TCU Falls 3-2 at Iowa State
Nov. 15, 2014
AMES, Iowa - The TCU volleyball team could not complete a comeback and dropped a 3-2 (26-28, 25-16, 25-15, 24-26, 15-8) heartbreaking loss to Iowa State on Saturday evening at the Hilton Coliseum.
After being down 2-1 in the match and 23-21 in the fourth set, the Horned Frogs (15-13, 5-8 Big 12) did not give up and took five of the final six points of the set to force a decisive fifth set against the Cyclones (15-9, 7-6 Big 12). The comeback would not come to fruition, as Iowa State controlled the majority of the fifth set and took match.
Regan McGuire had a career-high day for TCU and led the team with 15 kills and three service aces, to go along with four blocks. Ashley Smith had a career day from the backrow with a career-high 19 digs, while also striking down 10 kills for her 10th double-double of the season. Blaire Pickens rounded out the double-digit offensive performers with 11 kills.
Alexia Heist notched her sixth double-double of the season with 20 assists and a career-high 17 digs. Sarita Mikals and Sutton Sunstrum also recorded double-digit digs with 12 and 11, respectively, as the Frogs recorded a season-high 76 digs as a team for the match.
The Frogs notched double-digit blocks for the 12th time this season and ninth time in Big 12 action, with 12 total team blocks. Mikals and Mattie Burleson led the way with five blocks a piece.
TCU was on fire to open the match, with Burleson, McGuire, Stephanie Holland and Pickens all picking up kills to run out to a 6-2 lead. The Cyclones crawled their way back into the set and capitalized off of errors by the Frogs to close the gap within two, 12-10, as TCU needed a timeout.
Out of the timeout, Holland slammed one down the line and sparked a 6-2 for the Frogs that was capped off by a kill and block from McGuire. Iowa State would call a timeout on the floor and after the pause, TCU struggled offensively and committed six straight hitting errors to let the Cyclones back into the set and get their first lead, 19-18. TCU did not falter and used two straight errors by Iowa State to regain the lead, before the Cyclones scored four straight points for a 23-20 advantage.
A kill from Smith put the momentum back in TCU's favor, with an ace from Heist, followed by a block from Burleson and Smith tied up the set, 23-23. A kill from the Cyclones gave them a set point, 24-23, but Burleson stopped it in its tracks with two straight kills to put the set point on TCU's side, 25-24. The teams battled back-and-forth for three more points, before McGuire struck down her seventh kill of the set and then connected with Mikals for a block to seal the victory, 28-26.
Iowa State controlled much of the second set from the start and jumped out to a 10-0 lead after four service aces. TCU was plagued offensively, as the Frogs could only muster seven kills in the set and had a -.029 hitting clip. Trailing 22-7, the Frogs attempted to make their way back into the match with a 9-1 run of their own, but the gap was too much and Iowa State took the second set 25-16.
The third set began as a battle for points, with Iowa State managing to keep a two-point advantage until Pickens slammed down two kills to even out the set, 6-6. Iowa State responded by taking eight of the next 10 points and running out to a 14-8 lead. The Frogs could not recover from the gap and dropped the third set 25-15, as the Cyclones took a 2-1 lead in the match.
TCU and Iowa State traded points to begin the fourth set, until a kill from Natalie Gower sparked a 3-0 run that put the Frogs in the lead, 12-10. The Cyclones would notch two straight kills to even out the set, but a block from Holland followed by kills from McGuire and Pickens put the lead back in the Frogs' favor, 15-13.
Iowa State did not back down and kept chipping away at the lead and tied up the set at 20-20 after a block. Gower put the lead back in TCU's advantage, 21-20, but the Cyclones were able to rattle off three straight kill to take a 23-21 advantage. After a hitting error by Iowa State, Smith and Mikals went to work and helped the Frogs take five of the next six points to steal away the fourth set, 26-24, and force the fifth set.
Iowa State took the first point to start the first set, but TCU responded with kills from McGuire and Mikals to take a 2-1 lead. The teams traded points until three straight put downs by the Cyclones gave Iowa State a 9-5 advantage. TCU could not recover and dropped the final set, 15-8, and the match.
TCU will return to action on its home court and will face Texas Tech on Wednesday, Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.
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