Volleyball preview: Oklahoma
MATCH #16: No. 6 TEXAS (12-3, 8-1 Big 12) vs. No. 23 Oklahoma (15-4, 7-2 Big 12)
· Longhorns' senior setter Michelle Moriarty was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Oct. 15 after leading UT to sweeps of Baylor and Kansas last week ... The award is the fourth in the last six weeks for Texas ... Moriarty posted 16.33 assists per-game for the week, while adding 2.50 digs per-game ... She also led UT to a .404 hitting percentage against the Bears and Jayhawks.
· The Longhorns extended their season-best winning streak to eight matches with its three-game sweep of Kansas (Oct. 13) ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette headlined the Horns on the night with 22 kills on .432 hitting, while tallying nine digs and four total blocks ... Sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Engle added a kill/dig double-double with 11 kills and 13 digs and senior outside hitter Jen Christian registered 10 kills.
· Texas has claimed four of the last six Big 12 Conference Player of the Week awards and one AVCA National Player of the Week award ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty was the latest recipient of Big 12 POW honors (Oct. 15), after sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker claimed Big 12 and National honors on Oct. 1 ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette clinched POW honors on Sept. 17 and Hooker took home the accolade on Sept. 10.
· In Texas' 12 victories this season the Longhorns have limited their opponents to miniscule numbers ... in its wins, UT has held its opponents to a .150 hitting percentage, while holding five opponents to .093 hitting or less ... The Longhorns have forced 64 reception errors in the service game and have out-killed their opponents 705-to-502.
· Texas ranks 10th nationally in attendance with an average of 2,198 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.
· Sophomore outside hitter Destinee Hooker led the way for UT in its 3-0 victory over Baylor (Oct. 10), 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.
· In its eight 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 3.12 blocks p/g and rank second in hitting percentage (.339), assists (16.73) and kills (17.90) ... Individually, Juliann Faucette and Destinee Hooker rank first and second in kills p/g with 5.17 and 4.92 respectively ... Hooker leads the conference with 6.08 points p/g and ranks eighth in blocks (1.21) and seventh in service aces (0.38) ... Faucette ranks second in points (5.70) and eighth in hitting percentage (.359) ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty paces the conference with 15.03 assists p/g and middle blockers Brandy Magee and Lauren Paolini rank third and fourth respectively in hitting percentage at .424 and .377.
LAST TIME OUT: KANSAS (Oct. 13, 2007)
LAST TIME AGAINST Oklahoma (Oct. 21, 2006)