TCU Welcomes New Mexico To Start Homestand

Kristen Hester leads the team with an average of 3.14 kills per set in conference play.

Oct. 20, 2011

FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team welcomes New Mexico to the University Rec Center Friday night. The match starts a three-match homestand for the Horned Frogs who enter the contest with a 17-4 overall record and a 4-3 mark in league play. First serve is set for 7 p.m.

TCU vs. New Mexico

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• The Horned Frogs saw their 13-match road winning streak snapped with a 3-0 loss at Colorado State on Saturday.
• The streak was extended on Thursday night with a five-set victory over Wyoming. It was the fourth five-set match for the Frogs this season. TCU improved to 3-1 in five set matches.
• TCU finished the first half of conference play with a 4-3 record. The record includes an impressive 4-1 mark away from home.
Megan Munce became the fifth Horned Frog to tally a triple-double as she did so against the Cowgirls. She had a career-high 10 kills to go along with 50 assists and 17 digs.
Kristen Hester had a career-high 18 kills against the Cowgirls.
Sarah Joeckel posted her third 30-dig match of the season, finishing with a career-high 33 digs. It was the fourth-highest dig total in school history.
• As a team, the Frogs notched 101 digs against Wyoming, the fifth-most in school history.
• TCU ranks 21st nationally in attendance with its average of 1,818 fans per match.
Meghan Horio and Kristen Hester stretched their consecutive matches played streak to 86 over the weekend.

• New Mexico enters Friday's match on a three-match losing streak after dropping a 3-2 decision to San Diego State and getting swept by Colorado State and Wyoming.
• Four of the Lobos nine losses this season have come in five set matches. They own a 1-4 record overall in matches that go the distance.
• The Lobos are just 2-4 on an opponent's court, snagging victories at Air Force and at Boise State.
• Ashley Rhoades is the team leader, averaging 3.96 kills per set, a mark that ranks second in the league.
• The Lobos setter, Mariah Agre, is one of three players in the conference to average at least 10 assists per set as she is at 10.15.
• Libero Allison Buck is second in the league with an average of 4.88 digs per set.

• New Mexico leads the all-time series 8-7.
• Despite trailing in the series, the Horned Frogs have won six of the last eight meetings.
• TCU took a 3-1 decision against the Lobos in Albuquerque earlier this season.
• The Horned Frogs own a 5-2 all-time record against New Mexico in Fort Worth.
• TCU has a five-match winning streak on its home court dating back to 2006.
• Four of the 15 previous meetings have gone to five games. TCU has been victorious in three of those contests.

Megan Munce joined an elite group of players in Thursday's match at Wyoming as she became just the fifth player in school history to notch a triple-double. Even though the match went the distance, Munce entered the history books after the fourth set.
The redshirt-junior recorded a career-high 10 kills, dished out 50 assists and tallied 17 digs in the Horned Frog victory.

She joins Lindsay Hayes (vs. Rice 10-14-00), Nirelle Hampton (vs. Air Force 10-7-05; vs. Florida Gulf Coast 8-31-07), Christy Hudson (@ San Diego State 9-25-10; @ UNLV 10-31-10) and Irene Hester (@ Utah 11-20-10).

TCU has had a player tally a triple-double in each of the last three seasons.

Sarah Joeckel set a new career high with 33 digs in a five-set win at Wyoming on Thursday night. That gives her three 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.

The 33 digs are tied for the third-most in a match with Calli Corley and Talaya Whitfield.

Joeckel has posted double-digit digs in all but one match this season and has 11 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.

Frog fans have packed the Rec over the first seven matches of the season as TCU posted five of the top 10 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 rank 21st nationally with their average of 1,818 fans.

The second round of conference play starts up on Friday against New Mexico. The Frogs came away from a road-heavy first half with an impressive 4-3 record. Five of the seven matches were played away from TCU. The Frogs boast a 4-1 record in those matches.

The second half will feature a home-heavy schedule that will see the likes of New Mexico, Air Force, Boise State, Wyoming and Colorado State come to the Rec Center. TCU's lone road tilts come against UNLV and San Diego State.

Against Wyoming, the Horned Frogs tallied 101 digs in the five sets. That is the fifth-highest total in school history and the third highest total in a five-set match.

Five different Frogs reached double-digits in digs in the match, led by Sarah Joeckel's 33.



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