TCU Can't Stop No. 15 Kansas

Sept. 26, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In its only home match in the month of September, the TCU volleyball team played in front of its fourth largest crowd in program history of 1,959 fans but ultimately dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-18, 26-24) match-up with No. 15 Kansas on Saturday afternoon inside the University Recreation Center.

Playing its second ranked team in a row and the top offensive team in the country, the Horned Frogs (10-4, 0-2) struggled offensively and could only muster a season-low 23 kills on the day, while the Jayhawks (14-0, 2-0) remained undefeated on the season by recording 51 kills, six service aces and a .234 hitting clip.

Sarita Mikals led the team for the second straight match with six kills on the day, while Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Ashleigh Martin each chipped in four kills. Alexia Heist fell just short of a double-double with 13 assists and nine digs, while Sutton Sunstrum was able to pick up 16 digs. Regan McGuire and Natalie Gower led the blocking efforts at the net with four blocks apiece.

Stat of the Match
1,959 - The number of fans in attendance at Saturday's match, which marked the fourth largest crowd in program history.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I think Kansas is very well coached and a very great team this year. They are probably the best serving team we have seen to this point in the season and it definitely showed. From the beginning, we didn't really get in a good passing rhythm, which made it really tough to run our offense and you can definitely see that in the numbers.

"Other than that, blocking wise we touched a lot of balls. They run a really quick offense and we wanted to touch or slow down a lot balls. They started tipping and we just needed to be better at running those down and playing so we are making them do what we want to do. I thought Kansas played a great game and we needed to be able to do a lot more to be able to compete better. Our staff will work really hard to have our players ready next time we see them."

On the positives that can be taken away from the match
"We had moved some people around just a tad bit and I think Ashleigh Martin came in and did a really good job for us on the right side. I have said this before, but she has a great energy about her and she goes out and makes plays. I thought that was really great. I thought Sarita (Mikals) made some good plays for us, especially at the beginning of the match. We were really trying to get our team to tool the block a lot. We work on that a lot. We started out that way and when things weren't really going the way we wanted to them, we stopped and we would have liked to see that keep going.

"I actually thought Jillian (Bergeson) had a really good performance for us today. We would like to see her put away the ball a little bit more, but she did a good job of making really good shots when things were out of kilter a little bit. When she needed to put the ball in play, she put it to the right spot. Lastly, I think Regan (McGuire) and Natalie (Gower) did a really great job against a really good offense. Playing middle blocker means you don't get pats on the back or rewarded in a lot of the things that you do and they slowed down the ball a lot and they blocked some balls in key moments. From the beginning of the match, it was really obvious that Kansas had a lot of respect for Natalie offensively. They did a good job with her and she came along a little bit near the end of the match, but they worked hard to really stop her."

-With the win by the Jayhawks, Kansas now holds a 6-2 advantage in the series record with TCU
-The loss marks the first defeat at home this season, with the Horned Frogs now sitting at 3-1 in matches played at the University Recreation Center
-Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, TCU is now 2-2 in Big 12 home openers
-The 1,959 fans in attendance is the fourth largest crowd in program history and the largest since the 1,927 in attendance at the match against Texas Tech on Oct. 12, 2013
-Sarita Mikals led the team in kills for the second straight match with six on the day
-Alexia Heist dished out a team-high 13 assists to mark the 11th match leading the team in assists
-Natalie Gower and Regan McGuire each posted four blocks in the match to lead the team
-Sutton Sunstrum finished the evening with double-digit digs for the 10th time this season and led the team in digs for the ninth time this season
-Sunstrum has recorded double-digit digs a total of 52 times in her career
-With the 8.5 blocks in the match, TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 11th time this season

Up Next
TCU will take to the road and will travel to Morgantown, W. Va., for a midweek match-up with West Virginia on Wednesday, Sept. 30 at 5 p.m., CDT, in the WVU Coliseum. The match can be streamed live and for free on Mountaineer TV through



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