Hooker leads No. 3 Volleyball to sweep of No. 17 Kansas State
Oct. 4, 2008Box Score | Photo Gallery
AUSTIN, Texas -- The third-ranked Texas Volleyball team hit at a season-best .482 clip and junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker recorded 16 kills as the Longhorns swept No. 17 Kansas State, 3-0 at Gregory Gymnasium. The Horns 25-20, 25-21, 25-16 victory improved UT to 10-2 on the year and 4-1 in Big 12 play, while the Wildcats fell to 14-3 overall and 4-2 in league action.
Hooker headlined the Horns' comeback victory in the first set, registering nine kills, while the team hit at a .607 clip in the frame. Texas fell behind 10-6 early in the set, but a 4-0 run paced by kills from Hooker and junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle knotted the game at 10. The Horns claimed their first lead at 12-11 on a block by Hooker and sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Doris. Texas pushed the lead to five at the 20-15 mark and Hooker hammered out three kills down the stretch to lift UT to a 25-20 set win.
In the second stanza, Texas captured its first advantage at the 7-6 mark on a KSU error and pushed its lead to five (16-11) on a kill by sophomore All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette. The Wildcats battled to close the gap to three at the 21-18 mark, but kills by Doris and Engle late in the frame propelled the Horns to a 25-21 victory.
The Longhorns fell behind again in the third set until a 4-0 run highlighted by two Faucette solo blocks put UT ahead, 9-6. A second 4-0 Texas run pushed the margin to 14-8, and the Longhorns grabbed their largest lead of the night at the 20-11 mark on a block by Faucette and Doris. The Horns kept the heat on late and a Hooker kill closed out the set and the match with UT leading, 25-16.
Hooker added eight digs, four block assists and a .412 hitting percentage to her match-best kill total. Engle totaled 10 kills on .444 hitting and chipped in two assists, six digs and four block assists. Paolini notched seven kills on seven attacks and a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage, while Faucette amassed eight kills, four assists, eight digs, five total blocks, three solo blocks and a .412 attack mark.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Oct. 8 when it plays host to Big 12 foe Baylor. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.
JUNIOR OPPOSITE HITTER Ashley Engle
On what the win against Kansas State does for the team's future: It builds confidence. This is one of the first times we put a whole match together consistently. We have a tough game coming up on Wednesday against Baylor, and hopefully we can just keep building and getting better.
On whether the team played the best it has played all season: Collectively as team, this is the best we've played. We were just enjoying volleyball and that's one of the most important things. We had fun tonight.