The Horned Frog volleyball team pushed its win streak to nine games Friday with wins over Texas Tech and New Orleans before having it snapped by Oklahoma the following day.
The Friday match proved to be a historic one as the team matched its longest winning streak in school history, and senior setter Nirelle Hampton placed her name in the school record books in the second match as the all-time career assists leader. She had 50 against Texas Tech and 47 against New Orleans.
After falling behind 2-1 in each of the Friday matches, the Horned Frogs were able to rally to take the matches 3-2 and keep their undefeated record intact.
Sophomore middle blocker Christy Hudson posted her first double-double of the season with 15 kills and 10 digs.
Oklahoma handed the Horned Frogs their first loss of the season in the third match of the Red Raider Round Up in Lubbock. The team took the first game of the match for the first time in the tournament before losing three straight.
Freshmen Kayla Duncan and Gaby Mastromarino went undefeated in both singles and doubles in their first college tournament over the weekend at the Bulldog Invitational, hosted by Georgia.
The pair went 4-0 in doubles on the weekend and 4-0 and 3-0, respectively, in singles.
The team won six out of nine doubles matches on Friday and swept Sunday, going 4-0 in the team’s first tournament of the season. In singles, the Frogs took 15 of 25 matches.
Senior Macall Harkins bounced back from a loss to No. 18 Ellah Nze of Duke to beat No. 50 Sasha Kulikova of Wake Forest in straight sets. She went 2-1 in the tournament.
Sophomore Maria Babanova added a win over a ranked opponent as well, defeating Duke’s Jessi Robinson, ranked No. 119.
The Frogs return to action Sept. 27 for the ITA All-American Tournament in Pacific Palisades, Calif. The tournament will last until Oct. 5.
Senior defensive end Matt Panfil was named Mountain West Conference Co-Defensive Player of the Week for his performance in the 31-14 win over the Stanford Cardinal.
Panfil had four tackles for a loss, two sacks and a forced fumble. His seven tackles for loss tied him for third nationally while he ranks eleventh with 3.5 sacks.
Junior Jerry Hughes, who lines up opposite Panfil at defensive end, earned the honor for week one of the season. Panfil shares the honor with New Mexico’s Glover Quin, a senior cornerback.
The Frogs held the Cardinal to 193 yards of total offense and one offensive touchdown.
Oklahoma Game Scheduled
The football game against No. 2 Oklahoma on Sept. 27 has officially been scheduled for a 6 p.m. kickoff and will be nationally televised on Fox Sports Net. TCU has won the last two games in Norman, Okla., 17-10 in 2005 and 20-7 in 1996. Oklahoma will play at TCU in 2012.