TCU Wins Five-Set Thriller

Oct. 8, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team pulled off its second straight five-set thriller on Wednesday night with a 3-2 (25-23, 25-20, 19-25, 24-25, 18-16) victory over Oklahoma in front of its third straight sold-out crowd inside the University Recreation Center.

Trailing 12-9 in the final set, the Horned Frogs (13-4, 3-2 Big 12) used a kill from Ashley Smith to spark a 3-0 run to even up the battle for the match against the Sooners (7-9, 1-3 Big 12). After four more ties and two match-points attempts by TCU, the Frogs third try at the win was successful, as Smith was able to put down her team-best 15th kill of the match to seal the comeback victory.

TCU's defense at the net was the best this season, as the team put up a season-high 19.5 blocks against Oklahoma, which is also the fifth-most by the Frogs in a match in program history. Regan McGuire tied her career-high and the TCU single-match program record by finishing with 12 blocks on the night. The TCU offense was powered by four players that boasted double-digit kills in the match, with Smith (15), McGuire (10), Sarita Mikals (14) and Natalie Gower (11).

Stat of the Match
19.5 - The number of blocks posted by TCU in the match which marked not only a season-high for the team, but it is also the fifth best blocking performance by the Frogs in program history.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I think this was a really hard fought battle tonight of two pretty evenly matched teams. We were both running a 6-2 all night, so there was a lot of offense on both sides. I really think it was the best serving performance from our team all season only because they were really steady and we have talked about them staying at it and hitting zones with pace all night and they did a really good job of that especially late in sets. I think this is the first match we played where we really saw instant replay come into play. I thought both coaches used it pretty well and we had some calls go both ways. At the end of the day, our team worked really hard, they battled together and they really trusted each other."

On the turning point in the match
"In the first and second sets, I thought we played really well and they struggled a bit. When Oklahoma came out in the third set, they played really tough and completely different and the same thing in the fourth set. It went back-and-forth a little bit, but at the end of the fourth set, we had that challenge and when we came out of it, there was a play there that Alexia Heist ran down two balls really hard in one play and we ended up winning that play. Even though we didn't win that set, I thought that was a real turning point for our team. We were behind in the fifth set, but I still felt like we were working really hard and we were learning and making changes throughout the last set. Especially in the fifth set, all I ever tell them is to enjoy playing, trust each other, trust yourself right now and that we believe in them. That is what we talk about."

-With the win by the Horned Frogs, TCU picks up its third win in the series with Oklahoma still holding an advantage with a 9-3 record
-The victory in Fort Worth over Oklahoma marks the second straight season TCU has defeated the Sooners at home
-The win on at home improves the Frogs to 5-1 on the season inside the University Recreation Center
-The victory was also the second straight five-set victory of the season for TCU
-TCU won for the 11th time this season when leading 2-0 in the match
-The win marked the third straight Big 12 victory for TCU, which ties for the longest winning streak in Big 12 play in program history for the Frogs
-Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the eighth time this season and attacks for the 11th time
-TCU had two players with double-doubles in the match with Smith (15 kills, 14 digs) and Sarita Mikals (14 kills, 11 digs)
-Smith recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 19th in her career, while Mikals notched her second double-double and 21st of her career
-Alexia Heist dished out a team-high 26 assists to mark the 12th match leading the team in assists
-Sutton Sunstrum and Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs with 15 apiece
-Regan McGuire led the team with a career-best 12 blocks on the night
-The 12 blocks by McGuire also ties the school record for blocks in a single match
-The 19.5 blocks recorded by TCU is the fifth most by a TCU team in program history
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 14th time this season
-The seven service aces recorded by TCU tied for the season-high

Up Next
TCU continues Big 12 play by traveling to Lubbock, Texas to take on Texas Tech on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 11 a.m., at the United Supermarkets Arena.



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