TCU Scores a 3-1 Victory Over UTEP

Nov. 29, 2014

Final Stats

  1 2 3 4 5 F
 TCU 25 16 25 25 x 3
 UTEP 17 25 20 19 x 1

Quick Stats
 Kills 53 44
 Assists 48 41
 Aces 7 5
 Digs 67 55
 Blocks 5.0 6.0
 Attack Percentage .230 .194
Stat Leaders
 Team Kills Assists Digs Blocks
TCU Gower (11) Heist (28) Sunstrum (32) Gower (4)
UTEP Jones (11) Larson (34) Larson (13) Four Players (2)

EL PASO, Texas - The TCU volleyball team ended the 2014 season with a 3-1 (25-17, 16-25, 25-20, 25-19) victory over UTEP on Saturday afternoon in El Paso at Memorial Gym.

Natalie Gower struck down a season-high 12 kills for the Horned Frogs (17-15, 6-10 Big 12), while Sutton Sunstrum was able to pick up a career-high 32 digs against the Miners (6-23, 4-12 CUSA).

Blaire Pickens, Regan McGuire and Ashley Smith were all just shy of the double-digit kill mark with nine in the match. Playing in her hometown, Alexia Heist finished with 28 assists, while also chipping in four digs.

Besides Sunstrum's career-high day in the backrow, Macy Capen also put up career-high numbers with 12 digs, while Ashley Smith passed the double-digit plateau for the 14th time this season with 11 digs.

TCU began the match with a battle for points until a kill from Pickens sparked a 5-0 run that included kills from Holland and a block from Gower and Smith. After a timeout by UTEP, the Miners were able to roll off three straight points. A service error by UTEP gave the momentum back to the Frogs, who then scored six straight points capped off by a service ace by Smith to take a 17-9 lead.

The Frogs would commit a hitting error, before TCU responded by taking five of the next six points to take a double-digit lead, 22-11. TCU did not falter the rest of the set, as Pickens connected with McGuire and Gower for two big blocks to take the first set 25-17.

The second set was a different story for TCU, as UTEP was able to put down 14 kills and zero errors for a .389 hitting clip, while holding the Frogs to a .095 hitting percentage. After a kill from McGuire along with an error by the Miners, UTEP was able to capitalize off a TCU error and go on a 10-1 run to take a 15-7 lead. The Miners never let up and stole the set from TCU, 25-16.

TCU came out of the break ready to go and jumped out to a 4-0 lead capped off by a kill from Gower. The Frogs continued to hold UTEP at a distance, until a 6-2 run brought the set even, 16-16.

Mia Swanegan went up for her first kill of the match to give the Frogs a 17-16 advantage. The Miners fought back to even out the set before kills from Smith and Gower propelled TCU on a 6-1 run to extend the lead back to 23-18. The Frogs finished off the set with kills from Smith and Pickens for a 25-20 victory and a 2-1 lead in the match.

The teams traded points to begin the fourth set until two straight kills from Smith started a 4-0 TCU run that was capped off by another Smith kill for an 11-7 lead. The Frogs kept up the pressure and never lost the lead as Capen struck down two service aces in a row to make it a 19-14 lead for TCU.

UTEP attempted to close in on the lead, but were unsuccessful as Gower slammed down two kills from the middle to reach her season-high for a 25-19 victory.

With the victory over the Miners, TCU now concludes the 2014 season. TCU was able to post a 17-15 record overall for the 10th winning season under the tenure of head coach Prentice Lewis, while also going 6-10 in Big 12 action for a sixth place finish.



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