Volleyball preview: Oklahoma
Nov. 24, 2011
Match 26: No. 5/3 TEXAS (21-4, 14-1 Big 12) vs. Oklahoma (21-10, 8-7 Big 12)
Texas holds the No. 3 spot in the most recent Volleyball Magazine Poll (Nov. 22) ... Texas' lone Big 12 foe in the poll is No. 14 Iowa State ... four of UT's non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 9 Penn State, No. 16 Pepperdine, No. 18 Florida, No. 19 Minnesota).
In the current release of the NCAA RPI (Nov. 21), Texas is ranked No. 4 ... the Horns trail No. 1 Illinois, No. 2 Iowa State and No. 3 Nebraska, while Purdue is No. 5.
The Horns clinched at least a share of the 2011 Big 12 Championship with their 3-0 win at Texas A&M on Nov. 23 ... Texas can win the title outright with a win over Oklahoma or an Iowa State loss to A&M ... the title is Texas' fifth Big 12 crown and fourth in five years (`97, `07-'09).
Texas improved to 13-1 in the Big 12 play with its sweep of Baylor and 3-1 win at Missouri last week ... sophomore setter Hannah Allison claimed Big 12 Player of the Week honors after setting the offense to a .354 team attack mark and averaging 13.67 assists, 2.17 digs, 1.83 points, 1.17 kills and 1.00 blocks per-set ... national freshman of the year candidate Haley Eckerman was tabbed the Big 12 Rookie of the Week after connecting for a team-best 3.71 kills per-set for the week and totaling 3.86 points.
Through Texas' first 25 matches senior middle blocker Rachael Adams is leading the way for the Longhorns ... she owns a Big 12-best .473 hitting percentage and ranks fifth in the league with 1.12 blocks per-set ... Adams currently ranks eighth in the NCAA in hitting percentage ... she is UT's all-time hitting leader with her .437 career mark.
The Horns are currently riding a 32-match home winning streak against Big 12 foes, which dates back to Nov. 1, 2008.
Texas is currently riding a 27-match home winning streak at Gregory Gym ... the Horns' winning streak dates back to Sept. 4, 2010 ... the streak ties for the longest in UT history and only trails the Texas record of 27 (Sept. 6, 1996-Nov. 20, 1998) ... UT's streak is the third-best in the NCAA, only trailing Cincinnati (48) and Nebraska (36).
In its four seasons, Texas' senior class has amassed a record of 106-14 (.883) and has posted the second-best winning percentage by any class in UT history ... the 2010 class owns the best winning percentage with its .889 mark ... the class has made three runs to the NCAA Semifinals, a trip to the 2009 NCAA Championship match and has won three Big 12 titles (2008-09, 2011).
Texas is hitting a Big 12 best .281 in 2011, marking its fifth-straight year to lead the league (2007: .343, 2008: .335, 2009: .338, 2010: .306).