Sept. 30, 2015
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - For the first time since 2013, the TCU volleyball team picked up a Big 12 road victory with a 3-1 (25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 25-22) win over West Virginia on Wednesday night at the WVU Coliseum in Morgantown, W. Va.
The middle blockers were the difference in the match for the Horned Frogs (11-4, 1-2), as Regan McGuire scored 12 kills and six blocks, while Natalie Gower was able to put down 10 kills and seven blocks against the Mountaineers (5-8, 0-2). Both middles were extremely efficient in the match, with McGuire recording a .526 clip and Gower hitting .450.
The blocking game was also the star of the match, as TCU stuffed a season-high 15 blocks on the night for its eighth double-digit block match of the season. Sarita Mikals tied her season-high with eight on the night to lead the Frogs.
Stat of the Match
15 - The number of blocks TCU recorded in the match for a season-high.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"I thought this was a real battle tonight. I saw West Virginia play some really good volleyball and for pretty long stretches of time. We did too at times and I think at the end when we calmed down, made plays when we needed to make plays, really trusted one another, took big swings and then we saw some great results. I think it was an interesting match coming back here where I coached before. I think it was great for both teams to get it under our belts and get it behind us."
On the production from the middles tonight
"Regan (McGuire) and Natalie (Gower) really did a great job of making themselves available. We passed and played defense well enough to feed them the ball a lot. That is really good see because we struggled against Kansas passing. I think we really stepped it up here and we did a much better job and it gave us a chance to set our middles in our offense."
-With the win by the Horned Frogs, TCU now leads the overall series with a 6-2 record over West Virginia
-The victory in Morgantown marks the second for TCU in the series and first since 2012
-The win on the road moves TCU to 3-3 on the season in away matches
-The Big 12 road victory marked the first for TCU since Oct. 10, 2013 when the Frogs swept Baylor in Waco, Texas
-Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer defeated West Virginia for the first time in her career after previously being the head coach of the Mountaineers the last five seasons
-Regan McGuire led the team in kills for the fourth time this season and scored double-digit kills for the third time
-Natalie Gower recorded double-digit kills for the first time this season and also scored a season-high with 10 kills on the night
-Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 23 assists to mark the sixth match leading the team in assists
-Sarita Mikals tied her career-high by posting eight blocks in the match to lead the team
-Ashley Smith picked up double-digit digs for the eighth time this season to lead the team
-With 15 blocks in the match, TCU finished with double-digit blocks for the eighth time this season and first time in conference action
TCU will return home and will welcome Kansas State for a 5 p.m., showdown with the Wildcats on Saturday, Oct. 3 inside the University Recreation Center.