TCU Sweeps Oklahoma in Finale


Nov. 25, 2017

Final Stats


NORMAN, Okla. - Behind its highest hitting percentage of the Big 12 Conference season, the TCU volleyball team wrapped-up the regular season with a 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-23) sweep of Oklahoma on Saturday afternoon inside McCasland Field House in Norman, Okla.

After a slow start to the match that saw them trailing by as much as six, the Horned Frogs (12-16, 4-12 Big 12) slowly began to chip away at the Sooner (7-22, 4-12 Big 12) lead with strong serving. A service ace from Tori Dilfer put TCU on top for the first time as they never looked back with Lexi MacLean putting down kill No. 5 in the set to give the Frogs the 25-22 win.

TCU had another slow start in the second set, but once again used strong serving and a distribution of the offense to get itself back into the set and take the lead. Oklahoma would attempt to close the gap, but costly errors by the Sooners gave the Frogs the set 25-20 and a 2-0 lead in the match. A battle for points ensued in the final set, but TCU help the upper hand the entire time and used a kill from Abigail Buckingham to seal the sweep and get the victory.

Lexi MacLean led the team with 13 kills in the match, while Anna Walsh and Sarah Swanson each put down eight kills. Ashleigh Martin and Abigail Buckingham were each responsible for seven kills in the match. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Tori Dilfer dished out 21 and 15 assists, respectively, while Dilfer led the team from the service line with three in the match. From the back row, Dani Dennison was able to pick up 18 digs to lead the team while Kayla Scheevel was good for 11 digs.

Stat of the Match
27 - In her first season as libero, Dani Dennison led the team defensively in 27 of the 28 matches played and recorded double-digit digs in 24 matches.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"We are getting to come away with a win here in Norman so that is nice. We came out and we really struggled at the beginning. We were down 6-2 and then 10-4 and 15-10 and we just kept fighting. Part of the reason we were down is because we were not making great plays on the ball. For whatever reason, it took us a little while to get into our groove and they had a pretty long senior night ceremony at the beginning of the match. It was a different type of routine to start out, but I was super proud of our team for fighting back and getting the first set. Because of the way we started, we did not let that dictate how we were going to play the entire match.

"In the second set, we came out and did a really great job on defense. Some people posted some great offensive numbers and then in the third set, it was neck and neck and back and forth the whole time. We were up 15-14 at the media timeout and then got down after the media timeout by a couple and came back. Dani (Dennison) went on a great serving run and did some good things there to take that set. I am proud of this group for coming in here and fighting hard and playing with a lot of pride today. It was really good to see."

Notes
-TCU finishes the regular season with a 12-16 overall record and a 4-12 mark in Big 12 Conference action with the win over Oklahoma
-With the win by the Frogs, TCU gets win No. 5 in the series, but Oklahoma continues to lead the overall series at 12-5
-The win in Norman was the first for TCU since 2004 and the first for Jill Kramer as a head coach
-TCU and Oklahoma split the season series for the fourth straight year
-Lexi MacLean led the team offensively for the second straight match with 13 kills
-The double-digit kills by MacLean marked the seventh time this season and 17th time in her career achieving that feat
-Dani Dennison led the defense with 18 digs to mark the 27th time this season leading the team and the 24th match picking up double-digit digs
-Kayla Scheevel picked up 11 digs in the match to mark the fourth time this season picking up double-digit digs
-As a team, TCU recorded 7.0 blocks in the match with Sarah Swanson leading the way for the 13th time this season with 5.0 blocks
-Tori Dilfer led the team from behind the service line for the second time this season with three service aces in the match
-The .279 hitting clip recorded by TCU as a team was the highest of the Big 12 season
-The Frogs had three players hit over .300 for the match with Ashleigh Martin leading the way with a .417 hitting percentage

Up Next
TCU will learn its postseason fate during the NCAA Tournament and the NIVC selection shows that are set for Sunday, Nov. 26 at 8 p.m., CT.


 

 

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