TCU Gets Series Sweep Against Baylor
Nov. 9, 2013
FORT WORTH, Texas - A career-high 19 kills from Stephanie Holland, along with 10 total team blocks, led the TCU volleyball team to a 3-2 (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 27-29, 15-5) victory over Baylor Saturday afternoon in front of a sold-out crowd at the University Recreation Center.
The Horned Frogs (15-11, 3-8 Big 12) gained their first series sweep of the season in conference play after defeating the Lady Bears (11-16, 3-8 Big 12) earlier this season in Waco.
The match was tightly contested from the start as the teams traded points, with neither team gaining more than a one-point edge throughout the first part of the set. An error by TCU and a kill from Zoe Adom sent the teams into the media timeout with Baylor gaining the first two-point advantage of the set. The Lady Bears used a strong serving run from Mackenzie Mayo to stretch the lead out to 18-14 and the gap proved to be too much to overcome, as a kill from Laura Jones sealed a 25-21 Baylor set one win.
TCU did not back down and used a kill from Holland to spark a 5-1 run to start the second set and forced Baylor to use an early timeout. The Lady Bears chipped away at the lead over time and brought the set even at 13-13 with a service ace from Tola Itiola. Holland brought the lead back once again to the Frogs with a kill on the next point, as TCU jumped back out to a 20-15 lead with an ace from Trisha Langley and kill from Yvonne Igodan. The lead stayed intact throughout the rest of the second set as Natalie Gower and Regan McGuire shut down Adom for a 25-21 TCU victory in the second set.
By capitalizing off of errors by Baylor, the Frogs once again found themselves with an early lead out of the break in the third set. Two kills from TCU, along with another error by the Lady Bears, made Baylor use a timeout, with the Frogs leading 11-7. TCU would only build on its lead in the set, as the team hit .364 with 13 kills and only committing one hitting error the entire set. Holland was the highlight of the 25-18 victory in the third set, with the junior putting down six kills and zero errors for a .667 hitting percentage.
The Lady Bears did not go down easily, as Baylor made it difficult for the Frogs to finish out the match in four sets. The teams battled for points until a kill from Tori Cox sparked another Mayo serving run that gave Baylor a 14-10 advantage. Three hitting errors from Adom, along with a block from Mattie Burleson put the match back even. Baylor gained an edge from Jones, who notched seven kills in the set, as the Lady Bears had their first set point at 24-22.
After a TCU timeout, a costly service error by Baylor, along with a service ace from Alexia Heist put the set at 24-24, as a kill from Gower in the next point set up the Frogs' own set point. The teams would go the extra points in the set, with Baylor having the final push with Adom and Jones recording two straight kills for a 29-27 win to force a deciding fifth set.
Baylor seemed to have no answer for TCU in the fifth set, as the Frogs dominated from the first point. TCU held the Bears to a negative hitting percentage, as Baylor could only put down three kills, while the Frogs hit a staggering .409 in the set with 10 kills and only one error to claim a 15-5 win.
Holland led TCU with a career-high kills, while also notching a hitting clip of .515 to go along with three total blocks. Igodan and Ashley Smith also finished with double-digit kills, as Igodan had 14 and Smith recorded 10 for the night.
TCU will hit the road for a two-game stretch next week, as the Frogs travel to Oklahoma for a mid-week matchup on Wednesday, Nov. 13 against the Sooners, with first serve set for 7 p.m. TCU will finish out the week by heading to Morgantown, W.Va., to take on the Mountaineers on Saturday, Nov. 16 at Noon.