ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Sophomore Sara Hattis made the most of her homecoming, leading the No. 2 Texas volleyball team past Seattle University, 3-0 on Saturday.
The victory earned UT the Lobo Classic tournament crown after defeating UTEP, New Mexico and Seattle, all in straight sets.
Hattis, a New Mexico native, posted a career-high nine blocks, including one solo block and eight assisted.
Junior Amy Neal also had a career-high 11 kills for a .421 hitting percentage.
Lobo Classic Tournament Champions. 3-0 to start the season! pic.twitter.com/fI6j0HYiFE— TexasVolleyball (@TexasVolleyball) August 30, 2014
Sophomore Pilar Victoria capped an impressive weekend, finishing with six kills and three digs. Her performance earned her Lobo Classic Most Valuable Player.
Neal led the Longhorns in the first set with six kills and no errors. The teams traded points in the first part of the set, but Texas scored six consecutive points and took the set, 25-14.
In the second set, Hattis earned five of her nine blocks to fuel UT to a 25-12 victory. Victoria posted four of her six kills in the set.
Seattle came out strong in the third set and led by two early, but the Longhorns tied it at 5-5 and the Redhawks could not answer. Senior Khat Bell had four of her seven kills in the set and Hattis posted three of her nine blocks.
As a team, UT notched 18 blocks to Seattle's eight and outhit the Redhawks, .441 to .050.