TCU Suffers Setback to No. 6 Kansas

Oct. 15, 2016

Final Stats

FORT WORTH, Texas - In the final home match of the first half of Big 12 play, the TCU volleyball team suffered a 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-22) setback to No. 6 Kansas on Saturday night at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

In front of the team's fifth straight sellout of the season, the Horned Frogs (10-7, 3-4 Big 12) struggled to get a rhythm offensively as the Jayhawks (17-2, 6-1 Big 12) held TCU to its lowest hitting percentage of the season at .056 and out-blocked the Frogs with 12 total in the match.

Natalie Gower led the team offensively with 7 total kills in the match and no errors for a .412 hitting clip. Gower also led the team defensively at the net along with Anna Walsh with three total blocks each. Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each picked up double-digit digs with 12 and 14, respectively.

Stat of the Match
11 - The number of matches this season that Natalie Gower has hit above .300. The senior has hit above that mark 41 times in her career and in the match against Kansas, it marked the fourth straight match with a .400 hitting clip or better.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"Well first and foremost, I want to thank our fans for coming out today. It was our largest attendance to date and I thought they were really into the match the whole time. We made it tough at times for them to have something to cheer about at the beginning. We just had a really tough time getting into a rhythm and they stuck in there with us and they had our backs and we love that.

"It took us a long time for us to get to a point where we were executing our game plan defensively. We started to digs some balls and pick some good spots blocking wise in the second and third sets. In the first set, we weren't really on our game plan that well. We have to get on that quicker. We were also in a little bit different of a lineup tonight and you could see that it affected some of our offensive rhythms. We got to get back in the gym with the girls and work on some things there. We held some of the players of a very good Kansas team to lower numbers which is what we wanted and then a couple of them went off. Kelsie Payne is a good player. She hit some really sharp and high angles and we expected her to do some really good things but we just wanted to slow some other people down and we did that a bit. It was more about us not being in an offensive rhythm. Again, it is another opportunity to get better and learn and get back in the gym and improve every day."

-TCU falls to 10-7 overall this season, 7-2 in home matches and 3-4 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win by the Jayhawks, Kansas improves to 8-2 all-time against the Frogs
-Natalie Gower led the team for the third time this season in kills with seven in the match
-The .412 hitting clip by Gower marked the 11th time this season and 41st time in her career she has hit above .400
-Gower also led the team in blocking for the ninth time this season along with Anna Walsh with three blocks each
-Sarita Mikals donned the libero jersey for the first time in her career and led the team in digs for the fifth time this season with 14 against Kansas
-Mikals totaled double-digit digs for the 12th time this season and 51st time in her career
-Mikals also led the team in service aces for the fifth time this season with two in the match
-Ashley Smith also finished with double-digit digs for the seventh time this season and 43rd time in her career with 12 in the match
-TCU was out-blocked by its opponent for only the third time this season
-The 1,808 fans in attendance was the largest crowd thus far in 2016 and marked the fifth straight sell-out and seventh overall this season

Up Next
TCU will wrap-up the first half of Big 12 play by traveling to Austin, Texas to face No. 4 Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. The match is the third of four nationally televised matches for the Frogs this season and will air live on FOX Sports Network.



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