Volleyball's Magee lost for season with injury
AUSTIN, Texas -- University of Texas 6-2 senior middle blocker Brandy Magee, an 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association Third Team All-American, has been lost for the 2006 season after suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) of her right knee.
Magee (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley HS) suffered the injury in UT's season-opening 3-0 victory over No. 9 Wisconsin on Friday (Aug. 25) at the AVCA Showcase tourney in Madison, Wisconsin.
Magee will undergo surgery at a later date to repair the torn ACL.
The eighth-ranked Longhorns (2-0) opened their season last weekend by winning the prestigious American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Showcase tourney in Madison, Wisconsin. After defeating the host Badgers, Texas upset No. 3 ranked and defending NCAA champion Washington, 3-2, in the championship match.
"You are always disappointed to lose one of your players to an injury, but unfortunately, that is part of the game," noted UT volleyball head coach Jerritt Elliott. "Brandy has played a key role in our success the last several years, and is dominating on the floor. Although we will greatly miss her presence on the court, we all know that she will be there with her leadership in the locker room, on the bench, and in practices and that she will work hard during her rehab period. After losing Brandy in the first match last weekend against Washington, we showed our depth and composure in making lots of adjustments in the lineup, and we came back and beat defending champion Washington the next night. That was a real positive for us, and now we will rely on some of our younger players as we go forward this season."
Last year, Magee also earned All-Big 12 First Team honors as she appeared in all 29 matches for the 24-5 Longhorns, starting 28. She led the team in hitting percentage (.377) and was ranked 24th nationally and third in the Big 12 in that category. Magee's .377 mark was the third-highest single-season average in UT history, and she stands as Texas' career leader in attack percentage (.363).
Texas is back in action on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 1-2 at the Asics Classic at Pepperdine University. UT will meet No. 19 Pepperdine (0-2) on Friday at 9:30 p.m. CDT before taking on 3-0 Cal Poly (2 p.m. CDT) and 2-1 Long Island (7:30 p.m. CDT) on Saturday.