By Shehan Jeyarajah
Baylor volleyball dropped their third straight conference match on Saturday night in a five-set match against in-state rival Texas Christian. With the win, TCU swept the season series against Baylor. Baylor lost 25-21, 21-25, 18-25, 29-27, 15-5. With the loss, the Bears dropped to 11-16 on the season and 3-8 in Big 12 play.
Baylor won the first set 25-21 behind a .341 hitting percentage. The Bears allowed TCU to hit .306 in the set, but were able to overcome it through their offense. The second set was different as Baylor could only muster a .200 hitting percentage while allowing TCU to hit .278.
TCU dominated the third set even more than the second. Baylor had nine attack errors and finished with a paltry .128 hitting percentage. TCU feasted, hitting .364 and finishing with only one attack error. Baylor pushed back in the fourth set, hitting .229 and holding TCU to only .149 hitting and forcing them into seven errors.
TCU dominated the fifth set. In the set to 15, TCU won handily, 15-5. Baylor hit only .095 behind three kills and five errors on 21 attempts. TCU had 10 kills and only one error on a .409 hitting percentage.
Senior outside hitter Zoe Adom led Baylor with a career-high 26 kills and four blocks on a .219 hitting percentage. Sophomore outside hitter Laura Jones set a career-high as well with 19 kills on a .208 hitting percentage. Jones also had nine digs for Baylor.
Sophomore middle hitter Adrien Richburg finished with nine kills and led Baylor with five blocks. Freshman setter Morgan Reed set career-highs with seven kills and 53 assists. She also added seven digs. Senior defensive specialist Kayci Evans, junior defensive specialist Hope Ogden and sophomore libero Mackenzie Mayo each finished with 14 digs.
Junior right side hitter Stephanie Holland led TCU with 19 kills and three blocks. She destroyed Baylor’s defense with a .515 hitting percentage. Senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan finished with 14 kills and three blocks.
TCU freshman libero Shane Peters led the match with 22 digs. She also added eight assists. Freshman setter Trisha Langley and sophomore setter Alexia Heist combined for four kills, 50 assists and 16 digs for the Horned Frogs.
Baylor volleyball will look to turn things around at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night against Texas Tech. The match will be broadcast on Fox Sports Southwest.