TCU Falls 3-0 at Kansas
Oct. 18, 2014
LAWRENCE, Kan. - Despite hitting above .250 and two newcomers finishing with career-high days, the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 decision (25-17, 25-19, 25-19) to Kansas on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out crowd at the Horejsi Family Athletics Center.
The Horned Frogs (12-8, 2-4 Big 12) were able to get a double-digit kill match from Ashley Smith for the 11th time this season as the sophomore finished with a team-high 10 against the Jayhawks (14-5, 2-3 Big 12). Mia Swanegan notched a career-high nine kills, while Stephanie Holland chipped in eight kills and four assists on the day.
Sutton Sunstrum was able to lead the team in the back row by picking up 19 digs for 11th double-digit dig match of the season, while Skyler Flynn started the first match of her career and tied her career-high with seven digs.
Kansas had three players record double-digit kills, with Tayler Soucie leading the charge with 16 kills, while Sara McClinton chipped in 12 and Kelsie Payne finished with 10. Ainise Havili dished out a double-double of 45 assists and 11 digs, while Cassie Wait led all players with 20 digs.
Kansas struck first with a kill, before TCU responded with a smack down from Smith from the outside. The Jayhawks and Frogs would trade kills back and forth, with Holland and Swanegan each picking up a kill, before a 3-0 run by Kansas gave the Jayhawks a 6-3 lead. Smith stopped the run with her second kill, as the Frogs would emerge on a 6-2 run to take a 10-8 lead in the set.
The Frogs would continue to hold a two-point advantage until a hitting error by TCU put the set all even at 13-13. The teams continued to trade points, but a kill by the Jayhawks sparked an 8-0 run for a 22-14 lead. The Frogs could not recover despite hitting .300 in the first set and recording 11 kills and only two errors and dropped the first set 25-17.
TCU got itself in a hole to start the second set, as three straight overpasses by the Frogs led Kansas to a 5-1 lead. The lead did not scare TCU, as Swanegan went on an offensive streak to slam down five straight kills to help lift the Frogs to a 7-1 run, that also included a block from the freshman to put TCU back in control at 8-6.
The Frogs continued to hold the advantage as Swanegan and Holland combined for two kills and a 14-12 lead for TCU. Kansas responded with a 6-0 run, before Holland was able to break up the run with a kill of her own, but the Frogs were now trailing 18-15. TCU closed within two after an error by the Jayhawks, but another 4-0 run by Kansas stretched the lead out too much as they took the second set and a 2-0 lead in the match with a 25-19 win.
The third set was all about Kansas from the beginning as they started with a block and then jumped out to a 4-1 lead. TCU was able to close the gap to within two after a kill from Mattie Burleson, but small runs by the Jayhawks hindered TCU in the third set as they extended the lead to 13-7. Heist checked back into the match and struck down a kill and an ace to make it 13-10, but Kansas scored four of the next five points for a 17-11 lead.
The Frogs could not close in on the gap and dropped the final set 25-19 and the match.
TCU will continue action on the road by traveling to Austin, Texas to take on No. 2 Texas on Wednesday, Oct. 22 at 7 p.m., live on the Longhorn Network.
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