Volleyball Wins Spartan Spiketacular
Sept. 21, 2013
GREENSBORO, N.C. - A career-high 17 kills from Macy Capen, plus another 17 kills from Yvonne Igodan led the TCU Volleyball team to its second straight tournament title, as the team defeated UNC Greensboro 3-1 (34-32, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18) Saturday night inside the Fleming Gym.
The Horned Frogs (11-3, 0-0 Big 12) won the Spartan Spiketacular after recording double-digit blocks against the Spartans (7-5, 0-0 SoCon) for the second match in a row and are now on an eight match-winning streak.
TCU found itself trailing almost the entire first half of the first set as UNC Greensboro took a 8-3 lead to force a timeout by the Frogs. A kill from Blaire Pickens started the climb TCU needed to make it back into the set, as two kills from Capen and one from Igodan gave the Frogs their first led of the set at 17-15. The Spartans fought back and the set would tie on 16 occasions throughout the rest of the set and UNC Greensboro would get the first set point at 24-23 off a kill from Olivia Humphries.
TCU fended off the set point with a kill from Ashley Smith and got their own set point with a kill from Igodan at 25-24, but the Spartans did not back down as the teams continued to trade points. Tied 30-30, another kill from Igodan and a block from Mattie Burleson and Capen gave the Frogs the final advantage they needed to win the set 34-32.
The Frogs took the momentum into the second set and jumped out to a 12-7 lead, but the Spartans did not back down and slowly chipped away at the lead and pulled the match within one at 19-18 and forced TCU to call a timeout. Kills from Ashley Smith put the Frogs in the lead at 23-21, but the Spartans fought back to win the next four points with kills from Morgan Freeman and Karrian Chambers to take the second set from TCU at 25-23 and tie the match at 1-1.
Out of the break, the Frogs found themselves trailing to start the third set, but stormed back to tie the match at 12-12 off a kill from Capen. The teams battled back and forth for six points, until a kill from Smith put TCU on a 5-0 run to make the match 21-16. The Frogs kept the pressure up, as they only allowed UNC Greensboro to only score two more points as TCU won the set 25-18 and took a 2-1 lead in the match.
The fourth set was all TCU as they let out the offensive power to take a 12-4 lead. The Frogs never looked back as they pulled off a 25-18 in the set to win the match 3-1.
Along with Igodan and Capen with double-digit kills, Smith also chipped in 12 kills. Capen hit a career-high .410 and also finished with 11 digs for her first career double-double, while Igodan only recorded one error for a .615 hitting percentage. Shane Peters was one dig shy of her career-high after recording 16 digs, while Heist and Langley finished with 26 and 25 assists, respectively.
Igodan was named MVP of the tournament after finishing the weekend with 31 kills, 3.44 kills per set and a .456 hitting percentage. Capen and Burleson were named to the all-tournament team, as Capen finished the weekend with 21 kills, a .346 hitting percentage and 23 digs, while Burleson had 13 kills and 10 total blocks.
The match tonight against UNC Greensboro concludes non-conference tournament play for the Frogs. TCU will open Big 12 Conference play with defending National Champion Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 25 at 6:30 p.m., at the University Rec Center. The match is sold out, but will be televised live on FSSW+.
2013 Spartan Spiketacular All-Tournament Team