TCU Splits with No. 12 GCU, UNM

March 4, 2017

PHOENIX -- The TCU beach volleyball team wrapped up a successful season-opening weekend at the Grand Canyon Beach Tournament by going 3-1.

After beating Colorado Mesa and Loyola Marymount on Day One Friday, the Horned Frogs went 1-1 in dropping a 3-2 decision to No. 12 Grand Canyon before bouncing back to beat New Mexico 3-2 on the final day Saturday at the Grand Canyon Beach Stadium.

"We were looking forward to playing and the girls really competed," TCU beach coach Hector Gutierrez said. "We were a little disappointed we lost this morning to Grand Canyon, but we had a chance to win it. We had a few mistakes near the end."

Gutierrez was happy with how the Horned Frogs bounced back against New Mexico after dropping the close match to the nationally ranked Antelopes.

"They have some physical players and they put us in some hard positions," Gutierrez said of the Lobos. "We had a little more pressure on us and we won. We're happy overall with the weekend, but we need to keep working."

With the win over the UNM, the Horned Frogs improve to 2-0 overall against the Lobos.

TCU (3-1) will have 10 days off before beginning a five-day, six-match road trip to California beginning March 14 at Long Beach State. While there, the Horned Frogs will also compete in the Cal Poly Tournament with Benedictine and Cal Poly before finishing off the trip at the Pepperdine Tournament where they will compete with host Pepperdine, Arizona State and Cal State Los Angeles.

Grand Canyon 3, TCU 2

1. Molly Turner / Tjasa Kotnik (GCU) def Molly Scheel / Haven Hill (TCU) 21-14, 21-18

2. Jaelyn Greene / Amy Neal (TCU) def. Rebecca Conrad / Jordyn Sanchez (GCU) 21-14, 21-17

3. Jillian Bergeson / Avery Arellano (TCU) def. Jessica Clark / Hannah Towne (GCU) 21-19, 21-17

4. Emily Reinking / Kelli Iverson (GCU) def. Sarita Mikals / Ariah Palter (TCU) 21-16, 21-17

5. Jessica Stansfield / Tyanna Roy (GCU) def. Olivia Canales / Shane Peters (TCU) 17-21, 21-15, 16-14

TCU 3, New Mexico 2

1. Amy Neal/ Jaelyn Greene (TCU) def. Taylor Woods /Abby Ney (UNM) 21-19, 22-20

2. Molly Scheel / Haven Hill (TCU) def. Devanne Sours / Lise Rugland (UNM) 21-17, 16-21, 11-15

3. Eastyn Baleto / Marisa Doran (UNM) def. Jillian Bergeson / Avery Arellano (TCU) 29-31, 21-16, 15-8

4. Sarita Mikals / Ariah Palter (TCU) def. Carly Beddingfield /Jackie Baro (UNM) 21-17, 24-22

5. Julia Warren / Lauren Twitty (UNM) def. Olivia Canales / Shane Peters (TCU) 27-25, 13-21, 15-11



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