Volleyball preview: Missouri
MATCH #8: No. 7 TEXAS (4-3, 0-1 Big 12) vs. Missouri (7-2, 0-0 Big 12)
· Sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker led No. 7 Texas to victories over Pepperdine and Cal State Bakersfield last weekend (Sept. 6-7) at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational enroute to earning tournament MVP honors and Big 12 Conference Player of the Week accolades ... Hooker averaged 5.57 kills, 3.34 digs and 1.00 blocks per-game for the weekend.
· The Longhorns dropped their Big 12 Conference opener at No. 1 Nebraska on Sept. 12, falling to the Huskers, 3-0 ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette highlighted the UT offense on the night, recording 20 kills on .351 hitting ... The match was Faucette's second straight 20+-kill match ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty paced the Horns on the night with 37 assists and seven digs ... The Huskers out-hit the Longhorns .400-to-.217 in the match, while both teams were marred by a combined 19 service errors.
· Five Longhorns garnered honors at the 2007 Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational, including sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker, who captured MVP honors ... Senior libero Alyson Jennings added Best Libero honors, while senior setter Michelle Moriarty, freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette and senior middle blocker Brandy Magee each garnered all-tournament accolades.
· Texas has been in the national spotlight of late, earning coveted spots on the cover of Volleyball Magazine and VBall Magazine's Collegiate Preview issues ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty was featured on the cover of Volleyball, while the Texas team is showcased in a four-page spread inside the magazine ... Sophomore opposite hitter/setter Ashley Engle graces the cover of VBall and is featured with a full-page Q&A inside the issue.
· Texas' incoming recruiting class has been ranked No. 2 in the country by PrepVolleyball.com and Volleyball Magazine ... The class is highlighted by No. 2 national recruit Juliann Faucette and No. 3 national recruit Jennifer Doris ... High school All-American Elizabeth Graham adds depth to the class, while defensive specialists Chelsey Klein and Alexandra Lewis strengthen the Longhorns' back row.