TCU report: Volleyball team takes step forward in loss to Oklahoma

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The TCU volleyball team lost another home match in five sets Wednesday, this time to third-place Oklahoma, but coach Prentice Lewis said she is proud of the team’s effort.

Lewis said her team eliminated a lot of the inexperienced errors that plagued the Horned Frogs in their Oct. 12 loss to Texas Tech, but the stress of another deciding set against a strong team got to her young squad.

“Oklahoma, as far as numbers goes, is better than us,” Lewis said. “I can see the stress there, but not in the Tech game. The Tech game, I’m still angry about that game because that’s one we shouldn’t have let go.”

TCU (13-8, 2-5 Big 12) has been forced to start three freshmen. Because of a recruiting class that Lewis has called the best in program history, however, the Frogs have already shown drastic improvements from last season.

“It’s way better than we played last year and it’s frustrating, then, when we work so hard and don’t finish,” she said. “The fact that they put themselves in that position to get there is just going to be a learning process.”

TCU visits Iowa State on Saturday in the final game of the first half of conference play. ISU is coming off a big win at second-place Kansas and will have a rowdy crowd, Lewis said.

She hopes a week of practicing will put her team in a position to not only get back to a fifth set, but also finally take one in conference play.

“I completely think we have the ability to take this team to a five-set match,” Lewis said. “Obviously I’d like to win it in four and just avoid the fifth.”

Soccer’s home stretch

TCU will play its second-to-last game of the regular season Friday, hosting fourth place Iowa State at Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium.

TCU’s final two matches hold significant conference tournament ramifications for the Frogs (5-8-3, 1-4-1 Big 12). A win Friday, which earns three points, could potentially push TCU from eighth place to a tie for fourth in the conference.

A tie, which earns one point, could push the Frogs into sixth place, ahead of Kansas and Baylor, which sit in a three-way tie with four points.

However, this is all dependent on the performances of Kansas, Baylor and Oklahoma State, which are tied or ahead of TCU in the standings.

TCU’s regular season ends Nov. 1 against Baylor.

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