Nov. 9, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The TCU volleyball team will wrap up their home schedule this weekend when they play host to No. 24 Colorado State on Thursday night and Wyoming on Saturday. The Horned Frogs enter Thursday's tilt tied for second in the league with an 8-4 record.
Thursday, Nov. 10
TCU vs. Colorado State 7 p.m. (The Mtn. - Tape Delayed 9 p.m.)
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Saturday, Nov. 12
TCU vs. Wyoming 1 p.m.
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TCU went 1-1 on the road trip last week, playing a pair of 3-0 matches. The Frogs swept UNLV on Thursday before getting swept for just the third time this season at San Diego State.
Megan Munce moved into fourth all-time in career assists, surpassing Annie Gant. She now has 2,334 career assists.
Munce ranks fourth in the league with an average of 10.16 assists per set.
Sarah Joeckel is just 80 digs away from setting a new school record for digs in a season. She continues to lead the league by a wide margin, averaging 5.55 digs per set.
Kristen Hester surpassed the 300 kill mark over the weekend. She leads the team with 316 kills, an average of 3.43 per set.
Saturday afternoon the Horned Frogs will honor their two seniors (Kristen Hester and Jordan Raines) after the match.
Kristen Hester tallied double-digit kills in both matches this weekend.
COLORADO STATE NOTABLES
The Rams avenged their lone league loss with a 3-0 triumph over Wyoming in their only match of the week.
The victory assured the Rams of the regular season conference title.
Colorado State has won seven straight, all via the sweep. The last set the Rams lost came at Wyoming on Oct. 8.
The AVCA has ranked the Rams No. 23 in its latest poll.
Katelyn Steffan leads the Ram attack and the league with an average of 3.90 kills per set.
Colorado State is the league's top blocking squad with an average of 3.00 per set, led by Megan Plourde's 1.65 per set.
Colorado State is the league's top attacking squad with a .288 attack percentage.
Wyoming saw its three-match winning streak come to an end with a 3-0 loss at Colorado State last week.
Jodi Purdy is the Cowgirls go-to offensive threat as she averages 3.47 kills per set, a mark that ranks fourth in the league.
Wyoming boasts two of the top three blockers in the league as Erin Kirby (1.18) and Reese Plante (1.14) rank two and three, respectively in the league.
Wyoming is the league's second-best blocking team with an average of 2.54 per set.
The Cowgirls enter the weekend with an 18-10 record. Twelve of those victories have come via the sweep.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Megan Munce continued her assault on the TCU record books as she jumped to fourth on the all-time list for assists, surpassing Annie Gant.
In the two matches last week, Munce totaled 80 assists to give her 2,334 for her career. Gant completed her two-year stint as a Horned Frog with 2,289 assists.
Munce joins Nirelle Hampton, Tori Barlow and Lindsay Hayes as the only Frogs to total 2,300 assists in her career.
Next in her sights in Barlow, who racked up 3,286 assists in her four-year career at TCU.
The TCU volleyball team has been lead by the senior duo of Kristen Hester and Jordan Raines. The two of them are tops on the teams in terms of kills as Hester is averaging 3.43 kills per set and Jordan 3.24. They rank five and six, respectively, in the league in kills per set.
Hester is a four-rotation player that has racked up 20 service aces and 56 digs this season. Raines is a six-rotation player that has racked up 264 digs, a mark that is second on the team.
TCU has played 16 matches away from home this season and is an impressive 14-2 (8-2 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 14-2 road mark includes a 5-2 record in conference play. TCU has tallied road wins over New Mexico, Boise State, Air Force, Wyoming and UNLV.
PARTY AT THE REC
Frog fans have packed the Rec over the course of 10 matches of the season as TCU posted six 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 19th nationally with their average of 1,734 fans.
The Horned Frogs have made living off of their defense this season as they are averaging 18.06 digs per set. That mark is almost two digs higher than the league's second-place team, New Mexico, and ranks 16th nationally.
Leading the charge is libero Sarah Joeckel, who paces the conference with 5.55 digs per set. That mark ranks 16th 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.
WHEN IT COUNTS
Jordan Raines has been a big part of the Frogs' 8-4 record in league play as she has dialed up her game a notch since the start of league play.
In non-conference contests, the senior was averaging just 2.98 kills per set and hitting at a .196 clip. In 12 conference matches, Raines is the Frogs' leading attacker with an average of 3.52 kills per set and is a .249 attacker.
HOW SWEEP IT IS
The last six matches the Horned Frogs have played have all been sweeps. TCU has posted a 4-2 record in those contests. On the season, 14 of TCU's 26 total matches have been sweeps. The Horned Frogs own an 11-3 record in those games.
TCU has played eight four-set matches (7-1) and four five-set matches (3-1).