TCU Wins Five-Set Battle With Bears

Oct. 21, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of the second largest crowd in program history of 2,229 fans, the TCU volleyball team came back to down Baylor 3-2 (18-25, 25-20, 22-25, 25-21, 15-10) on Wednesday night inside the University Recreation Center.

The Horned Frogs (15-5, 5-3 Big 12) scored their first victory this season after being down 2-1 in the match to the Bears (14-7, 2-5 Big 12), TCU has won five of their last six matches to close out the first half of league action.

After dropping two of the opening three frames, TCU used a dominant fourth set where the Frogs scored 17 kills with zero errors for a .607 hitting clip and four blocks to force a decisive fifth set. The teams traded points to begin the final set but after switching sides, TCU turned up the offense as the Frogs struck down five more kills to close out the victory.

Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the 10th time this season with 17 on the night to go along with team-best 13 digs for her 10th double-double of the season. Sarita Mikals picked up 11 kills on the night, while Jillian Bergeson finished with 11 digs. Natalie Gower also had a career-night for TCU with 10 blocks, while also finishing with eight kills and no errors for a .615 hitting percentage.

Stat of the Match
12 - The number of matches this season that TCU has recorded double-digit blocks. The 15.5 blocks by the Frogs against Baylor was the fourth straight match with 10+ blocks.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"This has become a little bit of the norm here as of late. It was a little bit different because we went back-and-forth with these guys. Being from the area originally and recruiting from the Texas area, at some point, I had recruited just about every body on that court or watched them play volleyball or coached them in USA volleyball. You just knew that there were a lot of really great volleyball players out on that court with two staffs that are working their hardest to build really outstanding programs. In my mind, just knowing girls on both sides of the net, you have two really bought in teams. The Baylor staff is doing a really great job.

"We knew it was going to be a fight and the great thing about it is when you look at the numbers and you look at the stats, this was a good volleyball match. These are really good numbers that both teams put up and it really great to see both teams rise to the occasion of such a strong rivalry. We are really looking forward to what that continues to be in the future."

-With the win by the Frogs, TCU picks up its fifth win in the series with the overall series record sitting at 10-5 in favor of Baylor
-TCU is now 6-1 in matches played at the University Recreation Center
-The Frogs have now sold out five of their home matches including all four Big 12 home matches this season thus far
-The five wins in the first half of Big 12 play were the most by the Frogs in program history
-TCU scored its first victory this season after being down 2-1 in the match
-Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the 10th this season and posted double-digit kills for the 12th time in 2015
-Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 26 assists in the match to mark the eighth time in leading the team this season
-Smith led the team in digs for the sixth time this season, as the junior also recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 21st of her career
-Regan McGuire was able to get a career-high four service aces against Baylor
-Natalie Gower led all players with 10 blocks on the night, which not only marked a career-high, but also puts the junior in the TCU record book at tied for sixth for blocks in a single match
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 17th time this season
-The Frogs recorded double-digit blocks for the 12th time this season and fourth match in a row with 15.5 on the day

Up Next
TCU will be off this weekend before returning to action on Wednesday, Oct. 28, by welcoming No. 2 Texas to the Rec Center for a 6:30 p.m., showdown that will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.



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