High School Volleyball

Watch as former Southlake star records game clinching block, sends TCU to first Big 12 win

Former Southlake Carroll standout setter McKenzie Nichols had a career night on Wednesday, Oct. 2 when the TCU Horned Frogs hosted No. 6 Texas Longhorns.

Despite a loss, Nichols put in a career-high 32 assists in her young freshman season.

Still looking for their first Big 12 win, TCU visited Lubbock to take on Texas Tech on Sunday.

Make it two career games in a row for Nichols, who recorded 59 assists during a 3-2 win over the Red Raiders. It’s the most by a freshman in the NCAA since 2004 and sixth most by a freshman in TCU program history.

But it was her block that clinched the 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 18-25, 26-24 victory to send TCU to 1-3 in conference play and 6-8 overall. The Horned Frogs snapped a 5-game losing streak.

And for her two-game stretch, which includes 91 assists, Nichols was named Big 12 rookie of the week for the first time. She posted 11.38 assists per set and led the conference in both total assists and assists per set. No other Big 12 setter averaged more than 11 assists per set among those playing multiple matches last week.

Also in the match, Arlington’s Katie Clark set a career-high with 21 kills.

Waxahachie’s Audrey Nalls added 13 kills and six digs, and a 0.296 hitting percentage.

TCU will host No. 1 Baylor on Saturday and travel to Iowa State on Oct. 16.

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Born and raised in Hawaii, Brian Gosset graduated from Northern Arizona University with a degree in journalism before coming to Texas in 2014. He’s covered high school sports — yes, pretty much every high school sport — for the Star-Telegram ever since.