TCU 3, MIAMI (OH) 2 (27-25, 23-25, 25-14, 18-25, 15-12)
BOWLING GREEN, OH – TCU pulled ahead late in the fifth set to advance past Miami (OH) in the first round of the 2019 National Invitational Volleyball Championship.
The Horned Frogs (10-17) will play either Purdue-Fort Wayne or Bowling Green on Friday in Round 2. The RedHawks clse the season at 17-12.
Miami jumped ahead early in sets 1 and 2; TCU fought back to win the first set and used a 10-1 run to take a 15-14 lead in the second set. It was tied as late a 19-19, but the Redhawks finished it off on a kill from Margaret Payne.
In Set 3, Miami had two clusters of hitting errors which allowed TCU to comfortably pocket the set, but the RedHawks responded in the fourth set, closing it off with another kill from Payne. In the fifth set, TCU used a kill from Julia Adams to tie it at 12-all. An error from Miami and kills from Katie Clark and Adams proved to be the difference.
Clark and Adams each had 13 kills; McKenzie Nichols had 40 assists for the Horned Frogs, and Dani Dennison finished with 25 digs. Elan McCall had 11 kills and 21 digs.
For the RedHawks, Payne had 20 kills and Gaby Harper added 15 kills.
UNLV 3, KANSAS CITY 1 (23-25, 25-20, 25-23, 25-13)
VERMILLION, SD – UNLV dropped the first set against Kansas City but took control afterward, hitting .237 overall in advancing to Round 2 of the 2019 NIVC.
UNLV will face either South Dakota or Central Michigan in Round 2. Alison French had 14 kills for the Rebels (20-10), and Mariena Hayden added 12 kills to go with her 14 digs.
Playing their first-ever postseason match, the Roos (17-12) were paced by Melanie Brecka with 12 kills, and Alicia Harrington added 11. Alli Schomers had 33 assists.
SAM HOUSTON STATE 3, HOUSTON 1 (16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-21)
ARLINGTON, TX – Sam Houston rolled into Round 2 of the NIVC, getting 17 kills from Samantha Rodgers and 13 kills from Breanne Chausse.
The Bearkats (19-13) will play either UT Arlington or UT San Antonio in Round 2. The Cougars end their season at 16-17.
Addison Miller had 22 digs for Sam Houston State, and Ashley Lewis added 17 digs.
Megan Duncan had 12 kills for Houston, and Abbie Jackson closed with 11 kills. Kelsey Childers added 35 assists.
WEBER STATE 3, BOISE STATE 1 (25-17, 25-27, 25-19, 25-21)
LARAMIE, WY – Weber State closed its match with Boise State hitting .245 overall, good enough to move past the Broncos and into Round 2 of the 2019 NIVC.
The Bobcats (25-8) will play Wyoming or Northwestern State in Round 2. Boise State closes its season at 18-12.
Dani Nay had 19 kills for Weber State; Rylin Roberts added 16 kills and Megan Gneiting had 11 kills. Ashlyn Power provided 46 assists.
Lauren Ohlinger closed with 12 kills for Boise State, and Jessica Donahue added 10 kills. Shae Duffy came through with 10 kills. Danielle Boss added 43 assists, and Allison Casillas had 30 digs.
BOWLING GREEN 3, PURDUE-FORT WAYNE 1 (25-12, 25-18, 17-25, 25-19)
BOWLING GREEN, OH – Bowling Green doubled up Purdue-Fort Wayne in the first set and responded immediately after dropping the third set, moving through Round 1 of the 2019 NIVC after getting 18 kills from Katelyn Miller.
The Falcons (20-12) will play TCU in Round 2, with the match set for Friday at 7 p.m. ET. The Mastadons finish their season at 18-15.
Katie Crowe had 11 kills for Purdue-Fort Wayne; Elizabeth Fuerst added 10 kills. Rachael Crucis was strong on the back line with 22 digs.
Isabelle Marciniak had 42 assists for Bowling Green, and Julia Walz added 20 digs. Katie Kidwell closed with 12 kills.
SOUTH DAKOTA 3, CENTRAL MICHIGAN 1 (20-25, 25-15, 25-20, 25-19)
VERMILLION, SD – South Dakota entered the 2019 NIVC with the highest RPI in the 32-team field and quickly lost the first set to Central Michigan, but the Coyotes
South Dakota (28-2) will face UNLV in Round 2; the match is set for 3 p.m. ET Friday. The Chippewas ended their season at 21-9.
The Coyotes were led by the 16 kills of Elizabeth Juhnke; Elizabeth Loschen had 12 kills and Sami Slaughter added 11 kills. Madison Jurgens had 49 assists and Anne Rasmussen closed with 27 digs.
Central Michigan got nine kills apiece from Anna Erickson and Savannah Thompson; Megan Kern had 27 digs.
WYOMING 3, NORTHWESTERN STATE 0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-19)
LARAMIE, WY – Wyoming had a terrific effort offensively, hitting .357 overall and getting 17 kills from Tara Traphagan to move past Round 1 of the 2019 NIVC.
The Cowgirls (22-8) will face Weber State in Round 2; the match is set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The Demons end their season with a record of 20-13.
Mackenzie Coates had 33 assists for Wyoming, and Madi Fields added 17 digs.
Northwestern State got 13 kills from Alexis Warren, and Hannah Brister closed with 10 kills. Cayman Sutton added 24 assists.
UT ARLINGTON 3, UT SAN ANTONIO 2 (23-25, 25-19, 25-16, 21-25, 15-13)
ARLINGTON, TX – Host UT Arlington fell behind 10-6 in the deciding fifth set but fought back with a 9-3 run to top UT San Antonio and advance from Round 1 of the 2019 NIVC.
The Mavericks (19-13) will play Sam Houston State in Round 2; the match is set for 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday. The Roadrunners end their season at 16-14.
With the score tied at 13-all in the fifth set, Bre Walp authored a kill for UTA for match point, and Walp followed with a solo block for the match winner. Kylie Jedlicka had 15 kills and 16 digs for the Mavs; Madison Hill added 12 kills, and both Walp and Brooke Townshend had 11 kills. Madelyn St. Germain had 23 digs.
Brianna McCulloch had 17 kills, 10 digs and just two errors for UT San Antonio. Kirby Smith had 13 kills and 11 digs, and Courtney Walters chipped in with 36 assists.
TULSA 3, SANTA CLARA 1 (25-22, 25-22, 23-25, 25-22)
LONG BEACH, CA – Tulsa prevailed in four hotly contested sets against Santa Clara, getting 12 kills with no errors from Callie Cook to advance out of Round 2 of the 2019 NIVC.
The Golden Hurricane (17-15) has reached the quarterfinals and will play the winner of Friday’s match between Wyoming and Weber State for a chance to advance to the semifinals. The Broncos end their season with a record of 21-12.
Tulsa trailed 14-13 in the fourth set but grabbed a 19-15 lead on Cook’s final kill of the night. At 23-20, Maggie Hembree’s kill gave the Golden Hurricane match point, and Tulsa clinched it on an error by the Broncos.
Taylor Horsfall had 16 digs for Tulsa; Hannah Overmyer added nine kills.
Julia Sangiacomo had 18 kills and 15 digs for Santa Clara; Allison Kantor added 13 kills, and Taylor Odom had 12 kills.