Sept. 3, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - A tough battled went down on Sunday afternoon as the TCU volleyball team went up against No. 15 Florida State with the Seminoles ultimately coming out on top, 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 23-25, 25-21), in the final match of the Home2 Suites Tallahassee Seminole Invitational inside Tully Gymnasium in Tallahassee, Fla.
A slow start hampered the Horned Frogs (4-2) as the Seminoles (5-1) hit .519 in the opening set to take the 1-0 lead in the match. A back-and-forth battled ensued in the second set and a late run by TCU put the team ahead 22-20. Florida State buckled down and rattled off five straight points to steal the set, 25-23 and go up 2-0 in the match.
The Frogs rebounded by taking the third set as the team put down 17 kills and a .342 hitting percentage to grab the set and force the fourth. The teams fought and traded points in the fourth set with the scored tied on nine occasions and the lead changed five times. Florida State gained the upper hand with a late 5-0 run as they went on to take the final set 25-21.
Ashleigh Martin led the team for the third straight match with 15 kills, while Lexi MacLean put down 13 kills and Allye Beth Deaton was good for 11 kills. Dani Dennison anchored the back row with 24 digs with Berklie Baker good for eight digs and three service aces.
Stat of the Match
4 - The number of TCU players who recorded season-highs in the match. Ashleigh Martin put down a season-high 15 kills while Lexi MacLean tied her season-high at 13 kills. Berklie Baker served up a season-high three service aces and Dani Dennison picked up a season-high 24 digs.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"This was a hard-fought match on both sides of the net. I really liked the way our team fought when we were down two sets. We hadn't been in that situation before and there was still a lot of fight in them. It just comes down to us doing some things more consistently. On our side as a coaching staff, this is probably the most detailed scout we have given them and we started planning out some new things that none of them have done before. We had worked on it in practice a little bit, but we changed up some things we did defensively. We will learn those because we are going to have to do those at some point during match play. We are going to learn from those things and get better. It was really promising though and I saw a lot of really promising things in this match."
-TCU falls to 4-2 on the season with the loss to Florida State on Sunday
-With the win by the Seminoles, Florida State moves to 2-0 all-time against TCU
-Ashleigh Martin led the team for the third-straight match with a season-high 15 kills against Florida State
-Martin reached double-digit kills for the third straight match and 15th time in her career on Sunday
-Allye Beth Deaton reached double-digit kills for the second time this season while MacLean totaled 10+ kills for the third time as a Horned Frog
-Kaylee Smith led the team in assists for the third time this season with 25 in the match, while Lamprini Konstantinidou was good for 23 assists
-TCU totaled 5.0 blocks in the match with Sarah Swanson leading the way with 3.0
-Dani Dennison got the libero start again and picked up a career-high 24 digs in the match
-Dennison continued her streak of consecutive double-digit dig matches with six and collected 20+ digs for the third time this season
TCU will return to the friendly confines of The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center as they host Fight at the Fort from Sept. 8-9. The Frogs will welcome Duke on Friday at 6 p.m., with the match to air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus and will then take on Lehigh and Utah Valley on Saturday at 1:30 p.m., and 7 p.m., respectively.