Frogs season comes to an end with 3-1 loss to Colorado State
Nov. 23, 2006
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - It was not to be for the TCU Horned Frogs on Thursday morning as they battled third-seeded Colorado State hard but came up on the short side of a 3-1 (31-33, 32-30, 28-30, 16-30) score at the Mountain West Conference Tournament. Three seniors played their final match in the Purple and White. Anna Vaughn finished with 10 kills and three aces, while Emily Allen posted nine kills and five digs. Agi Nemeth tallied four kills in her final match. LeMeita Smith led all Frogs with 15 kills and eight blocks, six solo.
Game one set the pace for the entire match with both teams battling every point to the finish. Neither team could get a comfortable lead in the first set as they battled through 20 ties and seven lead changes. With Colorado State leading, 15-14, the Frogs went on a 2-0 run to gain a 16-15 advantage on an ace by Anna Vaughn. The Rams battled back to tie the game, but LeMeita Smith gave the Frogs a 19-18 lead with a loud kill off the block. Vaughn continued the rally with a kill and Smith gave TCU a three-point cushion with a solo denial on the outside.
The Rams battled back, putting together a 7-3 run to get the game tied at 26, but the Frogs had an answer with a 3-0 run of their own. Emily Allen gave the Frogs a two-point lead with a kill and a block by Kourtney Edwards and Agi Nemeth made it 29-26.
TCU was unable to put the game away as Colorado State answered with a 3-0 run to tie the game at 29. A Ram service error gave the Frogs game point, but a Ram block tied the game again. TCU wasted another game point and Colorado State used it to close out the set on a 3-0 run, winning 33-31.
Another tight affair in game two again went the distance. The Frogs claimed an early 4-1 advantage on kills by Allen and Smith along with a Smith solo block. As was the story in the set, the Rams battled back to tie the game at 10 and extended their lead out to three, 14-11.
A Vaughn and Nirelle Hampton stuff made it a one-point affair, but again the Rams opened up a four-point advantage with a 4-1 run. An Edwards blast quieted the Rams and a Hampton ace again made it a one-point game.
After falling back by five again, 24-19, the Frogs went on a 7-2 run to tie the game at 26. Smith was working hard on the outside with two kills and two solo blocks mixed in with two kills by Vaughn. Colorado State would work its way to game point, but Devon Kirk silenced them with a kill and Allen gave the Frogs game point. Makena Barnes extended the set with a kill, but a kill by Kirk and a solo block by Edwards gave TCU the 33-31 game two win.
TCU stormed out to a 10-3 lead in game three and looked to be in control early on. The blocks came alive as Smith, Nemeth, Vaughn and Kirk all teamed up to stuff three Ram attempts. However, the Rams responded, pulling back within two as they went on an 8-3 run to make it a 13-11 contest.
Once again, the Frogs worked hard to get the lead back to six on kills from Edwards, Vaughn and Smith. Amanda Fahnestock ended the Frogs run with a kill and spurred a 9-4 run to tie the game at 22.
The game would go back-and-forth and eventually worked its way to a 28-28 tie. A kill by Tanya Mokelki and a double-block by Tessa Nelson and Ashley Fornstrom gave the Rams the 30-28 win.
The Rams controlled game four from the start, opening up an early 7-2 lead and they cruised to the win. TCU was unable to regain the momentum it lost in game three and couldn't string together multiple points. Colorado State took the game by a 30-16 score.
The Frogs season comes to an end with an overall record of 17-15, their third winning season in the last four seasons.