Frogs Fall to Mustangs
DALLAS, Texas (Nov. 11) -- The Horned Frogs fell to the SMU Mustangs for the final time as members of the Western Athletic Conference Friday night in Moody Coliseum. The Frogs' record dipped back under the .500 mark at 14-15 (5-7 WAC) while SMU pushed its record back over .500 plateau at 13-12 (4-8 WAC).
The cross-town rivalry was everything it was expected to be as the teams played point-for-point throughout the entire match with SMU coming out on top 3-1 and splitting the season series at one game apiece. SMU's defense shut the Frogs down as they recorded 89 digs and 12 team blocks while TCU offense hit just .180 with 33 errors.
"On a night when we didn't hit particularly well, SMU played good defense," said head coach Sandy Troudt. "It's tough to win matches with that combination."
TCU received another great night from Amy Atamanczuk and Marci King as they both recorded their 16th double-doubles of the season. Atamanczuk registered 29 kills, her tenth 20+ kills match this season, and 17 digs. King was just one assist shy of her first career triple-double as she recorded 15 kills, 15 digs and nine assists. Lindsay Hayes continued her solid play as she notched her ninth double-double of the season with 54 assists and 18 digs while Jen Cuca gave the Frogs a spark off the bench with 12 kills and 10 digs for her fourth double-double.
"Our outside hitters had a good night, unfortunately we did not get much production out of our middles," said Troudt.
TCU's middle blockers combined for 10 kills and seven errors on 38 attacks (.079 hitting percentage) and just seven block assists.
TCU next match will be at Houston November 16 as they take on the Rice Owls and then head to El Paso November 18 to wrap up the road portion of its schedule.