#5 Texas Has Three Players With Double-Digit Kills In Sweep Of TCU

  0 Carly DeMarque | November 09th, 2017 | Big 12, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Results

  • #5 Texas def. TCU 3-0, (25-17, 25-23, 25-14)
  • Texas improves to 20-2, 12-0 Big 12, TCU falls to 10-14, 2-10 Big 12
  • Gregory Gymnasium – Austin, Texas
  • Attendance: 3,202
  • Match Stats

Three Texas players stood out in the team’s sweep over TCU as they recorded double-digit kills to hit for .388 in the match as compared to TCU’s .204.

The difference in the match was the hitting, Texas out-hit TCU 55-36, out-set them 51-35, out-dug them 58-49 and out-blocked them 9-4. The second set was the only time that TCU showed any attacking promise in the match, as they hit for .324 in that set alone, while Texas posted hitting percentages over .300 in each of the three sets with a .472 third set performance.

Micaya White led the Longhorns with 14 kills and 13 digs for a double-double while Ebony Nwanebu posted 12 kills along with Lexi Sun‘s 12. Setter Ashley Shook dished out 43 assists, seven digs and five kills while Cat McCoy picked up 18 digs in the win.

For TCU, Ashleigh Martin recorded a team-best 10 kills while Lexi MacLean picked up 10 digs along with Dani Dennison‘s 12.

Press Release

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

Sophomore Micaya Whiteposted 14 kills and 13 digs to lead No. 3 Texas Volleyball (20-2, 12-0) past TCU (10-14, 2-10) in straight sets on Wednesday evening, (25-17, 25-23, 25-14).

White’s 14 kills came on 35 swings for a .314 hitting percentage. She was one of three Longhorns to finish with double-digit kills.

Senior Ebony Nwanebu posted 13 kills (.500) with only one error on 24 attacks, and freshman Lexi Sun had 12 kills (.476).

Freshman Ashley Shook recorded a career-high 14.33 assists/set on 43 assists, tying Nwanebu’s team-high .500 hitting percentage on five kills, and recording seven digs.

Senior Cat McCoy recorded a team-leading 18 digs, while White’s 13 digs gave her a sixth double-double of the season.

Texas posted 9.0 to 4.0 blocking advantage over the Horned Frogs by Chiaka Ogbogu‘s team-high five blocks, while Morgan Johnson, Nwanebu, Sun, and White all recorded three.

The score in the first set was tied at four apiece after White had hit back-to-back kills for Texas to open the match 3-0. The Longhorns responded with a quick 4-0 run through kills from Shook and Ogbogu, forcing TCU’s first timeout at 8-4. Growing the lead to as many as eight before set point at 24-17, a block from Ogbogu and Nwanebu secured the first set for Texas.

White and Nwanebu had led Texas with five kills apiece in the first set, and White recorded her sixth on the opening point of the second with a tip for a 1-0 Texas lead. TCU tied on six occasions, but finally at 23-23. A kill from Johnson took Texas to set point at 24-23, preceding the Horned Frogs mishandling an attack from Sun, giving the Longhorns the set at 25-23.

TCU tested Texas’ defense after the Longhorns had moved to a 2-0 match score lead. Forcing Texas to come from behind five times, the Horned Frogs fell behind for the first time in the set at 7-6 when Sun and Johnson combined for a block. The block kick-started a decisive run for Texas to secure the match, 18-8, for a third set score of 25-14.

Next up, Texas heads out on the road to face No. 24 Iowa State on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 5 p.m. CT. The match will be broadcasted on Cyclones.TV.

Postgame Quotes

Head Coach Jerritt Elliott

On the consistency in this game: It was much more consistent for us tonight. The areas we were focusing on this week were serving and passing. And as the match got better, I thought our serving got better. I thought our serving was pretty steady. Offensively, our numbers were really good. The area I was impressed with was Ashley set a really good game tonight. I was very pleased and our set average percentages were very strong. Good results.

On how the serving effort went tonight: It depends on the individual. Some are serving a little bit better. I mean you saw Cat (McCoy) start serving some tough balls down the line. And getting them out of their system a little more. They were hurting us on the right side a lot. So we made a focused effort to get more zone rotation. To eliminate that a little more and got them down to earth. They were both hitting high .400’s. I thought their servers did a nice job, but overall there are some players that are serving very well in practice and aren’t carrying that over into the match. And so, that have to be able to get that confidence and be able to do that. It’s a big part it because TCU in the first game was hitting 5-45 on perfect passes they were negative the rest of the way. So we have to get teams out of system with our size block and put some stress on them. You really give them an out when you’re not putting consistent tough serves on them over a period of time.

Freshman Setter Ashley Shook

On her thoughts on the match: Our passing was really good. All of our first touches were putting me in a great spot to get good balls to the hitters. Also, our block touches were something we wanted to focus on in this game and we were getting really good block touches for a majority of the match. I think everything was really flowing well.

On her aggressive play opening the match: It just worked out. I try not to predetermine what I’m going to do. They were hitting the passes perfect for me to get into that situation so I would just dump.

On the overall offensive performance: I think we have weapons everywhere. It has been awesome to be able to get our connections better as the season has gone on with more practice. We keep having more practice together and I think that’s showing. Everyone’s trusting me and I’m trusting them and I think we’ve been building on that really well.

Senior Outside Hitter Ebony Nwanebu

On the sharp effort tonight: You kind of saw it drop off in the second set when it was really close. However, the third set of this game and of the last game, I think we just came out and got out on top of it and didn’t let up like we had in past games. I think that shows improvement within our team.

On how this sets up the team before the next two matches: I think it gives us confidence. You never know what type of environment you’re going to get. You can’t just say that since we won tonight then we’re going to cruise next game. But it for sure gives us some confidence to keep going, especially with the tournament so close. It shows us what we can do if we keep pushing.

Press Release

Courtesy of TCU Athletics

A battle ensued on Wednesday night in Austin, Texas inside Gregory Gym between the TCU volleyball team and No. 3 Texas but the Longhorns were able to come out on top as they took a 3-0 (25-17, 25-23, 25-14) victory.

The Horned Frogs (10-14, 2-10 Big 12) went toe-to-toe with the ranked Longhorns (20-2, 12-0 Big 12) but strong serving by Texas ultimately proved to be the difference as they were able to get runs in each set to get the sweep and stay undefeated in Big 12 action.

Ashleigh Martin led TCU with 10 kills in the match to go along with three digs and two solo blocks. Anna Walsh chipped in nine kills and a service ace while Abigail Buckingham was good for eight kills and three digs. Dani Dennison paced the back row with 12 digs and Lexi MacLean also picked up 10 digs.

Stat of the Match
12 – Ashleigh Martin recorded 10 kills to lead TCU volleyball against Texas to mark her 12th double-digit kill match of the season which is tied for the team lead

Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
Opening Statement
“It just took us a little while to get going and longer then it needed to. I thought the end of the first set and the full second set we played really well, but the beginning of the first and the majority of the third we did not. The second set had great defense, we followed the game plan and we want to work from that. That is the way we want to be playing volleyball. Great defense and we want to be making big aggressive plays at the net. That is how we want to be playing the game. We want to work with that and we want to take that moving forward in our next few matches.”

-TCU drops to 10-14 on the season and 2-10 in Big 12 matches with the loss to Texas on Wednesday
-With the win by the Longhorns, Texas now leads the overall series at 14-1 and has won four straight matches over TCU
-Ashleigh Martin led the offense for the eighth time this season with 10 kills which marked the 12th time this season putting down double-digit kills
-Martin also led the team in blocking for the second time this season
-Lamprini Konstantinidou returned to the lineup to lead the team for the 16th time this season with 16 assists while Tori Dilfer dished out 12 assists
-Dani Dennison totaled 12 digs in the match to mark her 23rd time this season leading the defense
-Dennison has now totaled double-digit digs in 20 matches this season
-Lexi MacLean picked up 10 digs in the match to mark the third time this season and sixth time in her career with double-digit digs

Up Next
TCU will continue action on the road as the Frogs travel to Manhattan, Kan., to take on Kansas State on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 7 p.m., inside Ahearn Fieldhouse.

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About Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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