It was a weekend full of sweeps for the women’s volleyball team at the Burnt Orange Classic in Austin.
The Lady Frogs beat Houston 3-0 Friday afternoon, but then stumbled to a 0-3 loss against Texas later that night. A 3-0 win over McNeese State rounded out the tournament for the Horned Frogs.
The four-team tournament, consisting of TCU, University of Texas, Houston and McNeese State, was dominated by 2009 National Championship runner-up Texas, which won all three of its matches in straight sets.
Head Coach Prentice Lewis said the coaching staff experimented with several different players and saw what they could expect from their young team in a competitive setting. Christy Hudson had nine kills to lead the Horned Frogs, and Sloane Sunstrum and Megan Munce had six each.
The first set against Houston went back and forth after an early TCU lead, but the Frogs pulled ahead late in the set and won 25-18. The second set had various short runs by both teams, but TCU withstood a late comeback to win by two points. The Frogs dominated the first half of the third set and won, 23-15.
“We were up and down a lot of the game, but we pulled it off in three sets,” Lewis said.
Against Texas, Hudson paced TCU with nine kills in the night game. Sisters Kristen and Irene Hester had six and four kills, respectively. After falling to early deficits in each of the three sets, TCU was unable to come back for a win.
The Frogs rebounded nicely in the third match, sweeping McNeese 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-9).
“It was great that we got to play a lot of different people and see what they can do in a match setting,” Lewis said. “We showed a good balanced attack that will serve us well.”
TCU opens its home season Friday in the TCU Molten Tournament against Alcorn State and LSU. The first match is scheduled for 1 p.m. Friday.
TCU Women’s Volleyball Team
TCU Molten Invitational
Where: Fort Worth
Date: Friday, Sept. 3
Time: 1 p.m.