Frogs make it two straight at the Elon Volleyball Classic
Sept. 2, 2006
BURLINGTON, N.C. - The TCU volleyball team rebounded from a game one loss to top Navy (25-30, 30-21, 30-18, 30-20) and remain undefeated in the Elon Volleyball Classic. The Frog defense limited the Midshipmen to a .090 hitting percentage, while picking up 60 kills for a .233 hitting percentage. LeMeita Smith led the Frog attack with 16 kills in the match, while Calli Corley paced the Frogs defensively with a career-high 27 digs. Katelyn Blackwood pitched in with four service aces.
The Frogs jumped out to an early lead in game one, but Navy battled back to get itself back in the game at 9-8. Miscommunication on the part of the Frogs allowed Navy to knot the game at nine, but Gabi McHugh ended the five-point rally by the Midshipmen with a powerful kill down the middle. An Anna Vaughn kill gave the Frogs a 12-11 and a Lauren Otto and Vaughn block extend the lead to two. Navy continued their strong play as they stormed back with another six-point rally, taking a 17-13 lead.
Back-to-back kills by Vaughn closed the gap to 17-15, but again the Midshipmen were able to stop the Frog rally to push the lead back to three, 19-16. Nirelle Hampton and McHugh blocked a Navy attack to pull the Frogs within one, 19-18 and the see-saw game evened up at 21 behind the strong serving of Loren Barry. Navy, however, regained the lead, extending it out to 26-22 and eventually took the game, 30-25.
With the game knotted at four in the second set, Vaughn got things rolling with an ace serve to give TCU the 5-4 lead. The Frogs settled down and opened up an 11-6 lead behind Blackwood's serve. An Emily Allen blast forced the Midshipmen to call a timeout, but Allen continued her strong play in game two with a solo block out of the timeout. Back-to-back aces by Blackwood kept the run going as the Frogs stormed out to 14-7 lead.
Hampton and Kourtney Edwards stopped an 11-8 run by Navy as TCU again began to pull away, extending its lead to 23-18. An Otto ace pushed the lead out to 27-20 and a setting error on Navy put the Frogs in control. A Vaughn smash ended game two, giving the Frogs the 30-21 victory, tying the match at one apiece heading into the break.
Game three saw the Frogs jump out to an 8-3 lead. Hampton made it a 9-3 with a hard dump that ricocheted off a Navy player. A Midshipmen hitting error pushed the lead to seven, 10-3, forcing Navy to call their first timeout.
Barry served out six straight points, extending the lead out to 17-5. Errors by the Midshipmen helped the Frogs get their lead to double-digits at 20-9. Navy and TCU battled its way to a 27-18 score, but Barry served out the remainder of the game, giving TCU the 2-1 match lead with her second ace of the match.
Game four was another battle as the Frogs couldn't get more than a two-point lead early on. Any chance Navy had at tying the game, it would make an error, giving the Frogs back the two point cushion. Blackwood's fourth ace of the match pushed the Frogs lead to 18-14.
Again Navy had a chance to knot the game at 18, but an Edwards' blast and a block by Allen and Vaughn gave the Frogs back the three-point lead. Agi Nemeth gave the Frogs a commanding seven-point lead, 26-19, with a loud kill off a Navy overpass. Another overpass was batted down to the back of the court by Vaughn, giving the Frogs a 28-20 lead. Back-to-back aces by Vaughn ended the match as the Frogs took game four, 30-20.
The Frogs improve to 6-1 on the season. They will go for their second tournament title of the season at 3:30 p.m. (CST) when they square-off against UAB.