Engle and Moriarty earn ASICS/Volleyball Magazine All-America honors
AUSTIN, Texas -- The Texas Volleyball duo of freshman opposite hitter Ashley Engle and junior setter Michelle Moriarty earned their second All-America honors of the year, being named ASICS®/Volleyball Magazine All-Americans in the publication's February issue. Engle was named to the first team, while Moriarty garnered honorable mention accolades.
Following the 2006 campaign, Engle and Moriarty were named second and third team AVCA All-Americans respectively. The award was the second of Moriarty's career after earning honorable mention honors in 2005.
Engle, a First Team All-Big 12 and First Team AVCA All-Central Region selection, headlined the Texas attack in 2006, hammering out a team-high 463 kills and posting a team-best 3.99 kills per-game average. In her first season on the Forty Acres, the Big 12 Conference Freshman of the Year ranked second on the squad in digs (329), digs per-game (2.84), service aces (33) and assists (89), while ranking third on the team with 88 total blocks. Engle ended her inaugural campaign with a .262 attack mark and ranked seventh in the Big 12 in kills and points per-game (4.68).
Moriarty, an honorable mention All-Big 12 and AVCA All-Central Region honoree, led the Longhorns and the Big 12 Conference with a 13.68 assists per-game average in 2006. The Longhorns' captain concluded the year ranked fourth nationally in assists per-game, after ranking 10th nationally (13.38 a/pg) in 2005. During her junior campaign, Moriarty became Texas' career leader in assists, tallying 1,587 assists on the year and pushing her career total to 4,358. The Houston, Texas, native also recorded a team-high 34 service aces and added 2.66 digs per-game, a mark good for fourth-best on the squad.
Texas (24-7) ended its season in the NCAA Regional Final with a 3-1 loss to No. 2 Stanford, marking the Horns' first appearance in the regional final since 1998. The Longhorns ended the season ranked seventh in the CSTV/AVCA Coaches Poll after notching a 20-win season for the third time in as many years.