TCU Rocks Arkansas in Five-Game Come-from-Behind Victory
Nov. 26, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - The gray jerseys just weren't cutting it for the TCU Horned Frogs tonight at the University Rec Center, but once they donned the blacks, they streaked past the Arkansas Lady Razerbacks to win the five-game match on three consecutive rounds. Sophomore Emily Allen led the Frogs offensively with a n outstanding .536 hitting average and 17 kills. The win in the Fort Worth Plaza Invitational bumps the Frogs record to 22-9 and the Lady 'Backs drop to 16-15.
TCU labored through the first two games against Arkansas' impressive offense. While the Razerbacks put up team offensive numbers like .524 and .346 hittings in rounds one and two, TCU eked out a .031 and a .083, digging only 14 balls. After the uniforms darkened, however, the Lady Backs lost their focus and the Frogs regained theirs. Arkansas' hitting never went above .170 thereafter and TCU's never went below it.
Into the fifth game, the two teams paced each other point by point until the eight-and-eight mark; Arkansas' offense crumbled with three attack errors in a row and TCU, in the form of Emily Allen's three kills, pounced to pull it out in the tiebreaker. Senior Ellen Rehme put it away with a kill up the right side line.
Senior Dominika Szabo came within one dig of the 1,000 career dig mark as she hammered out 13 kills, a service ace, two blocks, and six digs. Rehme tapped out 13 kills and 10 digs, and Talaya Whitfield again led all players with 20 digs.
Arkansas outblocked the Frogs 14 to 5, with four players collecting four or more blocks, including Jennifer Haaser's eight blocks. Kele Brewer produced 17 kills to lead the Lady 'Backs.
The Frogs wrap up their home season and the Fort Worth Plaza Invitational in a 7 p.m. match against Fairfield tomorrow night (Sat., Nov. 27) at the University Rec Center. Arkansas will face SMU in the day's opener at 4 p.m. SMU won against Fairfield today in four games.
TCU Volleyball reminds fans to wear baseball caps in support of the Frogs and of Coach Prentice Lewis to tomorrow's season-closer. A brief ceremony to honor the two seniors, Dominika Szabo and Ellen Rehme, will follow the match.