TCU Upsets Tulane in Conference USA Opener
Oct. 1, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas -
In one of the most exciting matches of the 2004 season, TCU Horned Frog volleyball pulled off the upset over the Tulane Green Wave in both teams' Conference USA opener at the University Rec Center. In four games (27-30, 30-20, 33-31, 30-18), senior Dominika Szabo led all players with 21 kills and 21 points, while freshman Loren Barry filled in at libero, leading all players with 21 digs. TCU has not won against Tulane since October of 2000, making it the first win against the Green Wave for third-year head coach Prentice Lewis.
"Overall, this was an awesome win," Coach Lewis said. "This is an milestone and accomplishment I really wanted to achieve, and it was even better that we did it in four games. We had to battle all the way through the match: we had to land our swings for a kill every single time."
The Frogs bounced back from the first-game loss to outplay the Green Wave in the second round, hitting .400 to .075. Tulane shut down in the last 10 points of the game, burying themselves deeper and deeper into the 30-20 loss: the final six straight points went to the Purple and White, four of which were Tulane errors.
After missing last weekend's TCU Molten Invitational due to a leg injury, Szabo hit an impressive .419 with 21 kills, three errors, and 43 attacks.
"Domi Szabo was the player of the game," Coach Lewis stated.
Sophomore Emily Allen had another six service aces tonight, helping the Frogs to a total of 14 aces to the Green Wave's four.
The Green Wave suffered only their third loss of the season, having committed a total of 50 untimely errors: 25 attack, seven service, 14 service reception, three blocking, and three ball-handling. Anastasia Kenon had 17 kills, while All-Conference USA player Deva Fowler played solid for the Green Wave, with 16 kills, four errors, and 40 attacks, accompanied by a match-high five blocks, two solo.
"Deva Fowler played a great game," Coach Lewis praised. "She is an excellent player and put up excellent stats."
The Frogs are now 10-5 on the season and a perfect 1-0 in Conference USA, while Tulane slips to 7-3 and 0-1. Tulane faces Houston tomorrow, while TCU takes on Southern Miss at 7 p.m. CDT in the University Rec Center. Southern Miss lost to Houston tonight in four games (30-26, 25-30, 21-30, 27-30) to slip to 3-8 on the season and 0-1 in C-USA.
All matches can be followed via Gametracker on the gofrogs.com website.