Frogs fall in five to UT-Arlington
Aug. 29, 2006
Arlington, Texas - After taking a 2-0 lead in the match, the TCU Horned Frogs were unable to close it out as UT-Arlington rallied to win the match, 3-2 (30-22, 30-23, 24-30, 29-31, 11-15). Junior LeMeita Smith set a career-high with 20 kills in the match, while sophomore Nirelle Hampton picked up a career-high 60 assists. Junior Emily Allen recorded a double-double with 14 kills and 17 digs.
"UT-Arlington played a fantastic match," said Head Coach Prentice Lewis. "They touched everything and got the balls back to our side of the court. They played the way I want my team to play every night. I thought we played well in games one and two; we were in rhythm, but when things got tough, we got a case of the nerves and waited for them to beat themselves."
An outstanding hitting performance by the Frogs in game one propelled them to a 30-22 win. The Frogs committed just five errors in the game, while the Mavericks had 12. With the game knotted at six apiece, TCU rattled off six straight points, taking advantage of some Maverick errors and a couple of kills by Smith and Allen.
The Frogs continued to build their lead, moving onto a 23-15 advantage on a Smith blast from the left side. UT-Arlington tried to comeback, pulling to within six, but more mistakes by the Mavericks killed the rally. Smith put the Frogs in control at 28-20 with a precise kill to the back of the court, forcing a Maverick timeout. A service error by Emily Nedderman gave the Frogs the game-one victory.
Game two was a back-and-forth affair as TCU never got control until late in the game. The Mavericks jumped out to an early 4-2 lead, but back-to-back kills by Arlington-native, Lauren Otto got the Frogs back in the contest. UTA responded, taking a 7-4 lead, but again, the Frogs battled back with kills from Otto and Smith, knotting the game at seven. A Kourtney Edwards and Smith block set the Frogs on the right path as they were able to extend their lead. Edwards gave the Frogs their largest lead of the game at 21-15 with a solo block.
The Mavericks proved to be a pesky team, as the Frogs battled to put the game away. Vaughn brought the Frogs to game point with her fourth kill of the game and Nirelle Hampton gave the Frogs the win as she hammered the ball between the Maverick defenders, sending the Frogs to the break with the 2-0 lead.
UT-Arlington stormed out to a 7-1 advantage in game three on Frog miscues and timely dunks by Nedderman. TCU battled the entire match and had sparks of stealing the momentum, but each time, the Mavericks were able to snuff out the flame. Having trailed by as many as eight in the contest, TCU mounted a late rally to pull within four at 25-21, forcing a UTA timeout. The Mavericks used the break to settle down and came back out to finish game three, winning 30-24.
Another deficit faced the Frogs in game four as they trailed 7-2 early. A Loren Barry ace pulled TCU within one at 10-9 and the Frogs were able to tie behind Barry's second serve. The lead see-sawed between the teams as neither side could get a feeling of control in the match. The Mavericks showed their strength defensively as they dug almost every ball hit at them, scrambling to keep the ball in play. Smith took control of game four late as she poured in three thunderous kills to keep the Frogs in the match, but the Mavericks scrappy play was too much as they took game four, 31-29.
The see-saw battled continued into game five as the lead bounced back-and-forth. UTA took an 8-6 advantage on back-to-back blocks. The digging ability of the Mavericks saved numerous kills as UTA was able to keep the momentum on their side. Another block by UTA gave them a commanding 11-8 lead. The balls went the way of the Mavericks and the Frogs could do nothing about it as they fell by a 15-11 score.
The Frogs will stay on the road as they head to Elon, N.C. to take part in the Elon Volleyball Classic. They will open tournament play on Friday night against the host, Elon at 6 p.m. (CST). The tournament will continue on Saturday as the Frogs square off against Navy and former C-USA foe, UAB.