TCU 3, COLGATE 0 (25-17, 25-23, 30-28)
FORT WORTH, TX – TCU started off in control and hung tough when the sets got tighter, moving past Colgate to advance to the 2019 NIVC semifinals.
The Horned Frogs (12-17), who were in the 2017 NIVC semis as well, will play at Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 14 for a chance to reach the championship. The Georgia Tech-TCU match is set for 7 p.m. ET.
The long and demanding third set saw the Horned Frogs hold match point on three occasions thanks to kills from Julia Adams, but the Raiders equalized each time. At 28-all, Sarah Swanson registered a kill for TCU, and Dani Dennison closed the match with an ace.
The first set was tied at 5-all when TCU caught fire first, and an Audrey Nalls kill pushed the team to a 12-6 lead. The Horned Frogs drilled 17 kills and hit .324 to win the set. TCU jumped ahead in Set 2 as well, but Colgate drew within 24-23 before Nalls, a freshman, closed the set with a kill shot placed perfectly in the back left corner.
TCU got 17 kills from Katie Clark, 12 kills from Adams and 11 kills from Nalls. McKenzie Nichols had 41 assists and 11 digs. The Horned Frogs finished with a 53-33 lead in kills.
The Raiders (24-7) were paced by the 12 kills from Alli Lowe. Julia Kurowski had 30 assists and Cami Carfino had 10 digs.