TCU Sweeps Its Way Into Semifinals

Dec. 6, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas - A complete performance across offense and defense led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-22) victory over Green Bay in the quarterfinals of the National Invitational Volleyball Championship on Wednesday evening at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

With the sweep on Wednesday, the Horned Frogs (15-16) advance to the semifinals of the NIVC and will face Texas Tech on Thursday, Dec. 7 at 7 p.m., at The Rickel.

After trailing by as much as five in the opening set, TCU bounced back and used a kill from Anna Walsh to go on a 13-6 run and take the set, 25-21. A battle for points ensued in the second set but strong blocking near the end of the set gave the Frogs the edge they needed to close it out, 25-21. TCU took the momentum from a 2-0 lead in the match into the final set as they put down 19 kills and a .357 hitting clip to finish off the sweep.

Lexi MacLean led the team with 13 kills to go along with a service ace, a block and nine digs. Abigail Buckingham chipped in 12 kills and Walsh rounded out the double-digit performers with 10 kills. Lamprini Konstantinidou and Tori Dilfer each dished out 21 assists in the match with Dilfer also serving up two aces. From the back row, Dani Dennison was good for 12 digs and TCU put up 9.5 blocks as a team in the match.

Stat of the Match
8 - The sweep of Green Bay marked the eighth time TCU has won in straight sets this season and second time in postseason play.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"Not the cleanest performance by the team I think, but I thought what was great was that they stuck with it and fought through it. I will tell you this, every team that you play when you get to this point of the season is hot because they have had to win a couple to get here. Congratulations to Green Bay because they have played some really great volleyball to get here. That was some of the best defense we have seen lately. They picked up a lot of balls that we normally see hit the ground. They just kept it alive and they make you work for it. I was just happy to see us work through that. Again, I didn't think it was the cleanest volleyball or the best volleyball we have played but I think we stuck with it and battled through and got it done. At this point in the season, that is what you have to be proud of."

-TCU improves to 15-16 overall this season with the win over Green Bay in the quarterfinal of the NIVC
-With the win by the Frogs, TCU gets the first victory overall in the series record against the Phoenix
-The win, TCU improves to 5-3 overall in postseason action and 3-0 in matches played in the NIVC
-The Frogs have now reached the quarterfinal round of postseason for the first time in program history
-Lexi MacLean led TCU in kills for the third time this season with 13 in the match and recorded double-digit kills for the ninth time in 2017
-Abigail Buckingham and Anna Walsh also put down double-digit kills in the match to mark the 12th and 17th times this season, respectively
-Dani Dennison was the leader from the back row for the 30 th time this season with a team-best 12 digs in the match
-Walsh led the team for the 20th time this season in blocks with 7.0 which marked the ninth time this season recording at least 5.0 blocks in a match
-The .274 hitting percentage TCU recorded as a team was the highest in postseason

Up Next
TCU will host the semifinals of the NIVC on Thursday, Dec. 7 as they face Texas Tech at 7 p.m., inside The Rickel.



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