Volleyball preview: Missouri
Oct. 16, 2008
MATCH #16: No. 3 TEXAS (13-2, 7-1 Big 12) vs. Missouri (9-9, 3-5 Big 12)
The Longhorns' 3-1 victory at Texas A&M (10/15) gave the Longhorns their seventh straight victory, marking UT's longest winning streak of the season ... All-Americans Ashley Engle (11 kills), Lauren Paolini (10 kills) and Destinee Hooker (20 kills) each tallied double-digit kill totals in the win, while freshman setter Michelle Kocher dished out 40 assists and recorded 13 digs.
Texas is hitting a conference-best .351 in league play, holding a large .074 edge on second-place Nebraska which is hitting .277 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 .591, registering 83 kills on 132 swings, while committing just five attack errors in eight matches ... Paolini has recorded four error-free matches so far in Big 12 action ... junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker ranks seventh in the league with a .341 attack mark, while leading the Big 12 with 5.29 points and 4.52 kills per-set ... freshman setter Michelle Kocher paces the conference in league play with 12.03 assists per-set.
The Horns' current 21-match home winning streak is the third-best in school history and spans from Sept. 7, 2007 to present ... the Longhorns; regular-season winning streak of 21 matches was snapped against Stanford on Aug. 31, but it stands as the third-longest streak in UT history.
The Longhorns are currently riding a 24-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.
Senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini has shined in Texas' eight Big 12 Conference matches ... Paolini has only committed five hitting errors in Big 12 play ... she is hitting a Big 12-best .488 on the year and a league-best .591 in conference matches ... Paolini has notched four error-free efforts in league play ... she committed zero errors and hit at an .800 clip against Nebraska (9/20), recorded zero miscues, while hitting .600 at Kansas (9/27), went error-free and hit 1.000 against No. 17 Kansas State (10/4) and tallied 10 kills on .714 hitting with zero errors at Texas A&M (10/15).