Volleyball victorious again


    By McCall Knowlton

    The No. 13 BYU women?s volleyball team moved to 20-0 on the season beating TCU in Forth Worth, Texas Friday night.

    The Cougars were pushed to four games (30-21, 30-23, 25-30, and 30-23) and were unable to sweep the Horned Frogs even though they started off with a strong lead in Game 3. TCU wouldn?t go down without a fight and battled back to tie the game at 25-25 and scored five straight points to win Game 3.

    ?It”s always tough to come out with a victory when you”re playing on the road, so we”re real happy with tonight”s result,? said BYU head coach Jason Watson.

    The Cougars have reason to be happy, they are one of only four teams in the nation with an undefeated record and are the clear leaders of the Mountain West Conference with an 11-0 record and only a few weeks of conference play left on the season.

    ?It”s been a difficult couple of weeks for us in terms of the number of matches we”ve played,? Watson said. ?We”re just happy to get this win over a very nice TCU team,? Watson said.

    The Cougars have played seven matches in just 15 days and have only been forced to a fourth game twice during this particular stretch of their schedule.

    The TCU match proved to be one of BYU?s best statistical nights so far this season despite the physical fatigue of so many continuous matches.

    Junior middle blocker, Lindsy Hartsock, who is currently No.1 in the nation in hitting percentage, hit .500 for the fourteenth time this season and had nine of the team?s kills.

    ?Lindsy (Hartsock) had another solid performance tonight,? said Watson. ?I”m proud of the way all of our players stayed composed and worked together.?

    The team effort was evident in sophomore outside hitters Chelsea Goodman and Erica Lott. The two lead BYU with 17 and 18 kills respectively.

    Senior outside hitter Lexi Brown Patterson also put up a season-high seven blocks to contribute to the Cougars defensive efforts and hold the Horned Frog to a -.028 hitting percentage in Game 2.

    The Cougars finally get a week off before heading to Salt Lake City where they will face their major in-state rival, the hated Utes of Utah, winners of last year?s MWC title.

    The Cougars beat the Utes in the Smith Fieldhouse earlier this season breaking a 10 match winning streak held by Utah. The two teams face off Friday at 7 p.m. on Utah?s Crimson Court.

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