Sept. 18, 2015
Final Stats |
DALLAS, Texas - For the first time this season, the TCU volleyball team needed more than three sets to get a victory, as the Frogs defeated UTSA 3-1 (18-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21) in the opener of the SMU Doubletree Invitational inside the Moody Coliseum on Friday afternoon in Dallas.
After dropping the first set for only the second time this season, the Horned Frogs (9-1) had to battle back and used 53 kills, along with 13 total blocks and six service aces to claim their first come-back victory of the season over the Roadrunners (8-4).
After being held without a kill in the first set, Ashley Smith stormed back to notch a match-high 16 kills and completed her third double-double of the season with 12 digs. Blaire Pickens also knocked down double-digit kills for the third time this season with 10 in the match.
Along with Smith's double-digit digs, Sutton Sunstrum dug up 14 while Jillian Bergeson picked up 10 digs. Regan McGuire led the defensive blocking efforts for the eighth time this season with nine total blocks, while Sarita Mikals connected for eight total blocks.
Stat of the Match
5 - The number of blocks TCU recorded in the third set alone to help the Frogs achieve double-digit blocks for the sixth time this season.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"We played a very good UTSA team today. They have more than a couple of pieces that are really solid and I think they are coached very well. I really liked our team's fortitude throughout the match. We lost the first set and it's the first time we have lost the first set and come back. You want to see your team keep fighting all the time and I think we had to get really comfortable with a team that went side out, side out, side out. We haven't seen that yet and in the previous matches, it has been when we decided to go, we would blow past some teams halfway through the set. That was not the case today.
"It was really nice to see some people step up. Natalie (Gower) stepped up offensively for us, Regan (McGuire) did her job defensively like she has been, Sarita (Mikals) really stepped up for us offensively and so did Ashley (Smith). She struggled through the first set and then she totally changed her tune going into the second and it was really nice to see her recover within a match."
On the comeback
"I think we had to make some adjusts going from the first to the second set. We didn't make any lineup changes, but our type of play sets needed to change and we needed to make some better decisions. In the first set, we made a lot of unforced errors and we cleaned that up a bit. It was still not as clean as we would like but we cleaned it up a bit. More than anything, we had a couple people come in and make plays. Kaylee (Smith) and Natalie did a really good job of that every time they came in and then our right side block with Sarita and Blaire (Pickens). UTSA was running a lot of play sets that really stresses a right-side blocker and they both did a very good job of managing it."
-Friday's match marked the fifth meeting between the programs, with TCU closing in on the UTSA series advantage of a 3-2 record
-The win marked the first four-set victory for TCU this season
-TCU now has a 4-0 record on the season against teams on a neutral site
-Ashley Smith recorded her second straight double-double, third of the season and 16th of her career with 16 kills and 12 digs in the match
-Smith led the team in kills for the fourth time this season
-Smith finished with a season-high in kills (16) and recorded double-digit kills for the fourth time this season
-Sutton Sunstrum recorded double-digit digs (14) for the sixth time this season and 48th time in her career
-Sunstrum led the team in digs for the fifth time this season
-Jillian Bergeson recorded double-digit digs for the fourth time this season
-Alexia Heist finished with 22 assists to lead the team for the ninth time
-Kaylee Smith record a season-high 20 assists in the match for her first 20+ assist match this season
-Regan McGuire led the team in blocking for the eighth time this season and finished with nine total blocks for the second time this season
-The eight total blocks by Sarita Mikals marked a career-high for the junior
-The 13 total blocks recorded by the Frogs was the sixth double-digit blocking effort this season
TCU will continue action at the SMU Doubletree Invitational by taking on the host Mustangs on Friday at 7:30 p.m., inside the Moody Coliseum.