Duo Claim Weekly Big 12 Honors
Oct. 12, 2015
FORT WORTH, Texas – For the first time in TCU volleyball history, two players have claimed Big 12 Conference honors in the same week as Regan McGuire was named Defensive Player of the Week and Ashleigh Martin garnered Rookie of the Week honors.
McGuire becomes the seventh player in league history to win at least four Defensive Player of the Week awards in the same season, while Martin earns her first award of the season and becomes the third Horned Frog in program history to receive Rookie of the Week recognition from the Big 12.
“Regan and Ashleigh have continued to improve daily and it's nice to see them both get rewarded for that,” Director of Volleyball Jill Kramer said. “Regan had two great blocking performances this week and Ashleigh came up big for us both offensively and defensively.”
McGuire’s superb blocking game of 2.50 blocks per set this past week propelled TCU to two straight victories. Her blocking performance marked the third time this season she has averaged over 2.00 blocks per set and the fourth time leading the conference for the week. The Flower Mound, Texas native opened the week with the first double-double of her career with 10 kills and 12 blocks in the five-set victory over Oklahoma. The 12 blocks tied the school record for blocks in a single match and are the most by a Big 12 player this season.
The junior wrapped up the week by shutting down Texas Tech with a team-best eight blocks. McGuire’s 20 total blocks for the week was the most by a Big 12 player in week seven, as she continues to lead the league with 1.65 blocks per set on the season. McGuire also ranked No. 9 in hitting percentage (.324) and No. 10 in points (3.50) in the conference for the week. Currently, McGuire is ranked No. 3 nationally in blocks per set and has helped the team to a top-10 ranking in the same category.
Martin was stellar in the two victories this past week that helped TCU improve to its first four-match Big 12 winning streak in program history. The freshman stepped in and was able to finish second on the team for the week with 19 kills and 2.38 kills per set. Martin’s play at the net was crucial to TCU’s success, as she put up a career-high six blocks against Oklahoma and then broke it three days later by stuffing seven blocks at Texas Tech
The McKinney, Texas native saved her best performance for the last match of the week as she totaled a team-best 13 kills and seven blocks against the Red Raiders, including six kills alone in the first set to help TCU to its ninth sweep of the season. For the week, Martin tied for third in the conference with 1.62 blocks per set, while her 13 kills were the second most by a player in a three-set match. Martin’s seven blocks against Texas Tech was also the second most by a player in a three-set match.
TCU will have its first bye in conference play and then will be back in action by traveling to Iowa State for a Saturday, Oct. 17 showdown at Noon at the Hilton Coliseum in Ames, Iowa.
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