Sept. 17, 2016
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH, Texas - A complete team effort, that included five players scoring double-digit kills, led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-2 (16-25, 25-21, 23-25, 25-18, 15-10) upset victory over No. 8 North Carolina to conclude action at the Horned Frogs Challenge inside The Rickel at the University Recreation Center on Saturday.
After going down 2-1 in the match, the Horned Frogs (7-3) turned up the offense and the defense with 26 kills, 31 digs and four blocks in the final two sets to pull out the comeback victory over the Tar Heels (8-2). Leading the way was senior Ashley Smith who totaled 15 kills in the match on 29 swings for a .517 hitting clip. In the final two sets alone, Smith was credited with 10 of the team's kills, as well as nine digs.
Along with Smith, Regan McGuire (10), Jillian Bergeson (11), Sarita Mikals (10) and Natalie Gower (10) all reached double-digit kills in the match marking the first time this season TCU has had five players attain that feat. Gower led the team at the net with five total blocks, while McGuire chipped in four stuffs. Mikals, Bergeson, Smith and Kayla Scheevel all finished with double-digit digs with Mikals leading the way with 19 against UNC.
Smith and Gower were selected to the All-Tournament team after their performances this weekend. Smith totaled 21 kills, 2.62 kills per set, a .463 hitting percentage, 21 digs and 2.62 digs per set over the three matches, while Gower finished with 19 kills, a .422 hitting percentage and 11 total blocks.
Stat of the Match
8 - The number of wins over ranked opponents that TCU has recorded in program history. Under the helm of Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer, the Frogs have now defeated two top-10 ranked opponents.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Last night, after I gave the post-match interview I talked to my team. I was not happy with our team effort and we asked them all to go back and reflect on how they could be a better teammate and how we could get our team back. They all went home and did that and came back today and after a very tough loss last night, they brought their `A' game. They stuck with it. We have been playing three days of volleyball straight and it is really tough to gut out a match like this against a top-10 team. I am really proud of them and I am very excited that our fans stuck around until the end because that was great. We had a lot of fans in the stand in the fifth set. It made a huge difference for us."
On Ashley Smith's performance
"She kind of said it by her play. We are just different with her out there. Period. She is our leader and we have a lot of leaders, but she is a big one. I am just proud of her. I told her it was part of the game plan not to play her last night so they couldn't scout her but that wasn't really it. She has proven that she is ready. That is for sure. I am really proud of her and it is nice to have her back out there."
-TCU improves to 7-3 overall this season and 5-1 in home matches in 2016
-The match today was the third meeting all-time with North Carolina as TCU improves to 2-1 in the series record
-The Frogs are 1-1 this season against ranked opponents
-TCU hit above .300 as a team for the fifth time this season and second time this weekend
-Ashley Smith led the team for the first time this season in kills with 15 against UNC
-It marks the first time this season and 44th time in Smith's career that she has posted 10+ kills in a match
-Smith also finished with 16 digs marking the first double-double of the season for the senior and 26th of her career
-The .517 hitting clip recorded by Smith was a season- and career-high
-Natalie Gower and Regan McGuire both hit .500 in the match making it the fourth and fifth times, respectively, this season they have hit above. 300
-Sarita Mikals led the team in digs for the fifth time this season with 19 in the match and recorded the third double-double of the season and 26th in her career
-TCU recorded more service aces then errors for the first time this season
-Gower led the team in blocking for the fifth time in 2016 with five against UNC
-Kaylee Smith led the team for the eighth time this season in assists, as the junior dished out 31 in the match
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the ninth time this season out of 10 matches
-Due to three teams being tied after all matches were completed, the tiebreaker was broken by sets won over the course of all matches to decide the winner of the tournament. North Carolina won the tournament with eight sets won, TCU placed second with seven sets won and SMU took third with three sets won
Horned Frogs Challenge Final Standings
1. North Carolina (2-1)
2. TCU (2-1)
3. SMU (2-1)
4. Sam Houston State (0-3)
Horned Frogs Challenge All-Tournament Team
MVP: Taylor Leath, North Carolina
Abigail Curry, North Carolina
Taylor Borup, North Carolina
Natalie Gower, TCU
Ashley Smith, TCU
Katie Hegarty, SMU
Michelle Griffith, Sam Houston State
TCU will begin Big 12 Conference action on Wednesday, Sept. 21 as they host Texas Tech at The Rickel with the match airing live on FSSW+ at 7 p.m.