Volleyball Wins Five-Game Thriller at UT-Pan Am
Sept. 27, 2002
EDINBURG, Texas - TCU Volleyball (7-8) ended its four-match losing streak as the team defeated the UT-Pan American Lady Broncs (4-12), 3-2, in a five-game thriller. With the win, the Frogs matched their 2001 win total. Senior Jenn Cuca played her 300th career game when she took the court in game one as the libero.
The Frogs took the lead in game one from the beginning, stretching it to as many as six. However, following three consecutive attack errors by TCU, UT-Pan Am rallied back to tie the match at 27 all. TCU scored on the next play, but it was not enough as the Lady Broncs scored the last three points to win, 30-28.
The beginning of game two did not look good for the Frogs as they fell behind 5-1 on five attack errors. TCU stormed back, though, to tie the game at 9-9, then take the lead at 12-11. However, the second stanza was punctuated with ties throughout as neither team could break out. The Frogs took over again at 25-24, and expanded it to 28-25 before UTPA fought back to even the game at 28-28. The Lady Broncs claimed the 30-28 victory, taking a 2-0 lead into the lockerroom at intermission.
Game three started tight, but after TCU tied it up at 6-6, it was all Frogs. Behind the serving of freshman Erin Estep, TCU scored six straight points to stretch their lead. The Frogs led by as many as 11, and won the third round, 30-19.
The Frogs took early control in the fourth chapter of the match. TCU powered out to a 13-point lead several times before UTPA rallied to pull within eight at 29-21. Freshman Erin Estep sealed the Frogs' 30-21 victory with her kill. The game four win put the Frogs into their first five-game match of the season.
Game five was all about the Frogs. Ripping out to a 7-0 lead, they allowed UTPA to score only seven points in the entire fifth round. A block assist by freshmen Jackie Choi and Estep gave the Frogs the 15-7 victory for the game and the 3-2 win for the match.
"Tonight was a collective effort," said head coach Prentice Lewis. "Not only from the bench, but also from the starters. We haven't been great about getting down and coming back. If anything was our nemesis that was it, and tonight we overcame that. The team used the staff's energy to play consistently, with talk and with fire."
Freshman Dominika Szabo led the Frogs with 22 kills, while senior Stephanie Watson tallied 49 attacks. Junior Tori Barlow had 43 assists for the evening. Freshman Julie Van't Wout tacked on 18 digs, and Hayley Harmon added 11 blocks for the night.
The Frogs is a trip to south Texas continues as they take on Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Sept. 28 in a 7:00 p.m. match-up in Corpus Christi. The next homestand for the squad will be Oct. 4 and 5 when they open Conference USA play versus Southern Miss and Tulane. Both of those matches will take place at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum beginning at 7:00 p.m.
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