Volleyball downs Texas Tech for fourth straight Big 12 win

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The Horned Frog volleyball team continued its winning ways in a sweep of Texas Tech Saturday  at the United Supermarkets Arena in Lubbock, Texas.

The victory was the first time ever that the team had won four consecutive Big 12 conference matches, improving the Frogs to 14-4 overall and 4-2 in conference play. Freshman Ashleigh Martin led the way for TCU, with a career high seven blocks and 13 kills.

The team posted 15.5 blocks in the match. It was the 10th time this season the Frogs recorded double-digit blocks in a match.

The team got off to a slow start in the first set, falling behind by eight at one point to the Red Raiders. Martin would record six kills to help carry the team to a comeback victory in the set, however, before winning the next two sets en route to a sweep.

“We came out pretty slow, which I was not very happy with,” TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said. “I am pretty sure I called both timeouts really pretty early for us. We just kept talking to the team about how we had to play our game.”

Kramer said when the team found its groove, it was all systems go for the Frogs.

“We shored up our communication a little bit and got into a better rhythm,” Kramer said. “Once we hit our stride, we didn’t take our foot off the gas which was really nice to see.”

Kramer praised Martin for stepping up and leading the way for the team.

“When you have a young player and a lot of upperclassmen, they have to find their place and earn their way into the group,” Kramer said. “I think she is doing that steadily every match, which is really nice to see.”

The Frogs return to action when they take on Iowa State in Ames, Iowa on Oct. 17.