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Volleyball travels to Fort Worth to take on TCU

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The Texas State volleyball team celebrates after scoring the match point and beating the University of Texas Arlington 3-0, Friday, Nov. 13, 2020, at Strahan Arena.

After being swept 3-0 by the University of North Texas, Texas State volleyball (25-3) will look to rebound against Texas Christian University (1-10) on Feb. 27 in Fort Worth, Texas.
The teams have drastically different records and are both coming off of extended breaks. Texas State has only played two games since winning the Sun Belt Championship Tournament on Nov. 22 while TCU has only played one match since the fall. The Bobcats will be looking to avoid a second loss in a row and the Horned Frogs are looking to end their 8-game losing streak.
Statistically, Texas State fares much better than TCU. The Bobcats record an average hitting percentage of .253 (14.2 kills per set) and hold opponents to just .150 (10.9 kills per set). They also average 13.4 assists per set and have only committed 15 ball-handling errors and have forced 63 through 28 matches.
On the other side of the net, the Horned Frogs struggle both to put up points and to prevent their opponent from scoring. TCU hits at a .164 clip (12.3 kills per set) and allows opposing teams to hit .280 (13.4 kills per set). The Horned Frogs average 11.4 assists per set and have committed four ball-handling errors.
Texas State is led by the big-four of junior outside hitter Janell Fitzgerald, senior middle blocker Tyeranee Scott, sophomore outside hitter Lauren Teske and junior setter Emily DeWalt. Fitzgerald leads the team with 365 total kills (3.72 per set) while hitting .344. Fitzgerald is followed by Scott with 240 kills (2.67 per set) while hitting .357. Teske has 192 kills and is second on the team in service aces with 26. DeWalt serves as the primary distributor and has racked up 1107 assists (11.3 per set).
Defensively, junior libero Kayla Granado leads the way with 389 digs (3.93 per set), followed by DeWalt with 315 (3.21 per set) and Teske with 215 (2.5 per set). Scott is the top blocker for the Bobcats with 85 total (.94 per set) and Fitzgerald is second with 82 (.84 per set).
For TCU, sophomore outside hitter Julia Adams leads the team with 137 kills (3.81 per set) but only hits .182. Sophomore middle blocker Afedo Manyang is second with 100 kills (2.7 per set) and sophomore middle blocker MyKayla Myers is third with 85 (2.07 per set). Myers also hits a team-high .345. Sophomore setter McKenzie Nichols leads the Horned Frogs is assists with 434 (10.33 per set).
On defense, Myers has a team-high 29 blocks (.71 per set) followed by junior middle blocker Katie Clark with 24 (.75 per set). Senior libero Dani Dennison is first on the team in digs with 192 (4.27 per set).
The match begins at 1 p.m. on Feb. 27 at Schollmaier Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

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