Lewis wins career No. 100, Frogs sweep Alcorn State
Sept. 15, 2007
FORT WORTH, Texas - Already the program's all-time winningest coach, Prentice Lewis notched her 100th career victory Saturday afternoon as the Horned Frogs swept Alcorn State (30-7, 30-8, 30-8). The Frogs tied a school record with 20 aces in the contest, led by five from LeMeita Smith. Kourtney Edwards was the offensive leader with 14 kills in the game.
The Frogs raced out to a big lead in game one, helped along by the strong serving of Katelyn Blackwood and outstanding net play by Kourtney Edwards. TCU took a 1-0 lead on an Edwards blast and rolled out to a 12-3 lead on a Devon Kirk kill.
Otto stepped behind the line and served the Frogs to a 16-4 advantage, aided by kills from Christy Hudson and Kirk. The lead continued to grow before Blackwood finished the set with a 9-0 run. Edwards sixth kill of the game secured the 30-7 win.
Game two was much of the same as the Horned Frogs were clicking on all cylinders. They piled up 20 kills in the set, spread out between nine different players. Again, Edwards gave the Frogs the 1-0 lead and the squad sailed from there. Loren Barry served the Frogs to a 4-1 lead helped along by one of her three aces in the game and an Edwards kill.
Blackwood, Edwards and Nirelle Hampton combined to push the Frogs lead out to 17-3. Hampton rolled off six points on her serve with two aces, two Otto kills and a blast down the middle from Barry. Otto kept the Frogs rolling with kills from Smith and Hudson. Irene Hester sealed the win with a loud kill on the outside as TCU claimed the 30-8 win.
Serving was the name of the game in the final set as TCU combined to serve up 10 aces. Smith and Edwards combined to stuff a Braves attack to get the ball rolling and the Frogs sailed from there.
Even though the Braves kept the game close at 8-4, the Frogs responded with a 3-0 run on a Hester kill and back-to-back aces from Barry. Katelyn Blackwood pushed the lead to 19-8 and Smith closed out the match with a 10-0 run on her serve. She put together a string of five straight aces and a Brave error ended the game, giving TCU the 30-8 game three victory.
A complete team effort helped the Frogs to their 12th win of the season. The Frogs racked up 49 kills on 81 attempts and made just six errors to post a .531 hitting percentage, second best in school history.
TCU improves to 12-2 on the season. The Frogs will go for their third tournament championship tonight at 7 p.m. when they square off with Gonzaga.
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