Sept. 3, 2016
CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The TCU volleyball team wrapped up its first road trip by dropping its first match of the 2016 season with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-20 25-18) loss to No. 12 North Carolina on Saturday night in Chapel Hill, N.C., inside Carmichael Arena.
The Horned Frogs (4-1) were limited offensively as they only totaled 38 kills and their lowest hitting percentage of the season, as the Tar Heels (5-0) racked up 52 kills and a .312 hitting clip in the sweep. This is the first of two meetings between the teams this season as TCU will see North Carolina in a few weeks as the teams will face-off in Fort Worth in the Horned Frog Classic on Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.
Sarita Mikals led the team in kills for the second straight match with eight, while Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower each chipped in seven kills. Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou each dished out 15 assists on the night, while Ashley Smith and Jillian Bergeson paced the backrow with eight digs a piece.
Stat of the Match
.583 - Natalie Gower's hitting percentage against North Carolina marking the third time in five matches this season she has recorded a hitting clip above .500
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Tonight we played a really good North Carolina team and we definitely did not play our best volleyball. Their floor defense was great. They blocked well too but their floor defense did a really good job tonight especially because we moved the ball around a lot and they picked it up a lot and transitioned well. We didn't have our best passing game which made it really tough to run our offense the way we like to run it. We will shore up some things serving and passing and that will help us out a lot. Overall, this weekend we came away learning a lot and putting ourselves in a position to grow and get better which is really important this time of year."
-TCU drops to 4-1 in the season and 0-1 against ranked opponents in 2016
-The match tonight was only the second meeting all-time between the two programs and UNC tied up the series with the win
-Sarita Mikals led the team in kills for the second straight match and third time this season with eight against the Tar Heels
-Jillian Bergeson and Ashley Smith each led the team defensively from the backrow with eight kills each
-Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith each dished out 15 assists in the match
-TCU was out-blocked for the first time this season and finished with only three blocks in the match which is the lowest in the Jill Kramer era
-Natalie Gower led in blocks for the third time this season with three against the Tar Heels
-Chyna Perkins saw action for the first time this season and played on the same floor as her father, Sam Perkins, who was an All-American basketball player at UNC from 1980-84
-Paty Valle Hernandez saw the court for the second straight match and recorded the first kills of her career with two against North Carolina
TCU will hit the road for the second straight weekend by traveling to Omaha, Neb., for the Bluejay Invitational from Sept. 9-10, where they will face tournament host Creighton and Chattanooga.