College of Charleston 3, North Carolina
College of Charleston 3, North Carolina 1Dec. 2, 2005
Brandy Magee and Dariam Acevedo each swing for 12 kills as seventh-ranked Texas sweeps LSU to improve to 17-0 all-time in NCAA Opening round play. The Longhorns will battle No. 7 Hawaii at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at Gregory Gym.
AUSTIN, Texas - Brandy Magee and Dariam Acevedo each recorded 12 kills to help seventh-ranked Texas sweep LSU 30-19, 30-28, 30-26 Friday at Gregory Gym to advance to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
With the win, the Longhorns advance to Saturday's second round to face seventh-ranked Hawaii - which defeated Texas State 30-25, 30-28, 30-23 in Friday's first match. Texas (24-4) improved to 22-0 all-time in NCAA opening round matches and stands 11-0 at Gregory Gym on the year. The Longhorns have the opportunity post an undefeated home record for the first time since 1998 with a victory over Hawaii Saturday evening.
Magee hit .500 and had four blocks in the victory, while Acevedo hit ..300 with nine digs and three aces. Leticia Armstrong had seven kills and four blocks and Lauren Paolini matched her career high with six blocks.
A pair of LSU (21-8) players recorded double-figure kills as Marina Skender had 11 and Jelena Mijatovic had 10 despite hitting -.121. Skender added 10 digs to collect a double-double in the Tigers' season-ending loss.
Texas held the Tigers to a .111 attack percentage, including sub-.100 marks in the first and third games. UT hit .242, but after hitting .500 in the first game, UT swung for marks of only .189 and .111 in the final two frames.
Texas had nine blocks, besting LSU's six, while the Longhorns also had seven aces to the Tigers' two. LSU did out-dig the Horns, 40 to 38.
Texas came out firing in the first game, hitting .500 with 15 kills with just two errors on 26 attacks. Acevedo had seven of her 12 kills in the game, going errorless on 10 attacks. The teams remained tied until 6-6 until UT went on a 7-1 run to move ahead for good. After LSU climbed within four points at 18-14, the Longhorns put down a 9-1 run behind Jen Christian's serve to push their advantage to 10 points.
In the second game, UT jumped out to an 8-2 lead, but saw the Tigers rally to tie the score at 13-13. Back-to-back blocks put UT back ahead by two, but Skender had two kills in succession to retie the score. The team battled through 10 ties and lead changes before an Acevedo kill and LSU attack error that allowed UT to regain the lead for good.
LSU opened took a quick 3-1 lead in game three, but UT rallied with five-straight points to move on top 6-3. Texas continued to control the game, although the Horns let LSU climb within one point at 13-12. Texas put together a 6-3 run to push its advantage to six points at 21-15. The Tigers got within three points at 24-21 but again saw Texas re-establish a six-point lead at 27-21. However, LSU rode Mijatovic down the stretch as she put down three kills to get the Tigers within points and kill off two UT match points to 29-26. However, Armstrong connected for a cross-court kill to end the match and send the Longhorns into the NCAA second round.
Jerritt Elliott-Head Coach
Opening Statement... "I was really proud of our team tonight. I thought we were very poised and relaxed against a very tough opponent in one of the tougher match-ups of the first round. We executed at a very high level and my hat goes off to our young team for playing with a lot of confidence."
On the second round match vs. Hawaii... "I think Hawaii is very well-balanced and they have great ball control. They play a lot of high-level matches and they have a lot of experience. They are also very fast and dynamic in the middle and they are very deep, as you saw against Texas State tonight. Each team has some very strong weapons and if we can serve and pass, we will give ourselves a good advantage and a good match-up."
Michelle Moriarty-Sophomore Setter
On Texas' first round victory... "I thought we played very well tonight. We came out steady and composed, not too anxious and I thought we stayed that way throughout the match."
Brandy Magee-Junior Middle Blocker
On playing in the second round vs. Hawaii... "I think Hawaii will come out the same way LSU did - really strong and fired up. Tomorrow could be either team's last match, so we are both going to come out fired up."
LSU Fran Flory-Head Coach
Opening Statement... "Texas is a great team and we knew we had our backs against the wall from the start. We felt like we had a great game plan against them because we felt like we could take advantage of some things. We didn't play over Thanksgiving and it took us a little while to get into a groove. The Texas coaches did a great job of making adjustments in the match, and they did a great job of exploiting our weaknesses."
On Texas' blocking schemes... "We knew what we were going to face and they didn't do anything we weren't prepared for. Our offense just didn't have a successful game. Texas just did a great job of creating point-scoring opportunities with their blocking."
On what Hawaii will need to do to win against Texas... "Hawaii's setter is going to have to take over and she's certainly done that for several years now. A lot will be dependent on her decision-making and the way she runs their offense against Texas' blocking. She's going to have to create some great opportunities with misdirection and smart choices."
Daniela Romero-Junior Setter
On the team's adjustments during the second game... "We changed our offense a little bit and attacked the right side of their defense. We came together and started communicating with each other and it helped us in that game."
Texas opened play in its 22nd NCAA Tournament, the fourth most all-time
Texas is 33-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament matches played in Austin
UT is now 19-0 all-time in its opening round action.
Texas improved its home record to 11-0 in 2005 and extended its winning streak at Gregory Gym to 17 matches. LSU
The Tigers moved to 10-7 all-time in NCAA Tournament play
LSU closed out their best season since 1992 with a 21-8 record.
Kassi Mikulik moved into the top ten all-time for digs in a single season with 384 in 2005.
-- Courtesy Texas