Horned Frogs Fall in Season Opener, 3-1

Mattie Burleson had eight blocks against Northern Colorado.

Aug. 24, 2012



  1 2 3 4 5 F
 TCU 21 23 25 20 X 1
 Northern Colorado 25 25 18 25 X 3

Quick Stats
 Kills 51 49
 Assists 46 46
 Aces 1 8
 Digs 75 82
 Blocks 15.0 14.0
 Attack Percentage .136 .118
Stat Leaders
 Team Kills Assists Digs Blocks
 TCU Holland (14) Munce (32) Horio
Burleson (8)
 UNC Arnold (15) Hughes (42) Johnson
Strong (6)

Box Score

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - TCU's women's volleyball team dropped its season opener, 3-1 (25-21, 25-23, 18-25, 25-20), to Northern Colorado on Friday evening inside the Curb Event Center in game one of the Belmont Invitational.

The Horned Frogs fell in a season opener for the first time since 2005 and only the fourth time in 11 years with Prentice Lewis at the helm of the TCU volleyball program.

After dropping set one, TCU trailed 24-16 in the second set before the Horned Frogs were able to score seven-straight points on sophomore Mattie Burleson's serve, but ultimately fell behind 2-0 when Northern Colorado notched a 25-23 triumph in set two.

The run at the end of the second gave the Frogs the spark they needed going into the third set as TCU jumped out to a 14-9 lead in the third, forcing the Bears to take a timeout. The Frogs used another 5-2 run to stretch their lead to 22-16 before closing out a 25-18 set win.

A slow start to the fourth set proved costly for the Frogs as they fell behind 3-0, only to tie the match at three and again at seven. After a TCU timeout with the Bears leading 12-9, Northern Colorado won five of the next six points to stretch its advantage in the fourth set to 17-10.

Much like the second set, TCU made things interesting toward the end of the set before falling 25-20 in the fourth and to 0-1 on the year. Friday's match was also the season opener for Northern Colorado.

TCU dropped its first set of the season as the Horned Frogs took time to adjust to Northern Colorado's height advantage. In the first set, the Bears totaled five team blocks and took advantage of some TCU hitting errors for a 25-21 set one win.

The Frogs could not create any momentum to begin the second set and found themselves trailing 19-13 as TCU used its second timeout of the set only to see the Bears immediately stretch the lead to 24-16.

Individually, Burleson led the way in the front for the Frogs with eight blocks, while Igodan added seven. Burleson's figure was a career high and Igodan tied a career high. Offensively, Stephanie Holland notched 14 kills, Sloane Sunstrum 12 and Igodan 10.

Megan Munce tallied her 26th career double-double with 32 assists and 14 digs. Sunstrum's double-double (12 kills, 13 digs) was the fifth of her TCU career. On her first serve of the year, Munce notched her 139th-career ace to move within two of Anna Vaughn for second all-time at TCU.

The Frogs return to action Saturday for a doubleheader with Alabama A&M (12:30 p.m.) and host Belmont (6 p.m.).  



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