Volleyball wins Spartan Spiketacular


    The TCU women's volleyball team continued its winning ways through the Spartan Spiketacular tournament at UNC Greensboro over the weekend, extending its winning streak to eight games.

    Coming off of a sweep of North Carolina Central on the first day of the tournament Friday, TCU volleyball swept both Saturday matches for an overall win on the road.

    On Saturday morning, the Horned Frogs beat George Mason (3-10, 0-0 A-10) 3-0 (25-12, 25-19, 25-19). For the first time in the 2013-2014 season, the Frogs held the Patriots to a negative hitting percentage in the match.

    TCU dominated the first set from a 4-0 start with kills from junior right-side hitter Stephanie Holland and senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan. The Frogs extended the lead to 19-9 at one point with strong offense that pushed the team to a 25-12 set win.

    The Frogs led early once again in the second set, but George Mason tied the score at 13-13 after three kills from sophomore middle blocker Meredith Bush. The teams went point-for-point until a kill from junior middle blocker Mattie Burleson pushed the Frogs on a run that ended the set 25-19.

    The Frogs continued to put the pressure on George Mason, running away with the third set with a 7-1 lead to start the match. The team never let up and took the set and the match with a 25-19 win.

    Burleson and Holland finished with eight kills each behind team-high kills leader in freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith. Sophomore setter Alexia Heist finished with 20 assists followed by redshirt freshman setter Trisha Langley with 16. Freshman libero Shane Peters recorded 14 digs in the match.

    George Mason's freshman outside hitter Jessie Greenslade and freshman right-side hitter Tiffany Clarke tied with a team-high six kills in the match. Senior right-side hitter and setter Tori Price recorded 21 assists and sophomore libero Bernetta Moore tallied 17 digs in the match.

    In the last match of the tournament on Saturday night, the Horned Frogs (11-3, 0-0 Big 12) recorded double-digit blocks against UNC Greensboro and won the Spartan Spiketacular, beating the Spartans 3-1 (34-32, 23-25, 25-18, 25-18).

    UNC Greensboro took an early 8-3 lead over TCU, forcing the Frogs to take their first timeout. TCU saw its first lead of the set after two kills from sophomore outside hitter Macy Capen and a kill from Igodan. The set tied on 16 occasions. 

    UNC Greensboro reached a set point at 24-23, but Smith and Igodan helped TCU get its own set point 25-24 with two kills. The teams continued to trade points, but at 30-30 another kill from Igodan and a block from Burleson gave the Frogs the 34-32 set win.

    The Frogs took a 12-7 lead in the second set, but the Spartans came back and brought the match within one at 19-18. Kills from Smith put the Frogs in the lead at 23-21, but the Spartans earned the next four points with kills from Morgan Freeman and Karrian Chambers and took the second set 25-23 to tie the match.

    After an intermission, the Frogs trailed to start the third set, but tied the match at 12-12 off a kill from Capen. The teams exchanged points until a Smith kill started TCU on a 5-0 run to make the match 21-16. The Frogs kept pressure on UNC Greensboro, as they only allowed the Spartans to score two more points before TCU won the set 25-18.

    Offensive power on TCU's side dominated the fourth set, as TCU pulled off a 25-18 win in the set and a 3-1 win in the match.

    Igodan, Smith and Capen finished with double-digit kills. Capen also finished with 11 digs for her first career double-double. Peters was one dig shy of her career-high 17 digs, while Heist and Langley finished with 26 and 25 assists, respectively.

    For UNC Greensboro, redshirt senior outside hitter Olivia Humphries led the team with 24 kills followed by senior outside hitter Karrian Chambers with 18. Senior middle blocker Morgan Freeman served the teams two aces in the match. Junior setter Emily McMurtney recorded 46 assists and sophomore libero Katherine Santiago tallied 20 digs. 

    Igodan was named MVP of the tournament after finishing the weekend with 31 kills. Capen and Burleson were named to the all-tournament team. Capen recorded 21 kills and 23 digs, and Burleson tallied 13 kills and 10 total blocks on the weekend.

    The Frogs will return home Wednesday to battle the defending National Champion Texas. The match is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in the University Recreation Center.

    The match is sold out, but will be televised live on FSSW+.