Horned Frogs Topple K-State






Nov. 5, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A dominant performance on both the offensive and defensive side led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-12, 25-22) sweep of Kansas State on Saturday night at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The win for the Horned Frogs (11-11, 4-8 Big 12) was its second this season over an opponent ranked inside the top-15 of the RPI as TCU recorded a .311 hitting clip and 10 total blocks in the victory over the Wildcats (17-8, 6-6 Big 12). Strong runs in the beginning of the opening two sets were enough to easily give TCU the sets, while they had to battle back in the final set to secure the sweep. The Frogs held Kansas State to its second lowest hitting percentage of the season at .137 while also limiting their offense to 35 kills and one service ace.

Ashleigh Martin led the team with 13 kills while also putting up four total blocks in the match. Natalie Gower was good for seven kills and zero errors on 14 swings with a .500 hitting percentage for the second straight match, while also leading the blocking effort with eight total blocks. Jillian Bergeson donned the libero jersey for the first time in her TCU career and finished with a team-best 19 digs.

Stat of the Match
.311 - The hitting percentage that TCU recorded as a team in the match was the highest in Big 12 action this season and the highest since Sept. 17 when they scored a 3-2 win over then-No. 8 North Carolina.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I was proud to see how well our team played together tonight. We have not done that in a while and you could tell that they were working together for a common purpose and enjoying their time on the court together. When they just stay focused on the process, get locked in and execute the game plan well, I think we are a great team. I am glad that they could get out there and feel that again today. It was a lot of fun to coach them."

Notes
-TCU improves to 11-11 overall this season, 8-4 in home matches and 4-8 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win, TCU gets victory No. 3 in the overall series but Kansas State still has the advantage at 7-3
-Jill Kramer recorded win No. 96 in her career with the sweep
-Ashleigh Martin led the team in kills for the fourth time this season and also recorded double-digit kills for the fifth time in 2016
-The four total blocks recorded by Martin tied her season-high
-Natalie Gower hit above .300 for the 13th time this season and 43rd time in her career with seven kills, no errors on 14 swings for a .500 hitting clip
-Gower led the team in blocking for the 12th time this season and recorded five plus blocks for the ninth time in 2016 and 31st time in her career
-Regan McGuire finished with a team-best two service aces which also marked a season-high for the senior
-Jillian Bergeson donned the libero jersey for the first time in her career and finished with a team-best 19 digs
-Bergeson finished with double-digit digs for the 14th time this season and 67th time in her career
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 17th time this season out of 22 matches

Up Next
TCU will get its final bye of the season on Wednesday before traveling to Lawrence, Kan., to face No. 4 Kansas on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 4 p.m.


 

 

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