TCU Drops Heartbreaker in Chicago
Oct. 22, 2004
CHICAGO, Ill. - TCU lost a tough contest to DePaul tonight in a five-game match, 30-21, 24-30, 30-13, 25-30, 13-15. Freshman Talaya Whitfield cracked the 30-plus dig mark for the second time in her young career with 33 digs, but it wasn't enough in the road setting of Chicago, dropping to 5-2 in Conference USA and 14-7 overall.
DePaul's blocking out-performed TCU's, but once the Frogs broke through the block, the passing game proved far inferior to their front row defense. Service error also took TCU out of the match, as the final point was decided off a TCU service error.
The first game started out close, but the Horned Frogs pulled out to lead by as many as nine once the round reached double-digits. The Blue Demons took two timeouts: one at 10-17 and another at 18-26. Their most successful run came after that first break, tacking on three points in a row. TCU won the first game with its biggest lead, 30-21 and freshman libero Talaya Whitfield tallied 12 digs.
DePaul did not take the first round loss lightly, as the team started the second game on two straight service aces from freshman Aly Zavitz and ran the score to 9-3. Although the Frogs made up the ground by 17-all and kept the score even until 23, the Blue Demons were too hot to avenge the first game. They took the win 30-24, off another service ace. Their tough blocking dominated the Frogs, rejecting eight attacks in the second game alone.
TCU toughened up in the third game and came out on a 9-5 lead. They sprinted to a 20-8 spread before DePaul took an ineffective timeout. At next look, the Frogs were up 26-9 and they threatened to limit the Blue Demons to a single-digit score. With an outstanding team hitting effort of .462 percent, the Frogs out-hit DePaul, who only managed a -.026 in the third round and won by a whopping 30-13.
The fourth game proved to be a shootout between the two teams, battling each point, but DePaul reached 20 first, 20-18. TCU held the Blue Demons until the score evened at 20 but could never come out the leader. DePaul took the fourth round 30-25 and forced the tiebreaking fifth game.
The Frogs won the race to eight, but it was close, with DePaul one point back. DePaul scored the 15th and final point to win the fifth game 15-13.
DePaul climbs to 2-5 in C-USA and 9-13 overall. The Horned Frogs travel to Milwaukee to take on Marquette in the second match of the Midwest Conference USA doubleheader. First serve to commence at 7 p.m. CDT.