No. 8 Volleyball rolls past Missouri, 3-0
Nov. 17, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas -- The eighth-ranked Texas Volleyball team extended its winning streak to 12 matches and snapped Missouri's six-match win streak as it swept past the Tigers, Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-15, 25-20, 25-17 victory improved the Longhorns to 20-5 on the year and 15-2 in Big 12 play, while Mizzou fell to 19-9 and 11-7 in conference action.
Senior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette headlined the Horns attack on the night with a match-best 16 kills on .324 hitting and added 10 digs to register her 19th career kill/dig double-double. Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams returned to form in the victory, hammering out 11 kills on .714 hitting and junior outside hitter Amber Roberson came back after a two-match hiatus with nine kills and seven digs.
In the first set, Missouri claimed an early edge before Faucette led the Horns to a 10-0 run from behind the service stripe and gave UT a 13-5 lead. During the rally Adams and sophomore opposite hitter Sha'Dare McNeal paired on two double-blocks and Roberson closed out the run with two kills. A 4-0 run paced by two aces from senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris allowed the Longhorns to extend the lead to 23-11 and two kills by Adams closed out the set, 25-15.
Missouri kept the score tight to start the second stanza until Faucette fueled a 5-2 rally with two kills to give the Horns a 12-8 advantage. The Tigers battled back to narrow the margin to 16-14, but two blocks by Roberson keyed a 5-0 UT run to put the Horns in front 21-14. A 5-1 Mizzou rally closed the margin to three late in the set before two kills by Faucette propelled Texas to a 25-20 set win.
The Longhorns trailed 10-6 to start the third set prior to Faucette recording four points and Adams connecting for three kills as part of a 14-3 Texas run that gave UT a 20-13 lead. Kills by McNeal and senior outside hitter Lauren Dickson answered a Missouri rally to move the tally to 22-16. Faucette did the rest for the Longhorns, pounding out three-straight kills to end the set and lift Texas to a 25-17 victory.
Texas returns to action on Friday, Nov. 19 when it plays host to Kansas. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Central
Junior middle blocker Rachael Adams
On staying focused during a long season: I think one of our strategies is to stay fresh and just be ready every game. We don't take any team lightly or take any days off. I think that just keeps us going day after day in practice. We take care of our school work and our bodies. The staff is really great at keeping us fresh.
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
On the quick turnaround before Friday's game vs. Kansas: It kind of mirrors the NCAA tournament a little bit and I think that's what we are preparing for as conference ends. It's really important for us to do what we can with a match and if we can win 3-0, that's really good. That's what we did tonight and now we can look forward to Kansas coming.