Oct. 29, 2009
Match 18: No. 2/2 TEXAS (17-0, 12-0 Big 12) vs. No. 8/9 Nebraska (16-5, 9-3 Big 12)
When: Friday, Oct. 30 at 6 pm Central
Where: Austin, Texas (Gregory Gymnasium)
Television: FSN (live on FSN Southwest, Midwest, Mountain, Southwest-PLUS, Houston) \
Brent Stover (pxp) and Kathi Wieskamp (color) will call the action
Live Stats: GameTracker
All-Time Series Record: Texas trails Nebraska, 14-29 (H: 9-10, A: 3-17, N: 2-2)
Last meeting with Nebraska: Texas defeated Nebraska, 3-1 (25-22, 18-25, 25-17, 25-17) on Sept. 26, 2009
Current Streak: Texas has won the last two meetings
TEXAS No. 1 in NCAA RPI
In the most recent release of the NCAA RPI (Oct. 26), Texas ranks No. 1 ... No. 2 Florida State, No. 3 Penn State, No. 4 Illinois and No. 5 Minnesota round out the top five ... Big 12 rivals Iowa State and Nebraska rank No. 10 and No. 12, respectively.
TEXAS IN THE AVCA POLL
The Longhorns are ranked No. 2 in the most recent AVCA Division I Coaches Poll (Oct. 26) ... UT received eight first-place votes ... Texas' No. 2 preseason ranking was its highest ranking in the AVCA poll since UT finished the 1995 season ranked second ... UT has now been ranked in the Top 10 for 52 straight weeks ... UT opponents in the poll include, No. 3 Hawaii, No. 8 Nebraska, No. 9 Iowa State, No. 14 California, No. 19 San Diego, No. 22 Baylor, No. 24 Saint Louis and No. 25 Texas A&M.
HORNS IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Texas holds the No. 2 spot in the current Volleyball Magazine Poll (Oct. 27) ... the Horns trail two-time defending NCAA Champion Penn State in the poll by 10 points 278-to-268 ... Big 12 foes Iowa State and Nebraska hold the No. 8 and No. 9 positions, respectively ... two of Texas' non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 3 Hawaii, No.15 California).
Texas is off to the second-best start in UT history ... its 17-0 start is the best since 2004 when the Horns began the year with 16 straight wins ... the Texas record was set in 1990 when UT opened 26-0.
Texas is currently riding a 26-match regular-season winning streak that dates back to Nov. 1, 2008 against Texas A&M ... the regular-season streak ties for the longest in program history (1990) ... Texas currently owns a 16-match home winning streak at Gregory Gym dating back to Nov. 1, 2008.
UT IN THE BIG 12 STATS
The Longhorns rank atop the Big 12 and rank second in the nation with their .329 team hitting percentage ... UT ranks No. 4 in the NCAA in blocking with 3.00 blocks per-set ... senior All-America setter Ashley Engle ranks No. 1 in the conference in hitting with a .395 attack mark, while senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker ranks fourth in hitting (.350) and leads the league with 4.70 kills and 5.62 points per-set.
TOUGH ROW TO HOE
Texas is 17-0 on the season with nine of its wins coming against ranked opponents ... Texas' season-opening streak of seven wins against ranked opponents was the longest in program history, while the seven straight matches against ranked opponents tied a UT record set in 1995 ... the Horns have defeated No. 4 Hawaii, No. 6 Nebraska, No. 10 Iowa State, No. 10 California, No. 15 San Diego, No. 19 Saint Louis, No. 23 Long Beach State, No. 24 Baylor and No. 25 Texas A&M in 2009.
The Longhorns rank fifth nationally in attendance, averaging 3,226 fans per home contest.