Volleyball Falls in Three to Conference-Leading South Florida
Oct. 26, 2002
FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU Volleyball (10-13, 2-5 C-USA) team dropped a hard-fought three-game match to South Florida on Saturday night at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum. The league-leading Bulls move their record to 21-5 and stay undefeated at 8-0 in conference play.
In game one, South Florida was able to take a five-point lead several times, including as late as 26-21. TCU refused to go quietly, however, and rallied to pull within two at 29-27 following kills from freshman Carissa Mills and sophomore Dominika Szabo. The Bulls scored on the next play to take the 30-27 game one win.
USF took charge in the second game right from the beginning. Helped by the Bulls' .343 hitting and TCU's dismal .000, South Florida claimed game two, 30-19, to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
In game three, TCU held the lead from 17-16 until three consecutive Frog attack errors tied the game at 22 all. The teams traded points, but USF was able to creep out to a three-point 26-23 lead. The Frogs pulled to within a single point on several occasions late in the game, but couldn't pull off the upset, as the Bulls won 30-28 to claim both the game and match.
"We had the opportunity to knock off the number one team in Conference USA, but we didn't capitalize on it," said head coach Prentice Lewis. "I'll give credit to our team. We battled with them. It was a 3-0 score, but it was a battle. We've got to keep getting better every day."
Szabo led the Frogs with 12 kills and 12 digs, while Mills hammered home 38 attacks. Junior Tori Barlow led the team with 32 assists and two aces. Freshman Hayley Harmon also added two aces. Freshman Erin Estep earned three blocks for the night. Szabo picked up her 15th career double-double (12 kills, 12 digs) and Mills captured the first of her career (11 kills, 11 digs).
The Frogs will head back out on the road next weekend as they visit conference opponents Marquette and DePaul on Nov. 1 and 2, respectively. TCU's final homestand will come Nov. 8 and 9 when the Frogs entertain Cincinnati and Louisville.