Sept. 11, 2015
NEW ORLEANS, La. - The TCU volleyball team gutted out a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 25-20) victory over Incarnate Word to open up the Allstate Sugarbowl Collegiate Classic on Friday night inside the Devlin Fieldhouse on the campus of Tulane.
Down 18-15 in the third set, the Horned Frogs (6-1) used a 10-2 run to close out the set and secure the team's sixth sweep of the season. TCU notched a season-high seven service aces to put the Cardinals (2-6) out of system and held them to a .116 hitting clip in the match.
Blaire Pickens led the offensive effort for the Frogs with eight kills on the night to go along with a season-high hitting percentage of .583. Alexia Heist and Kaylee Smith each dished out 13 assist apiece to guide the offense. Ashley Smith dug up a season-high 13 digs and served up a season-high three service aces, while Sutton Sunstrum reached double-digit digs of 12 in the match.
Stat of the Match
10 - The number of digs senior libero Sutton Sunstrum needs to reach 1,000 digs in her career.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"I thought we came out pretty well against Incarnate Word today. Our first set was really clean and we hit almost .500. As the match progressed, I thought we started to do a few things out of character for us. The best thing about the match is that we were down pretty good in the third set, 18-15, and from that point on, we went on a pretty solid run and just took control of that set to win the match. It was good to see the girls step up when that needed to happen."
On the serving game in the match
"We did a really good job of hitting zones and serving tough within the zones we wanted to hit. That was good and it was a great service performance across the board pretty much."
-Friday's match marked the first meeting between the two programs, with TCU taking the advantage in the series with the victory
-The sweep was the sixth of the season, with the Horned Frogs not dropping a set in any of their victories this season
-TCU now has a 2-0 record on the season against teams on a neutral site
-Blaire Pickens led the team in kills for only the second time this season
-Pickens' .583 hitting clip marked a season-high for the senior
-Regan McGuire notched above a .300 hitting percentage for the fifth time this season and 23rd time in her career
-Ashley Smith led the team in digs for the second time this season
-Smith notched double-digit digs for the third time this season and the 23rd time in her career
-The three service aces by Smith marked a season-high for the junior and was just one short of her career-high of four
-The 13 assists by Alexia Heist and Kaylee Smith marked the second time the season the duo has dished out the same number and tied for the team lead
-Sutton Sunstrum dug up double-digit digs for the fourth time this season with 12 in the match
-Sunstrum is now only 10 digs away from hitting the 1,000 mark in her career and will become the 10th player in TCU history to reach that feat
TCU will go into day two of the Allstate Sugar Bowl Collegiate Classic by opening with Nicholls State at 2 p.m., before closing out the day with tournament host Tulane at 7 p.m., inside the Devlin Fieldhouse.