Senior middle blocker Kourtney Edwards, who received her third Mountain West Player of the Week honor Oct. 5., will look to lead the volleyball team once again Thursday night when the Horned Frogs take on Utah in Salt Lake City.
The team is coming off two consecutive wins against Air Force and San Diego State.
Against the Falcons, Edwards, who finished with 15 kills on 19 swings, notched her career-best attack percentage (.789). Against the Aztecs, she tallied a match-high 16 kills.
The number is also third-best in school history and fourth-best in the MWC record book.
“I try to go out there and play my hardest every game and do whatever I can to help my team out,” Edwards said.
On the season, Edwards ranks 10th in the nation with a .413 attack percentage.
Head coach Prentice Lewis said Edwards’ success has made her star appeal visible to all teams and coaches in the conference.
“She’s our go-to (player),” Lewis said. “Everybody on the team knows it. Everybody wants her to get the ball. Everybody in the conference knows she’s our go-to person. She’s getting it done for us.”
Junior outside hitter Irene Hester also came up big in TCU’s 3-1 (25-20, 25-11, 20-25, 26-24) win over SDSU with her third double-double of the season (10 kills, 14 digs).
Outside hitter Lauren Otto also marked her name in the record books after Thursday’s match. The senior became just the seventh player in Horned Frog history to reach 1,000 kills.
The Utes, coming in at 11-5 and 4-0 in Mountain West play, are tied with Colorado State at the top of the standings.
Junior Karolina Bartkowiak leads the team with 3.05 kills per set and is second on the team in digs (2.34 per set).
On the defensive side, junior Keisha Fisher leads with 3.78 digs per set, while senior middle blocker Chelsea Sandberg blocks 1.07 attempts per set.
The Horned Frogs, who are just 2-10 all-time against Utah, will rely on their league-leading defense. The team tops the Mountain West in digs with 15.38 digs per set.
Should TCU (15-4, 4-1 MWC) prevail, the Horned Frogs will be tied with the Utes for second place and keep pace with Colorado State.
TCU vs. Utah
When: 8 p.m. today
Where: Salt Lake City