Volleyball has largest crowd of the season for its loss against Oklahoma

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Over 2,000 people squashed into the Rickel on Wednesday night as TCU volleyball fell to the Oklahoma Sooners in straight sets (25-18, 25-16, 25-21).

“We had a great crowd tonight, ” TCU head coach Jill Kramer said. “From what I have been told, it was the third largest crowd in program history and I think there was a lot of energy we could have fed off of tonight.”

Fans filled the available seating fast and many were left cheering in standing room, but the Frogs gave away long strings of points and the first two sets to the Sooners.

“Our offensive numbers were actually pretty decent, but I thought we didn’t do a very good job of stopping their hitters,” Kramer said.

Freshman outside hitter Allye Beth Deaton led TCU’s offense with 15 kills and a .400 hitting percentage. But as Deaton got her 15th kill in the beginning of the third set, she went down with a potential knee injury.

The Horned Frogs continued to lead most of the third set after Deaton’s exit from the court, but fell short to the Sooners 21-25.

“Oklahoma had a really good night offensively and we just needed to take care of the ball more in serving and passing,” Kramer said. “That is the name of the game usually and we needed to be better at the service line and we needed to be better at first ball contacts.”

The Frogs had only one service ace and five service errors during the match. The team’s serve receive was also off; many passes were behind the 10-foot line, which made it hard for the setters to feed the ball to anyone besides their outside hitters.

“We will get in the gym and we will keep improving,” Kramer said. “That was really it tonight – first ball contacts and defense.”

The Frogs will finish their first half of conference play in Ames, Iowa against Iowa State on Saturday, Oct. 21 at 1 p.m.