Trio earns Volleyball All-America honors
SAN ANTONIO -- A trio of Texas volleyball players earned 2005 American Volleyball Coaches Association All-America honors, marking the first time UT placed three on the All-America teams since 1995.
Leticia Armstrong, Brandy Magee and Michelle Moriarty - each a First-Team All-Big 12 and First-Team AVCA All-Central Region performer - were among 102 student-athletes (12 first team, 12 second team, 12 third team and 66 honorable mention) honored by the AVCA on Wednesday in conjunction with the NCAA Championship at the Alamodome.
Armstrong earned second-team honors and Magee nabbed third-team honors, while Moriarty was an honorable mention performer to become the 25th, 26th and 27th Longhorns to earn All-America honors. In total, UT has claimed 50 separate All-America honors in its 32-year program history.
Each player earned the first All-America honor of her career.
Armstrong, a 6-1 sophomore middle blocker from Elkhart, Ind., paced the team most of the season in hitting percentage, while also leading the team in total blocks (135) and blocks per game (1.36). She finished the season hitting .356, with 316 kills for a 3.19 kills per game mark. In Big 12 matches, Armstrong ranked in the top 10 among all league players in four different categories.
Magee, a 6-2 junior middle blocker from Mission Viejo, Calif., led the team in hitting percentage (.377) and is currently ranked 24th nationally in the category as the sport enters the NCAA Final Four this weekend. That mark is the third-highest single-season hitting mark in Texas history. Magee was second on the UT squad with 321 kills and a 3.24 kills per game mark, while also recording a career-high 109 blocks (1.10 blocks per game). Magee finished the Big 12 slate ranked in four different categories (hitting percentage, blocks, aces and points).
Moriarty, a 5-10 sophomore setter from Houston, recorded 1,392 assists this season, the eighth-highest single-season total in UT history. Moriarty's 13.38 assists per game average ranks 10th nationally, as she led the Horns to a .272 team hitting percentage. In the last two years, Moriarty has quarterbacked UT to its top two hitting marks in program history as the '04 Horns hit a program record .305. Moriarty ranked second in the Big 12 in assists and will begin her junior season 431 assists shy of sixth place in the UT career assists records.
This year's three selections marks the third year in a row Texas placed at least two players on All-America squads. Mira Topic '04 and Bethany Howden '04 were both honorable mention selections in 2003 before gaining first-team and second-team honors, respectively, in 2005. Topic was also a third-team pick as a sophomore in 2002 after being voted a freshman All-America in 2001.
Texas (24-5) finished the season second in the Big 12 Conference and earned an at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament, where the team fell in the second round to No. 7 Hawaii. UT is ranked No. 13 in the latest AVCA Coaches poll after capturing a 20-win season for the second time in as many years.