Volleyball Falls in Battle With Iowa State
Nov. 23, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - Stephanie Holland and Yvonne Igodan each posted 13 kills, but TCU could not overpower No. 24 Iowa State, who took a 3-2 (23-25, 16-25, 25-22, 27-25, 12-15) decision Saturday afternoon inside the University Recreation Center.
Despite dropping the first two sets, the Horned Frogs (15-14, 3-11 Big 12) battled back to take the next two to force a fifth set with the Cyclones (18-7, 11-3 Big 12), but Iowa State proved to have the final push as the team had five players end the match with double-digit kills.
Today's five-set thriller marked the fifth Big 12 match this season to go five sets, while TCU also sold out the Rec Center for the fifth conference match this season. The two sets won by the Frogs are the first in program history over Iowa State, who had swept all three previous meetings 3-0.
The fight for points was evident from the beginning of the match as the teams went back and forth until a serving run by Jenelle Hudson put the Cyclones up 10-6 and forced TCU into a timeout. The Frogs pushed their way back into the match by capitalizing off of errors by Iowa State and using a balanced offensive attack led by Holland. A kill from Blaire Pickens and another error by the Cyclones gave TCU back the lead at 20-19, with Iowa State using its first timeout of the set.
Ciara Capezio came out of the timeout swinging to tie the set back up and two kills from Victoria Hurtt put the lead back into the hands of Iowa State at 22-21. TCU had to burn its final timeout and a kill from Natalie Gower put the set back even at 22-22. The Cyclones only needed a final kill from Hurtt, before two costly unforced errors by the Frogs gave Iowa State the first set victory at 25-23.
Iowa State took the momentum into the second set and showed their dominance by holding TCU to a .036 hitting clip and only seven kills. The Cyclones controlled the second set from the outside as Hurtt and Morgan Kuhrt each tallied four kills in the set and zero errors to lead Iowa State to a 25-16 set two win, while also taking a 2-0 lead in the match.
Down two sets, TCU did not back down as Holland and Ashley Smith took the offensive lead and helped the Frogs take an 11-8 lead in the third set. TCU continued to roll, as a kill from Igodan put the score at 17-12 and Iowa State found itself using its second timeout of the set. The Cyclones once again looked to their outside hitters as the duo of Hurtt and Kuhrt guided Iowa State within one at 22-21. An unforced error by the Cyclones proved to be fatal as two straight kills from Mattie Burleson and Igodan put TCU on the board with a 25-22 set three win.
The battle continued into the fourth set as the teams traded points before a service error by Hudson signaled a run by TCU that put Iowa State behind 11-8. A kill from Mackenzie Bigbee ended the run, as the Cyclones chipped away at the lead and brought the set even at 12-12. Neither team could gain more than a two-point advantage, until a kill from Bigbee sparked a 3-0 run and gave the Cyclones a 21-18 lead. The Frogs fought back and used a service ace from Trisha Langley to put TCU back in charge at 23-22.
A block from Igodan and Burleson gave TCU its first set point at 24-22, but Hudson connected with Tenisha Matlock to stall the set win at 24-23. The Frogs committed two costly hitting errors in a row to set up match point for the Cyclones, but Pickens responded with a kill of her own and Igodan sealed the win after an error by Iowa State to send the match to five.
Kills from Igodan propelled TCU to the early lead in the fifth set, but serving runs from Taylor Goetz and Kuhrt put Iowa State back in the lead, with the Frogs trailing 10-5. The lead did not scare TCU, as Holland and Gower combined to bring the match back within one at 12-11. The Cyclones did not let the Frogs any closer as they won three of the next four points to win the set 15-12 and the match.
Holland led the team for the seventh match in a row offensively, while Igodan was the kill leader for the 11th time this season. Burleson finished the match with nine kills and no errors for a .474 hitting percentage, while Smith and Gower chipped in eight kills for the match.
Heist and Langley each notched double-double with Heist finished with 27 assists and 11 digs, while Langley recorded 20 assists and a team-high 25 digs.
Smith recorded double-digit digs for the fifth time in her career with 14, while Shane Peters finished the day with 14 digs for the 19th match this season with double-digit digs for the freshman.
TCU will stay home to host Kansas State for its final Big 12 home match of the season on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 6:30 p.m. The match will also be the final home match for the Frogs' two seniors, Igodan and Fleming Smurthwaite, who will be honored prior to the start of the match.