Frogs Suffer Tough Loss at the Hands of Arkansas-Little Rock
Sept. 17, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - Arkansas Little-Rock handed the TCU Horned Frogs their first loss in seven matches tonight. The Frogs fell in a heartbreaking five games, 31-29, 25-30, 30-29, 22-30, 11-15. Sophomore Emily Allen played outstanding on both sides of the court for the Purple and White, hitting 16 kills with a .448 attack percentage and scooping up 10 digs.
The Trojans outblocked the Frogs two-fold, rejecting 14 of the Frogs' attacks while TCU only screened seven. Arkansas-Little Rock middle blocker Ivanka Davidova shut down nine Frog balls on her own.
The first indication of trouble came in the first game, when the Frogs allowed the Trojans to run the score up on the home team by over 10 points. The Trojans looked as though they would take the game and the match as easily as they stretched the lead, but the Frogs rallied back, encouraged by the crowd and by their amazing luck. An overpass turned into a kill by senior Ellen Rehme, a net serve by Trojan setter Iva Adzic, a blown hit by Trojan hitter Larisa Durmisevic, and another overpass put neatly home by junior Erin Estep all allowed the Frogs to step into the advantage post game one, 31-29.
Although the Trojans won the second game, 30-25, the Horned Frogs still had a quite of bit of momentum, easily topping the visiting team 30-19 in the third contest. Arkansas-Little Rock made a strong comeback, however, flooring the Frogs 30-22 in the fourth game. Luck had abandoned TCU and the tie-breaker game swiftly slipped through the Frogs' fingers, 11-14.
"This was a disappointing loss," Head Coach Prentice Lewis confessed. "Our consistency continues to be an issue: we were up and down the entire match. Emily (Allen) played awesome tonight - she pulled in great numbers (16-3-29). We needed stats like that from a few more players to pull off the upset. ...Now we have to get ready to go and start up tomorrow."
Also pulling in a double for the Horned Frogs was senior Dominika Szabo, with 18 kills and 10 digs. Rehme hit 22 kills, and Talaya Whitfield dug up 24 balls. After nine matches, the freshman is already on the TCU top-20 career digs list.
The Frogs play Appalachian State tomorrow at 1 p.m. and No. 19 Santa Clara at 7 p.m. CDT. The Santa Clara Broncos topped the Appalachian State Mountaineers in a three-game sweep earlier today.