TCU Loses First Match of the Season: Middle Tennessee State 3, TCU 2
Aug. 29, 2003
Charleston, S.C. -
CHARLESTON, S.C. (August 29, 2003) - The Horned Frogs opened the 2003 season at the College of Charleston Tournament with disappointing beginnings. In a contest that lasted five games and two hours, TCU competed with rollercoaster consistency against the Middle Tennessee State Blue Raiders. They won the second and third games, but failed to maintain that dominance on the bookend games.
The Frogs began the morning looking promising, with the game tied up to 7-7. Once the Blue Raiders managed to slip past into double digits, however, the Horned Frogs never could catch up again. The game ended 17-30.
In the second game, though, it appeared that TCU did come out to play with all the gusto Coach Prentice Lewis had expected. Freshman Jenna Miller stepped up at this point in the match, demonstrating the talent that earned her a starting spot for the team. With the whole team contributing, the Frogs came out on top, 30-24.
Again in the third game, TCU proved that winning is more fun. Transfer Ellen Rehme proved why she came so highly-touted from her former school, as her name tallied kill after kill. They finished that match one-up on Middle Tennessee State with a score of 30-22.
However, the match slipped from the Frogs' grasp, losing the fourth and fifth matches 30-23 and 15-13, respectively. Several errors added up, leaving the Frogs behind by their own doing.
"Our weakest point is that we have no middle attack," Coach Lewis commented. "Serving took us out. There were too many strings of 2-3-4 reception errors that kept Middle Tennessee State in the match. We spent too much time trying to come from behind. We need more compassion to play; we need to earn the points, not have the other team hand them to us."
Coach Lewis saw positives to this first match, however, in the play of Rehme and junior Dominika Szabo. "Ellen had a great match all around, from passing, to blocking, to attacking, to serving. And Domi did well with passing. She had a big block-up today."
The day is not yet over, however, and the Frogs have a chance to improve their record to .500 later in the evening against host College of Charleston's Wildcats at 7:30 eastern.