Dec. 2, 2016
Final Stats |
LINCOLN, Neb. - Career win No. 100 for Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer came with a 3-1 (25-17, 25-23, 22-25, 25-20) victory over Wichita State as the TCU volleyball team opened the 2016 NCAA Division I Championship on Friday night in Lincoln, Neb., at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Horned Frogs (15-12) were led by their seniors on offense and defense as they scored the win over the Shockers (24-8) and moved into the next round for only the second time in program history. TCU totaled 62 kills in the victory to go alone with seven service aces, 91 digs and eight total team blocks.
Ashley Smith led the way on offense with 17 kills to go along with 18 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Natalie Gower and Ashleigh Martin each put down 11 kills, while Gower also led the team at the net with five total blocks. Jillian Bergeson scored 30+ digs in her career for the first time in her career and finished with 31 in the match. Sarita Mikals also picked up double-digit dig with 18 with Kaylee Smith scoring her second double-double of the season with 25 assists and 11 digs.
Stat of the Match
33 - With a season-high 17 kills and 18 digs, Ashley Smith scored her 33rd double-double of her career with is ranked sixth all-time in TCU volleyball history.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Thank you to the University of Nebraska for hosting such a really great tournament, everyone has been really hospitable, you guys do it the right way here for sure. What a great match from Wichita State. That's a really good team who has a tough system to defend. They played great defense against us and I know Chris [Lamb] is going to come back with a really great team next year, he always does. Hats off to them for playing such a great match. I think my team showed some resiliency tonight. Wichita State just kept coming back and coming back, they made some adjustments in the third set to stop us and to keep us from doing what we wanted to do, and we had to change what we were doing and they didn't make it easy on us. I am proud of our girls for problem solving and sticking together and finding a way to get it done, and not getting too ahead of themselves, they did a good job of playing point-for-point, not getting too up and down and they got it done so I'm proud of them."
-TCU improves to 15-12 overall this season and 2-0 in neutral site matches in 2016
-The Frogs improve to 12-4 when they win the first set and 7-0 when leading 2-0 in a match
-TCU is now 2-2 in NCAA matches in program history and 2-1 in first round matches
-Since it was the first overall meeting between the two programs, TCU takes a 1-0 record over Wichita State and it also marks Jill Kramer's first win over the Shockers as a head coach
-With the victory, Jill Kramer now has 100 career wins
-The Horned Frogs' 62 kills were its most in a four-set match this season.
-TCU did not commit its first attack error until the 53rd rally of the match (7-3 in the second set)
-Ashley Smith finished with 17 kills and 18 digs for her 33 rd double-double of her career and eighth this season
-Smith led the team in kills for the fifth time this season and the 17 kills was a season-high
-Both Natalie Gower and Ashleigh finished with double-digit kills for the ninth time this season
-Kaylee Smith finished with 25 assists and 11 digs for the third double-double of her career and second this season
-Jillian Bergeson recorded a career-high 31 digs in the match which marked the first time in her career recording 30+ digs
-The Horned Frogs were out-blocked, 12-8, marking their first win this season when recording fewer blocks than the opponent. TCU is now 1-6 this season when getting out-blocked.
With the victory today, TCU has moved on to the second round of the 2016 NCAA Division I Championship and will face No. 2 and top seed in the tournament Nebraska in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.