TCU Report: Soccer season ends after Big 12 opening-round elimination

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The TCU women’s soccer team entered its second Big 12 tournament in much the same position as last season.

But another run to the tournament finals wasn’t in the cards.

The Horned Frogs’ season ended Wednesday with a 1-0 loss to Texas Tech in the opening round the Big 12 tournament in Kansas City, Mo.

As TCU (6-10-3, 2-5-1 Big 12) moves into the off-season, coach Eric Bell hopes to see his team build better stamina and mental toughness

“I think you put them in situations that will be challenging from a fitness level and mentally challenging in some different ways so they have to fight through it being hard,” he said. “Over the course of time, hopefully, it becomes habitual that our mentality is outstanding.”

Bell’s focus has already shifted toward next season.

“I’m looking forward to the next season as we continue to bring in more kids,” he said. “I think the environment will be competitive and I think we will be more talented than we were this year, and we’re looking to have a better season than we did this year.”

Volleyball tunes up

The TCU volleyball team tuned up for the home stretch of its Big 12 conference slate with a 3-0 win Wednesday over Prairie View A&M, snapping a four-game losing streak.

Horned Frogs coach Prentice Lewis said the match allowed her team to try out several lineup variations.

TCU (14-11, 2-8 Big 12) begins the final six games of its season with a 1 p.m. match Saturday against Baylor, which the Horned Frogs defeated in three sets Oct 16.

Lewis said service receiving is a key to the remainder of the season. It has been a focus in recent practices, so the team can eliminate the opposition’s best servers and ward off any long strings of opposition points.

TCU riders honored

TCU equestrian senior Caitlin Ader and sophomore Chantz Stewart were named the Big 12 Riders of the Month this week.

Ader was given the honor for her performance in equitation on the flat and Stewart for her performance in reining.

It is the first conference honor for Stewart.

The No. 5-ranked Frogs, 3-0, compete today against No. 8 New Mexico State and Saturday against South Dakota State at the NMSU Equestrian Center in Las Cruces, N.M.

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