Horned Frogs explode offensively, defeat Wildcats

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TCU volleyball won their first road game of the season Saturday, as they defeated Kansas State 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-12, 25-22) at Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kansas. The Frogs had previously been 0-5 in away from Fort Worth.

TCU played well from the start, setting the tone for the match by winning a hard fought first set. Middle blocker Anna Walsh had six kills in the set to go with a .500 hitting clip. Walsh would finish with 16 kills and 5 blocks on the night.Anna Walsh (6) and Tori Dilfer (4) continue to be leaders for the Frogs offensively. Photo by Jack Wallace

Although the Frogs struggled in the second set, hitting only .044 percent, they were able to rebound with a resounding 25-12 victory in the third set to make it 2-1. TCU hit .464 percent as a team in the third set.

Alongside Walsh, outside hitter Élan McCall dominated an opposing defense once again, as she posted a game-high 21 kills. This match marks her fifth time this season to record 20-plus kills and her 14th straight game to record double-digit kills, one game shy of a school record.

Outside hitter Élan McCall is one game shy of the TCU record for straight games with double-digit kills. Photo by Jack Wallace

Middle blockers Katie Clark and Sarah Swanson also added a combined 17 kills as part of TCU’s 58 kills on the match.

Setter Tori Dilfer continued to play a vital role for the Frogs with 50 assists against Kansas State. Saturday’s match marks the fourth time Dilfer has had 50 plus assists in her career.

Despite this offensive firepower, the Wildcats did not go down easily, as they fought through several match points before the Frogs finally won the fourth set, 25-22.

Outside hitter Lexi MacLean and defensive specialist Berklie Baker led the game defensively for TCU, as MacLean finished with 17 digs and Baker with 10 of her own.

This was TCU’s fourth straight win against Kansas State, and head coach Jill Kramer is now 5-2 against the Wildcats.

After playing two straight matches on the road, the Frogs will return home for to play Texas and Texas Tech. First serve against the Longhorns is set for 8 p.m. Oct. 3 inside the Rickell.