The TCU volleyball team (12-10, 2-6 in Big 12) is gearing up for a much needed pause from the Big 12 slate, facing a professional team from China on Friday.
The Horned Frogs were without three starters their last four Big 12 matches: sophomore Sarita Mikals (illness), sophomore Shane Peters (concussion) and redshirt sophomore setter Trisha Langley (concussion).
The loss of starting setter Langley has caused some problems in TCU’s formations as they’ve had to work with one setter or had senior Stephanie Holland step in and play out of position.
“Stephanie is not a setter,” head coach Prentice Lewis said. “She’s doing a great job of stepping in and trying to fill that.”
The absence of Peters also has taken away from TCU’s defensive game as she is a strong digger for the Horned Frogs, Lewis said.
Friday’s exhibition match will give Lewis and the Horned Frogs a chance to re-organize and hopefully reincorporate Mikals before starting the second half of the Big 12 season Wednesday against West Virginia, Lewis said.
Zhejiang, the defending champion in the Chinese Volleyball League’s highest division, beat Texas Tech 3-2 Tuesday in Lubbock, despite missing some of its top players who were unable to get visas, Lewis said. It will be the first time in program history that TCU hosts an international team.
Peters could be back before the West Virginia game, but Lewis said it is still up in the air on when both players with concussions would return.
“I don’t know who is going to be back and who isn’t. It’s kind of a waiting game,” Lewis said.
Soccer notches first Big 12 win
In front of 2,553 fans, the third-largest crowd in Garvey-Rosenthal Stadium history, the TCU soccer team (8-6-3, 1-3-3 in Big 12) notched its first Big 12 win of the season Oct. 17 in a 3-1 offensive show against Texas.
TCU head coach Eric Bell said the win was huge for the team for a variety of reasons.
“We wanted to get our first W,” he said. We did it against a conference rival. We did it in front of 2,500 people. I think it gave us confidence moving forward.”
The winning high lasted only a game as TCU dropped the following match to Texas Tech 1-0.
The constant between the two games was senior goalkeeper Vittoria Arnold, who made seven saves against Texas and eight against Texas Tech.
“She’s been pretty solid the entire season,” Bell said.
TCU is in the midst of a substantial break from play before traveling to Iowa State for a match at 7 p.m. Oct. 31.
Top 10 equestrian meeting
The football teams of Baylor and TCU are not the only programs to meet as national top 10 teams this year.
The No. 7 TCU equestrian team travels to Waco Friday to face No. 3 Baylor at 1 p.m.
Baylor boasts a 4-0 record, 1-0 in league play, while TCU has a 2-0 overall record.
It is the 15th time the programs have met with both teams holding a 7-7 tie in the series.
The football teams also met this year knotted at .500, 51-51-7, before Baylor won a last-second field goal.