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Frogs fall to #1 Bears in straight sets

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It was a valiant effort in front of a rowdy home crowd, but in the end, TCU couldn’t over the nation’s top team.

Sharon Ellman for www.gofrogs.com

The 6-8 TCU Volleyball team took on the 14-0 Baylor team today at home. The Frogs were coming off a close win over conference competitor, Texas Tech.

Since 1996 the Horned Frogs have gone 7-14 against the Bears. Their home record is 5-7, so it was evident this game was going to require focus and determination to end the cycle. Team leaders of the game included: Sophomore, Katie Clark, and Ashley Waggle, Redshirt Junior, tied with 12 kills. Afedo Manyang, a Freshman, had 3 blocks with Freshman, McKenzie Nichols, coming in a close second at 2. Nichols also lead, with 35 assists. Elan McCall, Sophomore, lead with 12 digs.

The first set was very back and forth, up until a service error that put the Bears up 11-8. Kills from Ashley Waggle and Katie Clark would get the Frogs back on the board. Baylor, however, had too much of a lead for the Frogs to battle back at took the first set with a kill. TCU lost 25-18. The second set was very similar, but the Frogs were never able to take the lead. A 4-point streak was started late in the set off a service error, followed by an attack error, a Katie Clark kill, and a block from Katie Clark and Sarah Swanson. Unfortunately, Baylor was too far in the lead to turn the momentum around. The Horned Frogs lost the set 25-20.

In the third set the Frogs would switch up the pace and Audrey Nalls would put up the first point with a kill set up by McKenzie Nichols. They took the lead 5-2 off a service error followed by an attack error, an Afedo Manyang kill, and a Berklie Baker kill. The Frogs kept that competitive energy going and maintained a steady lead. With Berklie Baker up to serve, the play would end with a kill from Ashley Waggle, set up by McKenzie Nichols. With the score at 20-17, the Bears responded with three points of their own, tying the set at 20. Baylor took the lead for only the second time in the game, 25-24. The set was tied, once again, at 30, until Audrey Nalls threw down another kill. TCU would end up losing their momentum, and they lost the set 34-32.

TCU will play again on Wednesday, October 16, in a Big 12 conference game at Iowa State.