TCU Sweeps Up William and Mary
Aug. 30, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - Under the leadership of Stephanie Holland and Natalie Gower, the TCU volleyball team picked up its first win and sweep of the season with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-15) victory over William and Mary in the first match of the day at the Penn State Classic on Saturday.
Holland was unstoppable for the majority of the match and helped the Horned Frogs (1-1) to a season-high .404 hitting percentage over the Tribe (1-1), who were only able to muster 37 kills in the match.
Holland led the team from the right side with 17 kills and only one error for a season-high .552 hitting percentage, while Gower put down double-digit kills from the middle with 10 and only one error as well for a .600 hitting percentage to go along with two blocks.
Sutton Sunstrum anchored the defense and was just shy of her career-high with 22 digs, while also finishing with four service aces. Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley dished out the assists, with Heist picking up a double-double of 28 assist and 10 digs. Langley finished with 16 assists.
Regan McGuire was a powerful force to begin the match by putting down two kills in the opening points for a 2-0 lead. Alexia Heist followed that with a service ace, as a hitting error from the Tribe put TCU ahead 4-0. A hitting error by the Horned Frogs and a service ace would give William and Mary its first points, but TCU would put up the next seven points, with Holland and Ashley Smith each recording two kills a piece in the run.
A block from William and Mary halted the run, as the Tribe recorded four straight points to bring the match up to 11-6. Another error from William and Mary began a 3-0 run for the Frogs, which included kills from Smith and Sarita Mikals, along with a Smith and Gower block to stretch the lead back out to nine, 15-6.
William and Mary did not back down and strung together a few small runs to close the gap to four at 21-17, but TCU was able to capitalize off errors from the Tribe. Holland notched her fifth kill in the set to make it set point at 24-19 and William and Mary would hold off the win only momentarily before committing another error to give the victory to TCU 25-19.
The Frogs had to come from behind to start the second set, trailing 3-1. A kill from Holland brought another point to the board for TCU, as the Frogs would go on a 12-1 run to streak out to a 13-4 lead in the second set. Holland would slam down four kills in the stretch, while Sunstrum picked up four service aces.
The Tribe would once again attempt to close in on the lead and used a 7-3 run to pull the match within three, 20-17, as TCU used its only timeout of the match. Out of the pause, Holland picked up her seventh kill of the set before subbing out and Blaire Pickens coming in to pick up two kills of her for a 23-17 lead. A kill from Mattie Burleson down the middle made it set point before Macy Capen slammed one down the line for a 25-20 win and a 2-0 lead.
After the intermission, the teams battled to begin the third set until a kill from Gower sparked a 7-1 run that put TCU up 12-5 in the set. The Frogs did not let up on the strong offense as seven different players contributed kills for a .594 hitting percentage in the set. Leading 22-15, Mikals and Holland would close out the match for TCU with three straight kills to end the match 25-15.
TCU will close out its opening weekend of play by taking on Iona at 3 p.m., CT at Rec Hall in State College.