Horned Frogs Falter to SMU

Sept. 16, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite picking up the win in the opening set, the TCU volleyball team could not finish out the match as they fell 3-1 (17-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-20) to SMU on Friday night in the team's second match of the Horned Frogs Classic at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (6-3) got off to a 9-2 run over the Mustangs (7-4) to begin the night and never looked back as they took a 1-0 lead in the match with a 25-17 set one win. The teams battled point-for-point in the second set before a late surge from SMU gave them the set, 25-20, to tie up the match at 1-1. The Mustangs took the momentum into the final two sets to run up early leads and finish out the match in four sets. Despite having a higher hitting percentage, TCU was held to only 46 kills in the match, while also committing 10 service errors.

Regan McGuire and Ashleigh Martin paced the offense with 11 kills each, while Anna Walsh put down nine kills. Kaylee Smith and Lamprini Konstantinidou each dished out 22 assists in the match, while Kayla Scheevel picked up a season- and career-high 24 digs on the night.

Stat of the Match
7 - The number of service aces TCU had in the match against SMU which is the most by the Frogs this season.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I think we were kind of our own worst enemy tonight. We were high error and that is not to discount SMU. They really fought through that match. We started out really strong and had a great first set, but then needed to handle being in a tight set better. It is something we will get better at for sure but this was a tough one to lose. We have a great opportunity tomorrow to come back against a nice UNC team and learn more about ourselves and see how much better we can be tomorrow. That is what we want. We want to be better teammates, we want to learn from this and we still have a lot of season ahead of us. There is a whole lot we can gain from this and we just have to make sure we look at it the right way."

-TCU falls to 6-3 overall this season and 4-1 in home matches in 2016
-The match tonight was the 18th meeting all-time with SMU as the Mustangs improved to 13-5 in the series record with TCU
-Regan McGuire led the team for the fourth straight match with 11 kills and it was the fourth time this season she has recorded double-digit kills
-McGuire has totaled double-digit kills on 12 occasions in her career
-Ashleigh Martin had double-digit kills for the fourth time this season and led the team for the third time
-Kayla Scheevel had 24 digs against the Mustangs which was a season- and career-high and the second time recording 20+ digs this season
-Natalie Gower led the team in blocking for the fifth time this season with four against SMU
-The seven service aces recorded by the Frogs was a season-high for the team
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the eighth time this season out of nine matches

Up Next
TCU will finish up action at the Horned Frogs Classic by taking on No. 8 North Carolina on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m., at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.



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