TCU Tames the Wildcats
Sept. 16, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - A career-high night from sophomore Ashley Smith led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-10, 25-17, 19-25, 25-16) win over Abilene Christian in the first meeting between the schools on Tuesday night at the University Recreation Center.
Smith led the Horned Frogs (7-4) by tying her career-high in kills with 17, a .400 clip and seven digs. Stephanie Holland chipped in nine kills against the Wildcats (1-9), while Sarita Mikals recorded six kills.
Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley dished out the assists with Heist recording 26 and Langley following closely behind with 25 assists to go along with two service aces. Shane Peters held down the back row with her first 20-dig match of the season and led TCU for the second match in a row.
Strong serving for the Frogs was the key to success in the first set, as Langley checked into the match and notched two straight service aces to start a 6-0 run that lifted TCU to a 10-3 lead. TCU continued to roll and spread out the offense to extend its lead to 20-7. Out of a timeout by the Wildcats, Holland and Smith wrapped up the match with three smack downs to dominate the first set 25-7.
The winning tradition set in place in the first set continued into the second, as Smith and Mikals combined for kills to propel to TCU to a 6-1 lead. The Frogs were nearly errorless in the set, with TCU recording with 20 kills and only two errors for the highest hitting percentage of the match at .514. Four kills from Smith, Blaire Pickens and Mattie Burleson, along with a shut down at the net by Burleson extended the lead to 13-3. The Wildcats would attempt to close the gap, but the nearly unstoppable TCU offense prevailed in the end, as Macy Capen capped the 25-17 victory in the second set with a kill.
Out of the break, the teams began to battle and trade points until a kill from Smith sparked a 4-0 run to put TCU ahead 7-4. ACU fought back to tie the match at 10-10 off of errors by the Frogs. The set would tie three more times before two errors by TCU and a kill from ACU gave the Wildcats their largest lead of the match thus far at 18-15. Regan McGuire responded with a kill, followed by another smack down from Burleson to tie the match back up once again, 19-19. Those would be the final points TCU scored the rest of the set, as Stephanie Schoelman picked up five straight kills to give ACU the set, 25-19.
After dropping the third set, TCU rebounded by jumping out to a 3-0 lead in the fourth set with a kill from Holland and two blocks from Natalie Gower. The blocking was crucial for TCU in the set, as the team recorded four blocks including McGuire and Smith combining for a shut down to push the Frogs ahead 9-4. TCU continued to churn out the kills, as they never let the wildcats any closer on the way to a 25-16 victory in the fourth set.
TCU will continue to stay home, as the Frogs host the TCU Molten Invitational on Sept. 19-20. The team will host Sam Houston State on Friday, before taking on UAPB and High Point on Saturday.
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