No. 3 Texas Too Much for TCU
Nov. 26, 2014
FORT WORTH, Texas - In its home finale, the TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22, 25-18) decision to No. 3 Texas at the University Recreation Center and wrapped up play in its third season in the Big 12 Conference for the 2014 season on Wednesday night.
Blaire Pickens was able to slam down 10 kills to lead the Horned Frogs (16-15, 6-10 Big 12) with double-digit kills for the sixth time this season. Regan McGuire chipped in nine kills on the night and led the blocking defensive effort with six blocks, including three block solos against the Longhorns (23-1, 15-1 Big 12)
Ashley Smith recorded eight kills on the night, while Stephanie Holland wrapped up her career inside the Rec Center with seven kills. Sutton Sunstrum finished with double-digit digs for the 22nd time this season and led the team with 12 digs. Trisha Langley and Alexia Heist dished out 18 and 15 assists, respectively, while Langley also finished with eight digs.
Texas had two players with double-digit kills, with Haley Eckerman leading the way with 13 kills, while Paulina Prieto Cerame chipped in 12 kills. Amy Neal led all players with 14 digs, while the Longhorns led the match with a .358 hitting clip and also posted 10 blocks as a team.
The Longhorns opened the match on a tear and were able to capitalize off of TCU errors to jump out to a 5-0 lead and force the Frogs into a timeout. McGuire landed TCU on the board with two straight kills, with Pickens adding her first to make the set 5-3. The Frogs slowly chipped away at the gap, with Sarita Mikals, Smith and Holland striking down three straight kills to bring the set within one, 12-11.
TCU would attempt to keep the set close, but a .429 hitting percentage from the Longhorns, along with three blocks kept the Frogs at a distance. Texas would close out the set on a 9-3 run to capture the first set 25-17.
Texas took the momentum from the finale of the first set to take a 13-6 lead into the second set. Pickens stopped the run by the Longhorns by striking down a kill, before McGuire turned up her defense at the net with two straight blocks followed by a Texas error to bring the set within three, 13-10.
The Longhorns would keep their distance, until a kill from Smith sparked a 6-1 run that was capped off by a kill from Holland to bring the match within two, 21-19. TCU continued to battle and used another Holland kill followed by a third McGuire solo block to bring the set within one, 22-21. The Frogs could not complete the comeback, with Texas posting three of the next four points to seal the victory, 25-22, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
After the intermission, TCU came out firing in the third set with Macy Capen stepping behind the line and helping the Frogs get out to a 4-0 lead. Texas would get a kill out of a timeout to get its first point of the set, but TCU was able to keep a four-point distance with a balanced offensive effort.
Leading 11-7 after a kill from McGuire, a crucial service error gave Texas a chance to close in on the set as the Longhorns used two kills and a block to even out the set, 11-11. The teams continued to battle back and forth with six ties occurring in the set before another hitting error by TCU gave the Longhorns the chance to go on a 5-0 run and take a 22-17 lead. The Frogs could not contain the momentum by Texas, as the Longhorns closed out the set and took the sweep with a 25-18 win in the third set.
TCU will end the 2014 season by taking to the road and heading to El Paso, Texas to face its final nonconference opponent, UTEP, on Saturday, Nov. 29 at 2 p.m., CDT, at Memorial Gym.
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