Three Longhorns earn ASICS®/Volleyball Magazine All-America honors
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Volleyball trio of freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette, sophomore Destinee Hooker and senior setter Michelle Moriarty has earned its second All-America honors of the year, after being named ASICS®/Volleyball Magazine All-Americans in the publication's February issue. Faucette was named to the first team, while Moriarty and Hooker garnered second-team accolades.
Following the 2007 campaign, Faucette was named first-team AVCA All-America, Hooker claimed second-team honors and Moriarty earned a third-team nod. The ASICS®/Volleyball Magazine award was the second of Moriarty's career after earning honorable mention honors in 2006.
Faucette, the AVCA National Freshman of the Year, claims her second first-team All-America award of the season. The San Diego, Calif., native has also been named AVCA All-Central Region First Team, AVCA Central Region Freshman of the Year, All-Big 12 First Team and Big 12 Freshman of the Year. Faucette led the Longhorns with 445 kills in 2007, averaged 4.49 kills per-game and hit at a .324 clip. The freshman ranked fourth in kills and fourth in points in the Big 12 Conference on the year.
Hooker, a San Antonio, Texas, native lands second-team honors after earning second-team AVCA All-America honors earlier this year. The sophomore also garnered AVCA All-Central Region First Team and All-Big 12 First Team honors. Hooker headlined the Longhorns attack in 2007, averaging a team-best 4.52 kills per-game and posting a team-high 26 service aces and 31 solo blocks. The outside hitter hit at a .339 clip for the year and added 2.00 digs and 1.02 blocks per-game.
Moriarty adds her second straight ASICS®/Volleyball Magazine award after adding her third AVCA All-America in December. The senior has been named AVCA All-Region four straight seasons and All-Big 12 for four consecutive years, including first team honors in 2007. The Houston, Texas, native is Texas' all-time leader in assists, recording 5,819 assists during her four seasons at the helm of the UT offense. This season, Moriarty ranked atop the Big 12 with 14.18 assists per-game and ranked fourth in the NCAA. The senior led Texas to a .343 team hitting percentage in 2007, a mark that ranked second in the NCAA stats.
Texas (27-4) ended its season in the NCAA Regional Final with a 3-0 loss to No. 3 USC, marking the Horns' second straight Regional final appearance. The Longhorns ended the season ranked sixth in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll after notching a 20-win season for the fourth time in as many years.