Faucette powers No. 3 Volleyball to sweep of McNeese State
Aug. 28, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette hammered out a match-high 14 kills as the No. 3 Texas Volleyball team swept past McNeese State, Saturday afternoon at the Burnt Orange Classic. The Horns took just 56 minutes to finish off the Cowgirls, 25-9, 25-14, 25-15 and improve to 2-0 on the season.
Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams bolstered the offense with an eight-kill effort, while hitting at a .455 clip and tallying four blocks. Sophomore opposite hitter Sha'Dare McNeal connected for eight kills on 12 error-free swings and added six digs to her performance. Freshman setter Hannah Allison distributed the ball effectively on the afternoon, dishing out 44 assists and recording three kills, three aces, five digs, two solo blocks and three block assists.
In the first, Texas leapt out to a quick 9-1 edge behind two kills and a block by McNeal. The Horns ballooned the lead to 16-3 when a pair of kills by Faucette highlighted a four-point service run by senior outside hitter Lauren Dickson. A solo block and a kill by Dickson on back-to-back points widened the margin to 22-7 and a kill by senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris closed out the set, 25-9.
The Longhorns kept it rolling the second frame with McNeal notching a pair of kills and an ace to put UT ahead, 6-3. McNeese State kept the score close until the 14-12 mark when Texas mounted a 10-1 run fueled by three blocks and a kill by Allison to take a 24-13 advantage. Freshman outside hitter Ashley Bannister came on to close out the frame, registering a kill on her first career attack to end the set, 25-14.
The Cowgirls played the Horns tough in the third set, limiting UT's edge to two at the 13-11 mark, but it was all Texas from that point forward. The Longhorns closed out the set on a 12-4 run, taking advantage of a stellar seven-point service run by Allison and a set-ending kill by McNeal.
Texas returns to action later tonight when it resumes action at the Burnt Orange Classic against Houston at 6:30 p.m. Central.