Volleyball Outlasts Iona
Aug. 30, 2014
STATE COLLEGE, Pa. - For the second straight match, Stephanie Holland posted double-digit kills to lead the TCU volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-15, 18-25, 25-11, 25-18) win over Iona in the final match of the Penn State Classic on Saturday at Rec Hall.
Holland was nearly unstoppable for the second match in a row on Saturday, as she put down 16 kills and a .425 hitting percentage for the Horned Frogs (2-1), as they halted the Gaels (0-3).
Natalie Gower put up eight kills and no errors for a .727 hitting percentage and was selected to the All-Tournament team. Holland led the team with 37 kills for the weekend and Gower threw down 20 kills for a .559 hitting percentage.
Three evenly distributed kills to Sarita Mikals, Gower and Blaire Pickens put TCU ahead 3-1 to begin the match. The Gaels would respond by tying up the match and taking a brief lead off of errors by the Frogs. TCU would comeback with straight kills from Macy Capen and Mikals before embarking on a 5-1 run for a 12-9 lead.
Two crucial hitting errors by the Frogs brought the match back within one, 12-11, but a block from Burleson and Capen started a 7-2 stretch that included two more blocks to bring the set to 19-13. TCU would commit only two more errors in the set, as Holland capped off the set with two straight kills for a 25-15 victory.
The Frogs were offensively on top in the first set, but the roles reversed about half way through the second set. Coming off two straight blocks from Chyanne Perkins and leading 12-8, a kill from Kate Brodnax would spark a fire for Iona and start a 7-1 run and a 15-13 lead in the Gaels favor. Iona kept TCU at a distance for the rest of the set, as TCU only hit .026 and recorded a mere nine kills in the 25-18 loss.
TCU got back to its winning ways quickly and rebounded from the loss to hit .533 in the third set. Holland came out firing for the Frogs and helped them stretch out to a 13-4 lead. Holland finished with seven kills in the set, while Smith returned to the game for four kills and zero errors. TCU kept Iona at a distance the entire set and stretched their 10-point lead to 14 after a kill from Smith and an error by the Gaels put TCU on top 25-11.
Regan McGuire and Mikals were the first to strike in the fourth set, as the two each recorded kills on the way to a 4-3 lead. After two kills from Iona, TCU used a smack down from Gower to propel to an 8-5 lead. The teams traded a few points until McGuire came alive to put down two kills and a block for a 13-7 lead. The team continued to roll and recorded 16 kills in the set for a 25-18 victory.
TCU will return to Fort Worth to host the first of two home tournaments - the TCU Nike Invitational. The Frogs will host Grambling State and Miami on Friday, before taking on Prairie View A&M and UALR on Saturday at the University Recreation Center.
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