Oct. 31, 2015
MANHATTAN, Kan. - The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback, as the team dropped a 3-1 (25-23, 25-17, 21-25, 25-22) decision on Saturday night to Kansas State inside Ahearn Field House in Manhattan, Kan.
The Horned Frogs (16-6, 6-4 Big 12) fell behind early as the Wildcats (14-8, 6-4 Big 12) won the opening two frames, but TCU did not give up and battled back to take the third set. Kansas State was able to jump out to an early 11-3 lead in the fourth set and the Frogs could never recover, as the Wildcats claimed the match in four.
TCU was able to outhit (.202) the Wildcats (.180) and lead in blocking (14.0 to 9.0), but Kansas State held the edge in kills (60), service aces (5) and digs (82). With the win by the Wildcats, TCU and Kansas State have now split the series this season.
Ashleigh Martin led the team in kills with 14 on the night, while Ashley Smith put together 11 kills to go along with 10 digs. Sarita Mikals was just short of double-digit kills with nine kills on the night and zero errors to go along with a .391 hitting clip and 13 digs.
Stat of the Match
13 - The 14.0 blocks by TCU marked the 13th match this season where the team has posted a double-digit blocking effort. The Frogs have had 10+ blocks in six Big 12 matches this season.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Our girls came out pretty sharp in some areas tonight and then they were not so sharp in other areas. I thought we didn't do as good of a job as we needed to in taking care of the easier stuff. The easy balls in the first set that came over the net and things like that we didn't execute. I thought we didn't do a great job of executing our match plan, but we fought. We fought back and we tried to work through that. I do think that all-in-all, we learned a ton tonight.
"We are going to get back in the gym next week and work through a bunch of things. There is nothing that we need to absolutely change, but we just need to stick to what works for us and we didn't do that tonight. That is where things like this happen. When we stick to what works, we see a lot of success. When we go away from it, it can get away from us really fast.
-With the win by the Kansas State, the Wildcats win their sixth match in the series and lead the overall record with a 6-2 advantage
-TCU falls to 4-5 on the season in away matches
-With a 6-4 record in conference action, TCU is now tied for fourth in the league with Kansas State
-Since opening the second half of conference play, TCU has split the series meetings this season with both teams - Texas and Kansas State
-Ashleigh Martin led the team in kills for the second time this season with 14 on the night
-The 14 kills by Martin were a season- and career-high by the freshman
-Ashley Smith finished with double-digit kills for the 13th time this season and rounded out her 21st double-double of her career and 11th this season with 10 digs.
-Alexia Heist dished out a team-high 23 assists on the night and also scored her 23 rd double-double of her career and fourth this season with 17 digs
-The 17 digs by Heist is a season-high and ties her career-high Regan McGuire led the team for the 14 th time this season with 8.0 blocks against Kansas State
-McGuire now has 127 blocks this season and will need to average 6.0 blocks per match over the next six matches to break Jennifer Sebastian's school record of 162 blocks in a season
-TCU had five players score double-digit digs on the night. Along with Smith and Heist, Bergeson (19), Mikals (13) and Sunstrum (10) all recorded 10+ digs
-The 19 digs by Bergeson was a season-high and was the 11th time for the junior this season to record double-digit digs
-With 14.0 blocks in the match, TCU scored double-digit blocks for the 13th time this season
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 18th time this season
TCU will have next Wednesday off, before returning to action at home by welcoming Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 7 for a Noon showdown on FOX Sports Southwest Plus.