Dec. 3, 2016
LINCOLN, Neb. -- The 2016 season for the TCU volleyball team came to an end on Saturday night, as the Horned Frogs dropped a 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-16) decision to No. 2 ranked Nebraska in the second round of the 2016 NCAA Volleyball Division I Championship at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, Neb.
The Horned Frogs (15-13) battled but the tournament's top seeded Cornhuskers (29-2) were able to come out on top as they totaled 40 kills, 61 digs and 10 total team blocks and held TCU to a .056 hitting clip. The Frogs were able to hold Nebraska to a .205 hitting percentage in the match which was the fourth lowest mark of the season.
Senior Ashley Smith wrapped up her career by leading the team in kills with nine and also chipping in 10 digs. Senior Sarita Mikals was good for five kills to go along with 11 digs and senior Jillian Bergeson totaled double-digit digs for the seventh straight match and led the team with 21 pick-ups.
Stat of the Match
14 -- TCU had three players total double-digit digs for the 14th time this season, fourth time out of the last five matches and second straight match.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"First of all, once again, I would just like the University of Nebraska for hosting such a great event, so hospitable, we couldn't think of a better place to be playing this tournament quite honestly, the only downside is we had to see them on the other side of the net. It's a great team, and I thought they came out ready to go. I thought they played defense really well. Probably the best defensive team we've seen all year and that made it a little bit more difficult for us to get something going offensively. We've sided-out pretty well for the majority of the matches we've competed well in, and that was tough for us tonight. Anyway, I'm proud of this team I'm proud of our group of leaders, I'm proud of our seniors for giving four great years to TCU. I really didn't want the season to end tonight but I'm proud of their effort this year."
-TCU finishes the 2016 season with an overall record of 15-13 with a 7-9 record in Big 12 Conference action and a fifth place finish
-TCU is now 2-3 in NCAA matches in program history and 0-2 in second round matches
-Since it was the first overall meeting between the two programs, Nebraska takes a 1-0 advantage in the series record over TCU
-The Frogs held Nebraska to a .205 attack percentage, the Huskers' fourth-lowest mark of the season
-Ashley Smith led the team in kills for the sixth time this season with nine and also totaled double-digit digs with 10 for the 14th time this season and 51st time in her career
-Jillian Bergeson led the team in digs for the 14th time this season
-Bergeson finished with 21 digs to mark the 20th time this season and 73rd time in her career she has recorded double-digit digs
-Bergeson also finished with 20+ digs for a team-best sixth time this season
-Sarita Mikals also totaled double-digit digs for the 18th time this season and 57th time in her career with 1 against Nebraska
-Natalie Gower led the team in blocking for the 18th time this season and third straight match with seven shut downs
With the loss to Nebraska, TCU now concludes its 2016 season. The Frogs finished with an overall record of 15-13 and finished in sixth in the Big 12 Conference. TCU advanced to the NCAA Championship for only the third time in program history and in back-to-back seasons for the first time.