Sept. 15, 2012
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||Igodan, Sl. Sunstrum (11)
||Clark, Poole (1)
FORT WORTH - TCU senior Megan Munce became the program's all-time leader in service aces Saturday as the Horned Frogs rolled to a 3-0 (25-20, 25-19, 25-13) win over Lehigh in the finale of the TCU Molten Invitational inside the University Rec Center.
TCU improved to 11-2 on the year and raised its tournament mark to 77-13 over the last eight seasons. Only once in that span has TCU gone to a tournament and left with more losses than wins. Lehigh dropped to 2-6.
In an ending fit for a storybook, Munce broke the all-time TCU serve mark on the match's final point, serving an ace as TCU polished off a 25-13 set three win and 3-0 triumph. Munce now has 163 career aces at TCU and broke Nirelle Hampton's mark of 162 from 2005 to 2008.
The Frogs worked themselves into a bit of a hole midway through the first set, as Lehigh used a 5-0 run to take a 14-10 lead. After TCU battled back to get within two at 17-15, the Frogs rattled off the next five points to seize control of set one.
Yvonne Igodan had two kills and a block in the 5-0 spurt. Lehigh made things interesting at 20-19, but five of the set's next six points went to the Frogs, who polished off a 25-20 set one win. Sloane Sunstrum had five kills on eight attacks, while Igodan added four of her own.
Lehigh scored the second set's first four points before the Frogs won eight of the next nine to take an 8-5 lead and force a Mountain Hawk timeout. TCU never trailed again in the set and won 14 of 17 points after trailing 4-0.
Igodan and Sunstrum continued to carry the load offensively in the second set, notching five and three kills, respectively. Freshman Sutton Sunstrum filled her stat line in the set as well, putting down three aces and two blocks to go along with six digs as TCU won 25-19 and took a 2-0 lead.
The third set was all TCU as the Frogs tallied 11 kills and were helped by nine Lehigh errors on their way to a 25-13 set three win. Munce had two aces in the set, including her final one that put her at the top of TCU's all-time list.
Sloane Sunstrum and Mattie Burleson had three kills each in the set, while Meghan Horio did the work defensively to grab nine digs.
Statically overall, TCU held a 37-28 edge in kills and controlled the net, outblocking the Mountain Hawks 10.0-1.0. TCU also had the advantage in digs (47-42). Igodan and Sloane Sunstrum had 11 kills each, while three Frogs (Horio, Sutton Sunstrum and Alexia Heist) had double-digit digs.
Sloane Sunstrum and Burleson were named to the All-Tournament Team. Sunstrum had 26 kills on the weekend and Burleson tallied 24 of her own. Burleson's 10 blocks against Prairie View A&M were tied for the most in TCU history in a three-set match.
TCU has a week off before returning to action at West Virginia on Sept. 22. First serve is set for 4 p.m., in TCU's Big 12 debut.