FORT WORTH, Texas – The West Virginia University volleyball team fell in its final match of the season Saturday afternoon to TCU 3-0 (11-25, 15-25, 8-25), at the University Recreation Center.
The Mountaineers (8-22, 0-16 Big 12) hit their second lowest hitting percentage in conference play of .011, as the Horned Frogs (15-14, 4-12 Big 12) controlled the match with a strong hitting percentage and serving.
A sluggish start by the Mountaineers at the beginning of the first set let TCU take an 11-3 lead and made WVU use both its timeouts early. The Mountaineers responded with three straight points, but the lead was too much as the Horned Frogs recorded 13 kills and a .458 hitting percentage to win the first set 25-11.
TCU dominated the second set and took a 20-3 lead before a kill from junior outside hitter Elzbieta Klein
sent freshman outside hitter Nikki Attea
back to the service line where she recorded three straight service aces. Kills from junior middle blocker Arielle Allen
and Klein forced the Horned Frogs to use a timeout, but the Mountaineers were not done as Attea recorded another service ace out of the timeout followed by two more kills from Klein. A kill from Yvonne Igodan ended the Mountaineers’ 9-0 run, as TCU finished off the set with a block and kill from Mattie Burleson.
Freshman outside hitter Hannah Sackett
came out of the break with a kill to start the third set, but the Horned Frogs responded with an 8-2 run of their own by capitalizing off of WVU errors. A service run by Megan Munce put TCU in full control of the set as the Horned Frogs would win the set and the match.
Klein led WVU in kills for the fifth time this season with eight kills and only one error for a .350 hitting percentage. Attea recorded a season- and career-high five service aces, including four in second set alone. Freshman libero Anna Panagiotakopoulos
led the back row with 13 digs for her 13th match of the season with double-digit digs.
This concludes the 2012 season for the Mountaineers who finish with an overall record of 8-22 and 0-16 in the Big 12.