TCU Battles Its Way Into Elite 8

Dec. 2, 2017

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DENTON, Texas - Another career-high night offensively pushed the TCU volleyball team into the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Elite 8 with a 3-2 (24-26, 25-21, 23-25, 25-23, 15-10) victory over North Texas on Friday night at the North Texas Volleyball Center in Denton, Texas.

With the victory, TCU secures its place in the NIVC Elite 8 for the first time in program history and will host the third and fourth rounds at The Rickel in Fort Worth from Dec. 6-7.

Trailing 2-1 in the match and down 23-22 in the fourth set, TCU used a kill from Abigail Buckingham to spark a 3-0 run and steal the set to send the match into the decisive fifth set. From there, it was all junior Anna Walsh in the final frame as she put down seven kills to score a career-high 25 kills in the match to secure the comeback for TCU.

Along with Walsh's career-high kills, Lexi MacLean also put down 14 kills and Buckingham finished with 10 kills. Dani Dennison picked up 21 digs in the match to lead the defense, while Berklie Baker and Kayla Scheevel were each responsible for 13 digs. As a team, TCU record 14.0 total blocks with Walsh and Swanson leading the way with 7.0 each.

Stat of the Match
25 - The number of kills that Anna Walsh totaled in the match to mark a career-high for the junior. Walsh also became the first TCU player to score 20+ kills in a match this season.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"First of all, North Texas is a really great team and they have had a great year. Andrew (Palileo) has done an amazing job here. They are really physical and they have some really good volleyball players on that team. We knew that coming in and we were going to have to serve really tough and keep them out of system to have really any type of success defensively. Our team was locked in really well and we talk about playing better for longer a lot and I thought we did that tonight. I am proud of them for sticking it out and there were times that we got down and we fought back. There were times we were up by a lot and we let them back in and we didn't let any of that phase us. We stuck with it the whole time and just kept fighting. That is what good teams do."

-TCU improves to 14-16 overall this season with the win over North Texas in the second round of the NIVC
-With the win by the Frogs, TCU gets win No. 9 in the series and continues to lead the overall series at 9-2
-The win, TCU improves to 4-3 overall in postseason action and 2-0 in matches played in the NIVC
-The Frogs have now reached the third round of postseason for the first time in program history
-Anna Walsh led the team in kills for the 11th time this season with 25 kills which also marked a career-high for the junior
-Walsh became the first player for TCU this season to record 20+ kills in a match
-Lexi MacLean score double-digit kills for the eighth time this season while Abigail Buckingham put down at least 10 kills for the 11th time this season and second straight match
-Walsh also led the team defensively at the net with 7.0 blocks with Sarah Swanson also matching the feat
-As a team, TCU put up 14.0 blocks to mark the seventh time this season recording double-digit blocks as a team
-Dani Dennison led the team in digs for the 29th time this season with 21 digs against North Texas
-Dennison has scored double-digit digs for the 26th time this season and 20+ digs for the eighth time
-TCU served up seven aces in the match and scored more aces than errors for the fourth time this season

Up Next
TCU will host the third and fourth rounds of the NIVC starting on Wednesday, Dec. 6 inside The Rickel at the University Recreation Center. The Frogs will welcome UC Irvine and Texas Tech for a match at 4 p.m., before taking on Green Bay at 7 p.m. The winners of the two matches will play in the semifinals on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m.



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