TCU's Winning Streak Runs to Six with Record-Breaking Victory
Oct. 9, 2004
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - The TCU Horned Frogs won their fourth conference game in a row for the first time in program history tonight, adding to their best league finish ever in their nerve-wracking five-game victory over host East Carolina. Sophomore Anna Vaughn led all players with a career-high 25 kills and a .467 percent and two service aces and junior Erin Ludeke dished out 74 assists, just one shy of the TCU all-time record.
"Of course we're happy to win this game," Head Coach Prentice Lewis commented after the match. "It makes it better that we got it in front of a hostile crowd and coming from behind. More importantly, however, these two wins lead us to two matches (Louisville and Cincinnati) which are extremely important matches for us. Even though we're still the underdogs, for the first time since I've been here at TCU, we're now playing important conference matches. Our next step is to WIN the important conference matches."
Collectively, the Frogs killed 89 balls for the fourth-most in school history. They also dug 96 balls for the seventh-most in school history while the 81 total assists was good for second-most in the TCU books. In all, the 222 total attack tied for ninth most.
TCU dominated the first game, ahead by as many as 12 (30-18) when Erin Estep finished the game off with a kill up the center. The Frogs came out with strong offensive game for the second match in a row, out-hitting East Carolina .415 to .132 and out-killing 21-9. Solid passing from freshman Loren Barry, and senior Domi Szabo helped set up some key kills.
The second game the Frogs tripped up and allowed the Pirates to keep up the whole round. TCU fell back at 17-18; East Carolina took the lead permanently at 22-23 and the game slipped away from TCU for good, ending 27-30. One highlight at 14-12 caught East Carolina's setter Heidi Krug in the face as freshman Talaya Whitfield returned an overpass from her own attack to make a mark on the Pirate.
In the third TCU took the lead once again, but East Carolina quickly made its charge to take over at 10, stretching the gap to 16-11; a controversial call colored the point and allowed the Pirates to gain momentum and fan support. The Frogs had a four-point run from 22-28 to 26-28 before Colleen Munson called timeout to snip the Frogs' growing momentum and win the game 27-30 off a Frog attack error.
It was a tight fourth game up to 16-14 before TCU broke away for 30-25 fourth game win despite many scares throughout the contest. The Frogs executed at the times it mattered at the end, with excellent defense on the floor. Vaughn really shined in the fourth bout with nine kills to boost the Frogs.
In the tiebreaker TCU pulled out to a 6-3 lead on the strength of its timely fourth game victory. After the court change, Talaya Whitfield aced another two serves in a row to bring the game to 10-4 for the Frogs. She finished the match with six aces in total. Vaughn hit home a match-ending kill straight up the middle to finish it 15-9.
The Frogs are now 13-5, 4-0 C-USA while the Pirates slip to 8-11, 2-2 C-USA. Both starts are the best-ever league marks for the two teams.
TCU plays at home next weekend against Louisville on Friday at 7 p.m. CDT and Cincinnati on Saturday at 7 p.m. CDT.