TCU Sweeps Furman in Season Opener
Aug 30, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The TCU volleyball team opened its 2013 season with a 3-0 (25-21, 26-24, 25-20) sweep of Furman, Friday night inside the Ramsey Center at the Georgia Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The Paladins (0-1, 0-0 SoCon) had no answer for freshman Ashley Smith who recorded 14 kills and only two errors for a .400 hitting percentage in her debut for the Horned Frogs (1-0, 0-0 Big 12).
Yvonne Igodan got the Frogs started off on the right foot with a kill to score the first point of the match. The teams would trade points until kills from Stephanie Holland and Ashley Smith, plus an ace from Alexia Heist would give TCU a three-point advantage at 10-7. A combination of kills from multiple players would keep the Frogs in control the rest of the set as the team would hit a match-high .424 hitting percentage to win the first set 25-21.
TCU found itself behind to start the second set as a string of serves from Elle Rose gave the Paladins a 13-7 advantage. The Frogs slowly climbed their way back into the set as six straight kills from Regan McGuire and Ashley Smith pulled the match even at 20-20. Furman would fight to take the next four out of six points to give the Paladins a set point, but crucial errors and a solid block by Igodan and Burelson gave TCU the advantage to seal the victory at 26-24 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The offense continued strong into the third set as the Frogs gained an 11-7 edge to start the set. Furman would not back down as kills from Ashton Gregory and Andrea Fisher put the Paladins back into the match with the lead. The teams would trade the lead three more times before two errors by Furman, combined with Macy Capen's first career service ace, would give TCU the final lead and push it needed to win set three 25-20 and take the match 3-0.
Preseason All-Big 12 Team selection Igodan finished second on the team with eight kills, while the left handed duo of Blaire Pickens and Holland recorded seven and five kills, respectively, and only one error a piece.
Heist and Trisha Langley guided the offense with 20 and 17 assists, respectively, while Langely also chipped in 11 digs for her first career double-double. Shane Peters led the defensive effort with 12 digs, while Sutton Sunstrum recorded 11 digs for her 13th career double-digit dig match.
TCU continues action at the Invitational on Saturday as the team takes on host Georgia at 11:30 a.m., CT and Lipscomb at 4:30 p.m., CT. Live audio of both matches with Jeff Lewis on the call can be found at GoFrogs.com.
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