Louisville Downs TCU in Three
Oct. 15, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - The volleyball Horned Frogs endured their first loss of October today, thanks to the No. 21 Louisville Cardinals. Despite a scrappy effort by the Frogs, especially in the second game, TCU fell in three games (24-30, 31-33, 18-30) and dropped to 13-6 overall and 4-1 in conference.
"It's disappointing that we couldn't pull one of those games out," Head Coach Prentice Lewis said. "Especially when Louisville wasn't playing its best game and we just have so many errors. However, I am very pleased with how our players took the game plan and ran with it. Anna Vaughn did extremely well again. She played fantastic tonight."
The Cardinals came into the match on an identical win streak as the Frogs (six), sported the same unbeaten conference record, and the same number of wins. In the first game, the stats were nearly interchangeable between the two teams. The rub for TCU, however, was the amount of errors committed, due largely to the double-digit attack errors. While Louisville landed 14 kills in 40 attempts with five errors, TCU landed 14 kills in 46 attempts with 10 errors.
The Horned Frogs cleaned up for the second act, again matching the Cardinals blow-for-blow and even scoring more points than the visitors. However, hitting percentage again stymied the Frogs and the Cardinals led 2-0. Louisville, seventh in the nation in blocks, went on to win the third game with four blocks over TCU.
Current Conference USA co-Player of the Week Anna Vaughn continued her solid attack percentage with a .385 (12 kills, 2 errors, 26 attempts), while senior Ellen Rehme led with 13 kills. Senior Dominika Szabo also nailed 12 kills, while freshman libero Talaya Whitfield led all players with 18 digs. For the Cardinals, Jennifer Hoffman rejected five attacks; she is ranked 19th in the nation in blocks. Lena Ustymneko led all players with 15 kills and Anastasia Yartseva, the conference leader in attack percentage, average .526 with 11 kills.
Louisville climbs to 14-3 overall and 5-0 in C-USA play as it travels to Houston for a Saturday night match-up. TCU hosts Cincinnati tomorrow night at 7 p.m. in the University Rec Center.