Hooker Shines as No. 2 Texas Sweeps Missouri

10/17/2008

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AUSTIN, Texas - Texas junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker connected for 18 kills and the Longhorns hit .400 as a team in their 3-0 sweep of Missouri, Friday night. The Horns' 25-13, 25-20, 25-14 victory improved UT to 14-2 on the year and 8-1 in Big 12 action, while the Tigers dropped to 9-10 overall and 3-6 in conference play.

After falling behind 4-2 to start the first set, Hooker headlined a 16-4 Texas run, registering four kills, two blocks and a pair of aces during the span. A 3-0 Horns' run pushed the lead to 22-11 and an ace by senior middle blocker Lauren Paolini closed out the frame, 25-13.

In the second set, Mizzou grabbed an early 6-2 edge and held the lead until a block by junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle and Paolini gave Texas its first lead at the 14-13 mark. Hooker and Paolini exploded down the stretch, notching four points each as part of a 9-2 run that moved the tally to 24-17. After three Tigers' points, Hooker closed the frame, 25-20 with her eighth kill of the set.

Texas dominated from the start in the third stanza, leaping out to an 8-2 lead on a pair of kills and a solo block by Engle. The Horns widened the margin to 11 (21-10), putting together an 8-1 run fueled by three kills and a block by Hooker. Texas and Missouri traded points late in the game, but a Hooker kill finished out the set and the match, 25-14.

The Longhorns return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 22 when they travel to Texas Tech. First serve is set for 7 p.m. Central.

POST-MATCH NOTES
* Texas' victory improved the Longhorns' record to 15-10 all-time against Missouri. The Horns' have now won their last four meetings with Mizzou.
* The Longhorns' win extended UT's home winning streak to 22 matches.
* Destinee Hooker's 18 kills pushed her career total to 1,056 and moved her into 15th place all-time at Texas. Hooker passed Quandalyn Harrell's (1987-1990) 1051-kill mark in the record book.
* Lauren Paolini recorded her 357th total block of her career against Mizzou, moving her into 13th place on Texas' all-time total block list. Paolini passed Erin Aldrich's (1998-1999) 355 total blocks in the record book.

Article courtesy of Texas athletics.

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