Volleyball Blasts Open 2002 with Two Wins
Aug. 30, 2002
JONESBORO, Ark. - The Prentice Lewis era of TCU Volleyball began with a bang at the Arkansas State Classic on Friday. For the first time in school history, Frog volleyball has started the season with a 2-0 record after defeating Northwestern State (0-1) and Belmont University (0-1).
The Frogs opened up the Northwestern State match with an impressive 30-20 victory in game one. TCU came to the Convocation Center ready to play, and followed the solid serving of senior Jenn Cuca. As well as the Frogs played in game one, they played as dismally in game two. The Demons took the game 30-13 to even the match at 1-1. TCU refused to give up the fight, taking the third game 30-22 behind senior Stephanie Watson and sophomore Dominika Szabo's leadership. With a 30-21 win in the fourth, TCU picked up its first win of the 2002 season and the Prentice Lewis era.
"The team came in ready to play," said head coach Prentice Lewis. "We were nervous and it showed in game two. We were prepared to play, though. Everyone was able to give something, even those who weren't having their best games, and that's a big thing for our team. Domi [Szabo] and Stephanie [Watson] played excellent for us."
Szabo led the Frogs in kills (13), attacks (30), and digs (14), to earn her fifth career double-double. Junior Tori Barlow was the assists leader with 38 for the match. Cuca led the team with three aces. Szabo and freshman Erin Estep each posted four block assists.
TCU's second match of the day was a quick 3-0 match against the Belmont Bruins. The Frogs hit an amazing .378 for the match, the second best all-time match attack percentage in school history. The first game was the most challenging as the Bruins gave the Frogs a run in the 30-24 win. TCU took care of business with 30-16 and 30-12 victories in games two and three.
"I am so proud that our young team came out and did three things today," continued Lewis. "They were eager to play, they executed well, and they didn't give up after that terrible game two [against Northwestern State]."
Kills were spread throughout the squad versus the Bruins, but Cuca led the Frogs with eight. Barlow posted 36 assists for the afternoon, while Szabo added three aces to the match. Freshman Jackie Choi picked up 10 digs to lead TCU against Belmont. Watson gave the Frogs three blocks.
On Saturday, TCU will meet Nicholls State at 3:00 p.m. and host Arkansas State in the nightcap at 7:00 p.m. The Frogs will return home to host the TCU Invitational on Sept. 13 and 14 at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.