TCU Claims First-Ever Victory Over Cincinnati in Four-Game Match
Oct. 16, 2004
FORT WORTH, Texas - TCU bounced back from a tough loss last night to mark its first win ever over Cincinnati in a four-game match (30-21, 31-29, 24-30, 30-23) Saturday night in the University Rec Center. Both seniors, Dominika Szabo and Ellen Rehme, notched 20-plus kills in the effort, with Szabo marking a new career high with a match-leading 29 kills.
Every Frog had a great night, with the signature passing defense providing many impressive saves in the back court - freshman Talaya Whitfield led again with 26 digs - and both sophomores Anna Vaughn and Emily Allen each blocked four attacks apiece. The Horned Frogs' offensive power also shined with Frogs out-killing the Bearcats 78 to 58 and averaging a .367 hitting percentage to out-do Cincinnati in the upset. Coming into the match, the Bearcats had limited their opponents to a sub .100 attack average in the past three matches.
In game one, the Frogs came out fully prepared for UC, playing solid volleyball all around and serving tough. Whitfield service ace spurred a Bearcats timeout at 16-13, but it did not stop the 6-0 scoring run that ensued. The Frogs' one downfall of the night, however, reared its ugly head with two service errors in a row for TCU at 25-16. This catch would haunt TCU down the line, but in the first game, the team made it past to win game point off of Allen's slide attack up the line.
UC again took a timeout in the second game at 16-13 and this time it stuck, as the Frogs took a timeout of their own at 17-17. Two service errors straight again fell against TCU, this time at 23-22. Vaughn revived the serving to land two aces at TCU's 28th and 29th points but UC tied the score at 29-all. TCU won the second game nonetheless with an attack error from all-American Julie DuPont.
The Frogs faltered in the third game, losing 24-30 with six service errors that proved to be the difference. They then began the fourth game with the same tone, scratching the first serve of the round. The Bearcats ran the score to 1-6 with only two of the points earned by either team. TCU turned the game around, however, and sprinted to its own 6-1 run at 11-11. The match point came off of Szabo's career record 29th kill.
"This was just awesome," Head Coach Prentice Lewis said with a large smile. "We played so well in games one and two: they were a little bit down and we jumped on them immediately. Our hitting was outstanding."
TCU climbs to 14-6 overall and 5-1 in Conference USA action. The five league wins ties the total league wins from 2003 for the Frogs. Cincinnati slips to 14-7 overall and 5-1 in C-USA. Next week the Frogs travel to Chicago and Milwaukee to take on DePaul and Marquette in more Conference USA action.