Volleyball: Record season hinges on road matches in San Diego

Coming off the team’s second Mountain West Conference sweep, the volleyball team wraps up its season on the road.At 20-10, the team will take on San Diego State on Friday and head to Las Vegas on Saturday to face UNLV.

Head coach Prentice Lewis said the team needs to play with more consistency, especially on the road. The team’s road record stands at 7-6 heading into this weekend’s West Coast swing.

“If we play consistent, we can battle with a lot of things,” Lewis said. “That’s our goal, but we have to be consistent to do so.”

Consistency involves communication between teammates and reacting to the opponent’s strategy, junior setter Nirelle Hampton said.

“It’s a lot of the mental aspect of the game,” Hampton said. “Not letting ourselves lose our focus is really important.”

Hampton said these matches will be tougher because teams are aware of their opponents strengths and weaknesses.

“Just knowing who these teams are is going to help us a lot,” Hampton said. “We’ll be comfortable seeing a team that we’ve already played before. That kind of gives us confidence playing against them.”

In a 3-0 home loss to conference frontrunners UNLV on Oct. 12, TCU was outkilled, 59-48. The next night, the Horned Frogs won in five games against the Aztecs thanks to nine kills and no errors in the final game of the match.

Sophomore outside hitter Lauren Otto said the team has a chance to rewrite the record books with a solid end to the season. The team is three wins away from tying the single-season win mark set by the 2004 team at 23 wins.

“If we win our last three matches, we tie that,” Otto said. “If we win at the conference tournament, we can beat it.