TCU defeats hometown N.C. State
Sept. 5, 2003
Raleigh, N.C. - The TCU volleyball team increased their winning streak to three after a nail-biter match against the North Carolina State Wolfpack. A full team effort, the Horned Frogs held on after a tough second game loss to rally back into a four game win over the home team. The Frogs came out early on in the first game to gain the lead that they never lost. At 26-22 TCU, a call reversal looked to slow the Frogs' momentum. Lack of communication increased the frustration, but the team overcame it all to reassert its dominance with three final points in a row.
The second game showed the Frogs' vulnerability to falling further and further behind when the control of the game lies within their opponents hands. The Wolfpack led for the duration of the game and the Frogs' communication skills hurt them again, this time with worse ends. Unable to build and keep momentum amidst the screams of the hometown fans, TCU fell to the Pack 26-30.
The third game started off on the wrong foot, as NC State's freshman Julia Reis established herself with a serving ace. Following that, however, she netted her next serve, putting the ball in the Frogs' hands. Things in the first half of the game did not go as well as TCU would have hoped as the Pack tipped kill after kill just over the blocking Frog fingers. Net errors and ball-handling calls also looked to take the steam out of the Frogs, but once they managed to take the lead they never looked back. Sophomore Hayley Harmon came off the bench to make her presence known in Raleigh tonight, scoring some key points in the Horned Frogs' favor. The final score of the game showed TCU's persistence, 30-21.
TCU had the fourth game in the bag from the beginning. As their past has shown, when they take the lead, they rarely ever give it up. NC State had the habit of jumping too early on their blocks, leaving them wide open for the Horned Frog sharp-shooters: freshman Emily Allen, juniors Ellen Rehme and Szabo and sophomores Erin Estep and Harmon all took advantage. Senior setter Tori Barlow even stepped in for a swinging kill.
Szabo added another double-double to her already extensive list with 10 digs and 13 kills for the match, while Barlow tallied 54 sets in the four-game match. Rehme smacked out twenty kills and Allen dished out 11 in addition to her three service aces. Freshman libero Britany Smith dug 10 balls out of the floor, sacrificing her body for the greater good of the team win. The team totaled 66 kills, 26 attack errors, and 159 attempts, giving them .252 hitting percentage.
Tomorrow TCU looks to win the Outback Wolfpack Classic with wins over Virginia Tech and High Point, extending their winning streak to five. They take on Hokies at 9 a.m. before duking it out with the Panthers at 3:30 p.m, both times Central.