No. 8 Volleyball dominates Prairie View A&M
AUSTIN, Texas -- The eighth-ranked Texas volleyball team had no trouble in the NCAA first round Saturday night, sweeping past Prairie View A&M, 3-0 (30-10, 30-10, 30-11) at Gregory Gym. Freshman opposite hitter Ashley Engle highlighted the Horns' attack in the victory, connecting for a match-high eight kills to lead a UT squad that outhit the Panthers .348 to -.312.
Texas (22-6, 16-4 Big 12) trailed only once in the match and that was on the first point of game one. After falling behind 1-0, the Longhorns exploded for a 7-0 run paced by two Dariam Acevedo kills and an Acevedo, Lauren Paolini block assist. The Horns pushed their lead to nine at the 13-4 mark on an Engle ace and later put together an 8-0 run to extend their lead to 23-8. During the run, Paolini recorded two kills, two block assists and a solo block on five consecutive points, while freshman outside hitter recorded a kill and two block assists. Prairie View (23-11, 6-2 SWAC) recorded its ninth point of the match to end the Texas run, but a 7-1 rally down the stretch lifted UT to a 30-10 victory.
In the second frame Prairie View kept the game close in the early going, but a 17-1 run at the 3-3 mark pushed the Texas advantage to 19-4. The Panthers committed 11 errors during the run, while Texas senior middle blocker Jennifer Todd recorded three block assists and a kill. Prairie View mounted a minor rally with four straight points, however, a 10-2 Texas run closed out the game with Paolini recording a kill and two consecutive blocks to close out the game, 30-10.
The Longhorns dominated game three from the start with Hooker tallying an ace and a kill during UT's 7-1 game-opening rally. After committing an error to push the tally to 8-2, Engle and Texas rattled off five straight points, including two Engle kills, pushing the score to 12-2. Late in the game Texas added a 7-0 run to push the tally to 28-10 and a Prairie View error and a Jen Christian ace closed out the game, 30-11.
Engle highlighted the Horns attack on the night with eight kills on .400 hitting, while adding three digs and three block assists. Acevedo tallied five kills and Paolini, Todd and Christian each registered four kills. Paolini added a match-high seven blocks and Todd recorded five total blocks.
Texas returns to action Saturday, Dec. 1 when it takes on Stephen F. Austin who advanced to the second round by defeating Alabama, 3-2.
On Prairie View A&M's game plan: Our strategy was to slow the game down by possessing the ball and moving it around.
Prairie View A&M Setter Jessica Edwards
Texas Head Coach Jerritt Elliot
On the match tomorrow against SFA: SFA won their conference and haven't lost since September, so they will obviously come into the game with a lot of confidence. They're a very good ball club and we'll have to serve tough and use our physical size to get them on their heels.
Texas Setter Michelle Moriarty
Texas Opposite Hitter Ashley Engle