Oct. 10, 2015
LUBBOCK, Texas - Freshman Ashleigh Martin had a career-day, as the TCU volleyball team picked up its fourth straight Big 12 Conference victory for the first time in program history with a 3-0 (30-28, 25-23, 25-16) sweep of Texas Tech on Saturday morning in Lubbock, Texas at the United Supermarkets Arena.
After a sluggish start with the team falling behind by as much as eight in the first set, the Horned Frogs (14-4, 4-2 Big 12) had to battle back with Martin knocking down six kills, while the team totaled 6.5 blocks in the set to complete a comeback against the Red Raiders (12-7, 1-4 Big 12) and start the run towards the ninth sweep of the season.
TCU would go to control the remainder of the match and finished with 15.5 total blocks for the team's 10th double-digit blocking match of the season and third in the last four matches.
Martin finished with a career- and match-high 13 kills, to go along with a career-high seven blocks. Ashley Smith notched her eighth double-double of the season and 20th of her career with 11 kills and 10 digs on the day. Alexia Heist was able to put in her third double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 18 assists and 12 digs on the day.
Stat of the Match
15.5 - The number of blocks posted by TCU in the match, which marked the third time in the last four matches the team has recorded double-digit blocks and the 10th time this season.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"We came out pretty slow, which I was not very happy with. I am pretty sure I called both timeouts really pretty early for us. We just kept talking to the team about how we had to play our game. We were not communicating very well, which led to a lot of poor first ball contacts, which totally affects the rest of your game. We shored up our communication a little bit and got into a better rhythm. Once we hit our stride, we didn't take our foot off the gas which was really nice to see."
On Ashleigh Martin's performance
"It has been the best performance from her to date. She had another great one on Wednesday as well against Oklahoma. When you have a young player and a lot of upper classmen, they have to find their place and earn their way into the group. I think she is doing that steadily every match, which is really nice to see.
-With the win by the Horned Frogs, TCU picks up its sixth win in the series with the series now tied at 6-6.
-The victory in Lubbock over Texas Tech marks the first victory for TCU at the United Supermarkets Arena since 2012
-The win on the road improves TCU to 4-3 in away matches
-The victory marked the fourth straight win for the Frogs and is also the first time in program history the team has won four straight Big 12 matches
-TCU won for the 12th time this season when leading 2-0 in the match
-The victory was also the ninth sweep of the season
-Ashleigh Martin led the team in kills for the first time this season and also had double-digit kills for the first time in her career
-TCU had two players with double-doubles in the match with Ashley Smith (11 kills, 10 digs) and Alexia Heist (18 assists, 12 digs)
-Smith recorded her eighth double-double of the season and 10th in her career, while Heist notched her third double-double and 22nd of her career
-Alexia Heist dished out a team-high 18 assists to mark the 13th match leading the team in assists
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs for the fifth time this season and notched double-digit digs for the ninth time this season and 47th time in her career with 14 on the day
-Regan McGuire led the team in blocking for the 12th time this season with eight against the Red Raiders
-The 15.5 blocks marks the third time in the last four matches and 10th time this season TCU has recorded double-digit blocks
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 15th time this season
-The seven service aces recorded by TCU tied for the season-high
-The Frogs finished the match with five service aces and more aces than errors for the fourth time this season
TCU will have a bye and then will be back in action by traveling to Iowa State for a Saturday, Oct. 17 showdown at Noon at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.