TCU Volleyball Drops First Games to Wisconsin and Minnesota
In their season opener, TCU Volleyball headed up to Madison, Wisconsin, to play at Wisconsin Field House for the Big 12/Big Ten Challenge. In the first two games of the season and on the road. The team would take on two top 10 ranked opponents in Wisconsin and Minnesota to kick off their season. Wisconsin is ranked No. 2 in the nation, and Minnesota is ranked No. 7.
In their first game of the season, the Lady Frogs would take on Wisconsin on Friday, August 27th, and drop their season opener. The team would fall in three sets. Dropping the first 13-25, the second 15-25, and the third 18-25 in their shutout loss.
While the team may have lost in a dominating fashion, there were players for the Lady Horned Frogs that did show optimism. For instance, redshirt sophomore Madi Cole contributed by leading both teams in blocks by tallying up four. It would also be the most blocks in a Lady Horned Frog in a debut game.
Mykayla Myers also pitched in leading the team with 11 kills and two blocks to help the Lady Frogs stay in the game. Another player who had an enormous contribution was McKenzie Nichols, who provided 21 assists to the Lady Frogs.
With several players having exceptional performances, the team would then prepare for the second game against No. 7 ranked Minnesota.
In their second game of the season, the Lady Frogs would not fare much better than their first game. TCU would lose 0-3 by dropping the first set 7-25, the second 19-25 in a back-and-forth contest. Lastly, the final set ended 16-25.
The TCU Lady Frogs were led by freshman Libero Cecily Bramschreiber who pitched in by contributing 14 digs. She would finish the weekend with 24 digs and average four digs per set on the six sets played this weekend.
Cole also led the team with four blocks per game and would finish the weekend with eight blocks, which would tie her for the third-most in the Big 12 Conference so far.
Although they lost their second straight game of the season, much like the first, there were some upsides. Both games being against some of the best teams in the country. The team will take home experience and hunger to be a top-ranked team.
Overall, the TCU Volleyball in their first two games would have a down weekend. But there would be much upside despite dropping their first two games to two top-ranked teams. The TCU Lady Frogs will head home to play in the Cowtown Classic in Fort Worth, Texas, at Schollmaier Arenas, with their season now underway. The team will take on Nicholls and UTRGV Thursday, September 2nd, and then UMBC on Friday, September 3rd.
With some experience now on their side, the team will look to turn around their season as they prepare for Big 12 Conference Play in three weeks.
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Story by Campus Live Employee Trinity Porter