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Volleyball swept in final match of season

Volleyball swept in final match of season

The TCU women’s volleyball team couldn’t make their last match of the season a win.

The team dropped its final match of the 2013-2014 season on Saturday to Texas Tech, getting swept 3-0 (21-25, 23-25, 18-25) in Lubbock.

The Horned Frogs (16-15, 4-12 Big 12) saw a positive in freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith, though, who recorded a double-double despite overall offensive struggles against the Red Raiders (10-22, 3-13 Big 12).

TCU’s Smith started the Frogs off with a 1-0 lead in the match, but a block and three kills from Texas Tech pulled the Red Raiders ahead.  A kill from sophomore right-side hitter Blaire Pickens and three straight blocks from freshman middle blocker Regan McGuire sparked the Frogs on a run.

The Frogs were forced to call a timeout with Texas Tech leading at 15-12, though, after several unforced errors handed the Red Raiders easy points. The Frogs managed to string together a 5-1 run to pull the set to within 24-21, but Tech’s sophomore outside hitter Jenna Allen finished the first set off 25-21 with a final kill.

In the second set, TCU trailed once again, but a kill from junior right-side hitter Stephanie Holland put the Frogs on a 6-0 run. More unforced errors by the Frogs let the Red Raiders back into the match at an 8-8 tie, and both teams traded points until a Pickens kill and a block and kill from Smith put TCU ahead 22-20.

Texas Tech did not back down, however, and a block by the duo of Allen and senior middle blocker Aubree Piper pushed the Red Raiders to a 25-23 set two victory and a 2-0 lead in the match. 

The third set started differently, as a kill and block from Holland, along with kills from senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan and junior middle blocker Mattie Burleson helped the Frogs climb to a 4-2 lead early in the set. The Red Raiders tied the set several times, but Smith  ame alive and pushed the Frogs back to a 13-10 lead.

The Frogs continued with the run, but Tech capitalized on a TCU hitting error and went on a 11-point run, only allowing the Frogs one more point in the match. The Red Raiders topped TCU with a 25-18 third-set win.

On TCU’s side, Smith led all players with her 13th double-digit kill match, recording 12 kills and 11 digs in the loss. Sophomore setter Alexia Heist also recorded a double-double, guiding the offense with 16 assists and adding 13 digs.

Freshman libero Shane Peters recorded 15 digs in her 21st double-digit dig match. McGuire came off the bench to record five blocks.

For the Red Raiders, Piper and Meghan Stacy led offensively with ten kills each, followed by Allen with nine. Sophomore setter Emily Ruetter chipped in 33 assists and junior libero Rachel Brummitt led the defensive effort by recording 16 digs in the match. 

TCU finished the season with an overall record of 16-15, 4-12 in conference play. Two seniors saw their final match in the loss, Igodan and setter Fleming Smurthwaite.

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