Volleyball Drops Decision to Marquette
Sep 7, 2013
MILWAUKEE, Wis. - Despite winning the first set, the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 18-25) decision to Marquette in the final match of the Marquette Challenge in the Al McGuire Center.
The Frogs (3-3, 0-0 Big 12) and the Golden Eagles (2-2, 0-0 Big East) battled back and forth in the first set, but Marquette controlled the rest of the match with strong serving and had three players notching double figure kills.
TCU was never trailing to start the first half of the second set and had a five-point advantage at 18-13. A kill from Elizabeth Koberstein sparked a 6-0 run by Marquette, but a kill from Blaire Pickens and a block from Mattie Burleson and Stephanie Holland would put the match back in the Frogs' favor. The Golden Eagles would tie the match two more times, but three kills by Yvonne Igodan within the last few points gave TCU the win at 25-23. Igodan recorded five kills in the set and no errors for a .625 hitting percentage, while Burleson was a part of all three blocks in the set.
After winning the first two points of the second set, Marquette stormed back to take the lead and would build off of it to gain a 19-12 lead. Out of a TCU timeout, the Frogs would attempt a comeback and close the set within three off kills from Igodan and Natalie Gower, but two straight kills from Marquette would close out the second set 25-20 in favor of the Golden Eagles.
Out of the break, Marquette would use strong serving from Autumn Bailey to take a 10-4 lead, but errors from the Golden Eagles and a service ace from Ashley Smith would put the set within two at 12-10. A 6-3 run by Marquette forced TCU into a timeout and the Golden Eagles would not let up the pressure, as the team would hit a game-high .412 to take a 25-15 win over the Frogs.
Marquette used the momentum from the third set to take an early 6-0 lead in the fourth and never relinquished the lead as the Golden Eagles would win the set 25-16 and the match.
Igodan and Smith led the frogs with 11 and 10 kills, respectively, while Igodan was also named to the All-Tournament team for the second week in a row.Trisha Langley recorded her second career double-double by finishing with 12 assists and 10 digs.
TCU will return home for the next five games as they take on North Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m., before hosting the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational on Sept. 13-14, with matches against Stephen F. Austin, Houston, Grambling State and Ole Miss.
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