Volleyball Shuts Down Kansas State
Nov. 27, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team dominated from the beginning and swept Kansas State 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-22) for the first win over the Wildcats in program history Saturday night inside the University Recreation Center.
In front of their sixth sold-out crowd this season, the Horned Frogs (16-14, 4-11 Big 12) were guided by Ashley Smith and Blaire Pickens, who each put down nine kills in the match, while TCU held the Wildcats (17-11, 5-10 Big 12) to a .062 hitting percentage.
The teams traded points to begin the match, but TCU kept a two-point advantage the majority of the set and forced Kansas State into using both of its timeouts with the Frogs leading 15-13. Out of the timeout, the Wildcats fought to keep the match close, but a kill from Pickens, followed by an error by Kansas State gave TCU the first set 25-23.
The Frogs found themselves in the hole at the start of the second set and were down 15-12 when the media timeout was called. Two kills from Stephanie Holland followed by two straight blocks from Mattie Burleson put the Frogs back into the match and gave them the first lead of the set at 16-15. The teams battled for points until a kill from Yvonne Igodan sparked a 3-0 run and gave TCU a 21-18 lead. The Frogs did not let Kansas State any closer as another attack error by the Wildcats ended the set in TCU's favor at 25-21.
TCU could not be stopped in the final set of the match, as the team notched a .324 hitting percentage for their highest clip of the match. A balanced offensive attack got TCU out to a quick 12-8 lead, which they kept until a 4-0 run under the serve of Tristan McCarty put the Wildcats ahead at 22-21. The threat did not scare the Frogs as a kill from Pickens, followed by a service ace from Alexia Heist put them back in the lead for good. Two points later, Natalie Gower would record a solo block to help TCU seal the sweep at 25-22.
To go along with Pickens and Smith's nine kills, Holland chipped in eight for the night, while Igodan, in her final match at the Rec Center, finished with seven kills. Heist recorded a double-double for the ninth time this season with 15 assists and 13 digs, while Shane Peters recorded 11 digs.
TCU will wrap up the 2013 season by traveling to Lubbock, Texas to face Texas Tech on Saturday, Nov. 30, with the match set for a 3 p.m. start time.