Junior Lindsy Hartsock leads the nation in hitting percentage. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)
PROVO -- Coming off a nonconference win at Weber State Tuesday, No. 13 BYU returns to Mountain West Conference play Friday when the Cougars face TCU in Fort Worth, Texas at 6 p.m. MST.
"This will be a challenging match as we travel to Texas to face a solid TCU team," BYU coach Jason Watson said. "They are coming off a nice win over Colorado State at home, where they have had some good success this year. We will need to stay within our systems and play well."
One of only four unbeaten teams remaining in Division I, the Cougars are a perfect 19-0 on the season and stand atop the MWC standings with a 10-0 record. Led by All-America candidate Lindsy Hartsock, who currently leads the nation in hitting percentage at .474, BYU has won eight of its last nine matches in three-game sweeps.
The Cougars' string of three-game victories got started with their 30-13, 30-24, 30-27 win over TCU in the first meeting between the two teams this year. The Sept. 30th match in Provo was the Horned Frogs' first league contest as an MWC member.
Coming off a five-game victory over reigning MWC Champion Colorado State on Tuesday in Fort Worth, the Horned Frogs have won their last three matches and are 15-9 overall this year. At home, TCU owns a 7-4 mark and has earned all three of its conference wins in the friendly confines of the University Recreation Center. The Horned Frogs are currently seventh in the MWC standings with a 3-5 record.
BYU owns a 5-0 advantage, including a 2-0 record in Fort Worth, in the overall series between the two schools, dating back to their days as Western Athletic Conference members. Friday's match will be the first contest in Texas between the two schools since the 1997 season. The Cougars are yet to drop a game to the Horned Frogs in the prior five meetings. Fans of BYU can catch all the action via live radio by clicking on the link on the schedule page of the BYU women's volleyball homepage at http://www.byucougars.com/volleyball_w/.