Frogs extend win streak to five, top New Orleans, 3-1
Sept. 7, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Horned Frog volleyball squad opened play in the TCU Molten/LaQuinta Invitational with a 3-1 victory over New Orleans Friday afternoon. An outstanding performance from freshman Christy Hudson helped the Frogs overcome a first game loss to come away with victory No. 7 on the season. She tallied 13 kills and hit .765 for the match, the third-best attack percentage in school history.
New Orleans hit .349 in game one en route to the 30-24 victory. TCU couldn't find their feet as they hit just .143 and played from behind most of the set. The Privateers stormed out to a 14-9 lead, forcing the Frogs to call a timeout.
The Frogs began to mount a rally as they went on an 11-5 run to close within two, 25-23. Kills from Otto, Kirk and Barry aided the Frogs rally. New Orleans had an answer in Lindsey Boler, who pushed the lead to three with a loud kill. The Privateers closed out the set on a 4-1 run to capture the early lead.
A crisper Horned Frog team took the court in game two. The set was tied at 10-all before the Frogs found their groove to open up a 22-13 lead. With Calli Corley behind the serving line, the Frogs reeled off six straight points. Three straight errors by the Privateers forced them to call a timeout.
Out of the break, Otto slammed the ball to the ground and a Devon Kirk/Nirelle Hampton denial on the outside pushed the lead to three 14-11. After a couple of sideouts, the Frogs opened up another big run behind the serving of Otto as they stretched their lead to eight, 21-13.
The Frogs withstood a late Privateer rally to knot the game at one apiece, winning 30-19. TCU improved its attack percentage to .237. Lights out play by Hudson, who led the team with four kills in the set, spurred the Frogs to the victory.
In game three, the Frogs stormed out to a big lead and never looked back to gain the 2-1 edge in the match. Again, Hudson was huge as she was a perfect 6-6 in attacks as TCU hit .410 as a team.
TCU took a 9-4 lead on a Barry service ace prompting New Orleans to take a quick timeout. The break didn't help as the Frogs continued to build on the lead. TCU scored multiple points on serves from Katelyn Blackwood, Corley and Hampton.
The lead climbed to 21-9 before the Privateers began to mount a mini-rally, but it wouldn't be enough as the Frogs went on to win the set 30-20. A block in the middle by Kourtney Edwards and LeMeita Smith sealed the set for TCU.
A 6-0 run by the Frogs to open up game four propelled the Frogs to the 30-23 win in game four. Hampton tallied two aces in the run and Otto and Hudson pitched in with kills.
The Privateers pulled within three at 16-13, but a Smith blast off the block spurred the Frogs to a 4-0 run. The lead continued to grow with Barry serving and multiple Privateers errors. TCU closed out the match on a blast to the back corner by Smith, who finished the match with 12 kills.
The Frogs hit .296 as a team and had four players finish with 10 or more kills. Otto led the way with 18 as she notched her sixth double-double of the season, finishing with 14 digs. Hampton (51 assists and 11 digs) also tallied a double-double. Corley fell one shy of a career-high with a 26 digs. As a team, the Frogs totaled 15 blocks, including a career-high eight from Edwards.
The Frogs (7-1) will take on Lamar Friday night at 7 p.m.