TCU Drops Heartbreaker to Hawaii

Dec. 4, 2015

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COLLEGE STATION, Texas - The 2015 TCU volleyball season came to an end in heart breaking fashion, as the Horned Frogs dropped a 3-2 (17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13) decision to No. 7 Hawaii in the opening round of the 2015 NCAA Division I Volleyball Championship inside Reed Arena in College Station, Texas.

The Horned Frogs (19-10, 9-7 Big 12) and the Rainbow Wahine (27-1, 16-0 Big West) went to battle from the very first point. TCU was able to get the upper hand in the match by storming back from being down 24-19 to win seven straight points to take the victory in the third set and a 2-1 lead in the match. Hawaii did not falter and barely won the final two sets to secure the win and move into the second round of the championship.

TCU had three players score double-digit kills with Regan McGuire leading the way with 16 kills and only one error for a .517 hitting clip. Sarita Mikals put down 14 kills, while Natalie Gower rounded it out with 11 kills. Mikals led the team from the back row with 16 digs to complete her fourth double-double of the season, while Jillian Bergeson and Ashley Smith each picked up 13 digs.

The Frogs were stellar at the net once again with 14.5 total team blocks and McGuire led the way with nine total in the match.

Stat of the Match
17 - The 14.5 blocks posted by TCU as a team marked the 17th time this season the Frogs have recorded double-digit blocks. TCU was also able to hold Hawaii, the nation's No. 1 blocking team, to only eight blocks in the match.

Quotes of the Match
Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"I couldn't be more proud of my team. I got here in January, and I think they went through a lot of changes at that time. We've had a few additions to the roster from last year, and the way that they have bought in and believed in our system this season so quickly and trusted, has been anything a coach would want and more. The way they came in and battled today and continued to battle today, our `best player', if you have to name her that, she touches the ball more than anyone on our team, goes down, and they still keep battling, I don't know if a coach can be more proud of that. I think they love volleyball, they love each other and they had a lot of fun playing the game and I hope everybody can see that. I loved the way they represent TCU and our volleyball program."

On Hawaii
"One thing that I didn't say in my opening statement, and I'm really sorry, is I didn't congratulate Hawaii. What a well-coached team and a team that fights. I know they traveled so far to get here, and they had to be dealing with that too. Hats off to them for dealing with that and battling."

Alexia Heist, TCU senior setter
On the intensity of the match
"It was such a fun match. We were talking about that in the locker room, how much fun that was and looking around. There were so many people and the atmosphere was so awesome and Hawaii played great. It was just a battle. Going back to set five, I thought we really fought hard and there was not one point where anybody put their head down. When Ashley (Smith) went down and we knew that we knew that we were going to come together even closer as a group and battle, and that's what we did. Unfortunately, we came up short, but we left everything out there."

Regan McGuire, TCU junior middle blocker
On momentum during match
"I definitely felt like the momentum was on our side, but I kind of felt like that the entire game. I had trust in everyone on our team. There wasn't one person who you would tense up if the ball was going to them. Everyone just played outstanding."

-With the win by the Hawaii, the Rainbow Wahine move to 7-0 all-time against TCU
-TCU now falls to 1-2 in postseason action
-The two sets that TCU was able to take from Hawaii marked the first in program history
-The Frogs finish the season with 19 wins, which is the most since 2011
-Regan McGuire put down a season- and career-high 16 kills in the match and only had one error for a .517 hitting clip
-This marked the seventh time this season that McGuire has notching an above .500 hitting percentage
-TCU also had two other players score double-digit kills in Sarita Mikals (14) and Natalie Gower (11)
-The 14 kills by Mikals tied her season-high and she completed her fourth double-double of the season and 23rd of her career with a team-high 16 digs on the night
-Gower's 11 kills also ties her season-high and marks the second straight double-digit kill match for the junior and fifth this season
-TCU had four players pick up double-digit digs in the match
-Along with Mikals, Jillian Bergeson (13), Ashley Smith (13) and Sutton Sunstrum (11) each were able to record double-digit digs
-Sunstrum finishes her career with 58 double-digit dig matches with 16 of the performances coming this season
-McGuire was just shy of her second double-double of the season as she posted nine total blocks in the match to lead the team for the 17th time this season
-TCU out-blocked its opponent for the 25th time this season in the match against Hawaii
-The Frogs also scored double-digit team blocks for the 17th time this season

Up Next
With the loss to Hawaii, TCU has now concluded the 2015 season. The Frogs finished with an overall record of 19-10 and 9-7 in Big 12 action under the helm of first-year Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer. TCU will graduate three seniors, but will return 13 letterwinners for the 2016-17 season.



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