Oct. 22, 2016
Final Stats |
FORT WORTH, Texas -- For the second straight match, the TCU volleyball team had a sold-out crowd of over 1,800 people on hand but the Horned Frogs could not overcome a strong Iowa State offense as they fell 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-19) on Saturday night at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.
The Frogs (10-9, 3-6 Big 12) went toe-to-toe with the Cyclones (11-9, 3-5 Big 12) in the opening set and tied up the match at 23-23 before an Iowa State kill and TCU attack error gave the set to the visitors. Strong early runs in the final two sets pushed the momentum towards the Cyclones as they defeated TCU in every statistical category to go on and win the match in straight sets.
Regan McGuire paced the TCU offense with nine kills, while Anna Walsh totaled six kills in the match. Jillian Bergeson and Sarita Mikals recorded double-digit digs in the match with 11 and 10, respectively. Mikals and Natalie Gower were the leaders at the net with three blocks a piece.
Stat of the Match
997 -- The number of digs Sarita Mikals has totaled in her career. With just three more digs and seven matches left in the regular season, Mikals will become the 12th player in program history to record over 1,000 digs in her career and the second this season.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"It was a tough one tonight against Iowa State. The crowd was great again and I think that was our highest number attendance to date once again so thank you fans for being so supportive. You guys have unwavering support and you were there the whole time, stuck with us and we really appreciate that. That first set was close and we had some good things going, but so did Iowa State. That was a pretty good first set and I thought we fought tooth and nail with them but just came up a little short there. They had a couple of runs of points in the second set and we kept coming back and chipping away, but it was too little too late. Then it was kind of the same thing in the third. We have to have thicker skin, we have to fight harder and we have to get better and our players know that. We know that we are a lot better team than we are playing right now and we have to play better team ball. We are going to get after it in the gym this week. We have a bye and there is no rest for the weary. We are getting after it. We are going to get ready to go up to Oklahoma over the weekend."
-TCU falls to 10-9 overall this season, 7-3 in home matches and 3-6 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win by Iowa State, the Cyclones go up 8-2 in the overall series record with TCU
-Regan McGuire led the team for a team-best sixth match this season in kills with nine against Iowa State
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs for the seventh time this season and recorded double-digit digs for the 13th time this season and 66th time in her career
-Gower also led the team in blocking for the 11th time this season and Sarita Mikals for the fourth time in 2016
-TCU was out-blocked by its opponent for only the fifth time this season
TCU will get a bye on Wednesday before resuming Big 12 play by traveling to Norman, Okla., to face Oklahoma on Saturday, Oct. 29 at Noon inside McCasland Field House.