Horned Frogs Score Win Over Baylor

Nov. 17, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A career-high 22 kills from sophomore Ashleigh Martin helped lead the way as the TCU volleyball team picked up a thrilling 3-2 (25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13) victory over Baylor on Wednesday night in front of a sold out crowd at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

The win for the Horned Frogs (12-12, 5-9 Big 12) marked the team's fifth over an opponent ranked inside the top-40 RPI and will split the season series with the Bears (20-9, 8-5 Big 12) for the first time since 2014.

The teams battled point-for-point through the opening four sets ultimately splitting the sets to send the match into the decisive fifth set. A strong offensive start led to a 6-3 TCU advantage and forced Baylor into a timeout. The Bears slowly began to chip away at the lead before an attack error by the Frogs put the set even at 12-12. One more tie would occur before Ashley Smith put down two consecutive big kills to end the set, 15-13, in TCU's favor and give them the overall victory.

Martin led TCU in kills in three of the five sets on the way to her career-high while she also finished with a .404 hitting clip to go along with eight digs and two blocks. Three players finished with double-doubles as Smith recorded 15 kills and 13 digs, while Sarita Mikals scored 14 kills and 20 digs and Lamprini Konstantinidou finished with a season-high 36 assists and 12 digs. Jillian Bergeson led the team from the back row for the third straight match with 25 digs.

Stat of the Match
4 - The number of players that hit double-digit kills in the match. This was only the fourth time this season having at least four players in double-digits offensively and the first time since Sept. 25 when the Frogs upended Iowa State in Ames in five sets.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"No. 1, I want to thank our fans. This was the largest crowd this season and so many people stayed until the end. That was a long one and it is late. Everybody was on their feet cheering and had our backs the whole time. We really appreciate it and that is what we need right now.

"No. 1 goes out to fans and No. 2 goes to the great team effort. I thought our setters did a wonderful job of spreading our offense out pretty well. These girls have worked really hard and they are always continuing to improve and are improving every day. That is what we need to be doing all year and it doesn't ever stop. They are really getting after it in practice every single day. We have amped up everything leading up to this match and I thought it helped bring out the best in them. I am proud of them and proud of their team effort."

-TCU improves to 12-12 overall this season, 9-4 in home matches and 5-9 against conference opponents in 2016
-With the win, TCU gets victory No. 7 in the overall series record but Baylor still leads the series at 11-7
-The win by the Frogs means the teams will split the season series for the first time since 2014
-With the victory, Jill Kramer now has 97 career wins
-Ashleigh Martin recorded a career-high 22 kills in the win to mark the first time in her career that she has surpassed the 20 kill mark
-Martin led the team offensively for the fifth time this season and recorded double-digit kills for the ninth time in her career
-Three players scored a double-double in the victory with Ashley Smith (15 kills, 13 digs), Sarita Mikals (14 kills, 20 digs) and Lamprini Konstantinidou (36 assists, 12 digs) each attaining the feat
-Natalie Gower led the team in blocking for the 14th time this season as she recorded eight blocks in the win to mark the 10th time she has recorded 5+ blocks this season
-Jillian Bergeson also joined the 20+ dig club with Mikals against Baylor by picking up a team-best 25 in the match
-Bergeson has now recorded 20+ digs in two straight matches to make three matches overall this season
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 18th time this season and also picked up double-digit blocks with 11.5 for the eighth time this season
-The 1,917 fans in attendance marks the highest crowd of the season and is the 10th best crowd in program history

Up Next
TCU will hit the road for one final time during the regular season as they travel to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Saturday, Nov. 19 at 6 p.m.



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