TCU Drops Close Contest to Kansas
Nov. 2, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU women's volleyball team dropped its fourth-straight match on Saturday afternoon to Kansas 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 18-25, 23-25) at the University Recreation Center.
The Horned Frogs (13-11, 2-8) picked up a win in the first set against the Jayhawks (18-5, 8-2 Big 12), but could not hold onto control of the match, as Kansas took the next three to win the match.
TCU shot out to an early 13-8 lead to start the match, with a kill from Ashley Smith forcing Kansas into its first timeout. More kills from Smith and two straight ones from Stephanie Holland put the Frogs firmly in the lead at 17-11. Kansas attempted to close the gap, but TCU's lead proved to be too much, as an error by the Jayhawks ended the set with a 25-20 win by the Frogs.
Kansas started out the second set with a slight advantage and used a kill from Taylor Soucie to take a 10-7 lead. Trailing, TCU tied the match up at 12-12 with a kill from Yvonne Igodan, a block from Mattie Burleson and a service ace from Trisha Langley. The teams continued to trade points until a kill and block from Chelsea Albers gave the Jayhawks a 19-17 lead and forced TCU into a timeout. Kansas could not be stopped out of the timeout and took the second set with kills from Albers and Sara McClinton for a 25-20 win.
TCU struggled to start the third set as hitting errors plagued the Frogs, with an early timeout called at 5-2. Strong serving runs by Kansas, that included five service aces in the set, hurt TCU as they fell behind early 16-8. Out of a timeout, the Frogs used a kill from Natalie Gower to spark a 6-0 run, that included four blocks from Gower and Holland, to close the gap to 16-14. That was as close as the Jayhawks would let TCU come, as the Jayhawks rallied to win the third set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.
The entire fourth set was a tightly contested battle as the two teams went back and fourth with the set tied on 12 occasions. With TCU leading 10-9, Kansas recorded a service ace and a pair of kills to take back the lead, before the Frogs rallied to have a 15-14 lead at the media timeout. The teams continued to trade points until kills from Catherine Carmichael and Tiana Dockery pushed the Jayahawks to a 24-21 advantage. The Frogs held off match point twice with a kill from Holland and an error by Kansas, but the Jayhawks earned the victory the very next point to take the match.
The Frogs had three players record double-digit kills, with Holland leading the way with 14 kills and only one error for a .542 hitting percentage. Smith and Igodan also notched double-digit kills, with Smith finishing with 13 and Igodan with 10. Alexia Heist and Langley guided the TCU offense with 27 and 20 assists, respectively, while Sutton Sunstrum and Shane Peters each recorded eight digs.
TCU finished the match with 11 total blocks, which was the 12th time this season the team has finished with double-digit blocks. Gower led the way with 6 total blocks, while Holland chipped in five and Burleson contributed three.
TCU will take a quick break from conference play for its last nonconference matchup of the year at Prairie View A&M on Wednesday, Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. Fans can listen to the match live on GoFrogs.com, with Jeff Lewis on the call.