No. 3 Texas Downs Lamar, 3-0 in NCAA First Round


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AUSTIN, Texas - The third-ranked and third-seeded Texas Volleyball team used a .506 team hitting effort to down Lamar, 3-0 in the first round of the 2008 NCAA Tournament. Texas' win improved the Longhorns to 22-0 all-time in NCAA First Round matches. UT's win moved the Horns to 26-3 on the season, while Lamar finished the year 17-12. Texas advances to play No. 13 Wichita State (30-1) in the second round on Saturday, Dec. 6 at 4:30 p.m.

In the first set, Lamar kept the tally tight grabbing an 11-9 edge on a block assist by Lauren Holdorff and Genevieve Gladle, but after a timeout, the Longhorns responded with a 10-2 run fueled by two kills from sophomore All-America outside hitter Juliann Faucette that put UT ahead, 19-13. Faucette added two more kills down the stretch and senior All-America outside hitter Lauren Paolini connected for two kills as Texas closed out the set, 25-17.

Texas leapt out to a quick 8-2 lead early in the second stanza, taking advantage of two kills by junior All-America opposite hitter Ashley Engle. The Longhorns widened the margin to 18-5 on four kills by junior All-America outside hitter Destinee Hooker and pushed the lead to 14 (24-10) on a Paolini kill. Paolini added her fourth kill of the set late in the frame to lift UT to a 25-12 win.

After allowing a Lamar point on a kill by Meagan Adams, Texas ran off seven straight points to take a quick 7-1 lead in the third set. Texas pushed the lead to 21-5 behind an 11-1 run that included two kills and a block by Faucette. Sophomore Elizabeth Graham and freshman Amber Roberson connected for a kill each late and a kill by sophomore middle blocker Jennifer Doris closed out the set 25-8.

Faucette highlighted the Horns' attack with 11 kills on .476 hitting, while Hooker hammered out 10 kills and Paolini connected for nine. Holdorff paced the Cardinals with six kills on .308 hitting and Shalayne Blythe added five. The Longhorns out-hit the Cardinals, .506-to-.108 on the night.

Article courtesy of Texas athletics.

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