TCU Stumbles to No. 10 Kansas, 3-0


Nov. 14, 2015

Final Stats

LAWRENCE, Kan. - A sold-out crowd was on hand as No. 10 Kansas handed the TCU volleyball team a 3-0 (25-17, 25-15, 25-20) loss on Saturday afternoon inside the Horejsi Family Athletics Center in Lawrence, Kan.

After dropping the opening two sets, the Horned Frogs (17-8, 7-6 Big 12) battled back and were leading 19-17 in the third set but the Jayhawks (23-2, 11-2 Big 12) would not let the set slip away and took eight of the final nine points to close out the match in three sets.

Natalie Gower was the leader on the team offensively and defensively for the second straight match, as the junior put down a team-high eight kills on the day, while also staying tough at the net for four blocks. Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Regan McGuire each chipped in five kills on the day for the Frogs.

Defensively, Bergeson and Sutton Sunstrum picked up double-digit digs against Kansas. Sunstum led the team with 11 digs, while Bergeson was able to record 10 digs.

Stat of the Match
21 - TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 21st time this season and the Frogs have only been out-blocked four times this season with only two of the occasions coming in conference action.

Quotes of the Match
Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"Kansas played really well today. Our girls came in and we had a really good practice last night and a great serve and pass. I thought they looked good and had a really great warm-up. They had a phenomenal warm-up and then didn't execute that in the same fashion when we played. Every time that you play somebody, a lot of that has to do with what the other team is doing and a lot of that has to do with yourself and are you bringing your best to the table. I thought Kansas played really great defense and at the same time, we weren't very aggressive.


 

 

"Their setter did a really good job of distributing the ball and Kelsie Payne is a special player. She is a tough one for us to stop and she played really well tonight. Natalie (Gower) led us in kills and she did an amazing job in the middle. I was really happy to see that. For us, the most important thing is that our mindset needed to be much more aggressive both offensively and defensively. Our moves blocking wise could have been more aggressive and especially with tight balls. We served really well at the beginning and they passed some balls tight that we didn't take care of and little things like that. Those things are really big when you are playing a great team. Kansas did not let us off the hook for anything tonight and that is what showed in the score.

Notes
-With the win by Kansas, the Jayhawks pick up win No. 7 in the series and lead the overall record against TCU, 7-2
-TCU is now 5-6 in road matches and 3-4 on the road in league matches
-For the second straight match, Natalie Gower led the team in kills and blocks with eight kills on the day to go along with four blocks
-Kaylee Smith dished out a team-high 15 assists on the day which marked the 11th time this season that she has led the team
-Sutton Sunstrum led the team in digs for the 11th time this season with 11 digs against the Jayhawks
-Sunstrum has now dug up double-digit digs 15 times this season and 57 times in her career
-For the fourth straight match and 14th time this season, Jillian Bergeson picked up double-digit digs with 10 on the day
-Ashley Smith scored the lone service ace on the day and led the team behind the service line for the 10th time this season
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 21st time this season with 7.0 blocks against the Jayhawks

Up Next
TCU will head back home for a mid-week match-up, as they host Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m., in the University Recreation Center. The match will air live on FOX Sports Southwest Plus with Chuck LaMendola and Pam Lea on the call.

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