TCU Posts 20th Win
Nov. 21, 2003
New Orleans, La. - In the kick-off match of the Conference USA tournament in New Orleans, the TCU Horned Frogs earned two firsts: their first 20-win season and their first-ever post-season win. The Frogs swept the UAB Blazers 30-28, 30-25, and 30-28, going on to the second round, where they will face the Louisville Cardinals.
The first game looked a little scary for the Frogs, taking points mostly through UAB errors rather than earning points themselves. Halfway through, things changed, and the Frogs began to peg away at the UAB defense before forcing an ineffective timeout by the Blazers. Anna Vaughn had the Midas touch with every ball she touched turning into a goldmine for the Horned Frogs, hitting six for nine in the game. However, the second UAB timeout seemed to do the trick, as the Blazers slipped in two consecutive aces to even the score at 28-all. Then Dominika Szabo stuffed a hit into potential blockers' hands, putting the Frogs one-up before Emily Allen slammed one home to finish up the first game, TCU 30-28.
The Frogs carried their momentum into the second game, where they played well as a team, earning long-fought rallies and passing effectively throughout the period. Szabo picked up another five kills in the second game, accompanied by Vaughn's four for nine performance. TCU had several amazing scoops off the floor to keep rallies going, winning 30-25.
UAB fought back in the third game; the teams exchanged tips on both sides of the floor, with Emily Allen contributing decisive kills from the right antennae. Down 24-26, UAB fans had already counted game three for the Blazers, but TCU took two more points to even the score, then proceeding past to 28 before UAB's Martina Shields killed one onto the Frog side of the court for a 27-28 score. The Frogs stuck it through, however, coming through with a final kill by Vaughn to win the third game 30-28.
"TCU has gone in eight years from winning seven matches the year before I got here to winning twenty," Coach Prentice Lewis said after the match. "They've given me a lot of heart and and hard work and now we've go to prepare for our next couple matches."
Vaughn and Allen put up some astounding numbers for freshman, both hitting over .500.
TCU had conquered the Blazers earlier in the season in a nail-biting five-game match. Next up, the Frogs face the second-seeded Cardinals, who beat the Frogs to two weeks ago in Louisville in four games. The Horned Frogs are 20-12 overall, 5-8 in C-USA regular season play. The match commences tomorrow, Sat. Nov. 22, at one p.m. CDT.