Volleyball: Dogs Bite Frogs

FRESNO, California (Oct. 21) -- A 3-0 loss to the Fresno State Bulldogs Friday night proved to be TCU second consecutive loss and fifth consecutive to the Bulldogs. TCU fell to 12-11 overall (4-3 WAC) while Fresno improved to 11-10 and pulled even with the Frogs at 4-3 in the WAC.

Game one may have taken the spark out of the Frogs as they fell 15-11 in a hard fought opening game that seen TCU and Fresno exchange leads four times. Game two was all Fresno as they cruised to a 15-4 win. TCU hit just .080 in game two while Fresno hit .480. Game three began with Fresno jumping out to a 6-1 lead before the Frogs put together a mini-run keyed by three consecutive blocks. However, the early lead by the Bulldogs was too much as they took the game (15-11) and match.

"This was a tough loss for us tonight," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "We were really hoping to get off to a good start with this road trip as we are entering the toughest part of our schedule."

TCU, who fell to Baylor on Tuesday and Fresno State Friday and heads to San Jose to take on a 14-1 Spartans team Saturday night, followed by Hawai'i and Nevada-Reno at home Oct. 27-28.

"We have to bounce back and play good volleyball," said Troudt. "Though the scores don't look good, we are so capable of beating all these teams we are losing to, but we have to play good solid volleyball to do so."

TCU will make its second attempt to tie its all-time high in wins (13 in 1997) as they take on the San Jose Spartans Oct. 22. The Frogs are just 1-3 all-time against the Spartans but have played them tough in each match.

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