In three seasons, setter Lindsay Hayes has played in every match throughout her career at TCU. By taking charge in the role of setter, Hayes has become the Horned Frogs’ career leader in assists per game at 11.06. This season, Hayes will continue to be pressured by sophomore Tori Barlow for the starting position. Hayes loves a challenge, so this type of pressure should only make her a better player. Always a competitor, even after she fractured her nose in practice, Hayes never missed a contest. Both Hayes and Marci King have played in 93 consecutive matches, they will each need to play in the first four matches of the season to pass Jill Pape for the all-time consecutive matches played record. She was one of five VolleyFrogs to receive 2000 WAC All-Academic honors.
Hayes played in all 33 matches and in 125 of 127 games. In 2000, she led TCU in assists for all 33 matches to become the career assists leader with 3,483 assists. She also set the career record for assists per game (11.06). With an outstanding season, Hayes averaged 11.72 assists for the season, topping her own single season record average by nearly half an assist per game. She finished fourth among WAC players in assists for the season. On Oct. 14 in the five-game match versus Rice, Hayes finished with a rare triple-double (60 assists, 19 digs, 10 blocks). With 298 digs, she finished third on the squad. 23 aces during the season placed her fifth for the year. Hayes set new career highs in three categories: nine kills at Tulsa on Sept. 30; 22 attacks vs. San Francisco on Sept. 15; and 10 blocks versus Rice on Oct. 14. She also tied her career best for aces (3) for the second and third times at San Jose State (Oct. 21) and Sam Houston State (Nov. 7). Hayes had 12 double-figure dig matches during the season, falling one dig short of a second 20+ dig match for her career against Rice (Oct. 14).
Hayes became the single-season and career leader in assists per game. Tallying 1,145 assists over the course of 102 games, Hayes’ per game mark of 11.23 for 1999 topped Annie Gant’s 10.37 total in 1997. Hayes also vaulted past Gant’s 9.91 all-time assists per game total with 10.62. Playing in all 30 matches for the second-consecutive season, Hayes has assumed the leadership role of the TCU offense. She is capable of making good decisions in tense in-game situation and is solid on the dump attack. A well-rounded player, Hayes also put up solid numbers in digging, blocking and serving. Hayes’ .155 attack percentage was sixth on the team. With 204 digs, Hayes was third on the squad in that category, and her 62 blocks ranked third on the team. Also with a strong serve, Hayes tallied a team second-best 28 aces. But it was the role of setting that Hayes’ is in the starting lineup for. She topped the 50 assist mark five times during the season, tying her career best and the school record with 75 assists in a four-game victory over Rice on Nov. 26. Also a solid floor defender, Hayes recorded 10 matches with double-digits in digs. In those same 10 matches Hayes recorded 10 double-doubles. Her season high in digs came in the same match as her season high in assists. She dug 15 balls in the four-game win over Rice. An adept server, Hayes recorded multiple service ace matches on 10 occasions, including a pair of matches with three aces — a four-game loss to Sam Houston State on Sept. 21 and in the sweep at Tulsa on Oct. 28.
Hayes played in all 30 matches in her first season with TCU. She started her first collegiate match in TCU’s season opener in 1998. In that match, she split time at setter recording 16 assists in the 3-1 win at North Texas on Sept. 1. Started the Horned Frogs’ next four matches. In that span, Hayes had 46 assists and recorded 22 digs in a 1-3 loss to Hofstra on Sept. 4; in a 1-3 loss at Texas-San Antonio on Sept. 25, Hayes had 45 assists and 10 digs; Hayes had 64 of TCU’s 92 assists in a 1-3 loss to Texas-Arlington on Sept. 29. Also added seven kills in the UTA match. The following match, Hayes earned the job of starting setter for the rest of the season. In that match, she assisted on 55 TCU kills and added 14 digs in a 2-3 loss to SMU on Oct. 3. She set 40 TCU attacks in a four-game loss to Colorado State on Oct. 9 and followed up with 44 assists in a 1-3 loss to Wyoming the next night. Hayes recorded 52 assists in a 3-2 win over Tulsa on Oct. 23. She assisted on 54 attacks in a 3-2 win over UNLV on Nov. 13. In TCU’s final regular-season match, Hayes set the school record with 75 assists in a 3-2 win at Tulsa on Nov. 21. Led TCU with a 9.92 assist per game total, 14th best in the WAC.
At Clements High School, Hayes earned four letters while playing with former teammate Crissy Grimm. Hayes was named to the All-Greater Houston and All-District teams in 1996 and 1997. Following her senior season, Hayes was named Texas 5A Second Team All-State. Joined TCU teammate Marci King on the Club Texas Juniors squad while playing for coach Debbie Sokol.
Lindsay Christina Hayes was born on Nov. 25, 1979. Hayes is a graphic design major. Her twin sister, Cory, played volleyball for the University of Colorado.