Despite a stellar performance from outside hitter Élan McCall, TCU volleyball could not match the firepower of Oklahoma Friday night. After sweeping the Sooners at home in September, the Horned Frogs dropped the match on the road 3-1 (25-23, 22-25, 25-17, 25-15) to fall to 14-10 on the season and 5-8 in Big 12 play.
Just like the first meeting between the two teams, the first set was tight from the start. After the Sooners jumped back to an early lead, McCall followed a kill with an impressive block to bring the Frogs within one.
After missing six matches with an injury, McCall played limited minutes Nov. 3 against Iowa State. Tonight, the freshman looked 100 percent, totaling an outstanding stat line of 18 kills, 17 digs, three blocks, and two service aces in the match.
Despite TCU’s fight, they were not able to finish the set, and Oklahoma won 25-23 to take a 1-0 lead in the match.
TCU would open the second set even stronger than the first. A kill by outside hitter Anna Walsh put TCU up 10-8, and TCU never trailed again, winning the set 25-22 to even the match at 1-1.
Walsh would finish the match with 18 kills and three blocks.
The Frogs’ momentum would not carry into the third set, as head coach Jill Kramer was forced to call her first timeout with her team down 6-2 and then her final timeout down 10-3.
TCU could not keep up with the Sooner hitters and Oklahoma would go on to an easy 25-17 third set win, regaining the match lead 2-1.
In the fourth set, Walsh put the Frogs up 3-2 momentarily with her 16th kill of the match, but it was all the Sooners from there. Oklahoma finished the set on a crushing 7-2 run to cruise to a 3-1 match victory.
The loss drops TCU’s away record to 1-7.
Setter Tori Dilfer continued to play well for the Frogs with 42 assists, 15 digs, and an ace, while libero Berklie Baker led TCU on defense with 21 digs.
The Horned Frogs will play their final road match of the season next week when they face West Virginia. First serve is set for 6 p.m. on Nov. 14 in Morgantown.