Vaughn Leads the Horned Frogs to Third Straight Conference Victory
Oct. 9, 2004
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Continuing its win streak to five by winning against Charlotte for only the second time in the series history - and the first-ever in the 49ers' own arena - TCU bettered its Conference USA start to 3-0 and overall record to 12-5. Sophomore middle blocker produced 22.0 points for the Horned Frogs, combining a team-leading 18 kills and .500 hitting average with two service aces and three blocks to have yet another prolific match in the Purple and White.
The Frogs, the 10th team in the nation for service aces, had one of their best offensive nights of the season with a .319 team attack percentage and 67 kills. They also out-served the number one team in the nation in aces 5-3. They came out of the gates red-hot, hitting a .485 in the first game and smoking the Charlotte 49ers 30-21 with senior Ellen Rehme nailing seven kills in the first outing alone. The 49ers ended the first game with an attack error.
TCU continued its dominating performance in the second game, hitting .448 to the 49ers' .108 average. Charlotte's leading attacker, sophomore Abbey Szlanfucht, stepped up her performance during the second round, hitting seven of her match-leading 21 kills. TCU freshman Loren Barry topped off the Frogs' monopoly on the match with the first service ace for TCU to end the second game.
Charlotte came back from the break between game two and three with a renewed energy and catching the Frogs off-guard, blocking several TCU attacks and landing their own with much greater accuracy. The home team raised their attack average to .381 in the third game. The Frogs came within two points at 22-20, but Charlotte never lost the lead that round, winning 30-24.
The Frogs rebounded in the fourth game to win 30-22. Vaughn scored eight of her kills in the final stanza and Barry completed her four-game match-leading 20 digs. Junior Erin Ludeke, the reigning Conference USA setter of the week, dished out 58 assists and gathered 12 digs. Rehme followed Vaughn with 17 kills and a .382 hitting average while senior Dominika Szabo (current C-USA player of the week) and sophomore Emily Allen both double-doubled, Szabo with 14 kills and 12 digs, Allen with 13 kills and 17 digs with a .300 average.
"Beating Charlotte at home definitely is yet another great accomplishment for TCU," Coach Lewis said. "This is our first road weekend in three weeks and it's great to see the team come out and play the way they did in the first two games, with the focus and intensity. I'm very happy we pulled off the win and very excited to be three-and-oh."
The 49ers sport a 14-6 overall record while they are 1-2 in C-USA; the Frogs build to 12-5 and 3-0 in C-USA. TCU travels to face the East Carolina Pirates in Greensville tomorrow night at 6 p.m. CDT. The Pirates lost to Houston tonight.
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