Heading into the fifth set in the match against Baylor on Saturday, the women’s volleyball team knew they had been in that position before.
That’s because the Horned Frogs had played a decisive fifth set three times since Oct. 5, each time resulting in a loss.
The Frogs (15-11, 3-8 Big 12) came up with the win this time, though, topping Baylor (11-16, 3-8 Big 12) at TCU’s University Recreation Center (21-25, 25-21, 25-18, 27-29, 15-5).
“I’m happy with the way we played,” head coach Prentice Lewis said. “We should have won the fourth set, but I’m happy that we were able to make a statement in the fifth set.”
The Frogs lost five-set matches in October to Kansas State, Texas Tech, and Oklahoma, but did top Ole Miss back in preseason in a lengthier match.
“We’ve played several five-set matches, some losses and some wins, but it’s good to get this win,” Lewis said.
TCU’s junior right-side hitter Stephanie Holland led the Frogs offensively with 19 kills with just two hitting errors, followed by senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan with 14 kills.
Freshman middle blocker Natalie Gower played a large role in the Frogs’ sweep of Baylor the first time the teams met on Oct. 16, setting season and career highs. In Wednesday’s match, Gower recorded nine kills, two solo blocks, and two assisted blocks.
“Natalie played great and Yvonne played well too when she was swinging,” Lewis said. “She was swinging better from the middle than from the outside, but she’s such a versatile player.”
The Frogs’ freshman libero Shane Peters added 22 digs in the match, while sophomore defensive specialist Sutton Sunstrum added 14 digs. Sophomore setter Alexia Heist chipped in 27 assists, followed by redshirt freshman setter Trisha Langley’s 23 assists.
For the Bears, senior outside hitter Zoe Adom led the team offensively with 26 kills, followed by 12 kills by sophomore right-side hitter Laura Jones. Freshman setter Moran Reed tallied 53 assists in the match and defensive specialists in sophomore Mackenzie Mayo and senior Kayci Evans both notched 14 digs in the match.
Lewis said the team’s two upcoming consecutive road matches will be tough, but also mentioned the team is in a good position heading into the rest of conference play.
The Frogs want to take one important aspect of the game on their road trip to Oklahoma on Wednesday.
“Winning,” Lewis said.
First serve is set for 7 p.m.