Volleyball: Team to host conference foes

Editor’s Note: The Daily Skiff was not allowed to interview the coach or players for this story.Looking to build on a road victory against a Mountain West Conference opponent, the volleyball team welcomes two more conference opponents to the University Recreation Center this weekend.

At 16-6, the Horned Frogs will host UNLV and San Diego State this weekend. The Rebels sport a record a 13-3 record while the Aztecs come in at 11-6.

TCU rallied from down 2-0 at intermission to come back on the road against the Utah Utes, earning a hard fought 15-13 win in the deciding game. The team’s win against the Utes snapped a four-match losing streak that included losses to ranked opponents BYU and Oklahoma.

Senior libero Calli Corley recorded a career-high 33 digs on defense to set a new Horned Frog record, and senior outside hitter LeMeita Smith added 17 kills to lead the team offensively.

UNLV, who will take on TCU on Friday, is coming off sweeps of both Air Force and Wyoming last week. The Rebels lead the all-time series against the Frogs, 5-2, including all five meetings since TCU joined the Mountain West in 2005.

Senior outside hitter Maria Aladjova and senior middle blocker Lauren Miramontes lead the Rebels into Fort Worth ranking fifth and sixth in the conference, respectively, in kills per game.

The Horned Frogs will have a quick turnaround when SDSU comes to Fort Worth on Saturday. The Aztecs have won five out of the last six matches against TCU, but the Horned Frogs took last season’s meeting – their first win against SDSU.

The Aztecs are led by freshman Lauren Salisbury, a Southlake native, whose team-leading .330 hitting percentage ranks sixth in the conference.