Oct. 8, 2016
MANHATTAN, Kan. - In the second straight road match of the week, the TCU volleyball team came up just short as they dropped a 3-1 (33-31, 21-25, 25-18, 25-12) decision to Kansas State on Saturday afternoon inside Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.
After the Horned Frogs (10-6, 3-3 Big 12) and the Wildcats (14-4, 3-2) split the opening two sets, K-State dominated the third set with a .607 hitting clip and used the momentum to take an early lead in the fourth set as TCU could not recover and Kansas State won the match in four sets.
Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire led the offensive effort for TCU with 11 kills each, while Natalie Gower finished with 10 kills. Jillian Bergeson and Kayla Scheevel anchored the back row with 16 kills each, while McGuire finished with a team-best six total blocks to lead the team at the net.
Stat of the Match
10 - The number of blocks TCU recorded against Kansas State to mark the seventh match this season recording double-digit blocks and fourth time in the last five matches.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"I think we came out in the first, second and about halfway through the third set competing really hard. We actually ran out of subs in the first set because it went deep to 33-31. We were playing in all different kinds of positions, but the team stayed locked in and focused and came back and won the second set by serving really tough. We competed pretty hard the first part of that third set and then kind of let up a little bit. I can tell by how tough we are serving how engaged and how aggressive we are being and we just stopped being aggressive at 17-all in the third.
"We have some things that we have to figure out and it is still early in the Big 12 season. We are not quite halfway through and I do think this was one of our better matches to date quite honestly. Kansas State is a great team and they played great volleyball. This is a tough environment to play in and I think our team can leave here knowing we played really solid volleyball for the majority of that match. We have to be good all the way through."
-TCU falls to 10-6 overall this season, 2-5 in away matches and 3-3 against conference opponents in 2016
-Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire each led TCU in kills with 11 in the match
-Smith totaled double-digit kills for the fourth time this season and 47th time in her career
-McGuire finished with double-digit kills for the seventh time this season and 15th time in her career
-Smith finished with 11 kills and 12 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and 29th of her career
-Natalie Gower recorded double-digit kills for the fifth time this season and third match in a row with 10 against Kansas State
-Lamprini Konstantinidou led the team in assists for the third straight match and eighth time this season with 26 in the loss
-Three players scored double-digit digs in the match led by Jillian Bergeson (16) and Kayla Scheevel (16) along with Smith (12)
-Bergeson scored double-digit digs for the 12th time this season and the 65th time in her career
-Scheevel also picked up double-digit digs for the ninth time this season and eighth match in a row
-McGuire paced the blocking effort with six in the match to mark the eighth time this season she had put up five or more blocks
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 14th time this season out of 16 matches played
-The Frogs scored double-digit blocks for the seventh time this season and the fourth time out of the last five matches
TCU will get their first bye of the season next week before resuming action at home against Kansas on Saturday, Oct. 15 at 5 p.m., at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center with the match airing live on FSSW+.