TCU Wraps Up Road Swing At Boise State and Air Force

Sloan Sunstrum has tallied double-digit digs in nine matches this season.

Sloan Sunstrum has tallied double-digit digs in nine matches this season.

Sept. 28, 2011


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FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will wrap up its three-match road swing this weekend when they travel to Boise State and Air Force. The Horned Frogs will square off against the Broncos Thursday night and the Falcons Saturday afternoon.

THE SCHEDULE
Thursday, Sept. 29 TCU vs. Boise State 8 p.m (CST)
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Saturday, Oct. 1 TCU vs. Air Force 2 p.m (CST)
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TCU NOTABLES
• TCU rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 3-1 come-from-behind victory at New Mexico in the conference opener on Friday.
Jordan Raines powered down a season-high 16 kills in the victory.
Sloane Sunstrum tallied a team-high and a personal-best five blocks against the Lobos.
Sarah Joeckel ranks seventh nationally with her average of 5.76 digs per set. That tally has helped the Frogs rank sixth nationally with an average of 18.52 digs per set.
• TCU's .933 (14-1) winning percentage this season ranks sixth nationally.
• The Horned Frogs are a perfect 7-0 in four-set matches and 6-1 in sweeps this season.
Meghan Horio led the Frogs with 18 digs against New Mexico, the first time this season she has led the team in digs in a match.
Kristen Hester paces the league with her .417 attack percentage, a mark that also ranks sixth nationally.
• Hester's 3.62 kills per set led the team, while Yvonne Igodan's average of 0.77 blocks per set is tops on the squad.

BOISE STATE NOTABLES
• Boise State is coming off a 3-0 victory over Weber State on Monday.
• The match against Weber State was the first home match of the season for the Broncos.
• In their first weekend of play in the Mountain West, the Broncos went 1-1 with a five-set victory at Wyoming and a 3-0 loss at #20 Colorado State.
• Boise State's schedule has featured a trio of ranked teams (#8 Washington (L 3-0); #22 Oklahoma (L 3-2) and #20 Colorado State (L 3-0).
• Five of Boise State's 15 matches have gone the distance. The Broncos are just 2-3 in those five matches.
• Liz Harden is the top offensive threat with an average of 2.70 kills per set.
• Brittany Reardon and Darlene Nwagbuo are tied for the blocking lead with 42 total blocks.
• Defensively, Amanda Remy paces the squad with an average of 4.28 digs per set.

AIR FORCE NOTABLES
• The Falcons enter the weekend in the midst of a six-game losing streak, all via the sweep.
• Air Force's last victory was a 3-1 decision at home against South Carolina Upstate. The Falcons other two victories have come against Navy (3-0) and Bryant (3-1).
• Ayesha Hein leads the team offensively with an average of 2.90 kills per game and 0.64 blocks per set.
• Defensively, the Falcons are led by Maiya Perich's 4.48 digs per set.

THE SERIES HISTORY • The Horned Frogs and the Broncos are meeting for just the second time on the volleyball court.
• TCU won the lone meeting, a 3-1 decision in Fort Worth on Aug. 26, 2006.
• TCU and Air Force will be meeting for the 16th time on the volleyball court.
• The Frogs have dominated the series, holding a 13-2 advantage.
• The Frogs have won 11 straigth and are 5-2 all-time in Colorado Springs.

TCU AND THE MWC
For the fifth straight season, the Horned Frogs opened conference play with a victory. They are 6-1 in league openers since joining the Mountain West in 2005. Overall, the Horned Frogs own a record of 45-52 (.464) in conference play.

FREQUENT FLYERS
This weekend will mark the Frogs' 11th and 12th matches away from home this season. The road has been kind to the Frogs this season, who own a perfect 10-0 record away from home.
TCU is a perfect 4-0 on an opponent's court, claiming victories over SMU, Villanova, Seton Hall and New Mexico. Additionally, the Frogs are 6-0 in neutral site contests.
The volleyball team is invading the state of Idaho for the first time in program history. Since the program's inception in 1996, the Horned Frogs have traveled to 31 different states.

PARTY AT THE REC
Frog fans have packed the Rec over the first five matches of the season as TCU posted three of the top four attendance marks in school history.

Against the Longhorns, a school-record crowd packed the gym, breaking the old mark of 2,166 set earlier this season against Connecticut.

The Horned Frogs ranked 19th nationally with their average of 1,877 fans.

DEFENDING THEIR HOME
TCU was off to a 4-0 start to the home schedule before last Tuesday's setback to Texas. Despite the loss to the Longhorns, success at home is nothing new for the Horned Frogs, who own a .741 (60-20) winning percentage since the 2006 season.

In the last five years, the Frogs have posted four 10-win seasons on their home court, including a school-record 14 victories in 2007.

PLAYING AHEAD
Much of TCU's success this season has come from fast starts. In 11 of the 15 matches so far, the Horned Frogs have found themselves with a 1-0 lead in the match. TCU has fallen behind in each of the last three matches, but has come away with a 2-1 record.

Since head coach Prentice Lewis arrived on campus, the Horned Frogs own a 151-25 (.858) record in matches in which they claim a 1-0 lead. TCU is 190-41 (.823) all-time when taking a 1-0 match lead.

MODELS OF CONSISTENCY
Since the start of the 2009 campaign, two things have remained constant: the presence of Kristen Hester and Meghan Horio on the court. The duo have played in 80 consecutive matches heading into this weekend's matches, a mark that ranks ninth all-time. They are four matches away from tying Anna Vaughn for eighth all-time.

With 16 more matches guaranteed for this season, the pair have a chance to move into a sixth-place tie with Jill Pape, who started 96 straight matches from 1996-99.

Unfortunately, Hester's streak will end at the conclusion of this season when she graduates. Horio, however, has another season to keep her streak alive. She has played in every match since her arrival on campus in 2009.

CAN YOU DIG IT?
The Frogs are on pace to shatter the school record for digs per set. TCU is averaging 18.52 digs per set this season, a mark that is almost two digs per set more than the school record of 16.73 set back in 1997.

 

 


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