TCU Volleyball Blocks its Way Past Rice
FORT WORTH, Texas (Oct. 14) -- For the second consecutive night the Horned Frog volleyball team beats a WAC opponent in five games. TCU's 3-2 win over the Rice Owls gave them sole possession of third place in the WAC with a 4-2 record (12-9 overall). Meanwhile Rice fell to 3-4 in conference play and 14-7 overall.
TCU's owes tonight's victory to the its defense as the offense struggle, hitting just .160 for the match. For the second time this season the Frogs set a new school record for blocks in match with 23, breaking the previous record of 19 which they set back on September 1 at Miami (Ohio). The Frogs also recorded 94 digs and had six players reach double digits in digs.
"Our blocking turned out to be an offensive weapon for us tonight," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "On a night we didn't hit particularly well we were able to score points with our defense, that was huge."
The Frogs had three players reach double digits in blocks with Jennifer Sebastian leading the way with 12. Allison Lynch and Lindsay Hayes each registered 10 total blocks.
For the second consecutive night TCU had four players record double-doubles including a triple-double by Hayes. Hayes set a career high with 10 total blocks, set a season high with 19 digs and recorded 60 assists to capture her first career triple-double. Amy Atamanczuk notched her 11th of the season and her fourth in five games with 19 kills and 21 assists. Marci King kept pace as well with her 11th double-double of the season with 19 kill and 10 digs. Jen Cuca got into the act with her second of the season as she recorded 16 kills and 14 digs.
"I am proud of our team for playing as hard as they had to play to win in two straight nights, " said Troudt. "We didn't play well last night or tonight, but we got the job done and that's what counts. It all looks the same in the win column."
TCU takes a well-deserved day off on Sunday before they head to Waco, Texas to take on the Baylor Bears Tuesday October 17 at 7:00 p.m.