Volleyball preview: Nebraska
MATCH #17: No. 5 TEXAS (14-3, 10-1 Big 12) vs. No. 1 Nebraska (19-0, 11-0 Big 12)
LAST TIME AGAINST NEBRASKA (9/12/07)
· Texas dropped its Big 12 Conference opener to No. 1 Nebraska, 3-0 (30-24, 30-17, 30-25) in front of a capacity crowd of 4,167 at Nebraska Coliseum ... UT fell despite a 20-kill effort by freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette, who hit at a .351 clip for the night ... Texas was out-hit by Nebraska (8-0, 1-0 Big 12) on the night, .400-to-.217 ... Faucette highlighted the Texas attack, but it was Huskers' senior All-American Sarah Pavan that dominated the match, tallying 16 kills on .520 hitting to pace top-ranked Nebraska ... Texas' junior middle blocker Lauren Paolini added nine kills for the Longhorns, while senior setter Michelle Moriarty collected 37 assists and seven digs in the loss ... senior libero Alyson Jennings anchored the UT defense on the night with a team-high eight digs.
· Texas was ranked No. 5 in the CSTV/AVCA poll, released Monday, Oct. 15, moving up one spot for the second straight week ... UT advanced to No. 6 last week after spending six straight weeks in the No. 7 position ... Texas opened the season ranked No. 4 in the preseason poll, equaling its best preseason ranking in program history (1998).
· Longhorns' freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette was named Big 12 Player of the Week on Oct. 22 after leading UT to sweeps of No. 23 Oklahoma and Missouri last week ... The award is the fifth in the last seven weeks for Texas and the second of the season for Faucette ... Faucette posted 6.00 kills and 6.67 points per-game for the week, hitting at a .391 clip and averaging 3.00 digs and 1.17 blocks per-game.
· In its 10 Big 12 Conference victories, Texas has dropped just three games, going five games with then-No. 17 Kansas State and dropping one game at Texas Tech ... The Longhorns have recorded eight sweeps in Big 12 play and 11 sweeps on the year.
· Texas extended their season-best winning streak to 10 matches with their three-game sweep at Missouri (Oct. 20) ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette headlined the Texas attack in the victory, tallying 20 kills on .400 hitting and chipping six digs and four total blocks ... sophomore opposite hitter Ashley Engle pitched in with her 17th career kill/dig double-double, registering 11 kills and 12 digs, while posting a .500 attack mark.
· 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 (.371) ... senior Alyson Jennings moved into fourth place all-time in digs with her 11-dig effort against Iowa State (Sept. 19), and currently has 1,366 career digs ... Moriarty ranks 18th all-time with 846 career digs and ties with Jennings for 20th place with 381 career games played ... Magee ranks seventh in block assists (348), 10th in total blocks (379) and 16th in kills (977).
· 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.
· The Longhorns took advantage of an 11 kill, .733 hitting performance by junior middle blocker Lauren Paolini to knock off No. 23 Oklahoma, 3-0 (Oct. 17) ... Freshman outside hitter Juliann Faucette aided in the effort, adding her fourth career kill/dig double-double with 16 kills and 12 digs.
· In its 11 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 3.25 blocks p/g and second in hitting percentage (.350), assists (16.97) and kills (18.08) ... Individually, Juliann Faucette and Destinee Hooker rank first and third in kills p/g with 5.31 and 4.63 respectively ... Faucette leads the conference with 5.86 points p/g and eighth in hitting percentage (.365)and ranks ... Hooker ranks third in points (5.65) ... Senior setter Michelle Moriarty paces the conference with 15.31 assists p/g in league play and middle blockers Brandy Magee and Lauren Paolini rank third and fourth respectively in hitting percentage at .420 and .406.