Volleyball team prepares for final match of season

The Horned Frogs volleyball team is working on cohesiveness in preparation for its final regular season game against the Wyoming Cowgirls at 8 p.m. today in Laramie, Wyo., the head coach said.Head coach Prentice Lewis said the team is not working on individual things but is working on the team as a whole.

“You work on making sure the team is meshing the way you want them to mesh,” Lewis said.

Anna Vaughn, a senior middle blocker, said the team is better at home and wants to get back its chemistry during away games.

Nirelle Hampton, a sophomore setter, said the team is focusing on Wyoming and moving on from New Mexico, a game the Frogs lost 3-0.

“Right now, we’re just working toward playing as a team and playing relaxed,” Hampton said.

Vaughn said she is working toward getting back to the basics with the little points of the game.

The Frogs head to Wyoming with a season 17-3 overall record and are 5-10 in the Mountain West Conference.

Vaughn said the season has gone well, and in spite of recent losses, the Frogs have the ability to surprise people in the conference tournaments.

Lewis said the team feels good about its season as a whole after winning 17 matches.

“We’re the type of team that no one looks forward to playing,” Lewis said. “Because we are so athletic, and we have so many possible threats.”

Wyoming will be Vaughn’s last regular season game in her volleyball career at TCU.

“It’s gone by really fast,” Vaughn said. “It won’t start hitting me until I come back from Christmas and don’t have to go to practice.”

Although the Frogs fell to the New Mexico Lobos on Saturday in three games (30-22, 30-27, 30-27), they saw a new record set.

Vaughn, who took over the all-time career record for service aces at TCU during the match against the Lobos, has had 137 aces with the Frogs.

“It’s always nice to have your name at the top of the list,” Vaughn said.

The previous record was 136 by Tori Barlow, a setter who graduated two years ago.