Lady Frogs fall to SMU

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    The TCU volleyball team lost to crosstown rival SMU 3-1 Tuesday night in front of more than 1,000 fans at the University Rec Center and a national TV audience.

    The loss dropped the Frogs to 9-5 for the season and snapped their six-game winning streak.

    TCU had control of the match early in the first set, jumping out to a 3-0 lead. The Frogs did not trail during the set and, at one time, they led 17-7 before clinching the set 25-18 off a kill by Jordan Raines.

    The second set was a different story 8212; it was closer than the first one with several ties early in the match, until SMU took the lead for the first time. The Frogs scored two quick points to regain the lead again, but lost it shortly after and couldn’t get it back.

    Later in the set, TCU Head Coach Prentice Lewis called a time-out with SMU ahead 23-19. The Frogs responded by scoring three straight points, capitalized by a kill from Irene Hester to tie it 23-23, but that was as close as TCU came to winning a set the rest of the night. SMU scored two straight points, won the set and tied the match at 1-1.

    The Mustangs controlled the third set with ease and maintained a 4- or 5-point advantage throughout, before clinching the set 25-17 and gaining a 2-1 match lead.

    In the fourth set, SMU carried its momentum over and got out to a 12-6 lead. Lewis called a time-out with TCU down 17-13 and the Frogs responded by tying the set at 22-22, before SMU scored three straight points to clinch the match.

    Hester led TCU with 21.5 points, while fellow Senior Christy Hudson had the Frog’s highest attack percentage at .333.

    The Frogs will be back in action Saturday afternoon when they travel to San Diego to begin Mountain West Conference play against San Diego State. The Aztecs are 5-7 and have lost six straight games.