Volleyball preview: Kansas
MATCH #15: No. 7 TEXAS (11-3, 7-1 Big 12) vs. Kansas (10-8, 3-5 Big 12)
· The Longhorns extended their season-best winning streak to seven games with their 3-0 victory over Baylor (Oct. 10) ... Sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker led the way for UT, connecting for a match-high 17 kills on . 615 hitting, while committing just one error ... Sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Engle posted her first kill/dig double-double of the season in the victory, tallying 11 kills and 10 digs.
· Texas downed No. 17 Kansas State (Oct. 6), earning its first five-game victory of the season, 3-2 ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty steadied the Texas attack in the match, registering 55 assists, 10 digs and four blocks, while posting her second straight assist/dig double-double ... Junior middle blocker Lauren Paolini helped the Horns to victory with 11 kills, a .611 attack mark, zero hitting errors and nine total blocks.
· In its seven Big 12 Conference matches, Texas has been impressive, ranking near the top of virtually every league statistical category in league play ... The Longhorns rank first in the league with 3.15 blocks p/g and rank second in hitting percentage (.334), assists (16.48) and kills (17.67) ... Individually, Juliann Faucette and Destinee Hooker rank first and second in kills p/g with 4.93 and 4.92 respectively ... Hooker leads the conference with 6.08 points p/g and ranks 10th in blocks (1.21) and eighth in service aces (0.38) ... Faucette ranks third in points (5.44) and eighth in hitting percentage (.348) ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty paces the conference with 14.81 assists p/g and middle blockers Brandy Magee and Lauren Paolini rank third and fifth respectively in hitting percentage at .421 and .369
· 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 (.370) ... senior Alyson Jennings moved into fourth-place all-time in digs with her 11-dig effort against Iowa State (Sept. 19), and currently has 1,322 career digs ... Moriarty ranks 20th all-time with 827 career digs and ties with Jennings for 20th place with 372 career games played ... Magee ranks eighth in block assists (335), 11th in total blocks (366) and 16th in kills (958).
· Texas ranks 12th nationally in attendance with an average of 2,099 fans at its 2007 home dates ... UT fans packed Gregory Gym Friday, Sept. 7 when 2,637 fans watched Texas take on Pepperdine, marking the largest crowd this season ... Texas ranked ninth nationally with an average of 2,169 fans at its 2006 home dates.
· 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.
LAST TIME OUT: BAYLOR (Oct. 10, 2007)
LAST TIME AGAINST KANSAS (Nov. 1, 2006)