Oct. 3, 2015
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of a sold-out crowd at home inside the University Recreation Center, the TCU volleyball pulled out a 3-2 (25-23, 25-19, 21-25, 17-25, 15-9) victory over Kansas State on Saturday night.
Despite going up 2-0 in the match, the Horned Frogs (12-4, 2-2) had to fight off a persistent Wildcats (9-6, 1-2) team that would push the match into the decisive fifth set. The offense and defense came alive in the final frame, as TCU struck down eight kills and only one error and put up four total blocks to win the match.
Kansas State was able to put down more kills in the match (67 to 64), but TCU was more efficient with a .217 clip, while also shutting down at the net with eight total blocks. Ashley Smith was clutch offensively in key moments of the match and finished with a match-, season- and career-high 23 kills on the night, to go along with a .389 hitting percentage, 11 digs and five total blocks.
Stat of the Match
15 - The number of season- or career-highs that were tied or broken in the match tonight by all 10 TCU players that saw action.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"I thought our team fought really hard tonight. I thought that when we came out this evening, we played a really clean game. I think that all parts of our game were really good in the first set, the second set was a bit of a battle and then Kansas State really picked up their defensive effort in the third and fourth set. We saw a lot more balls coming back. In the fifth set, we just really honed in. I think our block turned it on and then our offensive numbers were really great in the fifth set. We practice being in the fifth set a lot and the things that need to happen in a game like that and I thought you could really see that come out."
On Ashley Smith's performance tonight
"The first few matches of conference play, she hadn't quite been herself. In practice, we have been telling her to just hit her best shot and not all these other shots. I think you really saw that tonight. She was playing to her strengths tonight and they had a really hard time stopping her, so we just kept feeding her the ball. She put the team on her back and just went. I was asking them to be excited, celebrate everything and enjoy what they are doing. She put the team on her back and did that all night long."
-With the win by the Horned Frogs, TCU picks up its second win in the series with Kansas State still holding an advantage with a 5-2 record
-The victory in Fort Worth over Kansas State marks the second time TCU has defeated the Wildcats at home and first time since 2013
-The win on at home improves the Frogs to 4-1 on the season inside the University Recreation Center
-The victory was also the first five-set victory of the season for TCU
-TCU won for the 10th time this season when leading 2-0 in the match
-Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the seventh time this season and her 23 kills set a season- and career-high
-Smith recorded 20+ kills for only the second time in her career
-Smith recorded her sixth double-double of the season and 18th of her career with 23 kills and 11 digs
-Jillian Bergeson notched double-digit kills for the fifth time this season and recorded the fourth double-double of the season and 19th of her career with 12 kills and 16 digs
-Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 31 assists to mark the seventh match leading the team in assists
-Sarita Mikals led the team in digs with 19 on the night for the first time this season
-The 19 digs by Mikals set a season-high and tied her career-high and marked the fourth time this season recording double-digit digs
-Natalie Gower led the team in blocking for the eighth time this season with six on the night
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 13th time this season and finished with eight on the night
TCU continues its two-match home stand by welcoming Oklahoma on Wednesday, Oct. 7 at 8 p.m., inside the University Recreation Center. The match will be broadcast live on FOX Sports Southwest with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.