No. 2 Texas stays unbeaten with sweep of No. 10 Iowa State
Sept. 18, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas - The No. 2 Texas Volleyball team recorded its seventh straight victory over a ranked opponent and stayed unbeaten as it knocked off No. 10 Iowa State, 3-0, Friday night at Gregory Gymnasium. A raucous crowd of 3,446 witnessed the Longhorns 25-22, 26-24, 25-17 win over the Cyclones. The win improved the Horns to 7-0 on the year and 2-0 in Big 12 play, while ISU dropped to 9-2 and 1-1 in league action.
In the first set, Texas leapt out to a commanding 5-0 lead to start the frame, taking advantage of two quick kills by senior All-America setter Ashley Engle. The Longhorns pushed the lead to as many as six, but the Cyclones battled back to close the margin to 17-15 on a kill by senior setter Kaylee Manns. ISU tied the set at 22 before a kill by senior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker and two Cyclone miscues lifted UT to a 25-22 win.
Texas fell behind early in the second frame, but two kills and a solo block by junior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette put UT ahead, 6-5. The score was tied 12 times in the set and the lead changed hands three times. Texas did not lose the lead until a 4-0 Iowa State run put the Cyclones in front 23-22. The Horns answered with 4-1 run down the stretch that was highlighted by two kills from freshman outside hitter Bailey Webster that helped closed the set, 26-24.
The Longhorns were red-hot to start the third, and four blocks (three solos) by Faucette led the way for UT. Back-to-back kills by Hooker allowed the Horns to claim a 13-7 edge and a solo block by Faucette widened the margin to 19-11. The Cyclones responded with a 3-0 run to shrink the lead to 19-14 before Hooker and the Longhorns took over and closed out the set 25-17 with a 4-1 run.
Hooker paced the Texas attack on the night with 18 kills, 10 digs and a .400 hitting percentage. Faucette added 10 kills, 11 digs, six total blocks and five solo blocks, while Engle totaled six kills, 34 assists and seven digs. Sophomore middle blocker Rachael Adams registered seven kills on .600 hitting in the winning effort.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Sept. 23 when it travels to Colorado. First serve is set for 8 p.m. Central.
- Texas' win over Iowa State improved its all-time record against the Cyclones to 27-2 and 16-0 at home.
- The Longhorns are currently riding a 16-match regular season winning streak and an 11-match home winning streak.
- Hooker's kill/dig double-double was the 15th of her career and the second of the season, while Faucette notched her 13th career double-double and second of 2009.
- Hooker's 18-kill effort moved her into fifth place on UT's all-time kill charts, pushing her career total to 1,412.