Oct. 5, 2016
WACO, Texas - The TCU volleyball team dropped a 3-0 (25-19, 25-20, 25-19) decision to Baylor on Wednesday night at the Hilton Coliseum in Waco, Texas in the first of two road matches this week.
The Horned Frogs (10-5, 3-2 Big 12) could not overcome strong runs during the match by the Bears (15-5, 3-1 Big 12), as TCU recorded its lowest hitting percentage of the season (.108) and was out-blocked for only the second time this season in the loss.
Natalie Gower was the offensive leader in the match, as she led the team with 11 kills and no errors on 22 swings for a .500 hitting clip. Three Frogs finished with double-digit digs with Kayla Scheevel leading the team for the third straight match with 13 against Baylor.
Stat of the Match
.500 - Natalie Gower's hitting percentage in the match which was the best on both teams. Gower has hit above .300 in nine matches this season and 39 matches in her career.
Quotes of the Match
TCU Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer
"We started out and the first 10 points of the first set were back and forth and then we just let them run away with it a little early and got back on our heels. It felt like we were playing catch up the rest of the match. We really need to shore up some things both offensively and defensively. We didn't do a great job of using our full tool box as hitters. We didn't mix up our shots very well and things like that. We just kept swinging and that doesn't work for us. We have to be a little bit smarter as attackers. I thought Baylor served really well and it was really hard for us to get our offense going. They had a great environment here tonight and we didn't communicate very well. We fought at the end but too little too late. We have to be a lot better and not wait until our backs are against the wall to start playing. That is what I saw today. The way Baylor is playing right now is just too tough."
-TCU falls to 10-5 overall this season, 2-4 in away matches and 3-2 against conference opponents in 2016
-The match tonight was the 17th meeting all-time with Baylor, with the Bears going up 11-6 in the series
-Natalie Gower led the team in kills for the second time this season and scored double-digit kills (11) for the fourth time in 2016 and 15th time in her career
-Lamprini Konstantinidou led the team in assists for the seventh time this season with 15, while Kaylee Smith chipped in 12 assists
-Kayla Scheevel led the team in digs for the third straight match with 13 and scored double-digit digs for the eighth time this season
-Regan McGuire led the blocking effort for TCU with four in the match against Baylor
-TCU was out-blocked for only the second time this season and the first time since Sept. 3
TCU will continue action on the road by traveling to Manhattan, Kan., to face Kansas State on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 1 p.m., in Ahern Field House.