Quartet of Horns Pace No. 4 Texas Past Iowa State
AMES, Iowa - The fourth-ranked Texas Volleyball team used four double-digit kill performances to knock off Iowa State, 3-0, Saturday night at the Hilton Coliseum. The 29-27, 28-26, 25-17 win improved the Longhorns to 19-3 on the year and 12-2 in the Big 12, while the Cyclones dropped to 16-10 overall and 8-7 in league play.
Texas opened the first set on an 8-1 run fueled by three block assists from senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Paolini and junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle. The Cyclones responded immediately with an 8-1 run of their own, knotting the game at nine. The Horns battled back to take a 15-11 lead, but ISU came back to even the tally at 17. Texas and Iowa State traded the next 21 points before an ISU service error and a kill by Engle on consecutive points closed out the frame, 29-27.
In the second set, UT and ISU swapped the first 10 points before the Cyclones built up a 15-10 advantage. The Longhorns closed the gap to two (14-16) and were able to even the score at 20 on a block by Engle and sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Doris. Texas did not reclaim the edge until the 26-25 mark and finally closed out the stanza, 28-26 on two straight kills by junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker and sophomore All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette.
Texas led 7-3 early in the third set, taking advantage of four Iowa State miscues. The Cyclones put together a 5-1 run to tie the set at nine, but the Longhorns staved off the rally, maintained the lead and stretched the margin to 17-14 on a kill by Engle. The Horns closed out the set on a 7-1 run, that was aided by four ISU errors and capped by a Faucette kill that ended the set, 25-17.
Hooker concluded the match with 13 kills on .393 hitting, while Engle and Paolini connected for 11 kills each and Faucette totaled 10. Hooker equaled her season-best block total of six in the victory and the Longhorns out-blocked the Cyclones 12.0-to-8.0.
Texas returns to action on Wednesday, Nov. 12 when it hosts Texas Tech. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m.
Post Match Notes
* Texas' win against Iowa State moved the Horns' all-time record against the Cyclones to 25-4 and extended UT's win streak against ISU to 10.
* Junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker's six total blocks equaled her season-high that she posted against Colorado (10/11/08)
* Texas out-hit Iowa State .330-to-.171 in the victory.
Article courtesy of Texas athletics.