With their first loss of the season Tuesday night, the Lady Frogs have some holes to fill. In what was looking like another win, the Frogs simply ran out of juice, said a team member.
“We simply could not play a full game,” said Emily Allen, a junior right side hitter.
Allen also said she knows what they need to work on so these mistakes do not plague them in their upcoming tournament in North Carolina.
“We need to play [points] one through 30,” Allen said.
In addition to playing a full game, head coach Prentice Lewis said numerous errors crippled the Frogs in their most important moments.
“We made 10 errors in the deciding game five,” Lewis said. “Ten of their 15 points were because of miscues by us.”
Junior outside hitter and middle blocker LeMeita Smith said she shared some of the same thoughts as her teammate Allen.
“As a team, we could not close it out,” Smith said. “We waited for them to lose; we cannot do that.”
But even with the disappointment of the game, Smith said, she found some positives.
“We did a good job at staying up and keeping focused, but it wasn’t enough,” Smith said.
Lewis also said the Frogs had some advantages.
“Our girls had great rhythm during the first two games; it was easy,” Lewis said. “However, when it got tough, the girls started looking at the scoreboard and just got scared.”
Aside from the positive mentality of the Frogs, three TCU players broke or tied their career highs, said Brandie Davidson, athletic media relations assistant.
Allen tied a career-high with 17 defensive digs, sophomore setter Nirelle Hampton had a career-high with 60 assists and Smith broke her career-high with 20 kills, Davidson said.
The next question will be how the Frogs can recover from such a disappointing loss.
“You cannot really have a game plan. Each game is different, and you have to take it one game at a time,” Lewis said.
Looking forward to the Frogs upcoming tournament Friday in Elon, N.C., they will start off against Elon University and round out the tournament against opponents Navy and University of Alabama Saturday, according to gofrogs.com.
Returning to campus, the Frogs will have a short stay before leaving to face the University of North Texas Eagles in Denton, and they will put their home undefeated winning streak on the line Sept. 8 against the Davidson College Wildcats, according to gofrogs.com.