Nov. 12, 2016
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite a victory in the first set, the TCU volleyball team could not hold on as they lost a tough battle to No. 4 Kansas 3-1 (21-25, 25-16, 25-16, 25-17) on Saturday night inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan.
The Horned Frogs (11-12, 4-9 Big 12) and the Jayhawks (23-2, 12-1 Big 12) went toe-to-toe to open the match but a kill by Regan McGuire at 16-16 sparked a 5-2 run that put TCU firmly in control to take the set 25-21. Early runs by Kansas in the next two sets gave them the momentum to go up 2-1 before another point battle ensued in the fourth set. The Frogs were within one, but a 9-3 run by the Jayhawks closed out the match in their favor as they scored the win.
Natalie Gower led the team for the fifth time this season with 11 kills with Sarita Mkals and Anna Walsh chipping in nine kills in the match. Jillian Bergeson picked up a season- and career-high 29 digs in the match, while Ashley Smith was good for 11 digs. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith each served up an ace in the match as TCU did not allow the Kansas, the conference leader in service aces per set, to score one for the first time this season.
Stat of the Match
14 - The number of matches Natalie Gower has hit above .300 in this season. Gower led the team with 11 kills in the match against Kansas and had zero errors for a .379 hitting clip. It also marks the third match in a row she has hit above .300.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Our team came out and battled really hard with a great Kansas team. The first set, it was really tight and Kansas even got up a bit but we really battled. Our floor defense was really good. In the next few sets after that, we just had a difficult time siding out. They attacked us a little different serving and we needed to adjust a little bit quicker. Defensively though, our effort was there and blocking wise it was a little bit different for us. We didn't block as many balls as normal and didn't even slow down as many balls as normal. I will say that I thought our floor defense really did a good job behind the block. That was really one of the highlights - our floor defense and the effort that we had there."
-TCU falls to 11-12 overall this season, 2-8 in away matches and 4-9 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win, Kansas gets victory No. 9 in the overall series and has the advantage at 9-2 against TCU
-Natalie Gower paced the team offensively with 11 kills marking the fifth time this season she has led the team and sixth time scoring double-digit kills
-Gower also hit above .300 for the third straight match with a .379 hitting clip and the 44th match in her career
-Jillian Bergeson donned the libero jersey for the second straight match and finished with a team-best 29 digs which is all a season- and career-high for the senior
-Bergeson finished with double-digit digs for the 15th time this season and 68th time in her career
-Ashley Smith recorded double-digit digs for the ninth time this season and 46th time in her career with 11 in the match
-TCU scored more service aces than its opponent for the 12th time this season
TCU will return to the The Rickel for one of its final two home matches as they welcome Baylor for a showdown on Wednesday, Nov. 16 at 7 p.m., live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus. The match has been deemed a "purple out" with the first 1,000 fans in attendance receiving a free purple t-shirt.