Volleyball loses close one to Texas Tech in 5 sets

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Despite 27 kills from outside hitter élan McCall, TCU volleyball fell short against Texas Tech on Saturday, losing in five sets.

McCall’s kill total was a program record for a Big 12 match.

“I thought our team played really hard,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “I thought we did some real great things offensively to make it a great match. We need to take care of the simple balls and that’s going to come.”

The offense was a big factor in the first set for TCU, with the team hitting a .314 hitting percentage. McCall had seven kills in the first set alone. Four of them came when the game was tied 19-19. This pushed the Frogs to a 25-22 first set victory.

élan McCall had a strong offensive day with 27 kills, 2 blocks and 1 ace. Photo Courtesy of Heesoo Yang.

Tech jumped out to an early 11-7 lead in the second set and never allowed TCU to come within a point. Adams had five of her 11 kills in the second set, but the Red Raiders tied the match at one set apiece. 

The third set went back-and-forth with six lead changes and 17 tie scores. Katie Clark, Afedo Manyang and McCall helped lead TCU to a 26-24 victory.

Tech tied the third set 23-23 but the trio delivered kills to put the set away and give TCU a 2-1 match lead. McCall finished with six kills in the set, along with five from Clark and three from Manyang. McCall also led the team with four digs.

TCU jumped to a 10-7 lead in the fourth set, but Tech came back to tie the score five times, eventually winning the set 25-23. McCall led the team again with six kills, while libero Dani Dennison delivered five digs.

Tech took a lead early in the fifth set and never looked back, winning the set 15-11 and the match 3-2. TCU battled to the end but couldn’t mount a strong enough comeback to win the match.

The Frogs will close out their regular-season home schedule on Wednesday, Nov. 27 against the Oklahoma Sooners. The team will honor its three seniors. The match is set to start at 7 p.m. inside The Rickel.