Volleyball Defeats Houston
Sept. 13, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - For the second match in a row, the TCU volleyball team recorded double-digit blocks on its way to a 3-1 (23-25, 25-16, 25-18, 25-18) victory over Houston Friday night in the final match of the first day of the TCU Nike/Molten Invitational.
The Horned Frogs (6-3, 0-0 Big 12) dropped the first set to the Cougars (7-2, 0-0 AAC) inside the University Recreation Center, before sweeping the next three to claim the win.
The first set was evenly matched between the teams, but Houston took an early 15-11 lead. TCU stormed back to tie the set at 19-19, but a kill from Kadi Kullerman and a service ace from Natalie Keck gave the Cougars a two-point advantage. The Frogs closed the match within one again at 24-23, but a block from Houston sealed the 25-23 win.
After dropping the first set, TCU came out strong in the second and took an early 7-1 lead off of strong serving from Macy Capen that forced an early Cougar timeout. The Frogs extended the lead with kills from Capen and Burleson and never looked back as TCU would go on to hit a match-high .406 with 15 kills and only two errors to win set two 25-16. Yvonne Igodan led the teams with four kills and no errors in the set for a .800 hitting percentage.
The third set was a battle between the teams with the score tied on seven occasions, until errors from Houston and a block from Capen and Regan McGuire gave TCU a cushion to build off of. Stephanie Holland put down her eighth kill of the match to give the Frogs a 25-18 set three win and a 2-1 lead in the match.
TCU kept the momentum in its favor to finish off the match in four sets and take a 25-18 set four win.
Igodan led the Frogs for the second match in a row with 12 kills and only two errors for a .500 hitting percentage, to go along with five total blocks. Holland had her first double-digit kill match of the season after notching 10 kills in the match, while Alexia Heist tallied a double-double with 25 assists and 10 digs.
The Frogs recorded 11 total blocks in the match, with McGuire finishing with five and Burleson and Holland each chipping in four a piece.
TCU will conclude action in the invitational tomorrow as the Frogs take on Grambling State at 2 p.m., and Ole Miss at 7:30 p.m.