TCU's Comeback Falls Short to TTU
Oct. 12, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - In front of a sold out crowd of 1,350, the TCU volleyball was stunned as Texas Tech took a 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-20, 25-18, 11-15) decision Saturday evening inside the University Recreation Center.
The Horned Frogs (12-7, 1-4 Big 12) were down 2-0 to the Red Raiders (8-12, 0-5 Big 12) in the match before winning the next two sets, but the comeback fell short as Texas Tech would go on to win their first Big 12 Conference match of the season.
The first set was marked by a back and forth battle between the teams, with TCU pushing towards a 13-11 lead off of Red Raider errors to force a Texas Tech timeout. Three straight kills from Jenna Allen propelled Texas Tech back into the lead before a kill from Mattie Burleson put the match back within one. TCU would not get any closer as Allen and Aubree Piper carried the Red Raiders the rest of the way to a set one 25-22 victory.
The teams continued to fight into the second set until tied 11-11 a kill from Mikia Mills sparked an 8-1 run by the Red Raiders. TCU attempted to close the gap with kills from Burleson and Stephanie Holland, but the lead proved to be too much as Texas Tech won the second set 25-19 and took a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Frogs would stay alive after the break and raced to an 11-6 lead to start the third set. A strong serving run from Sutton Sunstrum, along with kills from Ashley Smith and Holland increased the lead to 18-10, before the Red Raiders started to slowly chip away at the gap. Sitting at set point at 24-17, Texas Tech pulled the match within four with three strong swings, but a kill from Natalie Gower put the Frogs on the board as TCU won the third set 25-20.
TCU used the momentum from the third set to take a 9-3 lead at the start of the fourth set. The Frogs kept the offense flowing by notching 18 kills in the set, while holding the Red Raiders to only nine and a .085 hitting clip. Leading 22-18, TCU got three straight points with a kill from Yvonne Igodan, followed by a Sunstrum service ace and kill from Smith to send the match into the decisive fifth set for the second match in a row for the Frogs.
Despite starting out aggressive with a 4-1 lead in the fifth set, TCU could not hold onto it, as Allen and Piper led the Red Raiders to a 15-11 victory in the set.
The Frogs had three players notch double-digit kills with Natalie Gower recording a season- and career-high 16 kills and only three errors for a .433 hitting percentage. Holland followed with 14 kills, while Smith finished the night with 10 kills. Alexia Heist finished with a double-double of 24 assists and 13 digs, while Shane Peters and Sunstrum each chipped in double-digit digs with 18 and 12, respectively.
Allen led the offensive front for Texas Tech by totaling a double-double of her own with a career-high 24 kills and 11 digs. Mills was the only other Red Raider with double-digit kills with 10 and only one error for a .500 hitting clip. Rachel Brummitt finished with a match-high 26 digs, while Emily Ruetter dished out 50 assists to go along with 17 digs.
TCU will next hit the road for a mid-week matchup with Baylor on Wednesday, Oct. 16 at 7 p.m., at the Ferrell Center in Waco, Texas. The match will air live on FOX Sports Southwest.