Oklahoma Snaps No. 3 Texas' Win Streak

10/29/2008

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AUSTIN, Texas - Junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker connected for 23 kills and 20 digs as the No. 3 Texas Volleyball team fell to Oklahoma, 3-2 Wednesday night at Gregory Gymnasium. The 21-25, 25-9, 25-22, 23-25, 13-15 loss snapped the Longhorns' 23-match home winning streak and dropped UT to 16-3 and 9-2 in the Big 12, while Oklahoma improved to 9-12 and 5-8 in league action.

Texas fell behind early in the first set and did not claim its first lead until a kill by sophomore All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette gave the Horns a 9-8 lead. Oklahoma regained the edge at the 14-13 mark, but UT battled back to take a 17-16 advantage on a Faucette kill. The Sooners kept the tally tight down the stretch and put together a 4-0 run to close out the frame and earn a 25-21 set win.

The Longhorns came out red-hot in the second frame, using two kills and a block by sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Doris to pace a 10-0 UT run that gave the Horns a 10-1 lead. Hooker pushed the lead to 14-4 with a solo block and Faucette teamed with Doris on a block to move the lead to 18-7. Texas closed out the set on a 7-2 run, notching a 25-9 win and marking the first time UT has held an opponent under 10 points since 2002.

In the third, the Horns trailed early and did not earn the lead until a 4-0 run gave UT an 11-9 advantage. A kill by senior All-America middle blocker Lauren Paolini widened the margin to three (14-11) and a 4-0 run fueled by a Hooker block and kill pushed the tally to 19-14. Oklahoma fought back to knot the set at 22, but a 3-0 run capped by a Hooker kill closed out the stanza, 25-22.

Texas struggled in the fourth, falling behind 12-9 when a Caitlin Higgins kill ended a 4-0 OU run. The Longhorns battled back from 19-14 deficit, using an 8-2 run headlined by two Faucette aces to knot the score at 20. The Sooners answered with two straight points, but Texas responded to tie the game at 22. A late 3-1 OU run finished out the set, 25-23 and evened the match at two sets apiece.

In the fifth, Texas led until the 3-2 mark, when Engle connected on her third kill of the set. Oklahoma took the lead at the 4-3 mark and led until the Horns evened the tally at eight. The Sooners answered by pushing the tally to 14-10, but UT responded with two straight points to move the score to 14-13. Texas failed to even the score and OU shut the door 15-13 on a kill Francie Ekwerekwu.

The Longhorns return to action on Saturday, Nov. 1 when they host Texas A&M in the State Farm Lone Star Showdown. First serve is set for 5 p.m.

Post-Match Notes
· Texas' loss dropped the Horns' all-time record to 33-2 all-time against the Sooners.
· The loss snapped Texas' 23-match home winning streak that dated back to Sept. 6, 2007.
· Destinee Hooker's 23-kill, 20-dig effort was her second kill/dig double-double of the year and her 20 digs set a new career-high.
· When UT held OU to nine points in the second set it marked the first time Texas had held an opponent to a sub-10 score since Sept. 7, 2002. The Longhorns limited UT San Antonio to six points in the previous occurrence.

Article courtesy of Texas athletics.

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