Horned Frogs sweep Idaho State, 3-0
Sept. 9, 2005
The TCU Horned Frogs posted a 3-0 sweep of Idaho State in their first match of the Pioneer Classic on the campus of Denver University. Senior Erin Estep finished the match with 11 kills while hitting .421 and added three digs as the Frogs extended their current win streak to four games.
"We're confident and that has a lot to do with it," states head coach Prentice Lewis. "We're not over confident, but we are excited and ready to play every match."
After a sluggish start, the Frogs got into rhythm and dashed to a 26-19 lead before finishing with a convincing 30-21 game one victory. The game featured six aces and a .485 hitting percentage by the Purple and White. Junior Anna Vaughn led with five kills and sophomore LeMeita Smith was one behind with four.
Senior Felice Yocopis led Idaho State in the early goings with 11 kills through a game and a half and guided her team a 23-23 tie in game two, before TCU broke to a 30-25 victory courtesy of a Nirelle Hampton kill and an ace by Vaughn. Idaho State's Nikki Haven made three kills and dug three balls in game two.
Through two games, Estep tallied seven kills while hitting .545 and freshman Devon Kirk chipped in with three kills and one block.
The third game started similar to the first two, as it remained close throughout. After the score deadlocked at 19, the Frogs moved to a 22-20 lead. Havens attempted a strong kill to rally the Bengals, but junior Calli Corley made one of her eight digs in the match to extinguish the scoring threat.
TCU used another spectacular defensive play to prevent Idaho State from a score when Loren Barry made a pancake dig, followed by an Estep dig to push the lead to 27-24. After one last rally by Idaho State, Estep put the game away with an ace.
With the win, the Frogs improved to 4-2 and will play their next match tomorrow at 2 p.m. (CDT) against Jacksonville.