Volleyball kicks off its home schedule


    After going on the road for six straight matches, TCU head volleyball coach Prentice Lewis said Tuesday, "It's great to be home again."

    The Horned Frog volleyball team finished up a stretch of away games in Illinois, Wisconsin and Georgia on Saturday and will return to familiar turf Wednesday for its first regular season home match.

    Last week, TCU defeated the University of Illinois-Chicago 3-1 Thursday before falling to then-No. 3 USC on Friday and Marquette on Saturday at the Marquette Challenge.

    Senior middle blocker Yvonne Igodan, who was recently named Muscle Milk Athlete of the Week, earned All-Tournament honors for the second weekend in a row at the Marquette Challenge. She posted a high hitting percentage of .833 against UIC and led the team with 11 kills against Marquette.

    Freshman outside hitter Ashley Smith recorded her first double-double against USC and posted double-digit kills in all three matches over the weekend. Junior middle blocker Mattie Burleson tied her career-high in blocks with 10 against UIC.

    The Frogs (3-3, 0-0 Big 12) are back at home against the North Texas Mean Green (5-3, 0-0 Conference USA) for the ninth time since 1997. The teams last met in 2006, when TCU topped North Texas 3-2. The Frogs lead the overall series 7-1.

    Burleson said it's great to be home after learning several positive lessons from the road stretch.

    "Everything we do, every hour and all the sweat that we put into practice is for our fans and family, and we are so excited to finally play at home because it's been a while," she said.

    Lewis said Tuesday the team has prepared for this match the same way they have prepared for others.

    "We are trying to get better by focusing on ourselves," she said.

    One UNT player TCU will be focused on is Courtney Windham, a senior middle blocker who made the all-tournament team for the second time in the 2013-2014 season at the North Texas Invitational last weekend. She recorded 37 kills and 24 blocks to help the Mean Green finish at 3-1.

    UNT's team changed little from last season (26-12 overall) to this season, losing only one senior. Lone freshman setter Amy Henard starts on a predominately veteran Mean Green roster, and her 10.85 assists per set average is fourth in the nation among freshmen.

    For fans that can't make it to the game, the match is one of five that will be televised live on Fox Sports Southwest.

    "It's great to be home again. It's always awesome to be on TV," Lewis said.

    The match is set to start at 6:30 p.m. in the University Recreation Center.