Hooker and Kisner cop Big 12 Volleyball Player of the Week honors
Sept. 2, 2008
IRVING, Texas -- Texas junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker and junior libero Heather Kisner have been named the Big 12 Conference Player and Defensive Player of the Week after headlining the Longhorns in their two matches at the Runza AVCA Volleyball Showcase last weekend. The award is the fifth weekly honor of Hooker's career and the first for Kisner.
Hooker anchored No. 4 Texas' attack last week in a pair of top-five matchups with then-No.2 Stanford and then-No.4 USC. The San Antonio, Texas, native hammered out 31 kills, 3.88 kills per-set and hit at a .333 clip for the weekend. Hooker added 1.88 digs per-set and chipped in five total blocks. The 6-4 outside hitter recorded her first kill/dig double-double of the season in the Longhorns tight five-set loss to Stanford.
Kisner was a standout in her first collegiate matches as the Horns' starting libero. The Sugar Land, Texas, native recorded 40 kills to the tune of 5.00 digs per-set in Texas' two top-five matchups. Kisner registered a career-high 22 digs in UT's season-opening victory over USC, averaging 7.33 digs per-set.
Nebraska sophomore setter Sydney Anderson earned the conference's inaugural Rookie of the Week award after leading the Huskers to a 2-0 record at the AVCA Showcase.
Kisner, Hooker and the Longhorns return to action Thursday, Sept. 5 when they travel to Las Cruces, N.M. for the New Mexico State Tournament. On Thursday, Texas takes on Utah at 5:30 p.m. Central and on Friday it clashes with New Mexico State at 8 p.m. Central.