Frogs fall in three at New Mexico
Sept. 28, 2007
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - The TCU Horned Frogs dropped a hard-fought match to New Mexico, 3-0 (25-30, 27-30, 30-32) Friday night, falling to 2-2 in league play. Irene Hester tallied 13 kills to establish a new career high.
The Frogs and the Lobos battled through a tight game in the first set. New Mexico gained the early advantage with a 5-1 run to open up an 11-6 lead. TCU pulled within three at 14-11 on an Irene Hester blast down the middle, but a Frog error killed the Frog momentum.
At one point, eight of the Lobos points had come off of Horned Frog errors as they took a 16-13 lead. Back-to-back blocks by the Lobos gave them a 20-15 lead, forcing a TCU timeout.
TCU crept back within four, 24-20 on another kill from Hester, but the Lobos weathered the storm and came away with the 30-25 game one victory.
The Frogs let game two slip away as they squandered a big early lead. With the Lobos leading 4-3, the Frogs went on a 7-0 run behind the serving of Nirelle Hampton. The run was highlighted by kills from Devon Kirk and Irene Hester along with a solo block from LeMeita Smith and an ace from Hampton. TCU pushed the lead to five, 15-10 on back-to-back kills from Hampton and Smith.
Out of the TV timeout, the momentum shifted to the Lobos as they went on a 7-1 run to take an 18-16 lead. The Frogs couldn't recover and New Mexico took the 30-27 game two win.
In game three, the Frogs again stormed out to an early lead only to see the Lobos claw back into the match, eventually tying it at 15. From there the Lobos continued to build their lead, pushing it to 20-16.
TCU tried to claw back into the match on kills from Edwards and Hampton, but the Lobos were able to hold the Frogs at bay and keep at least a two-point lead.
The Frogs eventually evened the set at 25 on a Hester kill and Edwards gave the Frogs the 26-25 lead with a loud kill to the back of the court. The lead grew to two on an ace from Lauren Otto.
With the match tied at 28, the battle was on. TCU staved off match point, winning a long rally on an Edwards blast. After a service error, the Frogs again held off the Lobos with a Smith kill. New Mexico gained the upper hand again on a kill from Kerri Beck and sealed the victory on a Frog miscue, winning 32-30.
The Frogs fall to 15-4 on the season and 2-2 in conference play. They will take a break from league play with a midweek match-up against Oklahoma on Wednesday in Fort Worth. Match time is set for 7 p.m. at the University Rec Center.