Sept. 9, 2017
FORT WORTH, Texas - Behind a consistent offense and double-digit kill performances by multiple players, the TCU volleyball team scored two victories on Saturday as they took a 3-1 (20-25, 25-16, 25-17, 25-15) win over Lehigh before topping Utah Valley 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-21) to place second in the Fight in the Fort tournament held inside The Rickel at the University Recreation Center.
TCU had a slow start against the Mountain Hawks (5-5) to start the day but rebounded by hitting above .300 as a team in two of the final three sets to take the match in four. Walsh was one of four players to score in double-digits as the junior led the way with 12 kills, while Ashleigh Martin scored 11 and Abigail Buckingham and Deaton were good for 10 kills each.
The Frogs carried the momentum into their final match of the day against the Wolverines (5-7) as Martin went off with a season-high 16 kills to go along with 10 digs for the first double-double of her career as TCU picked up its fifth sweep of the season. Deaton put down 14 kills in the match with no errors for a .667 hitting clip. Walsh was just shy of her third straight double-digit kill performance as she notched nine to go along with three total blocks.
Stat of the Match
4 - Allye Beth Deaton led the team with a 3.56 kills per set over the weekend with 32 kills and only four errors over three matches. The freshman was named to her second all-tournament team this season and recorded a .350 hitting percentage.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"Our team did a great job today. It was the first time all year we played two matches in one day. Lehigh and Utah Valley both played really good volleyball all weekend long. We were a little slow getting going against Lehigh after the Duke match and we gave that same lineup another look that first set of the day just to not change it up too much on them. It was really obvious that was not going to work. We just weren't feeling that so we changed it up a little bit and we just asked the team to trust us. We just needed to make a change and they went with it.
"They responded really well having seen some adversity on Friday night and again first thing on Saturday morning. That is what I am most proud of and they just went out there played volleyball regardless of who was out there on the court. We had a great effort and they had great chemistry on the court. This last match against Utah Valley we played was the most consistent we have played offensively and the same thing with the last three sets of Lehigh. This one was really consistent the entire match and it was nice to end the weekend on a good note like that."
-TCU improves to 6-3 on the season with the two wins on Saturday
-The Frogs are now 2-0 all-time against Lehigh and 1-0 against Utah Valley in the series records
-Anna Walsh and Allye Beth Deaton earned spots on the all-tournament team marking the second time this season for both players
-Walsh scored double-digit kills in two of the three matches over the weekend for a .453 hitting clip to go along with seven total blocks and 0.70 blocks per set
-Deaton put down 3.56 kills per set to lead TCU to go along with a .350 hitting percentage
-After missing out on double-digit digs for the first time in her career, Dani Dennison 16 and 15 digs, respectively, between the matches and ended the weekend with 3.70 digs per set
-Sarah Swanson led the team defensively at the net all weekend with 12 total blocks and 1.20 blocks per set
-Lamprini Konstantinidou and Kaylee Smith were good for 6.00 and 5.30, respectively, assists per set during the three matches
-TCU out-blocked both opponents on Saturday with 6.0 against Lehigh and 9.5 against Utah Valley
-The four players recorded double-digit kills against Lehigh were the most by TCU in a match this season
TCU will wrap-up preseason action by heading to Dallas, Texas to take part in the SMU Doubletree Classic from Sept. 15-16. The Frogs will take on host SMU on Friday at 6 p.m., before facing Sam Houston State on Saturday at 1 p.m., in Moody Coliseum.