🏐 Horned Frogs Edge Jayhawks in Five-Set Thriller
FORT WORTH, Texas – The Kansas volleyball team fell to the TCU Horned Frogs 3-2 (17-25, 12-25, 25-16, 25-16, 15-9) in a five-set thriller at Schollmaier Arena on Wednesday evening.
The Jayhawks fell to 15-6 (5-4 Big 12) on the season, while the Horned Frogs advanced to 11-9 (6-3 Big 12).
Leading the Kansas offense was redshirt freshman Ayah Elnady with 13 kills, hitting .244, and super-senior Anezka Szabo with eight kills and hitting .176.
Sophomore Caroline Bien had 14 digs with seven kills. Freshman Brynn Kirsch contributed 13 digs to KU’s 45 dig total.
- Super-senior Rachel Langs kicked off the match with a kill, putting Kansas on the board first 1-0.
- Kansas had a two-point lead, 5-3, after a double block by graduate transfer Lauren Dooley and Szabo.
- The first service ace of the match went to Elnady, advancing Kansas to a 10-5 lead.
- Kansas went on a 4-0 scoring run, highlighted by a kill from Szabo and Elnady and two attack errors by TCU.
- The Jayhawks had their biggest lead, 21-11, after an attack error by the Horned Frogs.
- Bien closed out set one with her second kill of the evening, leading Kansas to victory 25-17.
- KU hit .458 and held TCU to .182.
- As a team Kansas had 14 kills while TCU had 13.
- Elnady led the Jayhawks with four kills in the first set.
- The Horned Frogs had seven attack errors compared to KU’s three.
- The Jayhawks were 15-18 for sideouts with TCU going 14-24.
- An attack error by TCU allowed Kansas to begin set two 1-0.
- KU led 4-0 before the Horned Frogs called a timeout.
- TCU was within three points, 7-4, before Kansas went on a three-point run with kills by Elnady and Szabo, pushing KU to a 10-4 lead.
- A miscommunication by TCU elevated Kansas to a 13-6 lead.
- A solo block by Bien and a service ace from sophomore Molly Schultz took the Jayhawks to 15-6 with an 8-2 run.
- It didn’t take long before Kansas advanced its lead to 21-9. The 12-point lead was the Jayhawks’ largest lead of the set, following a kill by Szabo and Dooley, as well as a block by Elnady and Dooley.
- Senior Gracie Van Driel earned her first kill of the season, allowing the Jayhawks to lead 23-11.
- An attack error by TCU finished set two with Kansas on top 25-12.
- The Jayhawks hit .429 while TCU hit -.097.
- Kansas led in kills 11-8.
- KU maintained control in set two with two errors, zero lead changes and zero ties.
- In sideouts, Kansas was 10-12.
- The Horned Frogs found their momentum in set three and took an early lead 6-3.
- Sophomore Camryn Turner tallied a kill, putting Kansas within one 8-7.
- TCU took a two-point lead again before Langs kept Kansas close, 9-8.
- Elnady halted TCU’s 5-0 scoring run with her ninth kill of the match. The Horned Frogs were still leading 14-9.
- The set was back and forth before TCU went on a 3-0 run, leading 22-14.
- A Jayhawk kill by sophomore London Davis put Kansas back on the board, 22-15.
- The Horned Frogs took set three 25-16.
- In set three, there were two tied scores and one lead change.
- Elnady led the KU offense with four kills with Szabo second with two kills.
- Kansas began set four with a block from Davis and Dooley, followed by a TCU ball handling error. KU was in the lead 2-0.
- TCU tied up the set at three points apiece with a kill of its own.
- The Horned Frogs led 5-4, but kills by Davis and Turner put Kansas back on top 6-5.
- Kansas called for a timeout following a 6-2 run by the Horned Frogs, making the score 11-8.
- Back-to-back errors by TCU kept Kansas within three, 14-11.
- Coming out of the second KU timeout, Elnady recorded her 12th kill to close it to 16-12.
- TCU tied up the match 2-2 after finishing set four 25-16.
- Elnady and Turner contributed two kills in set four.
- After TCU took the first point of the fifth and final set, Davis responded with a kill to tie up the set at one.
- The Horned Frogs were on a three-point run until Davis stopped TCU with her own kill, 4-2.
- At the halfway point, TCU was in the lead 8-3 as both teams switched sides.
- A kill by junior libero Kennedy Farris put Kansas closer to TCU 9-6.
- Not long after, TCU came out on top 15-9.
Kansas will take on the Oklahoma Sooners on Sunday (October 30) for the Jayhawks for a Cure match in Horejsi Family Volleyball Arena. The match will begin at 3 p.m. CT and will be broadcast by ESPNU.