TCU Overpowered by UNI
Sept. 13, 2014
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - The TCU volleyball team dropped its first match of the day Saturday morning 3-0 (19-25, 19-25, 23-25) to Northern Iowa on the second day of action at the Shamrock Invitational at Purcell Pavilion on the campus of Notre Dame.
Ashley Smith led the Horned Frogs (6-3) for the second time this season offensively with eight kills, while also picked up six digs and serving up two aces over the Panthers (4-5). Alexia Heist was just shy of her second double of the season with 13 assists and nine digs.
Sutton Sunstrum had her sixth double-digit dig match of the season with 11 to go along with one service ace. Mia Swanegan checked into the match and was big at the net for the Frogs with a career-high six shut downs and helped TCU to nine total blocks for the second match in a row.
Kills from Sarita Mikals and Stephanie Holland along with two straight errors by the Panthers propelled TCU out to a 4-2 lead. UNI responded with kills out of the middle to tie up the set at 4-4. A slam from the right side courtesy of Holland gave the Frogs their final lead of the set at 5-4. The Panthers used a strong offensive attack from their middles to storm out to an 8-5 lead and force TCU into its first timeout.
Natalie Gower picked up two kills and forced another UNI hitting error to even the match at 8-8, but TCU struggled offensively and could not contain the Panther middles as they pushed out to a 16-11 lead. The Frogs attempted to chip away at the lead, but a final kill from UNI sealed the 25-19 loss for TCU.
UNI came out rolling in the second set and sprung out to a 9-3 lead, with Holland notching a kill to end the 7-0 run. TCU played from behind the entire set, but used strong blocking at the net to bring the set within four, 14-10, after Swanegan connected with Ashley Smith and Holland for two block assists.
The teams traded points until another shut down from Swanegan combined with a kill from Mikals brought the match within three, 16-13. After two kills from UNI, the Frogs responded with a 4-1 run that included two kills from Regan McGuire, one from Smith and a service ace from Trisha Langley for a 19-17 UNI advantage. Out of a Panther timeout, UNI turned up the offense for three kills and a service ace to extend the lead back out to 23-17. TCU never recovered and two unforced errors gave UNI the set and a 2-0 lead in the match at 25-19.
TCU jumped out to a 3-1 lead in the third set sealed off with a block from Mikals and Swanegan, but UNI responded with a 4-0 run to regain the lead. The Frogs had to dig themselves out of a hole, as the Panthers used errors by TCU to take a five-point lead at 15-10. Holland put down a kill to start a 4-0 for the Frogs, as they brought the set within one, 15-14. UNI seemed to always have an answer and put up two straight points to extend the lead back out, 17-14.
The Frogs would not go down without a fight and took five of the next seven points to tie the set up at 19-19. A kill by the Panthers and an error from TCU once again put UNI up two, 21-19, with TCU calling a timeout. Smith would come out of the timeout swinging to bring it within one, but that was as close as the Frogs would get with the Panthers holding the upper edge and closing out the set and match 25-23.
TCU will return to the court later this afternoon for the final match of the invitational against Northeastern at 4 p.m., CT.
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