Nov. 8, 2013
WACO, Texas – With six matches to spare in the 2013 season, the Baylor Bears (11-15, 3-7) head to Fort Worth to take on TCU in a final push to break into the upper half of the Big 12 standings. The Bears lost for just the second time in school history to TCU, Oct. 16 in Waco, and BU will try and return the favor on the Horned Frogs’ home floor at 1 p.m. Saturday.
TCU (14-11, 2-8) has league victories over Baylor and West Virginia this season, and the Horned Frogs are coming off a non-conference, 3-seet win over Prairie View A&M Wednesday.
The Bears were idle Wednesday last playing at home Saturday in a 3-set loss to Iowa State. Baylor has lost just once in Fort Worth to TCU on Sept. 13, 2011. The Bears lead the all-time series, 9-2 with the Horned Frogs.
In the last matchup, TCU used 10 kills and five blocks from Natalie Gower to defeat the Bears, while Baylor’s Zoe Adom had 15 kills in the losing effort.
For the season, the Horned Frogs are led defensively by libero Shane Peters; she ranks 7th in the Big 12 in digs per set at 3.44. Offensively, TCU’s Yvonne Igodan ranks eighth in hitting percentage at a .309 clip.
Baylor’s Zoe Adom ranks 10th in the Big 12 in kills per set at an three per set, while Mackenzie Mayo ranks 10th in digs at 3.27 per set.
If the Bears are to make a charge to close the Big 12 season strong, now would be the time. Their next five opponents, beginning with TCU Saturday, carry a 16-35 Big 12 record through Wednesday’s matches. Then, BU will close the season against No. 1-ranked Texas in Austin Nov. 30. Last year’s Baylor team finished 7-9 in Big 12 play after a 2-5 start.