TCU Snaps Volleyball Win Streak
Oct. 10, 2003
FORT WORTH, TEXAS - The TCU Horned Frogs opened their Conference USA home schedule in impressive style, Friday, sweeping the University of Memphis Tigers, 3-0, in league play. The win snaps a Tiger 14-match win streak and drops them to 17-2 overall and 1-1 in Conference USA play. With the win, TCU improves to 15-6 and 1-2 in C-USA.
Memphis apparently forgot to pack its passing game in games one and two, as the Tiger serve-receive could not get the ball up to setter Heather Watts. The few balls Watts could get to resulted in sets from all over the court, which Memphis converted into 12 attack errors in game one alone. With the 12 attack errors, the Tigers had trouble remaining close in the first game, finding themselves down 11-4 early in the opening game. Memphis rallied back to get within 15-13 on a Melissa Nance and Heather Watts block, but TCU took advantage of the Tiger attack errors and four Tiger serving errors in game one alone to close out the game, 30-22.
Game two found the Tigers out of the gates quick after changing liberos and inserting freshman Emily Steckel. Memphis was up 5-2 when TCU used a 5-2 run to tie the game at seven apiece and then pulled ahead 8-7 as a TCU attack was called as a Tiger touch as it sailed out of bounds. Dejected at the call that went against them, the Tigers struggled passing the next two balls and playing defense behind their blockers, falling back 10-8 before getting back on track and cutting into the TCU lead. On the strength of two consecutive Hristina Slancheva service aces, Memphis pulled to 15-14, but could not get to the point of a tie. Memphis then pulled within two at 27-25 before an Emily Allen kill off a slide and a TCU service ace put the Horned Frogs at game point. Tiger Head Coach Carrie Yerty called timeout, hoping to stave off game point, but a long rally that resulted in a TCU kill after all the Tigers got pulled up to the 10-foot line to play a barrage of tips gave TCU game one, 30-26.
Game three did not start out much better for the Tigers. Memphis was down 2-0 early, but rallied and took a lead at 3-2 on a TCU attack error, but TCU used a 5-2 run and then exchanged points with Memphis to find themselves up 15-9. Memphis used a 5-0 run of its own to pull withing 15-14 on a Shella Neba and Brittany Barnett block, but a Barnett attack error on the ensuing play gave TCU a 16-14 lead. Neba downed a kill to make it 16-15 and Memphis tied it at 16-16 before a Nancy Nellans ball handling error was called as Nellans scrambled to set a dug ball and keep it in play. Down 17-16, Memphis would rally to tie the game five more times, including a knot at 29-29 off a Tiara Gilkey kill. A Nance service error made it 30-29 TCU and the Horned Frogs closed out the match, 31-29, after a rally that started with a spectacular TCU dig off a Nellans attack. It was Nellans who kept the Tigers in the third game, downing nine kills on 13 attacks in game three alone.
Barnett led the Tigers with 14 kills in the return to her hometown, while Nellans added 12, including eight in the third game. Gilkey, who hit .069 for the match, finished with 10 kills.
Memphis continues its Texas road swing at Houston, Saturday, at 7:30 p.m. Memphis returns home to host Christian Brothers, Tuesday, at 7 p.m.