Oklahoma tops TCU in five sets

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    A sold-out crowd cheered for the TCU volleyball team for the second consecutive time at home on Wednesday, but the energy still couldn’t lift the Frogs to a win.

    The Horned Frogs (13-8, 2-5 Big 12) fell to the Oklahoma Sooners (17-4, 5-2 Big 12) in another five-set loss (16-25, 25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 9-15).

    The Sooners came out swinging with a strong offensive effort from senior middle blocker Sallie McLaurin. Oklahoma led TCU 15-12 at the media timeout, but a few Sooner errors brought the Frogs back to within a few points. An Oklahoma run ended out the set for the Sooners with a 25-16 victory over the Frogs.

    TCU came back fighting in the second set, as Oklahoma led TCU by only one at 15-14 at the first media timeout. Oklahoma was forced to call two consecutive timeouts when the Frogs took a 5-point lead late in the second, and TCU evened up the match at 1-1 with a 9-1 run to close the set at 25-17.

    The match remained competitive heading into the third set, with the Sooners leading the Frogs 15-14 at the media timeout. TCU ran away with the score, but Oklahoma continued to climb back into the match and reached a 10-10 tie.

    The score tied on nine occasions in the third set, but two unforced errors by TCU late in the game sealed the deal for the Sooners. 

    TCU was forced to call a timeout with Oklahoma taking a 19-18 lead, but the Sooners continued on a string of points to hit a 22-19 lead and ultimately won the third set 25-22.

    Sophomore setter Alexia Heist started the fourth set strong for the Frogs with two service aces, sparking a 6-1 lead over the Sooners. Once again, Oklahoma stormed back, but the Frogs found their balance with five total service aces in the set to send the Frogs to the third fifth set of the season.

    TCU lost momentum in the fifth, though, as the Oklahoma defense recorded three consecutive blocks to start the set, and the Sooners closed out the match easily.

    Freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith led the team with 17 kills, followed by Igodan with 12 and Gower with 11. Freshman libero Shane Peters recorded the most digs in a match of her career with 27.  Sophomore setter Alexia Heist chipped in 26 assists.

    For the Sooners, sophomore libero Taylor Migliazzo led the team defensively with 25 digs. McLaurin led offensively with 23 kills and just one error in the match, alongside 17 kills from sophomore outside hitter Kierra Holst. Sophomore setter Julia Doyle chipped in 50 assists.

    Up next, the Frogs travel to Iowa to take on Iowa State on Saturday. First serve is set for 5 p.m.