Volleyball Captures Five-Game Thriller from DePaul
Nov. 2, 2002
CHICAGO, Ill. - The TCU Volleyball (11-14, 3-6 C-USA) team battled back from a 2-1 deficit to win a hard-fought 3-2 victory over the DePaul Blue Demons (5-22, 1-9 C-USA). The Frogs won game one, then dropped the next two before capturing the final two rounds to take the win going away. TCU keeps its perfect record going when playing in five-game matches in 2002; the Frogs are now 3-0 in extended play.
The teams traded points back and forth during game one. DePaul pulled ahead by three before the Frogs rallied to tie the game at 20-20 on a kill by sophomore Dominika Szabo. TCU was able to stretch their lead to four with a service ace by freshman Julie Van't Wout, but the Blue Demons made a run of their own to cut the lead to two at 27-25. Szabo tallied another kill, followed by a solo block by freshman Hayley Harmon and a DePaul attack error to seal the Frogs' 30-25 game one win.
Both squads were even through the early going of the second game. After the Blue Demons broke the tie at 5-5, they ran away from TCU. The Frogs were able to cut into DePaul's seven-point lead midway through, but DePaul pushed their lead even further after that, earning the 30-19 victory in game two and evening the match at one game apiece.
DePaul dashed into the lead in game three, pulling ahead by as many as six several times. The Frogs were able to cut it to two at 26-28, however a service error gave a point and service back to the Blue Demons. DePaul capitalized on the errors to take game three, 30-26.
The Frogs rallied in the fourth game to break a 12-12 tie on a kill from Szabo. The teams stayed fairly even until TCU scored on three straight possessions to take a 22-16 lead. Six was as close as DePaul would get, and TCU evened the match with its 30-20 game four victory.
DePaul scored the first point of the fifth game and held the lead until the Frogs broke it open on a kill from freshman Carissa Mills. The Blue Demons were able to get to within one, but the Frogs earned the hard-fought 15-12 win to capture the match.
"This was very good for a young team to win a match when we're not clicking at any point," said head coach Prentice Lewis. "This team decided tonight we're not losing, that was obvious in games four and five. We continue to be plagued with errors, but we were strong enough to put balls away. I'm proud of this team."
Szabo led the Frogs with 23 kills, while senior Stephanie Watson had 54 attacks and three aces. Junior Tori Barlow added 56 assists. Senior Jenn Cuca tallied 24 digs, and freshman Erin Estep earned seven blocks for the night.