TCU Scores Second Win of the Day
Sept. 10, 2004
BOSTON, Mass. - Four floors up in one of Harvard University's oldest athletic buildings, the TCU Horned Frogs battled it out with the Crimson. TCU topped Harvard in four games in a total team effort, with several Frogs having career days.
"It was great getting everyone in," Head Coach Prentice Lewis said after the match. "It was a total team effort. I'm really proud of Hayley (Harmon), Talaya (Whitfield), LeMeita (Smith), and Shameka (Marve). Hayley contributed defensively and offensively. I was great to see her move around a lot. It was great to see Talaya swing from the outside in a match. Brandy played an awesome defensive game, and Shameka had a fanstastic dig."
Sophomore Anna Vaughn had a phenomenal match, hitting .583 in 23 kills, with only two errors in 36 chances. "Anna was sensational," Coach Lewis put it simply. She places fifth in the TCU record books for highest attack percentage in a match.
Freshman Loren Barry had a career match as well, passing 71 assists in four games, ranking third in all matches at TCU and second in four-game matches. "Loren is getting better and better everyday," Coach Lewis commented.
The lead pogo-ed between the two teams as the Crimson set up excellent blocks to counter the swings of senior Dominika Szabo, but one double-block by Horned Frog junior Erin Estep and senior Ellen Rehme put the Purple and White on the path ahead of the host team.
Some of the Frogs' most awkward-looking attacks would also turn out to be the most successful. It seemed as though the only thing that really kept the Frogs from running away uncontested with the first game was the Frogs own lapses. Serving errors remained a thorn in the Frogs' collective side as they collected six in the first game alone. The Purple and White led by as many as 10 points in the first game.
Head Coach Prentice Lewis shook up the line-up; freshmen LeMeita Smith and Brandy Gore, along with junior Hayley Harmon came off the bench to add some key stats for the Frogs. Smith put up a big block, Gore scooped up several hard-hit attacks, and Harmon landed smart attacks on the Harvard defense. Game point came on a net error called on Harvard's outside hitter, Laura Mahan, ending play at 30-20, TCU. Szabo and freshman Anna Vaughn put down six kills apiece.
The second game fell into place in a similar fashion. The Frogs soon pulled out into a nine-point lead. Sophomore Agi Nemeth joined the game and lent her height to the big block and soon the game point was decided off sophomore Anna Vaughn's kill, 30-14. Freshman libero Talaya Whitfield picked up nine digs in the second game.
As the third game commenced, Coach Lewis again shook up things as Whitfield changed jerseys from libero to outside hitter. The first time a set came her way, she pounced on it, shocking Harvard with her vertical. The Crimson took a lead at 9-11 and began to peg away at the Frogs, pulling to game point at 24-29, but the Frogs battled to a 27-29 stand-off, only to lose the final attack from Harvard's Nilly Schweitzer, 27-30.
Whitfield resumed her libero duties for the fourth game. The Frogs topped the Crimson 30-26 in the final game.
Tomorrow the Frogs face off for the first time against Saint Peter's at Harvard at 9 a.m. CDT and then will hit Northeastern at 6 p.m. CDT. Last year the Frogs lost to Northeastern in four games at a Pittsburgh tournament. "We're looking forward to the match against Saint Peter's, and the Northeastern match has been a long-awaited re-match from last year," Coach Lewis remarked.