TCU Captures Invitational Crown


Aug. 28, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas – A balanced offensive attack led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-19. 25-16, 25-19) win over Boise State on Sunday afternoon to close out the opening weekend of the 2016 season as champions of the TCU Invitational at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (3-0) had seven different players put a kill down during the match for a .373 hitting percentage, as they held the Broncos (1-2) to a .162 hitting clip. TCU out-blocked its opponent for the third straight match (7.0 to 4.0), while also totaling 39 digs and five service aces.

Sarita Mikals earned MVP honors for the first time in her Frog career as she paced the team with 29 kills, 2.64 kills per set, 36 total digs, 3.27 digs per set and 1.00 blocks per set over the course of three matches. Jillian Bergeson also earned a spot on the team as she finished with two double-doubles, 27 kills, 2.45 kills per set and 3.64 digs per set. Anna Walsh and Natalie Gower rounded out the TCU All-Tournament Team members as the duo each hit over .300 for the weekend, while Gower also totaled 1.55 blocks per set.

Stat of the Match
.373 – The hitting percentage against Boise State which was the second time the team hit over .300 this weekend and the highest this season.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"You know you always wonder, especially at the beginning of the season, how your team is going to come back the next day after a five-set match like we had last night. The last few weeks, they have been going through double days, their first week of school and it’s the first day of consecutive days of real competition and I thought we handled it really well. We were very disciplined, took care of little details that we knew we needed to put energy into today. I was proud of their effort today and I thought we put together a great three-set victory against a very good Boise State team. I am looking forward to next weekend.”

Notes
-TCU improves to 3-0 in the 2016 season and it marks the second straight season and fourth time in program history that the team has started with three straight wins
-The win marks victory No. 88 all-time in Jill Kramer’s head coaching career
-The Frogs remain undefeated against Boise State in the series record and improve to 5-0 all-time and 3-0 in matches played in Fort Worth
-As the champions of the TCU Invitational, it marks the second time under the helm of Kramer that the Frogs have won a preseason tournament
-Ashleigh Martin led the team for the first time this season with nine kills and only one error on 13 swings for a team-best .615 hitting percentage
-Anna Walsh and Sarita Mikals each chipped in eight kills against Boise State
-Jillian Bergeson led the defensive effort from the backrow with 11 total digs
-Natalie Gower and Regan McGuire were stout defenders at the net and led the team with 3.0 blocks each
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the third straight match

Up Next
TCU will hit the road for the first time this season by traveling to North Carolina to take on Duke and UNC. The Frogs will face the Blue Devils on Friday at 5:30 p.m., before facing the Tarheels on Saturday at 5:30 p.m.

TCU Invitational All-Tournament Team
Channing Burleson, Northwestern State
Sierra Nobley, Boise State
Perry Ramsey, NC State
Drew Jones, Arkansas State
Carlisa May, Arkansas State
Jillian Bergeson, TCU
Natalie Gower, TCU
Anna Walsh, TCU
Sarita Mikals, TCU (MVP)


 

 

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