Volleyball Downed By Iowa State
Oct. 26, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (14-25, 22-25, 23-25) decision to Iowa State Saturday night at the Hilton Coliseum
The Horned Frogs (13-9, 2-6 Big 12) were taken out of their offensive stride as the Cyclones (12-6, 6-2 Big 12) racked up 13 service aces in the match to go along with a strong defense of 54 digs.
Strong serving from Iowa State kept TCU at bay in the first set as the serving leaders in the Big 12 notched six service aces in the set alone. The teams traded points to start the set, until errors by the Frogs and an ace from Ciara Capezio put Iowa State ahead at 7-4. TCU closed the gap with three kills from Blaire Pickens, Ashley Smith and Natalie Gower, but the plays from behind the service line from the Cyclones kept the lead intact, as Iowa State took a 15-10 lead at the media timeout. The lead would only grow from there as the Cyclones used a 10-4 run to close out the first set and take a 25-14 win.
A block from Stephanie Holland was a good start for TCU in the second set and a balanced offensive attack by the Frogs gave them a 7-6 lead. The Cyclones responded with a 3-0 run of their own, but TCU fought back and regained the lead that was highlighted with a block from Holland and Gower. Leading 13-12, Iowa State used a kill from Capezio to spark a 7-1 run that forced the Frogs into a timeout at 19-14.
Out of the timeout, TCU capitalized off a kill from Blaire Pickens to go on a 5-1 run of their own to close the gap to 20-19. Errors by the Frogs gave Iowa State a four-point lead at 23-19, but errors from Iowa State, along with a kill from Gower and an ace from Alexia Heist put the set back within reach at 23-22. The Cyclones did not let the set slip away, as a kill from Mackenzie Bigbee and a final one from Capezio gave Iowa State the set at 25-22.
TCU's blocking came alive in the third set, as the Frogs recorded five blocks and jumped out to a 12-6 lead, with Sutton Sunstrum leading the way on a 5-0 serving run. The Frogs would attempt to keep the lead, with Yvonne Igodan leading the offense with five kills in the set, but Iowa State did not give up and chipped away a. With the TCU leading 19-17, the Cyclones 5-0 run gave the lead back to Iowa State at 22-19, before an error stopped the run. The Frogs attempted to regain control of the set with a kill and block from Igodan, but Capezio once again ended the set with a kill, as the Cyclones swept the match.
Igodan led the Frogs with eight kills and only one error for a .350 hitting percentage, while Gower chipped in seven kills and no errors for a .467 hitting percentage. Sunstrum wore the libero jersey for the final two sets and led the team with 11 digs, while Igodan was a force at the net with five blocks.
TCU will stay on the road for its next match, by traveling to No. 1 Texas in Austin on Wednesday, Oct. 30, with the match set to air live on the Longhorn Network at 7 p.m.