Volleyball preview: No. 17 Kansas State
Oct. 2, 2008
MATCH #12: No. 3 TEXAS (9-2, 3-1 Big 12) vs. No. 17 Kansas State (14-2, 4-1 Big 12)
• Texas is hitting a conference-best .314 in league play, holding a large .036 edge on second-place Baylor which is hitting .278 in the Big 12 ... senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Paolini is leading the way for UT in league play, hitting a Big 12-best .551, registering 46 kills on 78 swings, while committing just three attack errors in four matches ... Paolini has recorded two error-free matches so far in Big 12 action ... junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker ranks seventh in the league with a .369 attack mark, while leading the Big 12 with 5.40 points and 4.80 kills per-set.
• Junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker and freshman setter Michelle Kocher were named the Big 12 Conference Player and Rookie of the Week (9/29) after leading the Longhorns to victories over Iowa State and Kansas last week ... the award is the sixth weekly honor of Hooker's career and the first for Kocher ... Hooker registered 5.57 kill per-set, while hitting .464 last week ... Kocher averaged 10.86 assists per-set and led UT to a .345 attack mark.
• In the most recent release of the NCAA Statistics (Sept. 28), the Longhorns rank fifth on the national charts in hitting with their .315 attack mark ... Texas ranks No. 17 in blocks per-set with 2.72 ... senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Paolini ranks No. 4 nationally in hitting percentage with a .446 attack mark. ... junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle holds the No. 26 position with 0.50 aces per-set ... junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker ranks 25th in the NCAA with 4.14 kills per-set.
• Senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini has shined in Texas' four Big 12 Conference matches ... committing zero errors and hitting at an .800 clip against Nebraska (9/20) and recording zero miscues, while hitting .600 at Kansas (9/27) ... Paolini's has only committed three hitting errors in four Big 12 matches ... she is hitting a Big 12-best .443 on the year and a league-best .551 in conference matches.
• The Longhorns are currently riding a 22-match regular season home winning streak, dating back to Texas' win over Oklahoma on Oct. 21, 2006 ... in 2007 the Longhorns were a perfect 15-0 in the friendly confines of Gregory Gymnasium ... Texas owned a 45-2 games won mark in its 15 home victories in 2007.
• Junior libero Heather Kisner had some big shoes to fill in 2008, stepping into the UT libero spot that was held by Alyson Jennings for four years ... Kisner has responded well, averaging 4.60 digs per-set and 5.00 digs per-set in league play to spearhead the Texas defense ... the Sugar Land, Texas, native ranks third in the Big 12 in digs per-set.