TCU Volleyball Gets a Friday the 13th Scare
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Friday the 13th turned out to be freaky night for TCU volleyball as they pulled out an amazing 3-2 victory over the UTEP Miners. The win improved TCU's record to 11-9 (3-2 WAC) and put them two wins away from its all-time high, 13 wins in 1997. The Miners' record fell to 9-8 (1-4 WAC) and dropped their second consecutive match to the Horned Frogs.
TCU, a usually quick starting team stumbled out of the gates for the third consecutive match as they allowed UTEP to take a 8-2 lead which eventually led to a 15-4 win in game one. The Miners, who lead the WAC in kills and attacks, hit an incredible .464 in game one. TCU bounced back to take game two 15-13 but faltered in game three as they fell behind 10-0 and lost 15-6.
The Frogs showed their mental toughness as they battled UTEP into overtime in game four and won 19-17. The game four momentum carried over in to the final game of the match as the Frogs closed out the Miners 15-12 in an exciting five match.
"I was most impressed with our mental toughness and our desire to win," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "We did not play well in three of the five game tonight, so to pick up a win like that it says a lot about how tough these kids are."
The Frogs received an all-around team effort in the win as four players recorded double-doubles. Amy Atamanczuk led the Frogs with her 10th double-double of the season as she recorded 29 kills and 14 digs. Marci King collected her 10th double-double as well registering 10 kills and 12 digs. Jennifer Sebastian played one of her better games of the season as she hit .476 (14-4-21) and recorded 10 total blocks. Lindsay Hayes' 62 assists and 11 digs were good enough for her fifth double-double of the season. Jen Cuca registered 16 kills and nine digs, just one dig shy of her second double-double. Rachel Shirley added 10 digs of her own and four valuable service aces.
"I was happy to see Amy (Atamanczuk) bounce back towards the end of the match," said Troudt. "She has been struggling a little bit the last couple of matches, but she hit some balls in the fourth and fifth game that looked like the Amy we seen at the beginning of the season. Jen Cuca really stepped her game up as well. On a night when we needed someone to step up she did. She gave us some versatility on the court that helped free up some of her teammates and than battled with their best blocker and earned 16 kills. This was a good emotional and mental win for us."
TCU cranks it up again Saturday October 14 as they host Rice at 7:00 p.m. in the Rickel Center.