Hooker lifts No. 2 Volleyball to sweep of Missouri
Oct. 21, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker registered 19 kills on .594 and committed zero attack errors as the No. 2 Texas Volleyball team swept past Missouri, Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-14, 25-20, 25-20 victory improved the Longhorns to 15-0 on the season and 10-0 through the first half of Big 12 play, while the Tigers fell to 12-9 and 4-6 in conference action.
Texas came out swinging in the first set, hitting .593 as a team and collecting 18 kills. Hooker jumpstarted the UT offense in the early going, recording five kills to give the Horns a 12-6 advantage. Missouri shrank the margin to four at the 12-8 mark before a 5-1 Texas rally paced by a block and a kill from junior middle blocker Jennifer Doris closed out the frame 25-14.
Missouri kept the score tight in the second set, tying the score five separate times, including a 14-14 tie midway through the stanza. Three kills by Hooker allowed the Horns to claim a 21-17 edge and a pair of late kills from junior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette and sophomore outside hitter Amber Roberson closed the door, 25-20.
In the third set, Texas used a 4-0 run capped by a kill from senior All-America setter Ashley Engle to take an 11-6 lead. The Tigers closed the gap to 13-10, but the Longhorns quickly pushed the lead back to five (15-10) on a service ace by Doris. Back-to-back kills by Hooker and a single kill from Roberson extended the lead to 21-14 and Doris' fifth kill of the match ended the set 25-20
Hooker added 10 digs, two blocks and one assist to her match-high 19 kills to headline a Texas offense that hit .452 on the night. Faucette added nine kills on .375 hitting and Roberson posted a career-best eight kills on .276 hitting. Engle returned from a two-match absence with 33 assists, four kills, four digs, two blocks and a service ace.
Texas returns to action on Saturday, Oct. 24 when it plays host to Colorado. First serve has been moved up to 4 p.m. Central to avoid a conflict with the Texas vs. Missouri football game.
Senior setter Ashley Engle
On if the team has a "swagger" about them: I think "swagger" was kind of our goal for this season, and to earn that, and to earn the respect of our opponents. I think we've struggled so far, even though we are winning, we're winning messy. We can go into a match and get a win, but our defense wasn't as good, our blocking wasn't as good. There are always things you can improve on. I think the wins help with that swagger, but we know we still have so much to work on.
Senior outside hitter Destinee Hooker
On leading the team in digs, as well as kills: I would just have to say coach believing in me to step up and pass, and encouraging me and my teammates. Getting the ball to the setter; that's my motivation.
On what's different about being a senior on the team: I would say that I'm more relaxed compared to my first years here. I know my responsibility and I stick to it.