Volleyball preview: Texas Tech
Oct. 20, 2008
MATCH #17: No. 3 TEXAS (14-2, 8-1 Big 12) vs. Texas Tech (5-16, 0-10 Big 12)
In the Longhorns 3-1 win over Texas A&M (10/15) and sweep of Missouri (10/17), junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker averaged5.43 kills per-set and hit .397 with 2.14 digs and 1.00 blocks per-set ... junior libero Heather Kisner highlighted the defensive effort, tallying 4.14 digs per-set en route to earning Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... the award was the second weekly honor of the year for Kisner ... the Horns are currently riding an eight-match winning streak.
Following its loss to Nebraska (Sept. 12, 2007), Texas ran off 23 straight victories en route to making its second straight NCAA Regional finals appearance ... in 2008, the Horns are riding an eight match winning streak since falling to the No. 2 Huskers on Sept. 20 in Lincoln, Neb.
Since head coach Jerritt Elliott arrived in Austin, the Longhorns have emerged as the dominant volleyball program in the state of Texas ... the Longhorns have posted a 58-7 (.892) record against in-state opponents during the Elliott era, including a 14-0 mark against Texas Tech and a 14-1 mark against Baylor ... Texas has won its last 32 matches versus in-state foes, last dropping a match on Oct. 16, 2004 to Texas A&M.
Texas is hitting a conference-best .356 in league play, holding a large .079 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 .593, registering 92 kills on 145 swings, while committing just six attack errors in nine matches ... Paolini has recorded four error-free matches so far in Big 12 action ... junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker ranks eighth in the league with a .347 attack mark, while leading the Big 12 with 5.50 points and 4.66 kills per-set ... freshman setter Michelle Kocher paces the conference in league play with 12.03 assists per-set.
Freshman setter Michelle Kocher has not missed a beat making the transition from high school to college, assuming the Horns' helm vacated by three-time All-American Michelle Moriarty ... Kocher's efficiency is comparable to her football counterpart Colt McCoy, leading UT to a .339 team hitting percentage, while averaging 10.94 assists per-set and 2.02 digs per-set ... in Big 12 play, Kocher ranks atop the Big 12 stats with 12.03 assists per-set and has helped Texas to a .356 attack mark in league play ... the freshman has recorded five assist-dig double doubles to date.
Senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini has shined in Texas' nine Big 12 Conference matches ... Paolini has only committed six hitting errors in Big 12 play ... she is hitting a Big 12-best .494 on the year and a league-best .593 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).