TCU Sweeps College of Charleston
Aug. 29, 2003
Charleston, S.C. - TCU's volleyball team woke up after their sluggish morning match, coming alive to conquer host College of Charleston in a 7:30 pm showing. For the first time in school history, the Frogs defeated a NCAA-qualifying team in a mere three games.
The whirlwind match began with a slowly, but the quality of play had improved noticeably. Junior transfer Ellen Rehme started the Frogs in the right direction with back-to-back kills early on in the game. She repeated this occasion several times throughout the rest of the match, adding the conspicuous offensive threat, while the subtler contribution of senior Tori Barlow continued as usual. The setter assisted on nearly every kill for the day, while managing to chalk up a few kills herself, ending the first game with a decisive dump over the net and leaving the scorebook at 30-25, TCU.
During the second game, TCU teetered throughout until the very end, when they came out victorious 30-27 on a kill by junior Dominika Szabo. Service errors dotted the statistics during the second game, but they did not affect the team as severely as they might have earlier in the day. Twice the College of Charleston's Cougars nearly game out on top, tying the score twice in the game, the second time at 27-27.
The Frogs came out of the gate raring for the third game, leaving the Cougars unable to return the attack. Charleston grabbed the coattails of the Frogs at 5-5 and then came within one point for several consecutive rallies. TCU maintained their lead as a team, with freshmen Jenna Miller, Emily Allen, and Britany Smith contributing during big points in the match, helping to step up while Szabo absorbed most of the Cougar defense. The Horned Frogs finished the match with a 30-25 third game, sweeping the Cougars.
"The team made big strides from match one to match two," Coach Prentice Lewis said. "Passing, hitting, overall team awareness - everything was so much more improved. I'm glad they decided to play today. We went up against a team with several older international players, and beat a NCAA-qualifying team. I am very pleased with a `W.'"
Saturday morning, the volleyball team will face the University of Delaware's Fighting Blue Hens at 11 am Eastern time.