TCU Overcomes Southern Miss for Weekend Sweep
Oct. 2, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - In the best conference opener since 2000, TCU finished the weekend sweep with a four-game win over visiting Southern Miss in the University Rec Center tonight. In front of the largest crowd all year, the Horned Frogs stood victorious over the Golden Eagles for the first time in three years, winning 30-16, 28-30, 30-22, 30-14.
"This has been a great weekend," Head Coach Prentice Lewis commented. "As a head coach, I have been very motivated to win against Southern Miss."
Senior Dominika Szabo offensively led all players for the second night in a row, despite sitting out the second game. She hit 17 kills with only one error in 31 chances for a blistering .516 hitting percentage. She added two blocks to come up for 18.5 points. Sophomore Emily Allen had another great outing for the Frogs, tacking on another double-double to her growing list this season, landing 15 kills with three errors in 25 chances for a .480 attack percentage, picking up 11 digs, and helping out on two blocks for 17.0 points. Junior Erin Estep had her second standout offensive performance in a row, hitting above .400 yet again. And freshman setter turned libero Loren Barry led the Frogs once again with 15 digs.
The Frogs had fallen to Southern Miss the past three tries, having obtained their last win over the Golden Eagles in September of 2001. The 2-0 conference start is the best since 2000, when the Frogs were in the WAC and tacked on wins over SMU and Tulsa.
Game one, the teams traded service errors, combining for nine between them, but the Horned Frogs out-hit the Golden Eagles .448 to .103 and easily taking the game 30-16. Southern Miss heated up in the second game, out-blocking the Frogs six to none and TCU burying themselves with 13 attack errors. The Golden Eagles won 30-28 with the help of middle blocker Jazzmien Stephens, who scored five of her 11 kills in the second game. Nicole Rock figured largely with her five block assists.
In game three, however, Szabo shined with eight kills and a solo block to power the Frogs past the Golden Eagles 30-22. In the fourth and final round, TCU really shut down Southern Miss, keeping the team to a sub-zero hitting percentage (-.156) and slamming out a .423 attack average for the home team.
TCU prepares to take its four-match win streak on the road next weekend to the unfriendly grounds of Charlotte and East Carolina. The Frogs will pack a 11-5 overall and 2-0 conference record and Southern Miss goes home with a 3-9, 0-2 conference mark.