TCU Battles Hard Against Texas

Nov. 2, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A tough battle Wednesday night did not end in TCU volleyball's favor as they came up just short to No. 5 Texas, 3-1 (20-25, 25-17, 25-13, 27-25), at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center in Fort Worth.

The Horned Frogs (10-11, 3-8 Big 12) were able to snag the opening set after holding the Longhorns (18-3, 10-1 Big 12) to a negative hitting percentage. Early runs in sets two and three by Texas gave them too much of an advantage that TCU could not overcome. The teams tied on nine occasions in the fourth set and the Frogs were able to hold off three match points, but one final attack error gave Texas the set and the match.

Ashley Smith finished with a double-double of 15 kills and 16 digs to lead the team offensively and defensively. Natalie Gower put down nine kills with no errors on 18 swings for a .500 hitting clip, while Sarita Mikals was also good for nine kills. Regan McGuire shut down at the net with eight total blocks, while Mikals and Scheevel also picked up double-digit digs from the backrow with 13 and 12, respectively.

Stat of the Match
3 - Ashley Smith recorded 15 kills against Texas to reach exactly 1,000 career kills in her career. Smith becomes the third person this season to reach the 1,000 career plateau as Sarita Mikals and Jillian Bergeson achieved the feat with digs.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I just got done talking to our team and the biggest things that we were talking about is how they really put it all out there. We fought really hard and it is the best volleyball we have played in a long time as a team and as a group. We moved from point-to-point really well and played the way you want to be playing this time of year and really fought. We will get back at it tomorrow but more than anything, I am really proud of their fight."

-TCU falls to 10-11 overall this season, 7-4 in home matches and 3-8 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win, Texas goes up 12-1 in the series record with TCU
-Ashley Smith recorded 15 kills in the match to reach 1,000 career kills exactly to become the 10th person in program history to attain the feat
-Along with her double-digit kills, Smith also led the team on defense with 16 digs to mark her fifth double-double of the season and 30th of her career
-Smith led the team for the fourth time this season in kills and third time in digs
-Natalie Gower hit above .300 for the 12th time this season and 42nd time in her career with nine kills, no errors on 18 swings for a .500 hitting clip
-Kaylee Smith led the team in assists for the 12th time this season and also led the team in service aces for the ninth time
-Regan McGuire totaled eight blocks in the match to lead the team for the 10th time this season while also recording five or more blocks for the 35th time in her career
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 16th time this season out of 21 matches

Up Next
TCU will conclude the two-match home stand by welcoming Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 5 p.m., with the match airing live on FSSW+.



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