TCU report: Volleyball finding consistency

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A week after TCU volleyball put together its most complete match of the Big 12 Conference schedule in a 3-1 victory over West Virginia, the team’s consistency went on a roller-coaster ride again.

TCU (12-6, 1-3 Big 12) dropped its match with Kansas State 3-2, taking a conference match to a fifth and final set for the first time this season.

It was an up-and-down journey, TCU coach Prentice Lewis said.

“We really pulled it out when we were playing West Virginia, but when we went to K-State, that was just a hard one, because we were in the position to win and we didn’t take it, and then when it came to the fifth set we really didn’t play,” she said.

Kansas State made runs of three and four points through the final set, which Lewis said is hard to recover from when the set ends at 15 points.

“That’s what hurts you,” Lewis said. “We didn’t have any service errors in that game. We’ve just got to be a little more mentally sound.”

Texas Tech comes to town Saturday. The Horned Frogs swept Tech last year in conference play.

Lewis said Tech resembles the team it faced last year in the form of heavy reliance on its outside play.

Lewis has found that rotating through options at outside hitter throughout the match has enabled her team to find a hot hand each game.

It also allows TCU’s standout attacker Yvonne Igodan to move to the middle.

“Athletically, she’s a kid we can’t really have off the court,” Lewis said of Igodan.

Soccer

TCU (4-6-3, 0-2-1 in Big 12) ended its Big 12 match with Oklahoma State on Sunday in a scoreless tie after two overtime periods, snapping a two-game Big 12 skid.

Oklahoma State outshot the Horned Frogs 21-20 in the extended match, but TCU goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold warded off all four shots that fell on frame. It was Arnold’s third shutout of the season.

TCU returns to action at 4 p.m. Friday at Kansas.

Equestrian

No. 8 TCU opened its season last weekend by defeating No. 7 Baylor 11-9. The Western team stole the show with a lopsided 8-2 victory. TCU’s next meet is Oct. 19 against Kansas State.

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