TCU Falls to Texas Tech
Sept. 24, 2014
LUBBOCK, Texas - Despite taking the first set, the TCU volleyball team could not upend undefeated Texas Tech and fell 3-1 (25-22, 23-25, 19-25, 15-25) in the Big 12 opener on Wednesday night at the United Supermarkets Arena.
Ashley Smith led the Horned Frogs (10-5, 0-1 Big 12) with 15 kills and notched double-digit kills for the seventh time this season, while the Red Raiders (13-0, 1-0 Big 12) continued to stay unbeaten with three players posting double-digit kills.
Heist picked up her third double-double of the year with 11 digs, while Mikals dug up 10 and Shane Peters finished with a team-high 20 digs. TCU recorded 11.5 blocks on the night, with Mattie Burleson and Blaire Pickens each shutting down five apiece.
An error by the Red Raiders gave TCU a 1-0 lead to start the match, but Texas Tech would respond right back with five straight points for a 5-1 advantage. Smith broke up the run with a kill and solo block and then McGuire served up an ace to pull the match within one, 5-4. Tech continued to hold the lead, as the team traded points until three straight Red Raider errors tied up the set at 9-9.
The battle for points waged on, as the set tied four more times before two kills from the Red Raiders put Texas Tech ahead 15-13 at the media timeout. Out of the timeout, TCU capitalized off an error to put Langley behind the service line for two straight aces along with a Burleson and Pickens block to regain the lead at 17-15. TCU never let the lead go, as Holland stuck down her third kill of the set for a 25-22 set one victory for the Frogs.
TCU got off to a fast start in the second set, as kills from Holland, McGuire, Smith and Burleson lifted the Frogs to a 9-4 lead. The Frogs would keep the five-point advantage until an error sparked a 5-1 run by Texas Tech to close the match within one, 17-16. Mikals and McGuire would stretch the lead back out to two, 20-18, but the Red Raiders responded with two smack downs to tie the set up at 20-20. The set stayed close with three more ties and Burleson knotting the set up at 23-23 with a kill. The Red Raiders proved to have what it needed to close out the set and recorded a kill and block for a 25-23 win to tied the match up at 1-1.
The fight for points ensued after the break, before a block from Burleson and Pickens sparked a 4-0 run capped off by another block from the duo for a 9-6 lead. Texas Tech responded with a 4-0 run of its own to regain the lead. Natalie Gower checked into the match and notched a kill to tie the set back up, as that would be the first of five more ties before a kill from Holland lifted TCU to a 15-14 lead into the media timeout.
The Red Raiders responded by taking five of the next six points and forced the Frogs into a timeout trailing 19-16. TCU could never regain its offense, as the Frogs committed too many errors and fell in the third set 25-19 to Texas Tech.
Texas Tech used its momentum from the fourth set to storm out to a 15-9 lead in the fourth set, as the Red Raiders never looked back and took the final set 25-15 and the match.
TCU returns home and will open league play at the University Recreation Center with Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 27, with match time slated for 2:30 p.m. The showdown will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.
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