Aug. 28, 2008
· Complete notes
MATCH #1-2: No. 3 TEXAS (0-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. No. 4 USC (0-0) / No. 2 Stanford (0-0)
When: Friday, Aug. 29 at 9:30 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m.
Where: Omaha, Neb. (Qwest Center Omaha)
Television: CBS College Sports
Live Stats: Click here for live stats.
All-Time Series Records: Texas trails USC, 2-5 (H: 0-2, A: 0-0, N: 2-3) / Texas trails Stanford, 7-15 (H: 4-2, A: 0-4, N: 3-9)
Last Meetings: USC beat UT, 3-0 on Dec. 8, 2007 / Stanford beat UT, 3-1 on Dec. 9, 2006
Last Texas Victories: UT beat USC, 3-1 on Oct. 24, 1991 / UT beat Stanford, 3-1 on Sept. 3, 1999
Current Streaks: USC won the last three meetings. / Stanford won the last three meetings.
· Texas is ranked No. 3 in the preseason CBS College Sports/AVCA poll, released Tuesday, Aug. 19, after finishing 2007 in the No. 6 position ... the Longhorns' No. 3 ranking in the preseason poll is the highest preseason ranking in UT history, breaking the previous mark of No.4 set in 1998 and 2007 ... seven of Texas' 2008 opponents appear in the preseason poll, including Big 12 foes Nebraska (No. 7), Kansas State (No. 14) and Iowa State (No. 18).
· Texas was the Big 12 coaches choice as the 2008 preseason favorite, while four Longhorns earned places on the All-Big 12 Preseason Team and two earned preseason awards ... reigning AVCA National Freshman of the Year Juliann Faucette was named Preseason Co-Player of the Year, while freshman Rachael Adams garnered Preseason Freshman of the Year accolades ... the Horns' quartet of All-Americans, Faucette, junior opposite hitter/setter Ashley Engle, junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker and senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini were all named to the All-Big 12 Preseason Team.
· Texas' freshman class has been ranked No. 2 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine ... the class is highlighted No. 3 national recruit Rachael Adams and fellow Fab 50 selection Sydney Yogi ... highly touted setter Michelle Kocher will give UT options at setter, while Amber Roberson is a force on the outside ... Clayton Crum will add strength to the Longhorns' back row.
· Texas is 2-0 all-time at the AVCA Showcase, winning the event in 2006 with a pair of victories over Wisconsin (3-0) and Washington (3-2)
· The Horns return four All-Americans to the 2008 squad, including sophomore outside hitter Juliann Faucette who garnered first-team All-America honors in 2008 and captured AVCA National Freshman of the Year honors ... the Horns welcome back junior Destinee Hooker, a 2007 second-team All-American, senior Lauren Paolini, a third-team All-America choice and 2006 second teamer Ashley Engle ... UT returns four All-Americans for the second straight season.
· The 2008 Texas Volleyball team captains are junior Ashley Engle, junior Heather Kisner and senior Lauren Paolini.
· The trio of sophomore Juliann Faucette, junior Destinee Hooker and senior Lauren Paolini all took the spring semester off from school to train with the U.S. Women's National Training Team in Colorado Springs, Colo. ... the USA action marked the second straight year Longhorns competed internationally with the program ... in 2007, Ashley Engle and Jennifer Doris led the U.S. Junior National team to a fourth place finish at the FIVB U-20 Junior World Championship in Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand in the Summer of 2007.