Volleyball hopes to continue winning streak

TCU volleyball will look to push its winning streak to five matches Thursday night against the San Diego State Aztecs in San Diego, California.

The Horned Frogs completed the sweep over Wyoming Oct. 24 as they topped the Cowgirls 3-0 (25-20, 25-13, 25-15). Senior Kourtney Edwards led the team with 11 kills, and senior Katelyn Blackwood held up the defensive end with 13 digs.

TCU held Wyoming to 26 kills and a .143 hitting percentage. Senior Lauren Otto and sophomore Kristen Hester combined for 17 of the 41 Horned Frog kills.

A tight first set saw seven ties and three lead changes, as Wyoming hurried to an 8-6 lead. A Cowgirl miscue, a kill by junior Irene Hester, and a service ace by Megan Munce, the reigning Mountain West Conference Player of the Week, started a 7-2 run that put TCU up three, 13-10.

A Cowgirl service error brought the Horned Frogs to set point, 24-18, and a Katelyn Blackwood kill won TCU set one.

After three quick ties in the second set, TCU burst out to an advantage. With the score tied at 8, the Horned Frogs turned up the offense with a 14-2 run to go up 22-10. Kills by Irene Hester and Otto handed TCU the second set.

TCU used another big run to win the third set. Trailing 8-5, the Horned Frogs stormed to a 21-13 advantage thanks to a 16-5 push. Edwards’ kill put the team up 23-14, and two Wyoming errors won TCU the match.

San Diego State is on a four-match winning streak of its own.

The Aztecs are on the heels of a 3-1 (25-17, 22-25, 25-21, 26-24) win over Cal State Bakersfield Oct. 24. Junior Hannah Evans had a double-double with 13 kills and 11 digs.

Junior Lauren Salisbury is the offensive leader with 2.65 kills per set. Freshman Kristi Jackels leads the defensive end and racks in 4.10 digs per set.

TCU is 5-6 all-time against the SDSU, with the last victory coming on Oct. 3 in Fort Worth. The Horned Frogs won a hard fought 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 20-25, 26-24) battle and were led by Irene Hester (10 kills, 14 digs) and Edwards (16 kills).

In the Mountain West standings, TCU (19-5) currently stands in second place with an 8-2 record. Meanwhile, the Aztecs (10-10) are 4-5 in league play and in sixth place.