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.
TULSA 3, WEBER STATE 2 (25-22, 25-20, 24-26, 20-25, 15-10)
TULSA, OK – Tulsa jumped ahead by two sets, gave it back as Weber State refused to go quietly, and then put it all together with a quality effort in the fifth set to top the Wildcats and earn a spot in the semifinals of the 2019 NIVC.
The Golden Hurricane (18-15) will play at South Dakota in one semifinal, set for 8:30 p.m. ET on Saturday, Dec. 14. With her 39 digs, Tulsa senior Taylor Horsfall is now the all-time digs leader for the program at 2,470, which is also the top mark in the history of the American Athletic Conference.
Tulsa had a 16-7 lead in Set 1, but after a 13-4 run Weber State had things tied back up at 20-all. The Golden Hurricane came out fast after a timeout and secured the set with a kill from Maddie Rhoder. Set 2 also had big momentum shifts, with Tulsa taking a 10-6 lead and Weber State later going on top, 17-16. Callie Cook closed the set with a kill for the Golden Hurricane.
Set 3 saw the Wildcats get on the board as Kennedy Williams got the final kill, and they went from a 6-6 tie in Set 4 to a 12-6 lead before pulling away and evening the match at two sets apiece. In the fifth set, Tulsa scored the final five points to seal the victory.
Callie Cook had 16 kills for Tulsa. Kayley Cassaday and Rhoder both had 12 kills, and Hannah Overmyer added 10 kills and 10 digs. Roosa Rautio had 29 assists.
The Wildcats (26-9) got 18 kills apiece from Megan Gneiting and Dani Nay. Weber State had five players with more than 10 digs; Katelyn Erwin had 27, and Gneiting, Rylin Roberts and Helena Khouri each had 17 digs. Ashlyn Power closed with 48 assists and 15 digs.