kaylee Smith led the team in assists with 18, while Lamprini Konstantinidou was good for 14 assists
-Smith and Konstantinidou each served up two service aces in the match as the team finished with seven total against UTSA
-Three freshmen started the match for TCU with eight total seeing action in at least one set
-Freshman Dani Dennison anchored the defense with 14 digs in the match while Lexi MacLean picked up nine
-The Frogs finished with 8.0 total blocks in the match with Walsh leading the way with 5.0
-TCU also opened the season with a sold-out crowd as 1,451 fans were in attendance on Friday night

Up Next
TCU will wrap-up action at the Cowtown Classic by taking on Coastal Carolina on Saturday at 5 p.m. The team will also welcome Rice on Sunday at 2 p.m., for the final match in the opening weekend.



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