Records Fall in Victory Over OU




Oct. 1, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Multiple records fell on Saturday as the TCU volleyball team battled to a 3-2 (25-18, 21-25, 26-24, 21-25, 15-4) victory over Oklahoma in front of a sold-out crowd at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

In only the second time in program history that the Horned Frogs (10-4, 3-1 Big 12) have played three consecutive five-set matches in a one-week time frame, the team finished with a school-record 23.5 blocks, while also improving to 3-1 in Big 12 play for the first time in program history with the win over the Sooner (9-7, 0-3 Big 12).

After splitting the first four sets, TCU was nearly unstoppable in the final set as Natalie Gower recorded six blocks to improve her total to a school-record 15 in the match. Oklahoma was forced to use both its timeouts after the Frogs went up 7-2 and they continued to roll as Ashley Smith knocked down two straight kills to seal the win in the set and the overall match victory.

Gower was one of three players to record double-digit kills and she finished with her first double-double of 15 kills to go along with the 15 blocks. Jillian Bergeson led the team with 17 kills and 12 digs, while Smith totaled 16 kills and 12 digs for her third double-double of the season. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith dished out the offense with 27 and 21 assists, respectively, while Kayla Scheevel finished with a team-high 15 digs.

Stat of the Match
2 - TCU broke two school records in the five-set win over Oklahoma. Natalie Gower set the individual match record in blocking with 15, while the team totaled 23.5 which breaks a 16-year-old team match record.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Assistant Coach Sara Matthews
Opening Statement
"I think the biggest thing is that it was a really good team effort. The most special part about this team is that we have anyone that can step up at any time and we have had different people be leaders in different matches. This match was no different. They have done a really good job of playing a team game and no matter if they are on or off, they are sticking with it and doing some really good things. Our defense was great tonight and I think that was the biggest difference in this match."

Notes
-TCU improves to 10-4 overall this season, 7-1 in home matches and 3-1 against conference opponents in 2016
-The match tonight was the 14th meeting all-time with Oklahoma, with TCU earning its fourth win in the series
-This was the third straight season that the match against Oklahoma played in Fort Worth went five sets with TCU winning all three times
-With the victory, Jill Kramer now has 95 career wins
-TCU has started the Big 12 season 3-1 for the first time in program history
-This is the first time since 2008 and only the second time in program history that TCU has played three consecutive five-set matches in a one-week time frame
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in kills for the first time this season and had her 25th double-double of her career
-With Gower's 15 blocks, TCU has now broken two individual match records this season
-Gower had the first double-double of her career with 15 kills and 15 blocks
-Ashley Smith finished with double-digit kills for the third time this season and recorded her 28th double-double
-Kayla Scheevel had double-digit digs for the seventh time this season and sixth straight match
-TCU outblocked its opponent for the 13th time this season out of 14 matches

Up Next
TCU will go on the road for the next two matches as they travel to Waco, Texas to face Baylor on Wednesday, Oct. 5 at 6 p.m., on ESPNU, before traveling to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m.


 

 

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