Historic Night for TCU Volleyball


Oct. 28, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - It was a historic night of firsts for the TCU volleyball team, as the Horned Frogs upset and swept No. 2 Texas 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20) to hand the Longhorns their first Big 12 loss this season in front of over 2,000 fans on Wednesday night inside the University Recreation Center.

The Longhorns (18-2, 8-1 Big 12) came into the match having swept seven of its last eight league opponents, but the Horned Frogs (16-5, 6-3 Big 12) controlled the match from the very first point as the team scored its first victory over Texas in program history, its first win over a top-10 ranked opponent and its first victory this season over a ranked foe.

Texas was averaging a .307 hitting clip, which ranked No. 4 nationally, but TCU held the Longhorns to their lowest hitting percentage of the season at .183 in the match. The Frogs were able to lead the match in kills (41), digs (41) and blocks (8.5), while also recording above a .300 hitting clip for the sixth time this season.

Sarita Mikals was the leader offensively and defensively with a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs. Ashley Smith chipped in eight kills on the night, while Ashleigh Martin and Regan McGuire were both good for seven kills apiece.

Stat of the Match
2 - The ranking of Texas coming into the match, which makes the victory the first over a ranked opponent this season for TCU and its first win over a top-10 ranked opponent in program history.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I think our players came just to get after it from the get-go tonight. I think they played with a lot of confidence and I think they played with a lot of poise. With it being the first match of conference action in the second round and us coming off a bye over the weekend, we spent a lot of time kind of talking about what our actions need to be going into the second round of conference play. They committed to some things and saw them through tonight and that is what great teams do. I think they played point-for-point, they stayed in the moment and I didn't do much. We let them go. This was all them. They did a great job and I am really proud of them.

On the many firsts tonight
"I love firsts. I just do. It is why I came to school here because it was the first team and there was a lot of history that was going to be made. There are always firsts to be had and being in such a great league like the Big 12, we have opportunities to play really great teams every night. There is always something different with every team. Jerritt (Elliott) has done such a good job at Texas in building that program and he is someone that I have a lot of respect for and look up to and that is what makes a match like this even sweeter. It is not that we won the match or that we played great, it is that we stepped on the court with a team like Texas and we gave it our best, put some really good strings of points together and were able to come out on top. So that is what makes it a little more sweet I think."

Notes
-With the win by the Frogs, TCU picks up its first win in the series, with Texas leading the overall record at 10-1
-TCU is now 7-1 in matches played at the University Recreation Center
-The Frogs have now sold out six of their home matches including all five Big 12 home matches this season thus far
-The six Big 12 wins thus far this season is tied for the most in program history
-The win over the ranked Longhorns marks the first ranked victory for the Horned Frogs this season and also the first since a 3-2 win over No. 24 Oklahoma on Nov. 5, 2014
-The victory was the first for Jill Kramer over Texas and the first ranked victory of her career
-The downing of the top-5 opponent was a first in program history
-Sarita Mikals led the team in kills for the third time this season and digs for the second time this season
-Mikals scored her third double-double of the season and 22nd of her career with 11 kills and 12 digs
-Kaylee Smith and Alexia Heist each dished out 16 assists on the night
-Regan McGuire led the team for the second straight match with three service aces on the night
-Natalie Gower led the team for the 10th time this season with five blocks
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 18th time this season

Up Next
TCU will take to the road to face Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., in Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kan.


 

 

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