No. 2 Texas Stays Unbeaten With Sweep of No. 8 Nebraska
Oct. 30, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 2 Texas Volleyball team completed the season sweep against Nebraska for the first time in Big 12 history, sweeping the Huskers Friday night in front of 4,009 rowdy fans at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-22, 26-24, 25-19 victory improved the Longhorns to 18-0 on the year and 13-0 in Big 12 play, while the Cornhuskers fell to 16-6 and 9-4 in league action.
Senior outside hitter Destinee Hooker headlined the Texas attack with her 19-kill, 10-dig effort. The All-American hit at a .400 clip to pace the Horns to their third straight win over the Huskers. Nebraska's loss marked the first time that it has lost to the same opponent three consecutive matches since it fell to Long Beach State three times between 1989 and 2001.
Texas trailed early in the first set before a 4-1 run fueled by a pair of kills from junior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette gave UT a 14-11 edge. The Huskers bounced back to tie the match at 14 and regained the advantage at the 19-18 mark. The Horns answered with a 5-1 run capped by a double-block from sophomore middle blocker Rachael Adams and senior All-America setter Ashley Engle to take a 23-20 lead. Hooker closed out the frame, 25-22 with two of her six first-set kills.
In the second, Texas once again played from behind and overcame a 14-12 deficit with a 4-0 run that put UT ahead 16-14. Nebraska responded with four straight points to reclaim the lead, but a solo block and a kill from Hooker moved Texas in front 21-20. The Husker forged ahead at the 24-23 mark, but three straight points capped by a Hooker kill ended the set 26-24.
The Longhorns fell into a hole to start the third stanza, calling their first timeout trailing 4-0 and burning their second timeout at the 9-4 mark. Nebraska pushed the margin to six before a 7-2 UT run evened the tally at 13. The Huskers took the lead again (18-15), but a 10-1 run down the stretch propelled UT to a 25-19 victory. During the set-ending run, Hooker hammered out six kills, including the final three points of the match.
Faucette added to the Texas offense in the win with nine kills and added seven digs to bolster the defense. Hooker's kill/dig double-double was her sixth of the season. Senior libero Heather Kisner highlighted the Texas back row with a match-best 15 digs.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 4 when it travels to No. 9 Iowa State. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Central.