Volleyball outmatched by No.1 Baylor in season finale

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Despite the Frogs finishing with a losing record, head coach Jill Kramer (right) was encouraged by the growth her team showed. Photo courtesy of GoFrogs.com

TCU volleyball closed out their regular season with a loss to No. 1 Baylor in Waco on Saturday.

The Frogs were swept, but the win for the Bears secured them a share of the Big 12 Championship with Texas.

“I’m proud of our team for the progress we’ve made this season,” said head coach Jill Kramer. “We have not seen the results we’ve wanted to on the scoreboard, but any coach with a team full of youth understands that growth is a process and takes time, commitment and grit. Our team has come to the gym with energy and enthusiasm day-in and day-out and grown in their knowledge and play daily. We’ll keep climbing.”   

Baylor gained an early 7-2 lead in the first set, but the Frogs responded with a 4-0 run thanks to a kill from middle blocker Afedo Manyang and two blocks from outside hitter Ashley Waggle to eventually cut the lead to 10-8.

TCU got within a point of the Bears, but a late run by Baylor put the Frogs away 25-19.

The teams exchanged points early in the second set, with Baylor taking an 11-9 lead. TCU’s offense fought back, but it wasn’t enough, as Baylor won the second set 25-18.

Baylor got off to another hot start in the third set and never looked back, winning the set 25-14 and swept the match. 

Outside hitter élan McCall led the team in kills and digs, producing her ninth double-digit dig match of the season. 

Middle blocker Katie Clark led the team with three blocks, extending her streak of at least three blocks in the last 10 games.

The loss closed out the 2019 regular season for the Frogs. TCU finished the season at 9-17 overall and 4-12 in Big 12 play.

On Sunday, TCU accepted a bid to the National Invitational Volleyball Championship (NIVC). Their first matchup will be against Miami of Ohio on Thursday in Bowling Green, Ohio.