TCU rallies for 3-2 victory over Florida Gulf Coast
Aug. 24, 2007
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Down two games and trailing late in game four, the TCU Horned Frogs put together a massive rally to push the match to the limit where they came away with a five-game victory (30-19, 19-30, 23-30, 31-29, 15-10) over Florida Gulf Coast. Nirelle Hampton (12 digs, 12 kills, 48 assists) notched her third career triple-double in the win and Lauren Otto tallied her 12th career double-double.
Just like in the first match of the day, the Horned Frogs came out firing on all cylinders as they jumped out to an 11-4 lead. Kills by Hampton and Smith helped the Frogs build their lead. Errors by the Eagles aided the Frogs in their quest for a game one victory.
With the Frogs in the lead at 16-12, TCU rattled off four points behind the serve of Otto to open up an eight-point lead. A loud block by Kourtney Edwards and LeMeita Smith spurred the Frogs on as they continued to build their lead to 10 points. The Eagles tried to put together a late rally, but Calli Corley ended the match with a kill from the back row to lock up the 30-19 victory.
The Eagles cleaned up their act and cut down on their errors in game two. After a back-and-forth affair eventually went the way of Gulf Coast as they built a 20-14 lead. They used a 10-5 run to close out the game to even the match at one-game apiece.
Brooke Youngquist took over the game and pounded down five kills and tallied three digs. Corley pitched in seven digs on the defensive side for TCU.
Game three proved to be much of the same as the Frogs committed six hitting errors and three service errors. The Eagles continued their hot hitting with 18 kills and only four errors for a .359 hitting percentage in the set. The Frogs fell behind early and couldn't recover. Youngquist again proved to be too much for the Frogs in the set as she tallied seven kills.
An exciting game four looked like it was going to go the way of the Eagles again as they built a 20-14 lead. From there, the Frogs came alive. Back-to-back aces from Hampton pulled the Frogs within three, 22-19 forcing the Eagles to call a timeout.
The timeout looked like it was effective as the Eagles rattled off three straight points to make it a 25-20 lead. From there, Otto and the Frogs took over. With Loren Barry serving, the Frogs got the three points back thanks to three kills by Otto. With the Frogs trailing by one, Otto blasted a kill off the block to tie the game at 26.
But the Eagles had an answer as they quickly picked up two points to regain the lead. Kills by Hampton and Edwards knotted the game at 28 and a solo denial by Otto gave them match point, but the Eagles had an answer with a kill from Patricia Silva. An Otto kill again gave the Frogs match point and a Youngquist error sealed the game for TCU as they won 31-29.
TCU built a commanding 6-1 lead in the deciding game five behind kills from Hampton and Otto. The Eagles battled back to one, 7-6, but a Smith kill gave TCU the 8-6 lead at the side change.
The game stayed tight until Christy Hudson took over behind the serving line. Kills from Edwards and Otto brought the Frogs to match point. It took two tries but a ringing kill from Otto ended the match.
The Frogs will wrap up play in the FSU Invitational Saturday night against the host school, Florida State. Match time is slated for 6 p.m.