Nov. 18, 2010
Match 26: No. 8/8 TEXAS (20-5, 15-2 Big 12) vs. Kansas (16-12, 7-10 Big 12)
When: Friday, Nov. 19 at 6:30 p.m. Central
Where: Austin, Texas (Gregory Gymnasium)
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All-Time Series Record: Texas leads Kansas, 28-4 (H: 13-1, A: 12-3, N: 3-0)
Last Meeting: Texas defeated Kansas, 3-0 on Oct. 20, 2010 in Lawrence
Current Streak: Texas has won the last 12 meetings
TEXAS IN THE AVCA POLL
The Longhorns are ranked No. 8 in the most recent AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 8) ... Texas has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 107 consecutive weeks, dating back to 2004 ... ... UT fell out of the Top 10 on Sept. 20 for the first time in 62 straight weeks ... Texas fell out of the top five on Sept. 13, snapping its 34-week streak in the top-five ... UT opponents in the poll include No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 9 Illinois and No. 16 Iowa State ... UT was No. 3 in the preseason poll.
HORNS IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Texas holds the No. 8 spot in the latest Volleyball Magazine Poll (Nov. 16) ... Big 12 foes in the poll include No. 5 Nebraska and No. 16 Iowa State ... three of Texas’ non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Stanford and No. 10 Illinois ).
TEXAS IN THE RPI
During Texas’ current 12-match winning streak it has posted some impressive numbers ... the Horns are hitting .346 during the stretch and averaging 15.73 kills per-set ... senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette has shouldered the load with 4.03 kills and 2.36 digs per-set, while hitting at a .295 clip ... junior outside hitter Amber Roberson is hitting .306 with 4.03 kills and 2.36 digs per-set
Texas ranks No. 13 in the NCAA RPI released on Nov. 15 ... Texas opponents in the RPI include No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Illinois, No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 Nebraska, No. 18 Iowa State, No. 25 Long Beach State and No. 27 Oklahoma.
HORNS KEEP ROLLING
The Horns extended their season-best winning streak to 12 matches when they defeated Missouri, 3-0 on Nov. 17 ... senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette headlined the Horns attack with 16 kills and hit at a .324 clip ... junior middle blocker Rachael Adams reemerged in the middle connecting for 11 kills on .714 hitting, while junior outside hitter Amber Roberson returned from a two-match hiatus to log nine kills and hit .273.
UT IN THE BIG 12 STATS
Through 17 Big 12 matches the Longhorns are blanketing the stats in conference matches and lead the league with .311 team hitting percentage ... senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris headlines the league with a .444 attack mark and junior middle blocker Rachael Adams is No. 2 in the conference with a .434 hitting percentage ... Adams ranks third with 1.32 blocks per-set.
FAUCETTE’S CAREER WEEK NETS BIG 12 POW HONORS
Senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette shouldered the load for the Longhorns attack for the week, willing Texas to a pair of road victories at Baylor and at Texas Tech en route to claiming her second Big 12 Player of the Week (Nov. 15) honor of the year and the fourth of her career ... she continued her recent hot stint, pushing her streak of consecutive matches with 24 or more kills to three straight ... on the week she averaged 7.06 points, 6.75 kills and 2.75 digs per-set, while hitting at a red hot .398 clip ... she notched a career-high 30 kills in UT’s victory at Baylor.
Texas landed six players on the 2010 Academic All-Big 12 Team ... senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris and junior libero Sydney Yogi each earned spots on the first team, while senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette, junior middle blocker Rachael Adams, junior setter Michelle Kocher and sophomore opposite hitter Sha’Dare McNeal claimed places on the second team.
HORNS NOTCH 20TH WIN
Head coach Jerritt Elliott and the Longhorns are 20-5 on the year and have captured its seventh-straight season with 20 or more victories ... in each of the last six years, UT has posted no fewer than 24 wins.
KOCHER BACK AT THE HELM
Junior setter Michelle Kocher’s career at Texas has been a self-described rollercoaster and she is back on the ascent since taking over for an injured Hannah Allison on Oct. 16 ... since taking the reins, Kocher has led the Horns to a .348 team hitting percentage and is averaging 13.32 assists and 2.23 digs per-set and led UT to an 9-0 record ... Kocher was a full-time starter in 2008 and won Big 12 Freshman of the Year honors en route to leading Texas to the NCAA Semifinals and joined the lineup in UT’s 6-2 system midseason in 2009 to help the Horns to the NCAA Finals ... as a starter, Kocher owns a career record of 44-4 and UT has not lost a match she has started since the 2008 NCAA Semifinals.
Texas is currently riding its longest winning streak of the season with its 12-match run ... the Longhorns are also riding a 23-match home winning streak against Big 12 Conference foes, which dates back to Nov. 1, 2008.
LAST TIME VS. KANSAS (Nov. 19)
Junior outside hitter Amber Roberson hammered out 19 kills to lift Texas to a 3-0 (29-27, 25-21, 25-17) win at Kansas ... Roberson led the way with her .395 hitting effort and added eight digs, while junior middle blocker Rachael Adams connected for 11 kills on .562 hitting ... senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris added 10 kills in the win and senior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette chipped in nine kills.