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Texas Athletics | November 2, 2017

Cat McCoy breaks Texas all-time digs record in win over Kansas State

Senior Cat McCoy posted 25 digs to pass former Longhorn Demetria Sance’s record set in 1998.

MANHATTAN, Kan. -- No. 3 Texas Volleyball senior Cat McCoybecame the all-time career digs leader at Texas on Wednesday night, leading the Longhorns (18-2, 10-0) past Kansas State (9-15, 2-9) on Wednesday night.

McCoy's 25 digs gave her 1,639 for her career to pass Demetria Sance, one of three four-time All-Americans in Texas' rich history. Sance originally set the record in 1998 with 1,614 digs in an era that featured rally scoring.

The Longhorns overcame a 2-0 deficit to defeat the Wildcats, 3-2 (21-25, 24-26, 25-18, 25-15, 15-11) to improve to 18-2 on the season and 10-0 in Big 12 Conference play.

Sophomore Micaya White led Texas in kills with 17, hitting .220, also registering a season-high 17 digs for her fourth double-double of the season.

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Freshman Lexi Sun also posted double-digit kills at 16, finishing with a .222 efficiency.

Freshman Ashley Shook recorded her eighth double-double of the season with 55 assists and 11 digs, while sophomore Claire Hahn tied her season-high mark with 14 digs.

Senior Chiaka Ogbogu led Texas to a 14.0-6.5 block advantage, tying her career-high mark with 11. White and Shook added four blocks for the Longhorns. UT also finished with a .259 to .210 hitting advantage. 

The match opened with a hot start for the Wildcats, with the home team possessing an 8-6 lead when McCoy recorded her record-breaking dig. Kansas State's advantage grew to as many as six at 8-14 and again at 10-16 before a Texas timeout, and the Longhorns were unable to recover despite twice narrowing the gap to one. After a White kill for 20-21, Kansas State closed out the set at 21-25.

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Though White led Texas with seven kills (.429) for the match early in the second set, the Longhorns again trailed, 10-7 before the Wildcats extended to a 20-16 advantage. Falling behind by as many as seven, Texas came back within one at 20-21 with a White service ace. But despite the late rally, Kansas State moved to 2-0 at 26-25 after four set points.

The third set started 4-4, but with the Longhorns developing a first three-point advantage for the match on a service ace from Ogbogu for 7-4. Maintaining the lead as Kansas State called timeout at 14-11, Texas gained decisive momentum on three-consecutive kills from Sun to push the lead to eight at 21-13, taking a first set for the match at 25-18.

Ending the third set on an 11-7 run, momentum began to show again for the Longhorns in the fourth. After tied scores at eight apiece, Texas took control at the net, registering six blocks to fuel a ten point advantage at 21-11. After extending to set point at 24-15, Texas tied the match score at 2-2 on Sun's 13th kill.

Falling behind 7-4 starting the fifth set, Texas rallied to tie at 8-8 before kills from Sun and Johnson took the Longhorns ahead at 9-8 and then 10-9. Bedart-Ghani's 10th kill on the match gave Texas a two-point lead at 12-10 and the room to move to match point at 14-11, before the junior had a hand in a key block with Ogbogu to secure the match at 15-11, with a 3-2 match score.

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