TCU Rolls Past Prairie View A&M
Sept. 6, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - In the first match of day two of the TCU Nike Invitational, the TCU volleyball team picked up its fifth straight win with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-22) sweep of Prairie View A&M on Saturday morning at the University Recreation Center.
Chyna Perkins came up big for the Horned Frogs (5-1) at the end of each set against the Panthers (2-5), as the sophomore would serve out each set for the victory. Chyna notched a career-high four kills in the match to go along with career-highs in hitting percentage (.429), service aces (3) and digs (7).
Macy Capen and Regan McGuire led the Frogs offensively with six kills, with McGuire recording zero errors for a .600 hitting percentage. TCU was stellar from the service line with 10 team service aces, with Trisha Langley and Alexia Heist recording two a piece.
Anchoring the back row was three different liberos for the match, as Sunstrum led the team with eight digs, while Skyler Flynn donned the jersey for the third set and picked up seven digs.
TCU jumped out to an early 7-2 lead with a balanced offensive attack as Ashley Smith, Stephanie Holland and Mattie Burleson all notched kills. A service ace forced Prairie View A&M into a timeout and TCU kept the pressure up with a block from Burleson and Holland out of the timeout.
The Frogs capitalized off of errors by the Panthers to extend the lead to 13-4 after an ace from Langley. TCU continued to stretch out the lead, with Chyna Perkins entering the match for the Frogs and putting down two straight kills for a 19-10 lead. Perkins would get behind the service line and serve out the rest of the match, as TCU brought its block total to five in the set with two straight shut downs for a 25-10 victory.
TCU continued to roll in the second set and nabbed a 6-2 lead with blocks from Mia Swanegan and an ace from Jen Miller leading the way. The Panthers closed the gap and tied the match at 6-6, before another ace from Heist set up a 3-0 run for a 9-6 lead.
The Frogs continued to extend their league, as a Natalie Gower's first kill of the match gave TCU a 14-9 lead, with the Panthers forced into their first timeout of the set. Prairie View chipped away at the lead and got as close as two, 18-16, after two hitting errors from TCU, but Chyna Perkins stellar play in the final points of the match proved crucial. Perkins put down a kill for a 19-16 lead and then would serve out the match for the second time.
Four service aces and four team blocks highlighted the second set, as the Frogs were able to hold Prairie View A&M to a negative hitting percentage, -.062, as they took a 2-0 lead after a 25-16 set two victory.
After the break, TCU came out behind in the final set as the Panthers stormed out to a 6-3 lead. The Frogs would make a comeback and tie the match up at 9-9, but a kill from Prairie View A&M put the Panthers on a 5-0 run for a 14-9 lead.
After a timeout, TCU regrouped and closed the gap to tie the match at 20-20 after an error by the Panthers. Perkins would close out the set for the final time with two aces for a 22-20 lead, as the Frogs never looked back with Capen smacking down her final kill of the match for a 25-22 win.
TCU will conclude its opening weekend at home with a match against UALR tonight at 7 p.m., for the invitational title.
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