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TCU volleyball falls short to No. 7 Hawaii

TCU outside hitter Sarita Mikals, a junior from Colleyville Heritage, had 14 kills and 16 digs as the Horned Frogs took No. 7-ranked Hawaii to five sets before losing in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament.
TCU outside hitter Sarita Mikals, a junior from Colleyville Heritage, had 14 kills and 16 digs as the Horned Frogs took No. 7-ranked Hawaii to five sets before losing in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament. Star-Telegram

TCU lost to No. 7 Hawaii in an NCAA Volleyball Tournament first-round thriller Friday, falling 15-13 in the fifth set in College Station.

The Horned Frogs finish the season 19-10 after losing 17-25, 25-23, 24-26, 25-21, 15-13.

It was the 22nd straight win for the Rainbow Wahines (27-1), who will play No. 10 Texas A&M in the second round. The hosts swept Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 25-16, 27-25, 25-15.

TCU trailed 20-17 in the fourth set, leading 2-1 in sets, when Frogs standout Ashley Smith was injured after landing awkwardly on her left leg. Smith did not return to the match. She finished with nine kills.

The Frogs trailed 24-19 in the third set before a rally to win the set 26-24.

Regan McGuire led the Frogs with 16 kills (a .517 hitting percentage), Sarita Mikals had 14 ills and 16 digs and Natalie Gower 11 kills.

It was TCU’s second NCAA Tournament appearance, the other coming in 2009. The Frogs were playing in their first season under coach Jill Kramer.

TCU head volleyball coach Jill Kramer and junior Natalie Gower relive the anxiety of Selection Sunday and the joy of learning their season would continue in the NCAA Tournament. (Video: Travis L. Brown/Photos: TCU Media Relations)

 

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