Volleyball Falls Short to Oklahoma
Oct. 1, 2014
NORMAN, Okla. - The TCU volleyball team dropped its mid-week Big 12 match to Oklahoma 3-0 (19-25, 22-25, 23-25) on Wednesday night inside McCasland Field House.
Ashley Smith was the kill leader for the Horned Frogs (11-6, 1-2 Big 12) for the 11th time this season with nine, while the lefty duo of Stephanie Holland and Blaire Pickens each chipped in seven kills.
TCU once again had a powerful block at the net and led the match with 10 total team blocks against the Sooners (11-4, 2-0 Big 12), with Pickens and Regan McGuire leading the way with four blocks apiece.
Sutton Sunstrum was the anchor in TCU's defense with a match-high 12 digs, while Sarita Mikals notched double-digit digs for the eighth time this season with 11. TCU led in service aces for the 13th time this season and scored four from behind the service line with Smith leading the way with two.
Oklahoma was led by three players with double-digit kills, with Madison Ward notching 18, Kierra Holst scoring 14 and Marion Hazelwood recording 10. Ward and setter Julia Doyle were good for double-doubles with Ward picking up 11 digs and Doyle dishing out 36 assists and 10 digs.
A couple of service errors by both side got the match started before two kills in a row by Oklahoma gave the Sooners the early 6-4 lead. TCU fought back to tie the match up at 8-8, as a kill from Pickens and a block from Holland and McGuire capped a 3-0 run. The Frogs could not contain the Sooner offense, as Oklahoma took a 3-0 run of their own into the media timeout with a 15-10 lead.
The Frogs struggled to close the gap until two kills from Smith and an ace from Mikals closed the set with four, 23-19. A crucial mistake by TCU gave Oklahoma a set point that they capitalized on just moments later to take the first set 25-19.
Oklahoma raced out to a 4-0 lead to start the second set and TCU had to work its way back into the match. Trailing 7-3, the Frogs got tough at the net and put up three blocks and an ace from Smith to put the match back even at 7-7. The Sooners responded with two kills, and kept TCU at bay and used a 4-0 run to take a 14-9 lead. Kills from Mikals and Holland closed the gap, 14-11, but the Sooners looked to their offense once again and stretched the lead out to 20-12.
A kill from McGuire was the spark TCU needed in the second set, as the team would go on a 6-1 run and bring the match within three, 21-18. Errors by the Frogs would be detrimental as Oklahoma jumped up to a 24-19 lead, but TCU did not give up as they capitalized off of a kill from Burleson to spark a 3-0 run. A timeout is all Oklahoma needed, as the Sooners regrouped and got one final kill to take the set 25-22 and a 2-0 lead in the match.
TCU found itself trailing to begin the second set, but that would not last for long, as strong serving and big blocks at the net gave the Frogs an 11-8 lead. The Sooners would stage a comeback and tie the set up at 12-12, but TCU played smart and used errors by the Sooners to take back the lead, 16-14.
That would be the last lead TCU would have in the match, as the Oklahoma outside hitters led the Sooners to take back the lead, 18-16. The Frogs would keep the match close, but one final kill from Ward was all Oklahoma needed to take the third set 25-23 and a sweep in the match.
TCU returns home to face Baylor on Saturday, Oct. 4 with match time set for 11 a.m., at the University Recreation Center. Admission to the match is free with the first 1,000 fans receiving a free `Purple Out' t-shirt.
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