TCU Picks Up Win in Road Finale

Nov. 19, 2016

Final Stats

LUBBOCK, Texas - Trailing 10-8 in the fifth set, the TCU volleyball team used a strong serving performance to come back and score seven straight points on their way to a 3-2 (26-28, 26-24, 25-23, 23-25, 15-10) victory at Texas Tech on Saturday night inside the United Supermarkets Arena

After splitting the first four sets, the Horned Frogs (13-12, 6-9 Big 12) used two aces from Regan McGuire to take a 4-1 lead to start the fifth set with the Red Raiders (10-20, 0-15 Big 12). Texas Tech did not back down and scored four unanswered points to take a 5-4 lead. The teams traded points until a kill by the Red Raiders followed by a service ace gave them a 10-8 lead. After a TCU timeout, a block from McGuire and Sarita Mikals fueled the 7-0 run needed to take the set 15-10 and win the team's second straight five-set match and final road match of the regular season.

For the second straight match, four players scored in double-digits with Anna Walsh leading the way with 13 kills, while Ashleigh Martin recorded 12 kills and Mikals and Natalie Gower each chipped in 11 kills. Mikals scored a double-double with 11 kills and 24 digs while Lamprini Konstantinidou dished out 26 assists and picked up 10 digs for her second straight double-double. The team also finished with a season-high in service aces with 12 in the match with McGuire leading the team with a season- and career-high five.

Stat of the Match
12 - The number of service aces in the match recorded by TCU which shattered the previous season-high.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I am really proud of our team for sticking with it tonight. This Texas Tech team is a really darn good team. They are playing really good defense right now. For where they are at in their season, they are actually playing with a ton of confidence. Tony (Graystone) has done a great job with that. I was really impressed with their play. This was a hard fought win by our team. The crowd here was really into it and Texas Tech is always a tough place to play because their fans get pretty rowdy and rambunctious. I am proud of our team because this was a really tough road win for us to get and they worked hard for it."

-TCU improves to 13-12 overall this season, 3-8 in away matches and 6-9 against conference opponents in 2016
-The Frogs improve to 7-1 this season in five-set matches
-With the win, TCU picks up its ninth win in the series record to take a 9-6 overall advantage
-With the victory, Jill Kramer now has 98 career wins
-Anna Walsh led the team in kills for the second time this season with 13 kills in the match which marked the third time scoring double-digit kills
-Ashleigh Martin finished with double-digit kills for the seventh time this season and Natalie Gower did it for the eighth time in 2016
-Sarita Mikals recorded her seventh double-double of the season and 30th of her career with 11 kills and 24 digs
-It also marked the third time this season Mikals has picked up over 20 digs
-Lamprini Konstantinidou also finished with her second straight double-double of the season and ninth in her career with 26 assists and 10 digs
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 19th time this season with eight total blocks in the match
-TCU scored a season-high 12 service aces against the Red Raiders
-Regan McGuire finished with a season- and career-high five service aces in the match

Up Next
TCU will return home for its final home match of the 2016 season as the Frogs host West Virginia on Wednesday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. The first 200 people in attendance will receive a free TCU volleyball. This match will also serve as the final home match for the seven seniors - Jillian Bergeson, Natalie Gower, Regan McGuire, Sarita Mikals, Chyanne Perkins, Chyna Perkins and Ashley Smith.



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