Sept. 2, 2016
DURHAM, N.C. - Led by a school-record of 36 digs by Sarita Mikals, the TCU volleyball stormed back to topple Duke 3-2 (21-25, 23-25, 26-24, 29-27, 15-13) in its first road match of the 2016 season on Friday night inside Cameron Indoor Stadium, in Durham, N.C.
Down 2-0 in the match and trailing 15-10 in the third set, the Horned Frogs (4-0) needed a spark and Anna Walsh came up big with four straight kills to bring TCU back into the match against the Blue Devils (3-2). The Frogs continued to battle until three straight kills between Mikals and Ashleigh Martin sealed the 26-24 win in the third set. After a competitive fourth set with the match tied on eight occasions, TCU came out on top, 29-27, to force the decisive fifth set. Trailing 8-6 at the side change in the final set, the Frogs did not back down and used a balanced offensive attack and capitalized off of the Duke errors to take the fifth set, 15-13, and capture the match.
Mikals was the leader offensively and defensively as she finished the match with a team-best 16 kills to go along with her record-breaking 36 digs for her second double-double of the season and 25th of her career. Walsh, Martin and Regan McGuire also put down double-digit kills with 15, 10 and 13, respectively. Lamprini Konstantinidou also totaled a double-double in the match with 25 assists and 14 digs.
Stat of the Match
105 - The number of digs TCU posted against Duke which is ranked No. 3 all-time in a program history in a single match. It also marks the first time the team has surpassed the 100-dig mark with Jill Kramer at the helm of the program.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"We started out really slow today and we didn't play with a sense of urgency the first two sets of the match. That was pretty disappointing and that was one of the first things we talked about at the end of the match, but I was fired up for our team for coming back. The first road trip of the year is always tough and I think we have managed ourselves really well on the road and I think we were trying to manage some pre-match jitters that we had a little bit too much. It got in the way of them just letting go and playing free and once they did that, I thought we did a great job. We made some adjustments throughout the match that I think helped pay off and our team did a really good job of staying disciplined and trying to make those adjustments.
"I am fired up for them to get this win because they worked really hard for it. We had the best fans in the gym tonight and the girls on our bench were loud and proud. We had a bunch of fans from this area that were here and it was really cool to see."
-TCU improves to 4-0 in the 2016 season and it marks the second straight season and sixth time in program history that the team has started with four straight wins
-The win marks victory No. 89 all-time in Jill Kramer's head coaching career
-This was the first meeting all-time between TCU and Duke with the Frogs gaining the 1-0 edge in the series record
-The win also marks the first time Kramer has defeated Duke as a head coach
-Sarita Mikals broke the single-match school record in digs with 36 against the Blue Devils. The previous record was held by Talaya Whitfield who totaled 35 digs against UT Pan American on Oct. 22, 2005.
-Mikals led the team in kills for the second time this season and totaled double-digit kills for the 38th time in her career
-Ashleigh Martin surpassed the double-digit for the fifth time in her career, while Anna Walsh did for the first time in her Horned Frogs career
-The Frogs had four players four players pick-up double-digit digs for the second time this season
-Ashley Smith recorded a career-high 20 digs in the match, while Jillian Bergeson finished with 18 and Lamprini Konstantinidou finished with 14
-Konstantinidou had a double-double for the second time this season and sixth time in her career with 25 assists and 18 digs
-Kaylee Smith led the team in assists for the second time this season with 28 on the night
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the fourth straight match
-Regan McGuire paced TCU with six total blocks against Duke, marking the second time this season she has led the team
TCU will continue its weekend road trip by traveling to Chapel Hill, N.C., to face No. 12 North Carolina on Saturday, Sept 3 at 5:30 p.m., CT, in Carmichael Arena.