Frogs Roll Past George Mason, 3-0

Irene Hester had seven aces in the match.

Irene Hester had seven aces in the match.

Sept. 11, 2010

Final Stats

PISCATAWAY, N.J. - Behind a solid serving game, the TCU volleyball team improved to 2-0 in the Rutgers Invitational with a 3-0 (25-19, 27-25, 25-21) victory over George Mason Saturday morning. The Horned Frogs served up 14 aces, including seven from Irene Hester. Meghan Horio had another solid contest with her fifth double-double of the season, finishing with 36 assists and 20 digs.

Irene Hester added 11 digs to her team-high 13 kills to complete her third double-double of the season. Christy Hudson also totaled 13 kills in the match. Jordan Raines pitched in with eight kills, while Kristen Hester finished with six. Along with her double-double, Horio served up four aces. Kay Lin Connolly tallied 10 digs in the win and Hudson pitched in with nine. Kristen Hester led all blockers with five.

Serving was the name of the game in the first set as there were a combined eight aces in the first 13 points of the contest. Four straight from Irene Hester helped the Frogs build an 8-5 lead. The Patriots kept battling, putting together an 8-5 run to get the set tied at 13.

Irene Hester halted the Patriot run with a blast that spurred a 4-0 run and put the Frogs on top 17-13. Horio served up an ace and Hudson and Irene Hester pitched in with kills to give the Frogs a lead they would never relinquish. A kill from Kristen Hester put the Frogs up 22-16 and she finished things with her third kill of the set to lock up the 25-19 set one win.

The Frogs had a battle on their hands in the second set as George Mason tried to even the match at a game apiece. The Patriots raced out to a 13-9 lead, but the Frogs responded with a 4-0 run to tie the set at 13. Irene Hester keyed the run with a kill and an ace and Hannah Fort punctuated the rally with a solo block that tied the set.

Again, the Patriots took control, opening up a three-point lead, 18-15, forcing a TCU timeout. Raines stepped up and blasted a kill, then took the service line and pushed the Frogs to a 19-18 lead. George Mason battled back and had two set points, but each time the Frogs responded. Sloane Sunstrum and Hudson came through with kills to stave off set point and Horio eventually gave the Frogs their own set point and Hudson finished off the 27-25 victory.

In the third set, tied at three, a block from Kristen Hester and Sunstrum put the Frogs in front to stay as TCU completed the sweep. George Mason tried its best to keep the set close, pulling within one, 17-16, only to see the Frogs go on a 3-0 run on back-to-back kills from Irene Hester and a service ace from Horio.

The Patriots used a 5-1 run to get the set back to even at 21-all, forcing a TCU timeout. Back-to-back kills from Raines put the Frogs back on top and she teamed with Kristen Hester on a denial on the outside to lock up the 25-21 set three victory.

The Frogs improve to 5-4 on the season. They will complete play in the Rutgers Invitational Saturday afternoon when they take on the host school, Rutgers, at 3 p.m. (CST).



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