Volleyball Drops Match to Georgia
Aug 31, 2013
ATHENS, Ga. - The TCU volleyball team dropped its second match of the Georgia Bulldog Invitational to tournament host Georgia 3-0 (17-25, 20-25, 17-25) inside the Ramsey Center on Saturday afternoon in Athens, Ga.
The Horned Frogs (1-1, 0-0 Big 12) could not contain the offensive pressure put up by the Bulldogs (2-0, 0-0 SEC), who had two players hit over .500 and had a .336 hitting percentage as a team.
The first half of the match was a battle for points as both teams never gained more than a two-point advantage. Tied at 14-14, two straight kills from Brittany Northcutt, plus errors by TCU led to a 7-0 run by Georgia that forced the Frogs to use both of their timeouts. TCU would take the next two points, but a 4-1 run by the Bulldogs would close out the first set 25-17 as Georgia would hit a .500 hitting percentage in the set.
After dropping the first two points in the second set, the Frogs fought back to win the next five and take control of the set. After a Georgia timeout at 7-4, the Bulldogs used errors by TCU combined with two kills from Lauren Teknipp to take the lead at 8-7. TCU tied the match back up with a block from Macy Capen and Regan McGuire and would go back into control of the set with kills from McGuire, Capen and Ashley Smith to take a 15-12 lead.
Georgia would not back down as the Bulldogs came back to tie the match at 17-17 after a 5-2 run. Georgia would stay in the lead as they would go on another 8-3 run to claim the second set 25-20 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Bulldogs would use the momentum from the second set to take an early 9-1 lead in the third set, but the Frogs would battle back to pull the set within four. TCU would continue to fight as Blaire Pickens led the offensive effort by putting up four kills and no errors for a .667 clip, but Georgia proved to be too much as they took the final set 25-17 and the match.
Yvonne Igodan led TCU with seven kills, while Smith, Mattie Burleson and Pickens each chipped in six kills a piece. Alexis Heist recorded her third double-double of her career and first this season with 18 assists and 12 digs. Shane Peters posted a double-digit dig match for the second time with 11 digs.
The Frogs will conclude action in the Invitational with a final match against Lipscomb later tonight at 4:30 p.m., CT. Live stats and audio of the match can be found at GoFrogs.com.