Horned Frogs Fall to No. 2 Texas

Sept. 23, 2015

Final Stats

AUSTIN, Texas - The TCU volleyball team dropped its Big 12 opening match to No. 2 Texas 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 29-27) on Wednesday night inside Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas.

After finding themselves down 11-5 in the third set, the Horned Frogs (10-3, 0-1) stormed back to tie the set 11 times and pushed the Longhorns (11-1, 1-0) to the limit. Texas ultimately came out on top and controlled the match with its .312 hitting clip and 10 total blocks to take the victory. Despite picking up more digs (53 to 52), TCU was held to a .192 hitting percentage and the Big 12 leaders in blocking could only put up four total blocks in the match.

Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each totaled double-digit kills on the night, with Mikals leading the way with 11 and Smith putting down 10. Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 19 assists on the night and completed her first double-double of her career with 11 digs. Sutton Sunstrum controlled the back row with a team-high 15 digs.

Stat of the Match
11 - The number marked a career-high in digs for Kaylee Smith, who also dished out 19 assists for the first double-double in her career.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I think that there were times that we saw moments of brilliance from our team tonight. Then there were times that we just did not execute very well. We had some crunch time situations where we didn't do that and we also just had some times throughout the match that we really needed to do a better job of executing our game plan. We will get back in the gym, see some things that we really need to work on and we will continue to work on them this week leading up to Kansas."

On the positives that can be taken away from the match
"We started to slow down some balls and then dig out of that transition pretty well. I think Ashleigh Martin came in and did a really good job for us. There were a couple of times that she lit it up and she has such a great energy on the court that it was really great having her out there. I think Ashley Smith struggled a bit at the beginning but then came on pretty strong at the end. We had a great performance from Sarita (Mikals). I thought she played really well tonight.

"Natalie Gower played really well and its always nice to see a team try to change what they are doing a little bit to defend a kid a little bit different because they are playing so well and that definitely happened with Natalie tonight. Our distribution was pretty close to where we wanted it and we had some things that we wanted to do offensively and there were times that we did that really well and there were times we need to continue to work on that."

-Wednesday's match was only the 10th meeting between the programs with Texas leading the series with a 10-0 record
-TCU is now 1-3 in Big 12 openers, with three of the matches being played on the road and two of them being against the Longhorns
-In road matches, TCU has a 2-3 record
-Sarita Mikals led the team in kills for the first time this season and scored double-digit kills for the second time this year
-Ashley Smith recorded double-digit kills for the seventh time this season with 10 on the night
-Kaylee Smith led the team in assists for the fifth time this season and second match in a row
-Smith also recorded her first double-double in her career and her first double-digit dig match in her career with 11 digs
-Natalie Gower led the team in blocking for the sixth time this season
-Sutton Sunstrum finished the evening with double-digit digs for the ninth time this season and led the team in digs for the eighth time this season

Up Next
TCU will continue its opening week of Big 12 action by heading back home to welcome No. 15 Kansas on Saturday, Sept. 26 inside the University Recreation Center. First serve is set for 3 p.m., live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.



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