Horned Frogs Stun West Virginia, 3-2

Sept. 22, 2012

Box Score



  1 2 3 4 5 F
TCU 24 20 25 26 15 3
West Virginia 26 25 16 24 2 2

Quick Stats
West Virginia
 Kills 58 54
 Assists 52 51
 Aces 9 7
 Digs 78 69
 Blocks 8.0 11.0
 Attack Percentage .191 .112
Stat Leaders
 Team Kills Assists Digs Blocks
 TCU Holland (15) Munce (40) Horio (24) Sl. Sunstrum, Igodan (3)
West Virginia Attea (15) Sample (45) Sample (20) Wells (7)

MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - Trailing 0-2 in its Big 12 debut, TCU's women's volleyball team came back to stun West Virginia on Saturday, 3-2 (24-26, 20-25, 25-16, 26-24, 15-2), inside the WVU Coliseum.

The Horned Frogs improved to 12-2 on the year and 1-0 in the Big 12.The Mountaineers slipped to 8-7, 0-2. TCU won for just the ninth time when trailing 0-2 in the 11 years that Prentice Lewis has been the head coach.

Following the intermission after set two, TCU came out rolling in the match's third set, racing to an 11-5 lead. The Frogs stretched their lead to 18-11 on an Yvonne Igodan kill to force a WVU timeout.

The Mountaineers twice got as close as four in the third set at 19-15, but TCU picked up six of the next seven points to finish off a 25-16 set three triumph and cut the lead to 2-1. Igodan had four kills and two blocks in the set, while Megan Munce added three kills and a pair of blocks.

In a thrilling fourth set defined by runs, the Frogs found themselves trailing 13-6 after a Mountaineer kill. Resilient TCU responded with an 11-0 run while freshman Sutton Sunstrum was on the base line.

Three Emily Kirby kills and two from Sloane Sunstrum highlighted the run, while the Frogs were helped by four Mountaineer attack errors. TCU never trailed for the remainder of the set, but WVU was able to knot the set at 24. A WVU service error followed by a Kirby kill allowed the Frogs to knot the match at 2 with a 26-24 set four win.

After tying the match at 2, the fifth set to 15 was all TCU as Sloane Sunstrum and Mattie Burleson grabbed a block to open the set and Sloane Sunstrum won five-straight points on her serve to give the Frogs a 6-0 lead.

The TCU lead grew to 8-1 and West Virginia scored just one more time to make it 8-2. A TCU sideout, followed by six-straight points on serving specialist Fleming Smurthwaite's serve allowed the Frogs to complete the comeback with a 15-2 set five win.

TCU opened set one on a 4-1 run and three times in the set held a five-point lead, including a 19-14 advantage following a West Virginia attack error. The Mountaineers won five of the set's next six points to cut the Frog lead to 20-19.

After the teams exchanged points, WVU used a 3-0 run to take a 24-22 lead and were able to hold on for a 26-24 set one win and 1-0 lead. Igodan had five kills on 11 attacks in the set, while Horio had nine digs.

West Virginia was able to use the momentum it found at the end of set one to begin set two as it got out to a 14-9 lead midway through the set. The Frogs chipped away at the lead and put together a 5-1 run to tie the set at 16.

TCU took its first lead of set two at 19-18 and led 20-19 when the Mountaineers won the set's next six points to close out a 25-20 set two win and push their advantage to 2-0 on the scoreboard. Stephanie Holland and Sloane Sunstrum had four kills each in the set.

The Frogs held a 58-54 edge in kills and a distinct advantage on the defensive end, grabbing 78 digs to WVU's 69. TCU also had more aces (9-7) than the Mountaineers.

Individually, Holland tied a career high with 15 kills, while Igodan and Sloane Sunstrum added 12 and 11, respectively. Horio set a career high with 24 digs from her libero position and Munce picked up her team-best seventh double-double (40 assists, 15 digs).

TCU returns to action Wednesday when Texas Tech visits the University Rec Center for the Big 12 home opener.



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