Volleyball preview: Texas A&M
MATCH #12: No. 7 TEXAS (8-3, 4-1 Big 12) vs. Texas A&M (12-4, 2-4 Big 12)
LAST TIME AGAINST TEXAS A&M (Nov. 8, 2006)
· Longhorns' sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker was named Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and Big 12 Conference Player of the Week on Oct. 1 after leading Texas to a pair of Big 12 Conference victories over Texas Tech and Colorado ... Hooker posted 5.43 kills per-game, while hitting at a .431 clip ... the sophomore averaged 1.57 digs and 1.29 blocks for the week and led Texas with a team-high 6.57 points per-game ... the award was her second of the season and fourth of her career.
· The Horns extended their four-game Big 12 Conference winning streak with their 3-0 victory over Colorado on Friday, Sept. 28 ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette led the way for the Longhorns with a match-high 18 kills, while hitting at a .412 clip ... As a team, Texas hit .400 for the match, out-hitting the Buffs who posted a .211 attack mark ... Sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker added 17 kills on .353 hitting, junior middle blocker Lauren Paolini and posted 11 kills and senior middle blocker Brandy Magee tallied 10 kills and posted an .833 attack mark.
· At Texas Tech, the Longhorns posted their best blocking effort in over five years, tallying 20.0 total blocks ... The mark was the best UT has posted since registering 22.0 blocks against Akron on Sept. 13, 2002 ... Senior middle blocker Brandy Magee (11 blocks), sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Engle (nine blocks) and sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker (eight blocks) all set new career-highs in blocks against the Red Raiders.
· In Texas' seven victories this season the Longhorns have limited their opponents to miniscule numbers ... in its wins, UT has held its opponents to a .136 hitting percentage, while holding four opponents to .093 hitting or less ... the Longhorns have forced 44 reception errors and have out-killed their opponents 458-to-322.
· Several current Longhorns are etching their names into the Texas career record books ... senior setter Michelle Moriarty claimed the top spot on the career assists chart in 2006 and Brandy Magee is UT's all-time leader in career hitting percentage ... senior Alyson Jennings moved into fourth-place all-time in digs with her 11-dig effort against Iowa State (Sept. 19), and currently has 1,292 career digs ... Magee ranks eighth in block assists (322) and 13th in total blocks (351).
· In nine career national television appearances sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker has shined ... in her first national broadcast this season, Hooker unloaded 23 kills, five blocks and a career-high 16 digs on Pepperdine ... last season in Texas' eight nationally televised matches, Hooker recorded 124 kills, including a 4.00 kill per-game average in those matches ... against Nebraska (Oct. 18), Hooker recorded a then career-high 24 kills on 39 swings, while hitting at a .538 clip ... Hooker has averaged 16.33 kills per-match and 4.2 kills per-game when the Horns are on television in her first two seasons.