TCU Rallies For 3-1 Win At New Mexico
Sept. 23, 2011
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The TCU volleyball team rallied from a 1-0 deficit to pick up a 3-1 (18-25, 25-16, 25-21, 25-19) victory over New Mexico Friday night. The victory moves the Horned Frogs to 14-1 on the season and 1-0 in league play.
New Mexico raced out to an early lead in the first set and made it count as the Lobos took the early 1-0 match lead with a 25-18 victory.
TCU regrouped, opening up a substantial lead in the second set in an effort to tie the match at a game apiece. Sloane Sunstrum served the Frogs to a 4-0 lead that was highlighted by two kills from Jordan Raines. The lead continued to grow as a kill by Sarah Joeckel made it an 11-6 set with her first kill of the season. The Lobos would never recover from the poor start to the set and Raines continued to pour on the offense, helping TCU capture a 25-16 set two victory.
The third set proved to be the most competitive as the Lobos pushed hard to gain the lead in the match. New Mexico opened up an 18-13 lead before the Frogs found their groove. A kill from Raines started a 5-3 run that got TCU back within two, 21-19.
Meghan Horio took the service line with the Frogs trailing 21-19 and served them to a 25-21 victory. Kristen Hester dropped in a pair of kills and teamed with Sunstrum on a block. Horio served up an ace to tie the set at 21 and the Hester/Sunstrum block put the Frogs in front. Back-to-back attacking errors by the Lobos gave the Frogs set point and Hester finished off the comeback.
In the fourth set, New Mexico gained the upper hand early, only to see the Frogs storm back in the middle of the set. Tied at 14, a kill by Megan Munce put the Frogs in front and spurred a 7-1 run that gave TCU a commanding 21-15 lead. Sunstrum and Hester again teamed on a block, forcing a Lobo timeout. Stephanie Holland and Sunstrum blasted kills out of the break to keep the run going.
TCU never let the Lobos back in the set as Raines made it a 24-17 game. She finished off the match with a blast from the outside to seal the 25-19 win.
TCU (14-1, 1-0 MW) returns to conference play on Thursday night when it heads to Boise, Idaho for the first-ever league match against Boise State. Match time is slated for 8 p.m (CST).
Due to technical issues, stats were unavailable at 10:35 (CST) Friday night.