Horned Frogs Fall in NIVC Semifinals

Dec. 7, 2017

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FORT WORTH, Texas - Despite taking the opening set, the TCU volleyball team could not finish out the match as Texas Tech came back to take a 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 26-24, 25-15) victory on Thursday night in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC) Semifinals at The Rickel inside the University Recreation Center.

In a very defensive match filled with long rallies, the Horned Frogs (15-17) used a late surge against the Red Raiders (19-14) to take the opening set, but late runs in the second set went Texas Tech's way as they evened up the match at 1-1. With TCU up 24-20 in the third set, the Red Raiders did not back down as they went on a 6-0 run to take the set and a 2-1 lead in the match. Texas Tech then used the momentum to run out to an early lead in the fourth and never look back as they took the victory in four sets.

Anna Walsh and Lexi MacLean led TCU offensively with 13 kills each, while three players picked up double-digit digs in the match. MacLean led the way with 23 digs to complete her third double-double of the season with Dani Dennison good for 22 digs and Kayla Scheevel picking up 15 digs. As a team, the Frogs were good for 11.0 blocks with Sarah Swanson leading the way with 6.0 in the match.

Stat of the Match
4 - TCU had at least three players pick up double-digit digs for the fourth time this season and second time in NIVC action.

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
"This was not the way we wanted to end our season for sure, but I think our team made a great run here at the end of the NIVC and played really hard. We played our best volleyball at this point in the season which is what you want. I would like to congratulate Texas Tech. They played really great defense tonight. People always talk about the way you play defense is what wins championships and things like that. I am always impressed with their defense but they played really well tonight. It was hard for us to find a kill. I also want to thank our seniors for everything they have given to our program. I think they have given a whole lot and we can't thank them enough for it. They have been great leaders for this young team and they have done a great job of continuing to battle in postseason."

-TCU finished the 2017 season with a 15-17 record overall this season with the loss to Texas Tech in the NIVC Semifinals
-With the win by the Red Raiders, Texas Tech gets win No. 9 in the overall series record and evens up the series with TCU at 9-9
-The Frogs are now 5-4 in postseason play as a program
-Anna Walsh recorded double-digit kills for a team-best 17th time this season with 13 kills in the match
-Lexi MacLean put down double-digit kills for the 10th time in 2017
-Lamprini Konstantinidou led the team in assists for the 23rd time this season with 26 assists in the match
-MacLean led the team in digs for the first time this season and recorded 20+ digs for the first time in her career with 23 against Texas Tech
-Dani Dennison also picked up 20+ digs with 22 in the match to mark her 28th double-digit dig match and ninth time recording 20+ digs
-Sarah Swanson led the team in blocking for the 16 th time in 2017 with 6.0 in the match
-As a team, TCU recorded double-digit blocks for the eighth time this season and second time in the last three matches

Up Next
With the loss in the NIVC Semifinals, TCU has now concluded the 2017 season.



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