Oct. 22, 2009
By Danny Mattie
Athletic Media Relations
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the past two seasons, the TCU volleyball team has had the Rams’ number on its home court, the 1,500-seat University Rec Center.
Thanks to a school-record crowd of 1,875 fans on Thursday night, the Horned Frogs made it three in a row against the Rams at home, snapping No. 25-ranked CSU’s 12-match winning, and handing the MWC-leading Rams their first loss of the conference season, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-10).
“We just gave TCU too many opportunities tonight,” said Head Coach Tom Hilbert. “They are a good team and they play in a tough environment. They are one of the best serving teams in the conference, and tonight it showed.”
TCU recorded seven service aces in the match, a season high for a CSU opponent.
The Rams, who were held without a player in double-figures in kills for the first time since the season opener, struggled to find a rhythm on offense, hitting just .097 for the match. It was the Rams’ lowest hitting percentage since a .072 effort at Duke on Sept. 9, the Rams’ last loss before starting their 12-match win streak.
Junior Danielle Minch led the team with eight kills, but was held to .000 hitting on the night, also committing eight errors in 22 swings. Sophomore opposite hitter Katelyn Steffan added seven kills on .190 hitting, while redshirt freshman middle blocker Megan Plourde chipped in with six kills, hitting at a .250 clip, and added a team-best four total blocks (one solo).
Sophomore setter Evan Sanders
recorded just 21 assists, a season low for her, and senior libero Katelin Batten
recorded a match-high 15 digs, her 17th consecutive match in double-figures.
TCU’s Christy Hudson led all players with 11 kills on .375 hitting, while teammate Kourtney Edwards added eight kills and a match-high five total blocks (one solo).
With the loss, the Rams fall to 16-4 (8-1 MWC), and the team’s lead in the MWC standings drops to just one match over the Frogs (18-5, 7-2 MWC).
The Rams will now turn their attention to yet another tough road matchup, when they travel to Albuquerque, N.M., for a Saturday afternoon meeting with the New Mexico Lobos (14-7, 5-4 MWC).