TCU Takes Winning Streak To UNLV, San Diego State

Megan Munce could move into fourth all-time in assists this weekend.

Megan Munce could move into fourth all-time in assists this weekend.

Nov. 2, 2011


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team will take their three-match winning streak on the road this weekend for a pair of league contests. The Horned Frogs will square off against UNLV on Thursday night at 9 p.m. (CST) and will wrap up the road trip at San Diego State Saturday.

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TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs notched their sixth 20-win season in school history with a 3-0 victory over Boise State Saturday afternoon.
Jordan Raines had a monster weekend with 34 kills in the two matches.
• Raines' 19 kills against Boise State are tied for the sixth most in school history in a three-game match.
Megan Munce tallied her eighth double-double of the season in the win over the Broncos.
• All 13 members of the volleyball team saw action in at least one of the matches last week.
Kristen Hester tallied five blocks over the weekend and moved into sixth on the career charts, surpassing Christy Hudson's career total of 267.
• With three straight league wins, the Frogs have moved into sole possession of second place in the league, two games behind Colorado State.
• Against the Falcons, TCU served up a season-high 10 aces. Sloane Sunstrum led the serving attack with three aces.
Sarah Joeckel tallied her 13th 20-dig match on Saturday against Boise State.

UNLV NOTABLES
• UNLV returns home after a four-match road trip that saw the Rebels post a 1-3 record.
• The lone win for the Rebels was a 3-2 decision at Cal State Bakersfield.
• UNLV has played a league-high 10 five-set matches and boasts a record of 5-5 in those contests.
• Madeline Westman (1.00) and Candice Thomas (0.88) rank in the top 10 in the league in blocks per set.
• Makenzie Moea'i is the leading offensive threat for the Rebels with an average of 2.78 kills per set.
• Allison Davies patrols the back row as the libero and averages 3.11 digs per set.
• Daryn Glenn is the toughest server on the squad with 25 aces in 24 matches this season.

SAN DIEGO STATE NOTABLES
• The Aztecs are coming off back-to-back losses at Wyoming (2-3) and at No. 25 Colorado State (0-3).
• San Diego State has won just one of its last four matches, a 3-1 triumph over UNLV on Oct. 21.
• The Aztecs boast an impressive 8-1 home record this season, the lone loss a 3-1 setback to Colorado State on Oct. 2.
• The Aztecs have a very balanced offensive attack with five players averaging 2.00 kills per set. Andrea Hannasch leads the way with an average of 2.90.
• At the net, Hannasch has been a beast, ranking fourth in the league with an average of 1.16 blocks per set.
• Aztec setter Johnna Fouch paces the league in assists, averaging 11.02 per set.

SERIES NOTABLES
• San Diego State took an 8-7 series lead over TCU with a 3-2 win in Fort Worth earlier this season.
• TCU has won five of the last eight meetings against the Aztecs.
• The Frogs are 3-4 all-time against San Diego State in California.
• UNLV holds a 11-4 advantage in the all-time series.
• TCU is winless in seven tries at UNLV.
• The Horned Frogs are winners of three of the last six meetings against UNLV.

MEANINGFUL MILESTONE
The TCU volleyball team returned to its roots on Saturday as they posted their 20th win of the season. It marks the sixth time in school history that the Frogs have tallied 20 or more wins in a season. All five of the previous 20-win seasons have come under the direction of head coach Prentice Lewis. She sits just eight wins away from 200 in her career.
The school record of 27 victories is in reach as the Frogs have at least seven matches left in the regular season.
TCU's previous five 20-win seasons came in 2003 (20), 2004 (23), 2007 (22), 2008 (20) and 2009 (27).

ROAD WARRIORS
TCU has played 14 matches away from home this season and is an impressive 13-1 (7-1 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 13-1 road mark includes a 4-1 record in conference play. TCU has tallied road wins over New Mexico, Boise State, Air Force and Wyoming.
Kristen Hester is the top offensive threat on the road with an average of 3.43 kills per set. Sarah Joeckel paces the team defensively with 5.50 digs per set.

COMING ON STRONG
Jordan Raines has been instrumental in the Horned Frogs 3-0 run to start the second half of the conference schedule. She has paced the team offensively in all three matches.
The senior has totaled 46 kills in the last three matches, 18 more than the next closest Horned Frog (Sloane Sunstrum, 28). She is averaging 5.11 kills per set and hitting at a .477 clip.
Additionally, her 3.44 digs per set are second on the team to only libero Sarah Joeckel (6.00).
Raines is the Frogs leading attacker in league play, averaging 3.55 kills per set.

CLOSING IN ON NO. 4
Megan Munce climbed another hill on Thursday, surpassing the 2,200 assist plateau. She is quickly closing in on Annie Gant's (1996-97) fourth place total of 2,289 career assists. The redshirt-junior could potentially move into sole possession of fourth place Thursday night as she is only 36 assists away from claiming the spot as her own.
In her career, Munce has totaled 2,254 assists, an average of 7.09 per set. This season, she ranks fourth in the league with an average of 9.94 assists per set.

DIGGING FOOLS
The Horned Frogs have made living off of their defense this season as they are averaging 18.03 digs per set. That mark is almost two digs higher than the league's second-place team, New Mexico.
Leading the charge is libero Sarah Joeckel, who paces the conference with 5.43 digs per set. That mark ranks 21st nationally.
If both the team and Joeckel maintain their pace, the school records will be shattered. The single-season record for digs per set is 16.7 set back in 1997, while the individual mark is 5.09 set by Talaya Whitfield in 2004.

 

 


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