Horned Frogs Take Victory in Finale

Nov. 24, 2016

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FORT WORTH, Texas - For the third straight match, the TCU volleyball team had to battle five sets but came out victorious with a 3-2 (25-15, 26-28, 25-21, 18-25, 15-9) win over West Virginia in the team's final home match of the 2016 season at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center on Wednesday night to end the regular season on a three-match winning streak.

In the final home match for the seven seniors, the Horned Frogs (14-12, 7-9 Big 12) used a steady offense and superb blocking in the final set to overcome the Mountaineers (12-17, 3-12) and split the season series. TCU finished with 60 kills, a .255 hitting percentage while also serving up 10 aces and shutting down with 15.5 total team blocks.

Senior Ashley Smith added to her illustrious career by recording her 31st double-double with 10 kills and 16 kills and also reached 1,000 career digs to make her the fifth person in program history to reach 1,000 in career kills and digs. Ashleigh Martin and Sarita Mikals also finished with double-digit kills of 13 and 10, respectively. Jillian Bergeson picked up 19 digs in the match and Natalie Gower led the way from the net with nine total blocks. TCU also served up double-digit service aces for the second straight match.

Stat of the Match
2 - This marks the second time this season TCU has played in three straight five-set matches. The Frogs finished 2-1 in the first set of five-setters early this season, but wrapped up the regular season with a victory in three-straight five-set matches. TCU is now 8-1 in five-set matches this season.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"We have a lot of seniors on the court for us and senior night is always tough. As much as you want to keep the emotion out, it is always there. I was proud of these girls for coming out strong and we got off to a really great start. We slowed up a little bit in second set and it got tight there at the end and we lost that one. We came out really solid again in the third and not in the fourth. We were just inconsistent, but we were really solid in the fifth set. I was really proud of our girls for stepping up and we ended up playing a great game of volleyball. We had 15.5 blocks and Ashley Smith reached 1,000 digs for her career, so she is at 1,000 kills and 1,000 digs which is pretty cool. Overall, I am really proud and it is a great way to end the season here at home and I am looking forward to watching the selection show on Sunday."

-TCU improves to 14-12 overall this season, 10-4 in home matches and 7-9 against conference opponents in 2016
-The Frogs improve to 8-1 this season in five-set matches
-With the win, TCU picks up its eighth win in the series record to take a 8-3 overall advantage
-With the victory, Jill Kramer now has 99 career wins
-Ashley Smith finished with 16 digs and 10 kills for her 31st double-double of her career and seventh this season
-With the 16 digs, Smith has now achieved over 1,000 career digs making her the fifth person in program history to record over 1,000 career kills and digs
-Ashleigh Martin led the team offensively for the sixth match this season with 13 kills
-Sarita Mikals also recorded double-digit kills for the ninth time this season and 45th time in her career
-TCU served up 10 aces in the match to mark the second straight match with double-digit aces
-Kaylee Smith led the team for the 10th time this season in service aces and tied her season- and career-high with four
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs for the 12th time this season and fifth straight match
-Natalie Gower led the team at the net with nine total blocks with five coming in the fifth set alone
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 20th time this season

Up Next
With the victory today, TCU has now concluded its regular season. The Frogs will now wait to see if they will earn an invitation into the NCAA Championships at the selection show that will be held at 8 p.m., CDT on ESPNU on Sunday, Nov. 27.



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