Nov. 23, 2011
FORT WORTH, Texas -
The TCU volleyball team will wrap up its regular season schedule Friday and Saturday at the Aztec Turkey Time Invite hosted by San Diego State. The Horned Frogs will square off against Pittsburgh on Friday and UC Santa Barbara on Saturday.
Friday, Nov. 25 vs. Pittsburgh 6:30 p.m.
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Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. UC Santa Barbara 6:30 p.m.
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Stephanie Holland was named MW Freshman of the Year, while Kristen Hester, Sarah Joeckel and Jordan Raines were each tabbed all-conference.
TCU advanced to the semifinals of the MW Postseason Tournament with a 3-0 win over Boise State, but suffered a 3-1 defeat to UNLV.
Yvonne Igodan was named to the all-tournament team after racking up 25 kills in the two matches.
Against UNLV, Sarah Joeckel set the single-season school record for digs. She stands at 605 this season, topping Talaya Whitfield's record of 601 set back in 2004.
Joeckel ranks 19th nationally with her average of 5.45 digs per set.
The Frogs notched their 23rd win of the season on Friday. Its only the third time in program history that the Frogs have tallied 23 or more wins. TCU posted a 23-win season in 2004.
Jordan Raines notched her 14th double-double of the season, finishing the UNLV match with 10 kills and 12 digs.
Kristen Hester served up three aces in the tournament to give her 101 in her career, moving her into ninth all-time in school history.
After making the BIG EAST tournament as the No. 8 seed, Pittsburgh lost in four to the league's top seed, Louisville.
The Panthers have won four of their last five games entering the final weekend of the regular season.
Senior middle blocker Kiesha Leggs was named first-team all-conference and tops the team in kills (405) and total blocks (127).
Lauren Hartman paces the team defensively with an average of 4.44 digs per set.
Pittsburgh is one of the nation's top serving teams as it ranks 15th nationally with an average of 1.64 aces per set. Lindsey Zitzke is the top server with 47 aces on the season.
The Gauchos have won six straight heading into the upcoming weekend. Four of the victories have come via the sweep, while to have come in five set matches.
UCSB finished second in the competitive Big West with an 11-5 record.
Five Gauchos were honored as all-conference performers: Chelsey Lowe, Lily Lopez and Stacey Schmidt were tabbed as first-team performers, while Leah Sully was selected to the honorable mention squad. Hannah Nielson was recognized on the all-freshman team.
Sully paces the team offensively with an average of 3.00 kills per set, while Schmidt has tallied 106 blocks to lead the Gauchos at the net.
The Gauchos rank 21st nationally with an average of 17.83 digs per set.
TCU has only faced Pittsburgh once and has never faced UC Santa Barbara.
The Panthers won the lone meeting 3-0 on Sept. 20, 2003 in Pittsburgh, Penn.