Oct. 28, 2010

Courtesy of Texas Athletics

AUSTIN, Texas - The 10th-ranked Texas Volleyball team continued its home court dominance against No. 2 Nebraska, downing the Huskers for the fourth-straight time at Gregory Gymnasium. The 25-15, 25-19, 25-27, 27-25 victory was the Longhorns' fifth win over the Huskers in its last six chances and the sixth win over NU for the UT senior class. The win improved Texas to 15-5 overall and 10-2 in Big 12 play, while Nebraska dropped to 19-2 and 11-1 in league action.

Junior outside hitter Amber Roberson led the Horns attack with her second career kill/dig double-double, tallying 16 kills and 12 digs. Senior All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette joined her in double digits with 14 kills and 15 digs to notch her 17th career double-double. Junior setter Michelle Kocher was solid at the helm of the offense, dishing out 49 assists and equaling a career high with 13 digs.

In the first set, Texas jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead on a pair of kills by Roberson and widened the margin to 14-7 behind a block and a kill by senior middle blocker Jennifer Doris. A 5-1 Nebraska run shrank the UT advantage to 18-14 before the Horns went on a 7-1 set-closing run that was fueled by two kills and a block by Doris and lifted Texas to a 25-15 set win.

Texas used an early 7-1 rally in the second with three Faucette kills helping UT overcome an early deficit and take a 7-4 lead. Nebraska battled back to even the set at 12 on a kill by Jordan Wilberger, but Texas answered quickly with a 5-0 run capped by a double-block from Faucette and junior middle blocker Rachael Adams to take a 17-12 lead. The Huskers shrank the Horns lead to two before a kill and a block by Roberson paced a 4-1 set-ending run that gave UT a 25-19 victory.

In the third frame, a kill by sophomore opposite hitter Sha'Dare McNeal gave UT a 6-3 lead to start the set. Nebraska stormed back behind a 6-1 run keyed by four kills from Hannah Werth to grab a 12-9 advantage. A 5-0 Longhorns' run aided by an ace and a block by Roberson moved the Horns ahead, 14-12, but the Huskers fought back to even the set at 17. Doris helped the Horns rally to forge ahead 22-19 and a kill by Faucette forced set point at the 24-23 mark. Nebraska quickly turned the tables with Wilberger tallying a block and a kill and UT committing an error that propelled NU to a 27-25 set win.

The Longhorns played determined volleyball in the fourth, keeping the score tight out of the gate before taking advantage of two Nebraska miscues to grab an 11-8 lead. Texas pieced together a 6-0 run headlined by three Roberson kills to push its lead to 20-13, but the lead shrank quickly as NU launched a 6-1 run of its own to narrow the edge to 21-19. Three kills by Faucette down the stretch forced set point at the 24-22 mark, however, Nebraska twice tied the set before the Horns could close the door. Roberson connected for two-straight kills to cap the match and lift UT to a 27-25 win.