Doris, Faucette Lead No. 3 Texas Past Texas Tech, 3-0
LUBBOCK, Texas - A career-best 12-kill effort by sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Doris helped the No. 3 Texas Volleyball team knock off Texas Tech, 3-0, Wednesday night at United Spirit Arena. The 25-15, 25-19, 25-16 victory extended Texas' season-best winning streak to nine matches and improved UT to 15-2 on the year and 9-1 in the Big 12, while Texas Tech fell to 5-17 and 0-11 in league play.
After trailing early in the first set, Texas took its first lead at the 5-4 mark and widened its lead to five (14-9) when Doris paced a 6-1 UT run with two kills and a block assist. A 5-1 run highlighted by a pair of kills from senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Paolini pushed the advantage to 20-12. The Horns' closed out the frame on a 4-1 run capped by a Tech service error that moved the final tally to, 25-15.
Junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker headlined the Horns' attack in the second set, hammering out five kills and registering three service aces. A Hooker kill and three straight aces helped push the early UT lead to 7-1. The San Antonio, Texas, native added three more kills as part of a 6-1 run that improved the Texas edge to 18-10. The Red Raiders narrowed the gap to 23-19, but a kill and a block assist by Hooker shut the door, 25-19.
In the third stanza, the Horns came out of the gates red-hot with Doris connecting for two kills and combining on a block with junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle on a block to help UT grab a 5-1 edge. Tech battled back to narrow the lead to three (13-10), but the Horns responded with a 9-2 run paced by a pair of kills from sophomore All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette to take a 22-12 lead. Faucette eventually closed out the frame, 25-16 with her 12th kill of the set.
Texas returns to action Friday, Oct. 24 when it plays host to BYU in non-conference action. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.
Article courtesy of Texas athletics.