Volleyball falls in five games, drops third in a row

Editor’s Note: The Daily Skiff was not allowed to interview the coach or players after the game.The volleyball team did not let its undefeated record at home go down easily Wednesday, but a Big 12 opponent proved to be too much for the Horned Frogs.

The team lost a five-game match to the Oklahoma Sooners (31-29, 25-30, 30-18, 27-30, 15-17) – a match that went down to the final point.

With both teams coming off back-to-back loses, the Frogs drop to 15-5, while the Sooners improve to 13-4.

In front of a roaring crowd of both TCU and Oklahoma fans, the first game saw the Sooners take early leads of 7-5 and 8-6 before the Horned Frogs tied the game at 10. Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Otto served an ace, but the Sooners rattled off consecutive points to get the advantage at 17-13 and force a Horned Frog timeout. After the timeout, TCU regrouped killed its way to a 22-17 lead, its largest of the game. Sophomore middle blocker Kourtney Edwards chipped in five of the team’s 14 kills, and junior setter Nirelle Hampton and junior outside hitter/middle blocker Devon Kirk each registered attack percentages of .500. Senior outside hitter/middle blocker LeMeita Smith brought the score to 29-29. The Frogs squeaked by with a 31-29 victory that included a dozen ties.

As the Horned Frogs struggled to get going for game two, the Sooners arrived at a 10-5 lead by serving 68 percent for the game. The Frogs were out killed 23-8 in the second game and committed 22 attack errors compared to only five in the first game. Despite OU’s statistical advantage, senior setter Loren Barry kept it close, serving two consecutive aces to bring the score to 25-29 before the Sooners could seal the game.

Coming out of the locker room, the team rebounded after getting down 7-10. The team rallied to a 12-12 tie and never surrendered the game lead after that. The freshmen duo of middle blocker Christy Hudson and outside hitter Irene Hester shared 11 of the team’s 19 kills. The team tallied only three errors. Sophomore libero Katelyn Blackwood contributed two service aces and two digs on the way to victory.

The Frogs came from behind to tie the score at 11 in the fourth game as OU senior outside hitter Mariana Blum got key hits, but again, Hester led the Horned Frogs with four kills. The team lost the game with 11 lead changes on a serve into the net by Hester.

The fifth and deciding game went back and forth, but was tied at five on an ace by Kirk. The game once again tied at 10, when an angled kill by Smith put the Frogs ahead. The Sooners battled back to tie at 14-14 and 15-15. The Frogs had two match points, but couldn’t get it done in the end.

Senior libero Calli Corley, who is chasing the all-time record for digs, notched 15 more – putting her 30 digs away from the all-time record.