Dec. 3, 2009

Courtesy of Texas

AUSTIN, Texas – The second-ranked Texas Volleyball team advanced to the NCAA Second Round on Thursday night, sweeping Texas State and improving to 23-0 all-time in First Round action. The 25-16, 25-14, 25-14 victory improved the Longhorns to 25-1 on the year, while the Bobcats ended their season with a 22-13 mark.

Junior middle blocker Jennifer Doris headlined the Texas attack with eight kills on .615 hitting, while senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker connected for nine kills, and sophomore middle blocker Rachael Adams added seven kills and six total blocks.

In the first, Texas used a 4-0 run fueled by a pair of Hooker kills to take an early 11-5 edge. The Bobcats rallied to shrink the margin to three, but two kills each by Doris and Hooker paced a 6-0 UT run that pushed the tally to 21-11. A kill and a block by senior setter/opposite Ashley Engle helped the Horns seal the set-one win, 25-16.

The Longhorns erupted early in the second frame when Hooker served an 8-0 run, tallied two service aces and helped give UT an 11-4 lead.  Two blocks and a kill by Adams paced the Horns to an 18-8 lead and four Texas State miscues allowed UT to widen the margin to 23-11. Texas eventually closed out the set, 25-14 on a Texas State service error and a kill by Adams.

Hooker keyed another Texas run from behind the service stripe early in the third, notching two aces as UT took a 7-2 lead. A solo block and a kill by Hooker on consecutive points extended the Texas advantage to 17-7. Freshman utility Sha’Dare McNeal capped a 4-1 Texas run to move the score to 23-12 and a kill by Adams closed out the set 25-14.

The Longhorns return to action on Friday, Dec. 4 when they host TCU in the NCAA Second Round. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. Central.