Volleyball preview: Iowa State
MATCH #8: No. 18 TEXAS (6-1, 1-0 Big 12) at IOWA STATE (6-5, 0-1 Big 12)
When: Saturday, September 17, 2005 at 7 p.m. Central
· The Big 12 Conference is celebrating its 10th anniversary this season ... the league will release a 10th Anniversary All-Big 12 team in November, which will be voted on by media members and coaches.
· So far this season, Texas has used a steady rotation of two freshmen, four sophomores and three juniors, routinely starting a total of five freshmen or sophomores.
· Texas has an all-time program record of 868-325-14 (.725).
· The Longhorns have won five matches in a row, the team's longest stretch since also winning five in a row last year (Oct. 23 vs. Kansas State through Nov. 3 at Colorado) ... in the current stretch, UT has averaged a .368 hitting percentage, 16.65 kills/game, 15.29 assists/game and 2.47 aces/game.
· After serving only three aces and 25 service errors in its first two matches of the season, the Longhorns have collected 42 aces and just 48 service errors in their last five matches ... Texas is 5-0 when leading a match in aces ... Kiley Hall had a career-high four aces in the team's 3-1 victory over Colorado on Wednesday ... Lauren Paolini leads the team in aces with 17 and combined with Hall, the duo has accounted for 56 percent of the team's aces.
· For the first time this season, a non-freshman led the team in kills last match ... Leticia Armstrong had a career-best 24 kills in the win over the Buffs ... prior to Wednesday's match, Lauren Paolini had led Texas in kills in each of the Horns' previous six matches this season.
· For the second time in as many seasons, a UT middle blocker tallied 24 kills against Colorado ... Leticia Armstrong's 24 kills on Wednesday were bolstered by Brandy Magee's 18 ... last season, Magee connected for a career-high 24 kills ... for her effort that week, Magee won her first Big 12 Player of the Week honor.
· After playing sparingly in 2004, Leticia Armstrong has come on to be a force for the Horns ... she is second on the team in hitting percentage (.422) and is ranked in the conference in both hitting percentage (second) and blocking (eighth, 1.28/game).
· Texas has led the match in both kills and hitting percentage in each of its seven matches this season ... UT has hit above .325 in each of its last five matches, including four matches of .368 or better.
· Texas has won its last eight home matches and 18 of the its last 19 at Gregory Gym.