TCU Hits Road For Pair Of League Matches

Meghan Horio.

Oct. 12, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will wrap up the first half of conference play with a pair of matches on the road this weekend. Thursday's match at Wyoming is set for an 8 p.m. (CST) start and Saturday's match-up against Colorado State is slated for 1 p.m. (CST).

Game Information:
Thursday, Oct. 13
TCU vs. Wyoming

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Saturday, Oct. 15
TCU vs. Colorado State

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• The Horned Frogs suffered back-to-back losses for the first time this season with a pair of losses to San Diego State and UNLV.
Megan Munce tallied double-doubles in both contests to bring her season total to seven.
• Munce became the fifth player in school history to notch at least 2,000 assists in her career.
Stephanie Holland paced the Frogs in kills for the second time this season, totaling 13 against UNLV.
Kristen Hester cracked the career top-10 in points. She now has 985 points (742 kills, 88 service aces and 262 blocks) over the course of her career.
• Hester along with Meghan Horio tied Anna Vaughn for the eighth spot all-time when they stretched their consecutive games played streak to 84.
Sarah Joeckel notched her second 30-dig game this season. She is one of just two Horned Frogs to have multiple 30-dig matches in her career (Talaya Whitfield, 4).

• Wyoming is winners of four of its last five matches, three of which have come against conference foes.
• The Cowgirls are coming off a big 3-2 victory at home against nationally-ranked Colorado State this past weekend.
• Wyoming trailed 2-0 in the match before talling wins of 25-23, 25-22 and 18-16 to complete the comeback.
• Jodi Purdy was named the MW Co-Player of the Week for her efforts in wins over the Rams and Northern Colorado.
• Purdy ranks third in the league with an average of 3.59 kills per set.
• Erin Kirby is the third-best blocker in the Mountain West with an average of 1.14 blocks per set.

• Colorado State enters the weekend with a one-game lead in the conference standings with a 4-1 record.
• The one loss is one the Rams would like to have back as they lost a 2-0 lead at Wyoming on Saturday.
• The Rams' lone home loss came against Wichita State. They boast an impressive 3-2 win over No. 5 Nebraska at Moby Arena.
• Colorado State is averaging a league-best attendance of 2,301.
• Katelyn Steffan paces the league with an average of 4.12 kills per set. She is one of just two players in the conference to average over four kills per set.
• Setter Deedra Foss sets the Rams to a league-high .279 attack percentage. Her 11.06 assists per set rank second in the league.

Series History
• Wyoming holds a 10-7 advantage in the all-time series, including a 6-2 edge in Laramie.
• The Cowgirls swept the 2010 series, winning in three in Laramie and taking a 3-1 decision in Fort Worth.
• Prior to the losses in 2010, the Horned Frogs had won four straight and five-of-six dating back to the 2007 campaing.
• Colorado State is 13-4 all-time against the Frogs.
• All four of the Horned Frogs' wins in the series have come in Fort Worth.
• TCU dropped a tough 3-2 decision in Fort Collins a year ago, coming back from two sets down to force the decisive fifth set which the Rams won 15-12.

TCU has played 12 matches away from home this season and is a perfect 12-0 (6-0 away, 6-0 at neutral sites). The school record for wins away from home is 16 (nine away and seven at neutral sites) set back in the 2009 season.

The 12-0 road mark includes a perfect 3-0 record in conference play. TCU has tallied road wins over New Mexico, Boise State and Air Force.

Kristen Hester is the top offensive threat on the road with an average of 3.47 kills per set. Jordan Raines is right behind her with an average of 3.40 kills.

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 84 consecutive matches heading into this weekend's tilts, a mark that ranks tied for eighth all-time, tying them with Anna Vaughn.

With at least 12 more matches guaranteed this season, the pair has 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.

Sarah Joeckel tied her career high with 30 digs in the five-set loss to San Diego State on Thursday night. That gives her a pair of 30-dig matches in her career, making her one of just two Horned Frogs that can make that claim. Talaya Whitfield tallied four in her career.

Joeckel has posted double-digit digs in all but one match this season and has 10 20-dig matches. Only three other Horned Frogs have 10 or more 20-dig matches in their career. Whitfield tallied 26, Calli Corley 21 and Kateyln Blackwood 16 over the course of their careers.

Blackwood posted 10 20-dig matches in 2009, Whitfield racked up 17 in 2004 and Corley had 10 in 2007 and 11 in 2006.

On Thursday night, Megan Munce joined an elite group of players as she surpassed the 2,000 assist mark for her career. Only four other Horned Frogs have tallied 2,000 or more assists in their careers: Nirelle Hampton, Lindsay Hayes, Tori Barlow and Annie Gant.

Munce enters this weekend with 2,083 assists, just 206 behind Gant's career total of 2,289. Munce averages nearly 10 digs per set and should surpass Gant's before season's end.

TCU has learned the importance of getting off to a 1-0 match lead. In 12 of 19 matches this season, the Frogs have won the first set. They are 12-0 in those contests. In the seven matches the Frogs have lost the first set, they are just 4-3.

Equally important is winning game three when tied at one. The Frogs are 7-0 when taking a 2-1 lead and 1-2 when down 2-1.



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