Volleyball drops both conference games over weekend

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TCU volleyball did not look like the same team that beat Texas Tech last Saturday, as they struggled offensively and lost to No. 24 Baylor 3-1 (25-18, 19-25, 15-25, 17-25).

The Frogs were able to catch Baylor sleeping in the first set. Outside hitter Anna Walsh hit .667 percent with six of TCU’s 11 kills to propel them to a 25-18 set win.

Walsh would finish with 17 kills, her highest total since September 6 against SMU (19).

TCU would struggle from there, as Baylor used powerful runs to win the next three sets with ease.

Alongside Walsh, freshman middle blocker Katie Clark continues to be another offensive weapon for the Frogs.  She had 10 kills in the match for her third straight match with double-digit kills.

On defense, TCU had four players with double-digit digs: defensive specialist Berklie Baker (16), outside hitter Lexi MacLean (15), outside Allye Beth Deaton (11), and defensive specialist Dani Denison (10).

This match was Deaton’s first action since her season-ending knee injury in October 2017.

Freshman outside hitter élan McCall did not play in the match, as she is dealing with injury.

For their next match, the Frogs will head to Ames, Iowa, to play the Iowa State Cyclones.  First serve is set for Oct. 13 at noon.

Saturday

For the second time this week, TCU volleyball is headed back to Ft. Worth with a tough loss.  The Frogs fought hard but was overcome by Iowa State 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-16), dropping their overall record to 11-7.

After TCU traded points with Iowa State early in the first set, the Cyclones took the lead and never looked back. They ended the set on a 10-1 run, dominating the Frog’s defense.

Freshman middle blocker Katie Clark had been a bright spot for TCU in the opening set with four of her six total kills coming in the first set alone.

The Frogs played much better in the second set, even going on a 5-0 run to lead 9-7 at one point.  The Iowa State defense proved too staunch, though, and TCU did not keep their lead for long.

Losing a hard-fought second set drained all momentum from the Frogs, and they were simply outplayed in the third set.

This is only the second time TCU has been swept this season.

Outside hitter Anna Walsh led the way for the Frogs with 11 kills, two service aces, and a .556 hitting clip in the match.

Setter Tori Dilfer had 26 assists and 15 digs for the fourth double-double of her career.

Defensive specialist Berklie Baker and outside hitter Lexi MacLean combined for 28 digs to lead the Frogs on defense.

For their next match, TCU will return home to play West Virginia. First serve is set for Oct. 18 at 7 p.m. in the Rickel.