Volleyball Falls to West Virginia
Nov. 16, 2013
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - The TCU volleyball team fell 3- 0 (17-25, 25-27, 20-25) to West Virginia Saturday afternoon at the WVU Coliseum.
The Horned Frogs (15-13, 3-10 Big 12) struggled offensively, as the Mountaineers (18-11, 4-9 Big 12) earned their first victory over TCU in program history.
The teams traded points to start the match, but a 7-0 run under the serve of Anna Panagiotakopoulos put West Virginia firmly in the lead at 10-4. A service error broke up the run, but the Mountaineers kept pushing and took a 15-7 lead into the media timeout. TCU responded with a kill from Natalie Gower and attempted to chip away at the lead, but it proved to be too much as WVU took a 25-17 set one win.
Stephanie Holland and Gower got TCU off to a 2-0 start in the second set, as the teams continued to battle back and forth. The Frogs consistently kept the lead and forced the Mountaineers into an early timeout with a kill from Ashley Smith putting TCU ahead 10-7. A balanced offensive attack extended the lead to 16-11, before another 6-0 serving run from Panagiotakopoulos gave the lead back to WVU at 17-16. A tightly contested contest would ensue, as the teams battled for points with the score being tied six times. Tied 25-25, the Mountaineers used a kill from Hannah Sackett and a block from Nikki Attea and Evyn McCoy to win out the set and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
WVU took an early 9-5 lead in the third set once again off of the serve of Panagiotakopoulos and it proved to be too much for the Frogs to overcome as WVU took the third set 25-20 and swept TCU in the match.
Holland led TCU for the sixth straight match and was the only Frog with double-digit kills with 11 for the day and only one error for a .588 hitting percentage. Yvonne Igodan chipped in nine kills, while Gower had eight kills and only one error for a .438 hitting clip.
WVU had three players record double-digit kills with Sackett leading all players with a match-high 15 kills, while Jordan Anderson and McCoy finished with 13 and 12, respectively.
TCU will head home for a two-game homestand by hosting Iowa State next Saturday, Nov. 23 at 1 p.m., with Kansas State visiting the University Recreation Center on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m.