Horned Frogs Give No. 3 USC Stiff Test

Sept. 14, 2012

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  1 2 3 4 5 F
 TCU 24 22 25 X X 0
USC 26 25 27 X X 3

Quick Stats
 Kills 42 49
 Assists 41 46
 Aces 2 4
 Digs 40 44
 Blocks 8.0 8.0
 Attack Percentage .238 .238
Stat Leaders
 Team Kills Assists Digs Blocks
 TCU Burleson (11) Munce (32) Horio, Munce (10) Burleson (7)
USC Bricio (19) Crone (45) Shaw (12) Olgard (6)

FORT WORTH - The TCU women's volleyball team saw its nine-match winning streak come to an end Friday as No. 3-ranked USC dropped the Horned Frogs, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 27-25) in front of 1,162 fans inside the TCU University Rec Center.

The Horned Frogs dropped to 9-2 with the loss and fell for the first time since their season opener. USC improved to 10-0 on the year.

USC raced out to a 12-5 lead in the match's opening set and it appeared the nation's third-ranked team was ready to roll another opponent. However, the Frogs rallied to get within 15-13 in a theme that continued throughout the night, only to see the Trojans returns with a 5-3 spurt and a 20-16 lead.

The Frogs showed their grit in the next six points of the match, winning five of them to tie set one at 21 and force a Trojan timeout. Trailing 23-22, a Megan Munce kill, followed by a USC attack error gave TCU set point at 24-23 on Munce's serve, but USC ultimately scored the next three points to squeak out a 26-24 set one win and 1-0 lead.

Senior Sloane Sunstrum had five kills on eight attacks in the set, while Munce had 10 assists to go along with five digs. Mattie Burleson and Macy Capen added three kills apiece as TCU held the advantage in kills and hitting percentage in the first set.

The second set was equally as competitive as the first, seeing the score tie 14 times and the lead change on six occasions. USC took a 22-19 lead late in the set, but TCU immediately responded with three-straight points to knot the match at 22. Burleson had a block and a kill to tie the match.

Just like the first, TCU found itself tied at 22 with the third-ranked Trojans but was unable to get over the hump as USC claimed a 25-22 set win and 2-0 lead into intermission. Munce assisted on 10 of the 12 TCU kills in the set and Igodan provided five of the 10. Burleson had three blocks in set two.

The third set once again saw the Frogs go toe-to-toe with the Trojans for the length of the set. TCU found itself in a 21-18 hole, but bounced back for five-straight points to take a 23-21 lead and force USC to use both of its timeouts.

TCU forced USC past 25 for the second time in the match after USC scored three-straight points for a 24-23 lead. The Frogs tied the match at 24 and again at 25, but back-to-back points provided USC with a 27-25 set three win and 3-0 decision in the match.

Burleson continued to provide TCU's offense in the third set, putting down five kills and assisting on four blocks for 7.0 points in the set. Munce had 12 assists in the set, while Meghan Horio led the Frogs defensively with four digs.

Overall, the teams were even in hitting percentage at .238, while USC held the advantage in kills (49-42) and digs (44-40). Both teams tallied eight total blocks. The match was tied 35 times and the lead changed hands 14 times during the three sets.

From an individual standpoint, Burleson had 11 kills and a game-high seven blocks and Munce turned in her sixth double-double of the season (32 assists and 10 digs). Sunstrum added 10 kills to go along with nine digs.

TCU looks to get back on track Saturday against Prairie View A&M. First serve is set for 1 p.m.



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