Volleyball Falls at TCU, 3-1
Sept. 18, 2009
FORT WORTH, Texas - Senior Jennifer Eichler recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 12 digs and freshman libero Jessica Adams had a career-high 30 digs, but The University of Tulsa volleyball team fell to TCU, 3-1 (21-25, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25), Friday evening at the University Rec Center.
The Golden Hurricane (8-3) continues play in the UT Arlington Hilton Invitational Saturday at 10:30 a.m. against Arkansas State, and against Texas Southern at 5 p.m. at UTA's Texas Hall.
Eichler recorded her second double-double of the season and her sixth straight match with at least 14 kills. Adams' 30 digs are the most by a Tulsa player since Oct. 5, 2008. Senior Julia Kenealy hit .467 with eight kills and just one error, while junior Hannah Stout added eight kills and five blocks. Freshman Tyler Henderson contributed 18 kills. Setter Jordan Clampitt had her fourth double-double of the season with 31 assists and 10 digs, and Rachel Vukson had 26 assists
Tulsa averaged a .198 attack percentage (63-26-187), the first time the Hurricane has hit below .220 this season. TU had 63 kills, 62 assists, a season-high 98 digs and 10 blocks. TCU hit .208 (61-21-192) and became the first team to out-hit Tulsa this season. The Horned Frogs also had 58 assists, 81 digs and 13 blocks.
"We played pretty well tonight, but I told the team they have to start playing smarter," Tulsa Head Coach Ed Allen said. "We're playing hard, there is no doubt about that, but we need to play smarter. To TCU's credit, they put some pressure on us at the service line and we didn't do as good a job of passing as we are capable of. We dug the ball really well tonight. We just weren't able to put as much pressure on the other team as we have in eight or so other matches this year."
In the opening set, Tulsa fell behind early, 7-1, but stormed back to pull within two at 9-7. The Hurricane stayed within reach but could not get closer than three or four points, and TCU won the set, 25-21.
The second set was close throughout, and TU once again had to come from behind early to stay in the set. The Golden Hurricane trailed, 9-7, and scored three straight points, including a block by Vukson and Stout, and a kill by Henderson to take its first lead at 10-9. TCU briefly took the lead again, but Tulsa scored four straight on kills by Henderson, Eichler, Eichler and Kelsey Hancock to take the lead for good at 16-13. The Hurricane held a steady lead and expanded it to four points at 23-19 on a kill by Eichler, and TU won the set, 25-21.
Sets three and four ended in matching 25-22 scores. The score was tied eight times in the two sets, and only once did either team take a lead of more than four points. TCU led throughout the third frame, and twice in the fourth, Tulsa took the points advantage. The leads, however, were early in the set and brief, as TCU went on to win both sets and the match.
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