Sept. 24, 2009
Match 9: No. 2/2 TEXAS (8-0, 3-0 Big 12) vs. No. 6/6 Nebraska (9-3, 2-1 Big 12)
When: Saturday, Sept. 26 at 1 p.m. Central
Where: Lincoln, Neb. (Nebraska Coliseum)
Live Stats: Huskers.com
Internet Audio/Video: FREE on TexasSports.TV
Television: NET Television in the state of Nebraska
All-Time Series Record: Texas trails Nebraska, 13-29 (H: 9-10, A: 2-17, N: 2-2)
Last meeting with Nebraska: UT defeated NU, 3-1 (25-19, 21-25, 25-22, 25-22) on Nov. 19, 2008
Current Streak: Texas and Nebraska split the 2008 season series
Texas in Lincoln: UT has not defeated NU in Lincoln since Nov. 4,1988
Nebraska at the Coliseum: NU owns an 82-match winning streak at the Coliseum that dates back to 2004
Texas is off to the third-best start in UT history ... its 8-0 start is the best since 2004 when the Horns began the year 16-0 ... the program record was set in 1990 when UT opened the year 26-0.
Texas is 8-0 on the season with seven of its wins coming against ranked opponents ... Texas' season-opening streak of seven wins against ranked opponents was the longest in program history, while the seven straight matches against ranked opponents tied a UT record set in 1995 ... the Horns have defeated No. 4 Hawaii, No. 10 Iowa State, No. 10 California, No. 15 San Diego, No. 19 Saint Louis, No. 23 Long Beach State and No. 24 Baylor in 2009.
IN THE BIG 12 STATS
The Longhorns rank atop the Big 12 and rank fourth in the nation with their .324 team hitting percentage ... UT leads the NCAA in blocking with 3.48 blocks per-set ... senior All-America setter Ashley Engle ranks second in the conference in hitting with a .395 attack mark, while senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker leads the league with 4.54 kills and 5.48 points per-set.
LAST TIME OUT: COLORADO
Texas kept its unbeaten streak alive with its 3-0 (25-14, 25-18, 25-8) win over Colorado at the Coors Event Center ... senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker paced the Horns attack with a kill/dig double-double (10 kills and 10 digs) and a .381 attack mark ... junior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette added nine kills on .444 hitting, while sophomore middle blocker Rachael Adams and senior All-America setter Ashley Engle each posted five kills.
TEXAS IN THE AVCA POLL
The Longhorns are ranked No. 2 in the most recent AVCA Division I Coaches Poll (Sept. 21) ... UT received seven first-place votes ... Texas' No. 2 preseason ranking was its highest ranking in the AVCA poll since UT finished the 1995 season ranked second ... UT has now been ranked in the Top 10 for 47 straight weeks ... UT opponents in the poll include, No. 4 Hawaii, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 11 Iowa State, No.12 California, 22 San Diego, No. 23 Saint Louis, No. 24 Baylor and No. 25 Long Beach State.
HORNS IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Texas holds the No. 2 spot in the current Volleyball Magazine Poll (Sept. 22) ... the Horns trail two-time defending NCAA Champion Penn State in the poll by eight points 276-to-268 ... Big 12 foes Nebraska and Iowa State hold the No. 6 and No. 10 positions, respectively ... two of Texas' non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 4 Hawaii, No. 12 California).
Texas is currently riding a 17-match regular-season winning streak that dates back to Nov. 1, 2008 against Texas A&M ... Texas also currently owns a 11-match home winning streak at Gregory Gymnasium dating back to Nov. 1, 2008.
SUCCESS IN BIG 12 PLAY
In 14 years of Big 12 Conference play the Longhorns own a 195-65 (.750) mark in league action ... Texas' all-time Big 12 record ranks second to only Nebraska ... during head coach Jerritt Elliott's nine-year tenure, Texas has posted a 120-42 (.741) record against Big 12 foes ... the Longhorns 19-1 record in 2007 was its best mark since the inception of the league.