TCU report: Volleyball learns from fifth set loss

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More information TCU calendar Friday Soccer, vs. Oklahoma, 7 p.m., Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium Saturday Football, at Oklahoma State, 11 a.m.; equestrian, vs. Kansas State, 11 a.m., Turning Point Ranch, Springtown; swimming, noon, vs. North Carolina men and women, TCU Recreation Center Natatorium Sunday Men’s golf, at Isleworth Collegiate Invitational, Windemere, Fla.

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When a volleyball match reaches a fifth and final set, the game changes.

In an abbreviated set, finishing at 15 points, it’s as close to sudden death overtime as you can get in the sport.

“The psychology is you have to be ready to go from point one because it goes so fast,” TCU coach Prentice Lewis said.

On Saturday, trailing Texas Tech 2-0, TCU took the middle two sets to force the deciding set.

The Horned Frogs (13-7, 2-4 Big 12), however, just weren’t ready to play that kind of game.

“Our freshmen had the nerves and then we were tipping balls. In the fifth game you don’t tip,” Lewis said. “You tip after you’ve gotten kill after kill after kill, then you drop a tip in, but we were tipping right away.”

TCU dropped the match, the first loss to Tech since TCU has joined the Big 12, 3-2 with a 7-15 loss of the final set.

The major issue Lewis found in the match was her team’s inability to create its own energy and confidence on the court. Lewis said she spent the majority of the fifth set providing encouragement and energy from the bench, time that could be used for coaching and critique.

It was a message she said would be the emphasis of practice heading into the Frogs’ match against Baylor on Wednesday.

The message seemed to take hold.

TCU posted its first win in program history in Waco in a 3-0 win over Baylor.

The Frogs maintained the lead through both of the first two sets, and saw Baylor lead the match only one time in the third set.

Overall, it was much more of the consistent effort Lewis said she was looking for after Saturday’s loss.

“There’s just a lot of those things that aren’t really coming together all the time,” Lewis said. “They come together sometimes, but not all the time.”

Equestrian pinks out

The No. 6 TCU equestrian team (1-0, 1-0 Big 12) will host its first Pink Out match, supporting breast cancer awareness, at 11 a.m. Saturday when No. 4 Kansas State comes to Turning Point Ranch in Springtown.

All fans attending the match are encouraged to wear pink.

Soccer loses in OT

In its sixth overtime contest of the season, TCU dropped its Big 12 soccer match at West Virginia 3-2 Sunday.

It was the first overtime loss this year for the Frogs (5-7-3, 1-3-1 Big 12), who are 2-1-3 in OT games.

Friday begins the final stretch of three regular-season games this season, all in Fort Worth, as Oklahoma visits at 7 p.m.

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