TCU Falls to Texas Tech

Sept. 24, 2014

Final Stats

  1 2 3 4 5 F
 TCU 25 23 19 15 x 1
 Texas Tech 22 25 25 25 x 3

Quick Stats
Texas Tech
 Kills 40 59
 Assists 39 55
 Aces 5 5
 Digs 67 86
 Blocks 11.5 9
 Attack Percentage .115 .190
Stat Leaders
 Team Kills Assists Digs Blocks
TCU Smith (15) Heist (28) Peters (20) Two Players (5)
Texas Tech David (23) Ruetter (32) Brummitt (26) Mills (5)

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.

Regan McGuire and Sarita Mikals chipped in seven kills for TCU, while Alexia Heist and Trisha Langley recorded 18 and 13 assists, respectively, with Langley finishing three service aces on the night.

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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