Horned Frogs Score Win over ISU

Sept. 25, 2016

Final Stats

AMES, Iowa - The defense at the net came through for the TCU volleyball team as they scored a 3-2 (24-26, 25-16, 25-20, 17-25, 15-11) victory over Iowa State on Sunday night inside the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.

The win by the Horned Frogs (9-3, 2-0 Big 12) was the first in program history over the Cyclones (7-6, 0-2 Big 12) in matches played in Ames, as TCU moves to 4-0 on the season in fifth-set matches. TCU outhit Iowa State with 66 kills to the home team's 64 while also serving up a season-high eight service aces and recording 12.5 blocks in the match.

After letting the first set slip away, TCU rebounded by controlling sets two and three from the very beginning to go up 2-1 in the match. Iowa State would not go away quietly as they came back in the fourth set to push the decisive fifth set. The Cyclones would take a 3-1 advantage to start the final set, but TCU won four straight points to go up 5-3. The teams traded points until a service error by Iowa State started a 5-0 run that included two blocks by Natalie Gower to secure the 15-11 win.

Sarita Mikals became the sixth player in TCU volleyball history to score a triple-double as the senior finished with 10 kills, 10 digs and 10 total blocks. Three other players finished in double figures offensively as Regan McGuire put down 13 kills, while Ashley Smith and Jillian Bergeson each finished with a double-double of 13 kills and 13 digs and 12 kills and 14 digs, respectively. Kaylee Smith was the final player to finish with a double-double as the junior dished out 30 assists and picked up 13 digs.

Stat of the Match
1 - The match was filled with many firsts including the first win in program history in Ames, Iowa. The first win by head coach Jill Kramer over Iowa State and the first triple-double recorded under the helm of Kramer.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Assistant Coach Brian Wright
Opening Statement
"Our offensive balance was awesome tonight. This is a tough place to play. Iowa State is well-coached, they had a great game plan throughout and we did a really good job of spreading the ball around when we needed to and we had different people coming through for us at different times. Our defense really stepped up late in the match.

On what was the difference in the match after dropping the fourth set
"Iowa State renewed their energy a little bit and played really good defense on the floor in the fourth. It got us on our heels a little bit and we had a little bit of trouble scoring. We got our balance back in the fifth set and it gave us a much better chance of getting people kills.

-TCU improves to 9-3 overall this season, 2-2 in away matches and 2-0 against conference opponents in 2016
-The match tonight was the ninth meeting all-time with Iowa State still holding the advantage in the series record at 7-2
-This was the first win in program history for TCU over Iowa State in Ames, Iowa
-The win marked win No. 94 in Jill Kramer's career
-TCU has started Big 12 Conference action 2-0 for only the second time in program history and first since 2012
-Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire led the team in kills for the second and fourth time, respectively, this season
-The triple-double by Sarita Mikals was the first under the helm of Jill Kramer and Mikals became the sixth player in program history to record one and first since Oct. 13, 2011
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs for the fifth time this season
-Mikals led the team in blocking for the third time this season and the 10 total blocks is tied for ninth in a single match in program history
-TCU outblocked its opponent for the 11th time this season out of 12 matches

Up Next
TCU will continue on the road as the team heads to Morgantown, W. Va., to take on West Virginia on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 5 p.m., CT, inside the WVU Coliseum.



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