TCU Report: Volleyball draws positives out of loss to No. 5 Texas

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More information TCU calendar Friday Soccer: 7 p.m., at Texas. TV: Longhorn Net. Men’s golf: All day, William H. Tucker Intercollegiate, University of New Mexico course, Albuquerque Women’s tennis: All day, ITA All-American Championships, Pacific Palisades, Calif. Saturday Cross country: 10 a.m., Ken Garland Invitational, Denton Football: SMU at TCU, 11 a.m. TV: FS1 Volleyball: 1 p.m., at Kansas. Online: ESPN3 Men’s and women’s tennis: All day, ITA All-American Championships Men’s golf: Tucker Intercollegiate Sunday Men’s and women’s tennis: ITA Championships

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In front of a sellout crowd Wednesday, the TCU volleyball team was tied 18-18 against the defending national champions and No. 5 team in the nation, Texas.

Unfortunately for the Horned Frogs, it was just the first set, and TCU quickly lost its “mojo,” coach Prentice Lewis said, to drop its first Big 12 match of the season 3-0.

The meltdown came from unforced TCU errors, hitting shots out of bounds and into the net, but the Horned Frogs’ battling through that first set is a positive Lewis can take from the match.

“I felt like our team should know, we can play with a team like this,” Lewis said. “They had all their main starters in at the beginning through that whole first set. Our ladies have to understand that they can play with them, and they have to play like that the entire time.”

Lewis said the Frogs (11-4, 0-1 Big 12) didn’t play well in the second set, and were up and down through the third and final set.

The TCU faithful, however, came out in force Wednesday, Lewis said, providing a wonderful atmosphere for both teams, and for the first time, a larger TCU contingent in the stands.

“It’s the third time we’ve sold out versus Texas, so they know it’s going to be a sellout,” Lewis said. But more than the sellout, Lewis said, what matters to her players “is if they have a lot of people cheering for them and they had that all the way through the match.”

Lewis hopes her team can rebound against Kansas, in the Horned Frogs’ first Big 12 road test.

Improvements from Wednesday’s game come more from the injury list than film work or practice; Lewis hopes she can bring two starters back into action.

Both freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith and junior Stephanie Holland are nursing injuries that kept Smith out of the Texas game and Holland only playing on a limited basis to try to spark the offense, Lewis said.

Those additions will add a level of comfort to the team that was not there against Texas being in the lineup that the Horned Frogs established through the pre-conference schedule.

Soccer freshman honored

TCU freshman forward Michelle Prokof picked up both the Offensive Player of the Week and Newcomer of the Week soccer awards from the Big 12 after scoring a hat trick Sunday against Central Arkansas.

Prokof also put up TCU’s only goal against No. 14 Denver in a 1-1 tie.

Prokof’s three-goal effort was the first TCU hat trick since 2009, when Jordan Calhoun scored three goals against Stephen F. Austin.

Prokof is the third Big 12 athlete this season to earn the double honor.

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