Volleyball bounces back with dominant sweep of Miami

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Friday was a team effort for TCU, as five players finished with seven or more kills in the match. Photo by Heesoo Yang.

After losing three games in last weekend’s Fight in the Fort Tournament, TCU volleyball responded with a 3-0 victory over Miam on Friday night to start the Add-Ran Cup off with a resounding win.

The Horned Frogs were firing on all cylinders offensively in the contest, finishing with 45 kills on a .365 hitting clip. Five players finished with seven or more kills for TCU.

Leading the way was middle blocker Sarah Swanson, who finished with a season-high 10 kills to go with four blocks. With a .909 hitting percentage, the junior produced the second-most efficient performance in program history.

Middle blockers Katie Clark (11) and Sarah Swanson (34) combined for 18 kills on the night for TCU. Photo by Heesoo Yang.

Through the first two sets, the Frogs were entirely in control. They held Miami to a .000 hitting percentage on 23 attacks in the first set, leading to an easy 25-15 win.

The second set was much of the same, as TCU hit .462 as a team. Swanson would finish a perfect 5-for-5 in the set, putting the Frogs up 2-0 behind a 25-17 victory.

Though they trailed, the Hurricanes would not give up in the third set. The set saw 14 ties and even a 19-16 Miami lead at one point. The Frogs remained undeterred though, and they came out of a Kramer timeout to go on a 9-2 run to end the set and complete the sweep.

This time, it was outside hitter Ashley Waggle’s turn to go 5-for-5 in the set. She would finish with eight kills on the night.

Outside hitter Audrey Nalls and middle blocker Katie Clark poured in eight kills apiece in the contest, while middle blocker Sarah Langs added seven.

Setters McKenzie Nichols and Irem Ucar combined for 38 assists in the win.

The game gives TCU its first win over a Power 5 opponent this season.

After a day off on Saturday, the Frogs will return to action for their second and final game of the Add-Ran Cup on Sunday when they face Auburn.  The first serve is set for 1 p.m.