TCU Earns 13th Sweep in Home Finale


Nov. 27, 2015

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FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of its ninth sellout crowd of the season, the TCU volleyball team picked up its 13th sweep of the season and third series sweep in Big 12 action with a 3-0 (25-12, 25-20, 25-19) victory over West Virginia on Senior Day inside the University Recreation Center.

In the final home match for Macy Capen, Alexia Heist, Blaire Pickens and Sutton Sunstrum, the Horned Frogs (19-9, 9-7 Big 12) used their strong blocking game and a balanced offense to defeat the Mountaineers (5-24, 0-16 Big 12) and send the seniors out with one final win at home. The win also marked the ninth in league action, which is a program-best since joining the Big 12 in 2012.

For only the third time this season, Natalie Gower was able to lead the team in kills with 10 in the match, with only one error on 18 swings for a .500 hitting clip. Fellow middle Regan McGuire chipped in seven kills in the match, while Jillian Bergeson, Ashley Smith and Sarita Mikals each recorded six kills.

From the back row, Bergeson and Mikals each picked up 11 digs in the match, while Smith was good for nine digs. Gower also led the team in the blocking category with 6.0 in the match, while McGuire and Mikals each put up 5.0 blocks.

Stat of the Match
9 - Friday's match marked the ninth sellout crowd of the season and the eighth in Big 12 action. TCU has officially sold out all of its conference matches this season for the first time since joining the conference in 2012.

Quotes of the Match
Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I thought our girls did a really good job of staying focused on our side of the net, taking care of the ball, playing aggressive and executing the scouting report for the most part. Senior Night is always full of emotion and I think at this time of the year, we know we are in the hunt for an NCAA tournament berth and every match is important. Not only is every match important, but how you play every match is important. For us to be playing at home, we felt that it was really important for us to sweep them. We did that and we played really well. I didn't even call a timeout the whole time and I think it is because our team came ready to go. They knew what was on the line. It was really great that they stepped up and competed hard for three straight sets."

On selling out all Big 12 matches at home this season
"We didn't know what to think because of the weather today, the football game and people had to park at a church two miles away and get shuttled over, but everyone still came out. So many people stayed when we celebrated our seniors and that was really cool to see. We really appreciate everyone's support and we have set the bar high now. We have to get people back in the gym next year and the next year and so on. We are excited, we love the support and we play great at home. I really think it is one of the toughest places to play in the Big 12 because we pack it and our fans are loud."

Notes
-With the win by the Horned Frogs, TCU wins its seventh match in the series and leads the overall record at 7-2
-Since joining the Big 12 in 2012, TCU has yet to drop a match to the Mountaineers on its home court in Fort Worth
-TCU has earned its third series sweep in Big 12 play this season and has swept West Virginia in league action for the first time since 2012
-With the win, TCU improves to 9-2 in matches played inside the University Recreation Center and 6-2 in home conference matches
-The win marked win No. 9 in conference action, which is a program-high
-The 1,563 fans in attendance marked the ninth sellout of the season and the eighth in Big 12 play
-Natalie Gower led the team in kills for the third time this season and scored double-digit kills for the fourth time this season
-Gower also led the team in blocking for the 14th time this season with a match-high 6.0 total blocks
-Alexia Heist dished out a team-high 18 assists in the match to go along with a service ace and two digs
-Jillian Bergeson and Sarita Mikals each picked up double-digit digs from the back row, as each posted 11 on the day
-Bergeson earned double-digit digs for the 15th time this season, while Mikals recorded it for the 10th time this season
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 24th time this season with 11.0 blocks against West Virginia
-The Frogs scored double-digit blocks for the 16th time this season and ninth time in Big 12 action

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.


 

 

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