Frogs fall at Colorado State, 3-0
Sept. 23, 2006
FORT COLLINS, Colo. - The TCU Horned Frogs saw their three-match winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 (30-22, 30-25, 30-13) Mountain West Conference loss to Colorado State Saturday night. Lauren Otto and LeMeita Smith led the Frog offensive attack with eight kills each and Emily Allen paced the team defensively with 11 kills.
A back-and-forth battle ensued in game one, setting the tone for the entire match. The Frogs found themselves in an early hole, but climbed back in, taking a 12-11 lead on an Anna Vaughn blast. The Frogs could never get more than a point lead as the Rams would tie the game and then the Frogs would regain the one-point advantage.
With the game knotted at 14, the Rams went on a 7-1 run to take a 21-15 lead. A Kourtney Edwards blast stopped the Rams momentum and the Frogs put together a run of their own to get back in the game. Calli Corley served up an ace and Emily Allen and Vaughn teamed up to stuff a Ram attack. Vaughn made it a two-point deficit with a loud kill forcing Colorado State to call a timeout leading, 21-19. The timeout was effective and stopped the Frogs rally. The Rams closed out the set on a 9-3 run capped by a Tonya Mokelki cross-court blast to give CSU a 30-22 win.
The Rams took control of game two early, breaking a 7-7 tie with a 4-0 run to take an 11-7 lead forcing a Horned Frog timeout. Out of the break, the Rams were able to maintain the four-point lead but the Frogs eventually put together a 3-0 rally on kills by Edwards and Lauren Otto to pull within one, 18-17. TCU struggled to get over the hump as the Rams were able to hold the Frogs at bay.
TCU finally got the game tied at 22 on a Nirelle Hampton blast down the middle. An Edwards' solo block gave the Frogs the 24-23 advantage, but a kill by Mokelki and back-to-back ball handling errors by the Frogs gave back the lead Colorado State. The Rams closed out the game with three kills and an ace to claim the 30-25 game two victory.
Through two games the Frogs were hitting just .128. Despite out-blocking the Rams 6-4, the Rams held a 34-25 advantage in kills. Vaughn and LeMeita Smith paced the Frogs with six kills apiece. Jamie Strauss led all hitters with nine kills.
Game three was all Colorado State as they controlled from the opening serve. Numerous errors by the Frogs and hot-hitting by the Rams helped them break open a 25-10 lead. The Rams eventually won the game 30-13.
The loss drops the Frogs to 13-3 on the season and 2-1 in Mountain West Conference play. TCU will be back in action on its home court next weekend when it hosts conference foes UNLV and San Diego State. Match time for Friday's contest against UNLV is slated for 7 p.m. at the University Rec Center.