Aug. 30, 2011
Matches 3-4: No. 4/3 TEXAS (2-0, 0-0 Big 12) vs. No. 11/12 Minnesota (1-1, 0-0 Big Ten)
When: Friday, Sept. 2 at 7 p.m. Central & Saturday, Sept. 3 at 7 p.m. Central
Where: Minneapolis, Minn. (The Sports Pavilion)
Live Stats: Gametracker on TexasSports.com
Internet Audio: FREE Audio here
All-Time Record: Texas leads Minnesota, 2-1 (H: 1-0, A: 0-0, N: 1-1)
Last Meeting: Texas defeated Minnesota, 3-0 on Dec. 17, 2009 in the NCAA Semifinals
Series Streak: Texas won the last meeting
- The Longhorns are ranked No. 4 in the current AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Aug. 29) ... Texas has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 112 consecutive weeks, dating back to 2004 ... UT opponents in the poll include No. 2 Penn State, No. 6 Stanford, No. 9 Florida, No. 11 Minnesota, No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 19 Iowa State.
- Texas holds the No. 2 spot in the most recent Volleyball Magazine Poll (Aug. 30) ... Big 12 foes in the poll include No. 17 Oklahoma and No. 19 Iowa State ... four of Texas' non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 3 Penn State, No. 8 Stanford, No. 9 Florida and No. 12 Minnesota).
- On opening weekend at the Burnt Orange Classic the Horns notched a pair of 3-1 victories over Pepperdine and Ole Miss ... senior middle blocker Rachael Adams headlined Texas attack at the tourney averaging 4.56 points, 3.25 kills and 1.75 blocks per-set, while hitting at a team-best .500 clip ... she added three aces to her stat line and garnered Burnt Orange Classic Most Outstanding Player honors ... freshman outside hitter Khat Bell shined for Texas on the opening weekend of her collegiate career, recording 3.000 kills, 3.88 digs and 1.00 blocks per-set.
- Texas has been selected to finish first in the 2011 Big 12 Conference race in a vote of league head coaches ... the preseason ranking marks the third time in four seasons (2008, 2009) that the Longhorns have been picked to win the league ... UT received seven of the possible nine first-place votes, while tallying 63 points overall.
- Senior middle blocker Rachael Adams has been named a candidate for the 2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award ... she is one of 30 NCAA volleyball student-athletes nominated for this year's award.
- The Longhorns landed three players on the 2011 Burnt Orange Classic All-Tournament Team ... senior middle blocker Rachael Adams earned tourney most outstanding player honors, while freshman outside hitter Khat Bell and sophomore middle blocker Haley Cameron garnered all-tourney accolades.
- In Texas' season-opening victory over Pepperdine (Aug. 26) the Horns recorded 20.0 team blocks to mark the largest block total by UT since it posted 20.0 against Florida A&M on Sept. 2, 2010.