Finally! Volleyfrogs Capture Record Tying 13th Win
FORT WORTH, Texas -- After five attempts the TCU volleyball team finally recorded its 13th win of the season, tying the schools all-time record for wins in a season (1997). The Frogs completed the season sweep over the Tulsa Golden Hurricanes with a 3-1 win Friday, November 3 at the Rickel Center. The win improved TCU to 13-14 (5-6 WAC) and dropped Tulsa to 17-8 (3-8 WAC).
The Frogs and Hurricanes played point-for-point in game one with Tulsa eventually coming out on top, 15-12. The two teams combined for seven ties and seven lead changes in game one. Game two was all TCU as they jumped out to a 12-0 lead before Tulsa scored its first point. The Frogs increased the lead to 14-1 before finally putting the Hurricanes away 14-6. The teams participated in a role reversal act in game three as Tulsa jumped out to a 7-0 lead. However, the Frogs did not give up as they fought their way back to a 15-13 victory in game three. Things went back to normal in game four as the Frogs took a 7-0 lead and never looked back. Tulsa could not over come TCU's momentum as they fell 15-4 in game five.
"I am very pleased with how we came back to win the match after losing the first game," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "Coming back to win three consecutive games after dropping the first game is something we have struggled with this season. I am even more pleased with how we fought back in game three. These are the types of games and matches that are going to make us a better team."
While the Frogs were busy beating Tulsa the numbers were piling up. Asides from tying the all-time record for wins in a season, the Frogs tied a school record for the most conference wins in a season (5 in 1999). The Frogs also set a new team records for most kills and assists in a season. The 1,580 kills recorded by TCU this season surpassed the previous record of 1,561 set in 1998, and the one-year old record of 1,355 assists in 1999 was surpassed by TCU's 1,401 assists this season.
Amy Atamanczuk had another career night versus Tulsa as she recorded her second 20/20 match of the season. Atamanczuk's 26 kills and 20 digs made her the second player in school history to record 20 or more kills and 20 or more digs in a match twice in their career (Marci King 26/20 vs. Rice Nov. 26 1999 and 29/24 at Tulsa Nov. 21 1998). Atamanczuk's other 20/20 night came in this season's first meeting against Tulsa Sept. 30 as she registered 21 kills and 20 digs.
Marci King had a great night for TCU as well. She led TCU with a .436 hitting percentage and picked up her 15th double-double of the season with 20 kills and 12 digs. Stephanie Watson played a key role in the Frogs' success as she registered eight kills and tied a career high with 15 digs. Lindsay Hayes' effort should not go unnoticed as she recorded 63 assists and no ball handling errors.
"I cannot say enough about how well Stephanie hit the ball tonight," said Troudt. "She hit a lot of balls hard and made three consecutive kills in game three, which helped key us to victory. Marci was absolutely on fire tonight. It's tough to stop her when she plays like she did tonight."
The Frogs head back on the road next week as they take on Sam Houston State on Tuesday and head across town to take on SMU on Friday. TCU's next home match will be the week of Thanksgiving as they host San Jose State on Monday, Nov. 20 and Fresno State on Tuesday, Nov. 21.