TCU Picks Up Win No. 10

Sept. 19, 2015

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DALLAS, Texas - The TCU volleyball team collected win No. 10 on Saturday in the closing match of the SMU Doubletree Invitational with a 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-16, 25-23) victory over Clemson inside the Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals were named to the all-tournament team for the Horned Frogs (10-2), as they finished out the weekend with a 2-1 record after downing the Tigers (5-7). TCU led in every statistical category for the match and finished with 59 kills, three service aces, 70 digs and seven total team blocks.

Smith led the team offensively for the third straight match with 14 kills and only one error for a .317 hitting clip. Smith recorded her fourth double-double in a row by being one of four players to notch double-digit digs with 12. Sutton Sunstrum picked up 17 digs, while Mikals and Bergeson each finished with 11 digs.

Stat of the Match
48 - The number of kills Ashley Smith finished with over the weekend for 3.69 kills per set, while the junior also picked up 40 digs and 3.08 digs per set.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"When we came into this, we knew it was going to be a tough one to play. We went five sets last night and our match lasted long over two hours, so it was a quick turn around for them mentally and physically. I thought our team did a really good job of coming into the gym today and competing really hard against Clemson. We had a little bit of a change in our lineup and once we adjusted to that, we did a good job with it."

On the lineup change in today's match
"The team handled it really well. It just means that we need to communicate a little bit more. We had a lot of different pieces coming in and out and a lot of it was coming from fatigue from the match last night. It was good to see everybody step up to the plate."

-Saturday's match was only the second meeting between the programs, with TCU earning its first victory in the series.
-TCU finished out non-conference play with a perfect 5-0 record when playing teams on a neutral site.
-The Horned Frogs reached double-digit wins for the 17th time in the 20-year history of the program
-Ashley Smith led the teams in kills for the sixth time this season and fourth match in a row
-Smith recorded double-digit kills for the sixth time this season and 35th time in her career
-Smith was named to the all-tournament team for the eighth time in her career and third time this season
-Sutton Sunstrum recorded double-digit digs for the 50th time in her career with 17 against Clemson
-Kaylee Smith eclipsed the 40+ assist mark for the first time in her career and set a career-high with 44 against the Tigers
-Regan McGuire led the team in blocking for the ninth time this season with five

Up Next
With the win over the Tigers, TCU has now concluded non-conference action for the 2015 season. The Frogs will open Big 12 play on Wednesday, Sept. 23 by taking on No. 2 Texas at 7 p.m., in Gregory Gym with the match airing live on the Longhorn Network.



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