Volleyball preview: Texas Tech
Nov. 8, 2011
Match 21: No. 8/6 TEXAS (16-4, 9-1 Big 12) at Texas Tech (15-11, 1-10 Big 12)
Texas holds the No. 6 spot in the most recent Volleyball Magazine Poll (Nov. 8) ... Texas' lone Big 12 foe in the poll is No. 13 Iowa State ... four of UT's non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 9 Penn State, No. 14 Pepperdine, No. 16 Minnesota, No. 18 Florida).
In the current release of the NCAA RPI (Nov. 7), Texas is ranked No. 4 ... the Horns trail No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Nebraska and No. 3 Iowa State, while Northern Iowa is No. 5.
Texas improved to 9-1 in the Big 12 with its 3-2 victory at Kansas last weekend ... sophomore outside hitter Bailey Webster connected for a career-best 17 kills in the win, while hitting at a .308 clip in the win and posting a career-high three solo blocks and equaling a season-high with six total blocks .... senior All-America middle blocker Rachael Adams and freshman outside hitter Haley Eckerman joined Webster in double figures with 12 kills apiece.
Through Texas' first 20 matches senior middle blocker Rachael Adams is leading the way for the Longhorns ... the All-American ranks No. 1 in the Big 12 with her .381 hitting percentage and fourth in the Big 12 with 1.18 blocks per-set ... she averaged 1.80 blocks per-set at the elite Nike Big Four Classic (Sept. 9-10) and went on to win Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week honors ... Adams currently ranks 20th in the NCAA in hitting percentage.
After a slow start to her sophomore campaign, opposite hitter Bailey Webster has come on strong for the Horns ... Webster hit .210 and averaged 1.74 kills in UT's first eight matches, but has shined in her last 12 outings, hitting .392 with 3.18 kills per-set.
After running a 6-2 offense in its first nine matches of the season, Texas has switched to a 5-1 system in its last 11 matches ... in the first nine matches, Texas hit .212 as a team and posted a 6-3 record ... since switching to the 5-1 system, UT is hitting .313 as a unit and owns an 10-1 record.
Senior middle blocker Rachael Adams has benefitted greatly from the return of Sha'Dare McNeal who was missing from the Horns front row in 13 matches after injuring her knee in the season opener ... McNeal's return has allowed Adams to have more one-on-one opportunities and boost her hitting percentage 76 points ... Adams has hit .438 in the six matches since McNeal's return after hitting .362 in the first 14 matches ... since McNeal returned all of Texas' starting hitters are hitting .281 or better.