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BYU volleyball team sweeps TCU in Provo

PROVO — After playing nine of its previous 10 matches away from home, the BYU women's volleyball team returned to the Smith Fieldhouse Friday night.

The Cougars were happy to be back in Provo and played that way in a 3-0 sweep (30-27, 30-20, 30-21) of TCU.

"It's fantastic," said senior outside hitter Chelsea Goodman. "The fans are great, the Smith Fieldhouse is great."

"It's nice to be at home," said coach Jason Watson.

With the victory, BYU improved to 11-4 overall and 4-2 in the Mountain West Conference. It marked the Cougars' third straight sweep after whipping Wyoming and Air Force on the road last week.

The Horned Frogs fell to 15-6 overall and 2-3 in the MWC.

Goodman recorded a match-high 18 kills and 17 digs to lead BYU. It was her 10th double-double of the season and the 44th of her career.

The MWC career record for most double-doubles is 47.

Three other Cougars turned in double-digit kills — Bryn Porter (12), Erica Lott (11) and Rachel Dyer (11). Setter Amy Schlauder had 48 assists.

While TCU grabbed the lead early in the first game, BYU fought back to win. The Cougars pulled away late in both games two and three. For the match, BYU hit .344 compared to .185 for TCU.

Early in the season, BYU recorded an upset at home over No. 10 Wisconsin before suffering through a 3-3 stretch, including a 3-2 loss to Colorado State at home. His team on a three-match winning streak, Watson sees improvement.

"We're getting back to where we were in early September, like we played in the Wisconsin match," Watson said. "The way we're preparing, that where it's made the biggest difference. We've been practicing well. That's been key of late. We're seeing incremental improvement. We're creating a lot of opportunities to score points."

The best news for the Cougars is their schedule is back-loaded with home matches. Friday started a three-match homestand. The Cougars face a tough challenge tonight (7) when they host New Mexico (12-5, 3-2).

"It should be a fun one," Watson said. "We have our work cut out for us."