TCU report: Volleyball turning the corner in Big 12

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More information TCU calendar Friday: Soccer, 7 p.m., vs. Baylor; men’s basketball, 7 p.m., vs. Arkansas-Fort Smith; equestrian, noon, vs. Texas A&M; women’s swimming and diving, noon, vs. San Diego State. Saturday: Volleyball, noon, vs. Kansas; football, vs. West Virginia, 2:30 p.m.; rifle, vs. Kentucky; cross country, Big 12 championships, Waco.

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As TCU volleyball turns the corner in its second year of Big 12 play, the young Horned Frogs have finally turned the corner as well.

On Wednesday, TCU hung with No. 1 Texas, forcing a fourth set in the 3-1 loss.

“We played great,” TCU coach Prentice Lewis said. “It’s awesome to watch them.

“We’re so young, and we have so many young kids out there. And it is so great to watch our freshmen be out there and compete with the No. 1 team in the nation.”

But what Wednesday’s effort proved was that this TCU team (13-10, 2-7 Big 12), which has gone through its fair share of struggles during its first two seasons in the Big 12, is getting back on track.

That growth is not necessarily skill-based but more about maturation and experience for a team that starts mostly freshmen and sophomores.

That change manifests itself in attitude on the court and a commitment to play hard for each other, Lewis said.

“Between our freshmen and our sophomores, which is a majority of our starters, we’re playing some pretty darn good volleyball,” Lewis said. “It’s exciting to watch. It’s heartbreaking at moments, like not taking that fourth set to tie. But in general, I’m proud of this team’s fight.”

That fight resumes in Fort Worth on Saturday as the Horned Frogs host second-place Kansas at the University Recreation Center.

Rifle picks up commit

The TCU rifle squad planted local roots this week.

Weatherford senior Mindy Miles plans to sign her letter of intent to shoot for the Horned Frogs on Nov. 14.

Miles elected to stay close to home, turning down offers from Mississippi, Nebraska, West Virginia and Kentucky.

Soccer hosts key finale

On Friday, TCU soccer (6-8-3, 2-4-1 Big 12) wraps up its regular season with a home match against Baylor at 7 p.m.

As of Thursday, the Frogs sit in a three-way tie for fifth place with Baylor and Iowa State, all owning seven points.

A win over Baylor ensures the Frogs a higher seed than the Bears in the Big 12 tournament and could push them as high as fourth, depending on how Iowa State and Oklahoma State finish.

Eight out of the nine participating Big 12 teams earn bids to the conference tournament.

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