Moriarty named AVCA National and Big 12 Player of the Week
AUSTIN, Texas -- After leading the No. 8 ranked Texas volleyball team to big season-opening victories over No. 9 Wisconsin and third-ranked and defending NCAA champion Washington this past weekend, 5-10 junior setter Michelle Moriarty earned two Player of the Week honors on Monday. Moriarty (Houston, Texas/Stratford HS) was selected as the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Division I National Player of the Week and the Big 12 Conference Player of the Week. This was the first week of voting for both honors.
Moriarty led the Longhorns (2-0) to victories over No. 9 Wisconsin and No. 3 Washington at the AVCA Volleyball Showcase in Madison, Wisconsin. This marks her first career selection as the national and league player of the week. Last year, Moriarty was an All-Big 12 standout who earned AVCA Honorable Mention All-America honors.
Moriarty totaled a match-high 44 assists and eight digs in Texas' 3-0 victory over host Wisconsin to kick off the AVCA Volleyball Showcase on Friday, Aug. 25. Moriarty quarterbacked UT to a .325 attack percentage for the match, as UT hit .300 or better (.341, .333, .300) in all three games.
Moriarty played an instrumental role in Texas' thrilling 3-2 upset win on Saturday, Aug. 26 over No. 3 Washington in the AVCA Volleyball Showcase championship match. Moriarty collected a match-high 64 assists and 12 digs and led UT to a team-high .370 attack percentage in the match's final game to help the Longhorns close out the Huskies.
The 5-10 junior averaged 13.5 assists and 2.5 digs per game in the two tournament matches.
Texas volleyball returns to the court this weekend in Malibu, California at the Asics Pepperdine Classic. Texas meets No. 19 Pepperdine at 9:30 p.m. CDT on Friday, Sept. 1 before taking on two opponents Saturday, facing Cal Poly (2 p.m. CDT) and Long Island (7:30 p.m. CDT).