TCU Suffers First Conference Loss
RENO, Nevada -- The TCU volleyball team began its weekend road trip with a 3-1 loss to the Nevada Wolf Pack October 5. The loss dropped TCU's record to 10-8 overall, 2-1 WAC, and snapped a four-game winning streak against WAC opponents. Nevada evened its conference record at 2-2 and 5-9 overall.
A slow start may have cost the Frogs the match as they hit just .200 in game one and .128 in game two. A 9-1 lead in game two disappeared as the Wolf Pack played tough and battled back on their home floor. TCU was not discouraged after blowing the eight point lead in game two as they came back to take game three 16-14 and just missed tying the match up in game four, falling 17-15. TCU gave a valiant effort throughout the match but could not withstand the Wolf Pack attack, falling 3-1.
"Nevada was a much better team than their record showed," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "They have been an up and down team all season because they are a young team and they have played a tough schedule, it's hard to scout and play a team like that on their home floor."
TCU received solid efforts from every player on the court. Amy Atamanczuk led the Frogs with 20 kills and 17 digs while recording her ninth double-double of the season. Marci King added 14 kills and 10 digs and recorded her ninth double-double of the season. Lindsay Hayes also recorded a double-double, her fourth of the season, with 49 assist and 16 digs.
"Even though we lost, we had some very positive things happen for us tonight," said Troudt. "Amy (Atamanczuk) got off to a slow start, as did the whole team, but she battled back to have a very impressive night. Marci (King) and Allison (Lynch) both hit for high percentages and played excellent on defense."
King led the Frogs with a .429 hitting percentage while Lynch hit .321. TCU recorded 14.5 blocks, Lynch and Jennifer Sebastian each registered seven total blocks apiece.
"I am very excited about the play of Jen Cuca," said Troudt. "Even though her numbers on the stat sheet are not the greatest, she made a lot of plays that opened up the court for her teammates. I was also very proud of the way our team kept fighting. Even though we got down and blew a big lead we still played hard and that tells me a lot about the attitude of our team and their willingness to win."
TCU wraps up its two-match road trip on Saturday October 7 as they head to Hawaii to take on the number two ranked team in the nation.