TCU Drops Heartbreaker to WVU
Oct. 11, 2014
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. - The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback and dropped a 3-2 (23-25, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 15-11) heartbreaker to West Virginia on Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
The senior duo of Stephanie Holland and Mattie Burleson had a career-day for the Horned Frogs (12-7, 2-3 Big 12), with the duo slamming down 22 and 13 kills, respectively, against the Mountaineers (12-7, 2-3 Big 12). Burleson also had a career-high .591 hitting clip, while also leading the team with five blocks. Holland recorded her first double-double of her career and led the team with a career-high 14 digs.
Alexia Heist dished out a career-high 52 assists and completed her own double-double with 11 digs, while Ashley Smith recorded her own double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs. Sutton Sunstrum roamed the backrow for the Frogs and picked up 13 digs.
The Mountaineers had three players record double-digit kills, with Jordan Anderson leading WVU with a match-high and conference-high 36 kills, while Nikki Attea finished with 17 kills and Caleah Wells had 13 kills. Attea recorded a double-double with 10 digs, while Brittany Sample dished out 60 assists and led WVU with 13 digs.
TCU was in the hole 2-0 to start the match, but would not stay there long as a kill from Smith combined with an error by WVU tied it back up at 2-2. The teams tied on four more occasions before a kill and then an ace from McGuire followed by another WVU error gave the Frogs a 10-7 lead.
After a Mountaineer timeout, WVU was able to close the gap with two straight kills but Smith turned up the offense and picked up multiple kills to stretch the lead out, 13-10. TCU was able to capitalize off errors by the Mountaineers and an ace from Macy Capen capped a 6-3 run for a 19-14 Frogs lead.
The Mountaineers did not let up and went on a 5-1 run to close the gap within one, 20-19. Holland and Heist picked up kills to lift TCU to a 22-20 advantage, but WVU notched a kill and block to tie it up at 22-22. The Frogs would have the final momentum needed, as Holland struck down two straight kills before Blaire Pickens checked into the match to seal the win with a kill of her own at 25-23.
Two kills from Burleson and a block from the senior and Capen started TCU off on the right foot in the second set with a 3-1 lead. WVU stormed back with three straight kills to take the lead, 4-3. The team would trade points, before the Mountaineers offense picked up and ran out to a 10-7 lead. TCU would not be able to recover and despite hitting .423 for the set, fell in the second set 25-20.
Burleson took control at the start of the third set and helped TCU run out to a 4-1 lead with multiple kills. WVU began to chip away at the lead and used a 4-0 run to take a 12-8 lead and force TCU into a timeout. The Frogs regrouped, as Burleson notched two kills and a block to help TCU go on a 7-1 run as the Frogs regained the lead at 15-13. A battle for points would ensue, with the Mountaineers making the set even at 17-17. WVU had what it took to close out the set and only allowed the Frogs to score three more points, as the Mountaineers took a 2-1 lead in the match with a 25-20 victory.
The Frogs found themselves in trailing to start the fourth set, 8-4, but that did not deter TCU from staging a comeback. Burleson and Holland, along with Smith were key offensively for the Frogs, as they slowly climbed their way back into the set. After a kill and ace from Capen, TCU would go on a 3-0 run to bring the set within one, 19-18. Back-to-back kills from the Mountaineers gave them a 21-18 advantage, but Holland would be unstoppable and notched five straight kills to give TCU its first lead of the set at 24-23. Mia Swanegan checked into the match and sealed the victory with a block solo to send the match into the decisive fifth set.
TCU kept the offense going, as Burleson notched the first kill in the fifth set before a 5-0 run by the Mountaineers gave WVU a 5-1 lead. The Frogs were never able to close in on the lead, as three straight kills by WVU sealed off the set, 15-11, and the match for the Mountaineers.
TCU returns home to face Kansas State on Wednesday, Oct. 15 at 6:30 p.m., with the match to air live on FOX Sports Southwest. The match has also been designated our Frogs for the Cure match, with all fans encouraged to wear pink in support of breast cancer awareness.
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