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Volleyball, Tough Luck at Iowa St.

“Back to the lab for a bye week before another Big 12 series in the Fort.”

Photo courtesy of @TCUvolleyball on Twitter

The TCU Volleyball team started the 2021 season on an impressive win streak, but have seemed to fall short since their ‘Fight in the Fort’ tournament loss to Houston Baptist. This past weekend, the women traveled to Iowa as they took on Iowa St. in their first Big 12 matchup of the season.

The Horned Frogs came in with a 6-4 record and a 1 game losing streak thanks to SMU. The Cyclones took home court advantage with an 8-3 record and a 1 game losing streak as well in the ‘Coke Classic’ against Minnesota.

The Frogs had a rough Friday night as they were swept in 3 sets by Iowa St. While the sets were close scoring, the Cyclones played a better defensive game which ultimately made them the top competitor that night. One thing TCU Volleyball always does best is kills, and Friday was no exception. Julia Adams led the team with 13 kills followed by MyKayla Myers (10) and Afedo Manyang (8). The Iowa St. team leader kills led with 10, which adds to the fact that TCU Volleyball was beat by good defense, and not a lack of offense.

Saturday night was a much better fight than Friday, but the women still fell short. The match started out rough with TCU dropping the first set 25-10. However, the first set loss forced corrections that put the women on top for set 2 (25-22) and set 3 (27-25). Unfortunately, the girls lost their spark in the crucial remaining two sets with a respective 25-22 and 15-4 final score. Once again, TCU lead the match with kill leaders from Julia Adams (15), Afedo Manyang (14), and Taylor Raiola (14).

The 6-6 TCU Volleyball has a bye week before they take on Oklahoma in the Schollmaier on October 8th (2pm on ESPNU) and 9th (630pm on ESPN+). The current 6-7 Oklahoma Sooners will have a home match against Kansas St next weekend, before hitting the road for Fort Worth. TCU has a 7-15 program record against Oklahoma since 2004, and the Frogs are currently on a two-match win streak in their meetings.

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