Engle's triple-double paces No. 2 Volleyball past No. 4 Hawaii, 3-1
Sept. 6, 2009
HONOLULU, Hawaii – Senior setter Ashley Engle recorded a triple-double as the No. 2 Texas Volleyball team knocked off No. 4 Hawaii, 3-1, Saturday night at the Hawaiian Airlines Wahine Volleyball Classic. The 25-11, 25-22, 22-25, 25-11 victory improved the Longhorns to 4-0 on the year and dropped the Rainbow Wahine to 4-1. Texas wraps up non-conference play on Sunday, Sept. 6 against No. 19 Saint Louis at 8 p.m. Central.
Texas took control of the first set from the start, using a 6-1 run fueled by three kills from Engle to open the match. The Horns added a 7-1 run highlighted by four kills from junior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette that moved the tally to 13-3. Texas stretched its lead late in the set and back-to-back kills from Faucette ended the set, 25-11.
The Longhorns fell in a hole early in the second stanza, allowing the Wahine to take a 12-6 advantage. UT battled back behind three kills and a block from Faucette to narrow the margin to 15-13 before a 6-1 Texas run paced by two Engle kills put the Horns ahead, 22-20. A kill and a block by sophomore middle blocker Rachael Adams down the stretch helped UT complete its 25-22 comeback victory.
Hawaii led the third frame from wire-to-wire, pushing the lead to its widest margin at the 19-14 mark on an ace by setter Dani Mafua. UT shrank the lead to 20-18 with a 3-0 rally, but UH answered with a 4-0 run of its own to force set-point at 24-18. Texas responded with four straight points, but a kill by outside hitter Kanani Danielson closed out the set for Hawaii, 25-22.
Texas bounced back to start the fourth, jumping out to a 12-4 lead behind a two kills apiece from Engle and Faucette. The Longhorns widened the margin to 19-7 on a service ace by Hooker before taking advantage of three Hawaii errors that forced match-point at 24-9. A kill by Adams closed out the set with the Horns earning a 25-11 win.
Engle headlined the Horns with 13 kills, 38 assists and 13 digs, while Faucette tallied a team-high 18 kills on .318 hitting. Senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker added 12 kills, while Adams posted a career-high 11 kills on .846 hitting (zero errors) and six total blocks.