By Krista Pirtle
Despite their efforts, the Bears’ volleyball team couldn’t hand TCU its first loss of the season, as Baylor got swept 3-0 (19-25, 20-25, 24-26.)
“Our serve-receive and our passing let us down tonight, those are things we are just going to have work to get better,” head coach Jim Barnes said in a press release. “Overall as a team, we just didn’t step up tonight. We had too many people who were off tonight and it’s tough to win when that happens.”
Baylor recorded 40 kills for the evening, hitting at .149 with 67 digs, nine blocks and two service aces with 19 errors
The Horned Frogs had 43 kills hitting at .203 with 77 digs, six blocks and four service aces with 16 errors.
Freshman utility Adri Nora continued to prove herself offensively as she led the Bears with 14 kills.
Freshman right-side hitter Alyssa Dibbern and junior middle blocker Torri Campbell followed with eight and six kills respectively.
Campbell also recorded four block assists. Sophomore outside hitter Zoe Adom and senior middle blocker Briana Tolbert followed with three each. Senior Allison King recorded 12 digs.
In set one, Baylor fell behind 3-0 but came back with a 5-0 run, comprised of two kills and three blocks to even the score at 15; however, the Bears could not ride that momentum to a victory. The Bears only had 8 kills, and with 8 errors their percentage was 0.
Seven errors by Baylor fueled the Horned Frogs to coast to a win for the second set. Towards the end of the set, the Bears went on a 5-1 run to take the score from 14-22 to 20-22 but could not finish. Baylor improved on its offense by recording 17 kills at .279.
The final set, Baylor led 23-21 until TCU rallied and went on a 5-1 run, with four kills and a service ace to clinch the sweep. The Bears recorded 15 kills at .176 to end the evening.
With the victory, TCU earned its first win against Baylor. The Bears were 7-0 prior to this game.
Baylor is on the road for the weekend to compete in the UNLV Classic in Las Vegas, Nev. The Bears’ first match will be against San Francisco at 7pm on Friday. Baylor will then face Fresno State 11:30 a.m. Saturday, and finish the tournament against host UNLV 9:30 p.m. Saturday.