Sept. 29, 2010
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The TCU volleyball team returns home this week to host a pair of Mountain West Conference matches when UNLV and Air Force make the journey to the Metroplex. Thursday night's nationally-televised (The Mtn., DIRECTV 616) match against UNLV is slated to begin at 7 p.m., while Saturday's tilt against Air Force is set for 1 p.m.
TCU dropped a heartbreaking 3-2 loss to San Diego State Saturday in its league-opener.
Christy Hudson tallied the fourth triple-double in school-history (11 kills, 19 assists, 13 digs).
Irene Hester posted her second-straight 20-kill performance and third of the season.
TCU has struggled in five set matches, winning just once in four games.
The Frogs continue to improve their blocking game, totaling 11 against the Aztecs and are now averaging 1.88 blocks per set.
Jordan Raines racked up a career-high 18 kills in the loss.
TCU still tops the league with an average of 17.3 digs per set.
The Rebels have put together back-to-back wins after snapping a five match losing streak.
UNLV opened the 2010 conference slate with a 3-0 win over Air Force.
UNLV has had success in matches that have gone the distance as three of its five wins on the season have come in five-set matches.
Thursday's match will be the Rebels first road contest since Sept. 4.
Sara Nehf is the leading hitter with 3.13 kills per set.
Defensively, the Rebels are lead by Kela Lau Hee's 3.52 digs per set and Madeline Westman's 1.02 blocks per set.
UNLV leads the all-time series, 9-3, including an 8-2 record since TCU joined the MWC in 2005.
TCU and UNLV have split the season series each of the last two seasons.
The Frogs have won two straight in Fort Worth.
UNLV last won in Fort Worth on Nov. 10, 2007.
The Frogs are 3-3 all-time against UNLV in Fort Worth.
AIR FORCE NOTABLES
The Falcons are under the direction of first-year head coach Matt McShane.
Air Force enters the weekend with a 3-11 record, including a 0-1 mark in league play (a 3-0 loss to UNLV).
Air Force's three victories have come over Long Island, La Salle and Hofstra.
Caroline Kurtz is the leading hitter, averaging 3.52 kills per set.
Kelly Spencer leads the defensive corp with an average of 3.52 digs per set, while Nichole Stilwell paces the squad with 48 total blocks (0.89 per set).
TCU leads the all-time series, 11-2, including a 10-1 record since TCU joined the MWC in 2005.
TCU has dominated the series, winning the last nine meetings dating back to the 2005 campaign.
Air Force's lone victory over the Frogs since 2005 came in Colorado Springs on Nov. 5, 2005.
TCU is 6-0 all-time against Air Force in Fort Worth.
The Frogs have only dropped two sets to the Falcons since the loss in 2005.