TCU Set For MWC Tournament; Face Boise State

Sarah Joeckel could break the single-season digs record this weekend.

Sarah Joeckel could break the single-season digs record this weekend.

Nov. 17, 2011

Tournament Central


FORT WORTH, Texas - The TCU volleyball team heads to Albuquerque, N.M.  for the return of the MW Postseason Tournament. TCU enters as the tournaments third seed and will square off against No. 6 Boise State on Friday afternoon. First serve is set for 3:30 (CST) on The Mtn.

Tournament Schedule
Friday, Nov. 18
1 p.m. - No. 2 San Diego State vs. No. 7 UNLV
3:30 p.m. - No. 3 TCU vs. No. 6 Boise State
7 p.m. No. 1 Colorado State vs. No. 8 Air Force
8:30 p.m. No. 4 Wyoming vs. No. 5 New Mexico

Saturday, Nov. 19
6 p.m. Winner Quarterfinal #1 vs. Winner Quarterfinal #2
8:30 p.m. Winner Quarterfinal #3 vs. Winner Quarterfinal #4

Sunday, Nov. 20
7 p.m. Championship Final

TCU NOTABLES
• The Horned Frogs wrapped up conference play with a 9-5 record after splitting a pair of matches at home this past weekend.
• TCU picked up its fifth win in school history over a ranked opponent, defeating No. 23 Colorado State 3-2 on Thursday.
Sarah Joeckel continues to dominate the back court and is now 26 digs away from setting a new school record for digs in a season. Talaya Whitfield holds the record of 601 set back in 2004.
• Joeckel tied Talaya Whitfield with her fourth 30-dig match of the season, totaling 30 in the win over Colorado State. Her 16 career 20-dig matches is tied for third most in school history.
• With nine service aces over the weekend, Megan Munce jumped into fifth on the all-time list with 133. She is only one service ace behind Emily Allen's career total of 134.
Stephanie Holland set a career high with 15 kills and a .667 attack percentage against Colorado State on Thursday.
Yvonne Igodan slammed down a career-high 19 kills against Wyoming on Saturday.
• TCU wrapped up its home schedule with a 8-4 record. Its average of 1734 fans per match ranks 19th in the nation.
• With two more wins away from home, TCU will tie the school record for road/neutral site victories (16 in 2009).
• The Horned Frogs are averaging 18.01 digs per set, a mark that ranks 17th nationally.
Megan Munce tallied her 10th double-double of the season against Wyoming, tying her career-high with 56 assists and setting a new career high with 21 digs.
• TCU finished play in the Mountain West with an all-time record of 53-55.

TCU vs. THE TOURNAMENT FIELD
• TCU and Colorado State split the season series with both teams winning on their own court. The Frogs are 0-1 against the Rams on a neutral court. CSU leads the all-time series 14-5.
• San Diego State swept the season series and owns a 9-7 record in the all-time series.
• TCU and Wyoming split the season series with both teams winning on the opponent's court. Wyoming leads the all-time series 11-8, including a 1-0 mark at a neutral site.
• TCU won both meetings against New Mexico this season. The all-time series is tied at 8-all. The Lobos are 6-2 against the Frogs in Albuquerque.
• The Frogs are 3-0 all-time against Boise State, including a 2-0 mark in 2011. TCU won 3-2 in Boise and took a 3-0 win in Fort Worth.
• TCU is 5-11 all-time against UNLV. Both teams won on the opponents' court in 2011. UNLV won 3-2 in Fort Worth and TCU won 3-0 in Las Vegas.
• TCU is 15-2 all-time against Air Force, including a 1-0 record against the Falcons on a neutral court. The Horned Frogs went 2-0 against Air Force in 2011 with identical 3-0 wins.

SERVING IT UP
TCU turned in a solid weekend behind the service line, totaling 20 in the two matches last week. The Frogs moved into third place in the league with an average of 1.29 aces per set.
Megan Munce was responsible for nine of the Frogs' 20 service aces. Seven of those came against Wyoming on Saturday.
On the season, Munce has a team-high 35 aces and ranks first in the league with 0.34 per set.
She jumped up the career charts into fifth place with 133 career aces. She is just one ace behind Emily Allen, who sits in fourth with 134.

ROAD WARRIORS
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.

DIGGING FOOLS
The Horned Frogs have made living off of their defense this season as they are averaging 18.01 digs per set. That mark is almost two digs higher than the league's second-place team, New Mexico and ranks 17th nationally.
Leading the charge is libero Sarah Joeckel, who paces the conference with 5.54 digs per set. That mark ranks 19th 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' 9-5 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 14 conference matches, Raines is the Frogs' leading attacker with an average of 3.46 kills per set and is a .253 attacker.
She tallied double-digit kills in 11 of the 14 matches, while six of her 13 double-doubles came during league play.

OUR TIME NEARS AN END
The conference tournament will mark the final time the Horned Frogs will compete against teams from the Mountain West as conference foes. TCU will move to the Big 12 on July 1, 2012.
It's been quite a ride the last seven seasons. With a 9-5 record in league play this year, the Frogs all-time Mountain West record will stand at 53-55. TCU has finished in the top half of the league four times, including a second-place finish in 2009.
Seven players have earned all-conference accolades, with Christy Hudson owning the distinction as a three-time all-conference performer.

 

 


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