Dec. 1, 2010
Matches 29-30: No. 6/6 TEXAS (23-5, 18-2 Big 12) at the NCAA First & Second Rounds
When: Friday, Dec. 3-4
Where: Austin, Texas (Gregory Gymnasium)
Live Stats and Internet Audio/Video: FREE on NCAA.com and GameTracker
Friday, Dec. 3
Match 1: No. 9/10 UCLA (21-8) vs. American (29-2) 4:30 p.m.
Match 2: No. 6/6 Texas (23-5) vs. UTSA (22-11) 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 4
Match 3: Match 1 Winner vs. Match 2 Winner 6:30 p.m.
TEXAS IN THE AVCA POLL
The Longhorns are ranked No. 6 in the most recent AVCA Division I Coaches Top 25 Poll (Nov. 29) ... Texas has now been ranked in the AVCA Top 25 for 109 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. 3 Nebraska, No. 14 Illinois and No. 16 Iowa State ... UT was No. 3 in the preseason poll.
HORNS IN THE VOLLEYBALL MAGAZINE POLL
Texas holds the No. 6 spot in the latest Volleyball Magazine Poll (Nov. 30) ... Big 12 foes in the poll include No. 3 Nebraska and No. 15 Iowa State ... three of Texas’ non-conference opponents are ranked (No. 1 Florida, No. 2 Stanford and No. 14 Illinois ).
TEXAS IN THE NCAA TOURNEY
HORNS CLAIM BIG 12 HONORS
The Horns enter the 2010 NCAA Tournament as the No. 9 overall seed and winners of their last 15 matches ... UT is seeded in the Austin Region along with No. 1 Florida, No. 8 Illinois and No. 16 Purdue …Texas is making its 27th tourney appearance which ties for seventh-best nationally ... The Horns own a 58-25 all-time mark in the tourney and are a perfect 23-0 in NCAA First Round matches.
Texas fared well in the 2010 Big 12 Conference awards with senior outside hitter Juliann Faucette
earning Player of the Year honors and head coach Jerritt Elliott
earning co-Coach of the Year accolades ... Faucette and junior middle blocker Rachael Adams
earned All-Big 12 First Team lauds ... senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris
and junior outside hitter Amber Roberson
were named honorable mention.
UT ranks atop the Big 12 and ranks No. 4 in the nation with its .304 team hitting percentage ... UT ranks No. 17 in the NCAA in kills with 14.34 kills per-set ... junior middle blocker Rachael Adams ranks No. 1 nationally with her .436 hitting percentage, while senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris holds the No. 3 spot with her .427 attack mark.
THE SENIOR CLASS
This year’s senior class has led Texas to a 108-15 mark in their four seasons, while posting a 74-6 record in Big 12 play … the class has led the Horns to a pair of NCAA Regional Finals, one NCAA Semifinal, one NCAA Championship match and three straight Big 12 Conference titles … the senior class is the winningest class in the history of UT Volleyball with its .878 career winning percentage.
LONE STAR STATE DOMINANCE
Since head coach Jerritt Elliott arrived in Austin, the Longhorns have emerged as the dominant volleyball program in the state of Texas ... the Longhorns have posted a 78-8 (.907) record against in-state opponents during the Elliott era, including an 20-0 mark against Texas Tech and an 19-1 mark against Baylor ... before Texas’ loss to Texas A&M on Sept. 16, 2010, UT had won 47-straight matches versus in-state foes with the streak dating back to Oct. 16, 2004.
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 .342 team hitting percentage and is averaging 13.71 assists and 2.36 digs per-set and led UT to a 12-0 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 47-4 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 15-match run ... the Longhorns are also riding a 25-match home winning streak against Big 12 Conference foes, which dates back to Nov. 1, 2008.