No. 3 Volleyball lands four on AVCA All-Region Team
Dec. 10, 2008
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- The third-ranked Texas Volleyball team placed a total of four players on the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Central Region team, earning three first-team nods and one honorable mention award.
Texas (27-3) landed junior opposite hitter Ashley Engle, junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker, and senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini on the first-team, while sophomore outside hitter Juliann Faucette earned an honorable mention nod. All four players advance to the ballot for AVCA All-America honors, which will be announced next week in conjunction with the 2008 NCAA Volleyball Championships in Omaha, Neb.
Engle, a Yorba Linda, Calif., native, nabs her third all-region honor and her second first team award (2006). The junior ranks second on the Texas squad with 3.00 kills and 2.22 digs per-set, while hitting at a .324 clip and averaging 1.03 assists and 0.74 blocks per-set.
Hooker, a San Antonio, Texas, native, added her third career first-team honor after highlighting Texas' offense in 2008. Hooker ranks second in the Big 12 in kills (4.11), first in points (4.92) per-set and ranks seventh in the league with a .330 hitting percentage.
Paolini, an Ann Arbor, Mich., native, earned her second all-region honor after claiming first-team All-Big 12 honors earlier this season. The junior ranks second nationally with a .484 hitting percentage and ranks second on the UT squad with 94 total blocks.
Faucette, a San Diego, Calif., native, earns her second all-region honor after claiming first-team honors and region freshman of the year in 2007. The sophomore ranks third on the Texas team with 2.94 kills per-set, while adding 1.75 digs per-set and 64 total blocks.
The Longhorns return to action Friday, Dec.12 when they take on No. 9 UCLA in the NCAA Austin Regional at Gregory Gym. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Central. The winners of the two semifinal matches will meet Saturday at 5:30 p.m. Central to determine which team advances to the NCAA Championship.