TCU Loses a Hard-Fought Battle Against USF
Oct. 24, 2003
Tampa, Fla. - TCU fought a bitter battle against USF tonight, losing a heartbreaker in four games. This marks the first game the Horned Frogs have claimed over the Bulls, refusing to be swept in the Corall.
In the first game, UsF swung hard, penetrating the Frogs' defense. The Frogs fell 21-30, but not without some bright spots, including freshman Jenna Miller. She looked near-flawless, being just what the Frogs needed against the stubborn Bull defense, hammering out five kills for a .444 hitting average. However, the Bulls had more than one offensive standout in the first game, dominating the attack position with a .533 average compared to the Frogs' .167.
Early in the second game, an early celebration left USF back on its heels to a Miller attack, missing out on the point as the freshman slammed one down on their court. The Frogs nearly had the same situation on their hand, however, when an early self-congratulations almost caught them off-guard; they collected themselves for a tip by Dominika Szabo, claiming the point. The second game looked a lot closer and tighter, but USF pulled ahead halfway through, for the Frogs to never again regain the lead after a brief time at the top at 8-9. The final score read 30-23, USF.
The third game lie firmly in the hand of TCU, when the Frogs really sprang alive, determined to fight it out. Despite a scary streak between USF's thirteenth and seventeenth point; the Bulls' momentum looked capable of taking out TCU's. Freshman Emily Allen, notorious for her jump-float serve, stayed on the ground to serve up two of the last three key points for the Frogs following a dominating kill by Szabo. The Frogs claimed their first ever game win against the Bulls, 30-24.
Into the fourth game, the Frogs' enthusiasm and energy surged higher and higher; just when it seemed they could go no further, they pushed it through the roof. However, it still was not enough, as they fell 25-30 to the Bulls.
"The team is learned by each of our mistakes," Coach Prentice Lewis said after the match. "We have to come out with intensity, understand our errors and not worry about them. The Frogs have to come out and turn around our mistakes for tomorrow.",p. Dominika Szabo racked up another 20-plus match, her twelfth of her career and second of the year. Miller did well in the offensive category, hitting .375 overall, finding the Bulls' weaknesses with the most success. USF's Shameka Mitchell, however, stole the spotlight for the night, hitting an impressive .559 against TCU.
The loss leaves TCU with a 16-8 overall record and a 2-4 C-USA mark. USF is now 10-14 and 4-3 in Conference USA. The Horned Frogs travel to Birmingham tonight to face UAB at 6 p.m. CDT Saturday.