While the Texas football team prepares to face the artist formerly known as Nebraska this weekend, the Texas women's volleyball team prepares for a much more stern test from the #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers. Ranked #5, Texas is no slouch in their own right, but they still pale in comparison to this Nebraska team.
Texas is 14-3 this season, with their only losses coming in Lincoln, NE against #1 Nebraska (3-0) and two losses in State College, PA against #2 Penn State (3-1, 3-1). Other than these three losses Texas has looked impressive. Since their loss to open up Big XII play against the Huskers, Texas has won 10 straight matches, losing only 3 games along the way. They also posted impressive wins on the road against #15 Kansas State (3-2) and #21 Oklahoma (3-0).
(Left) Nebraska is crazy good. (Right) Julianne Faucette could be the Freshman of the Year
However, this Nebraska team is the defending National Champions and looks about as unbeatable as you can get. They are 19-0 on the season, losing only 1 game this year against #7 UCLA (W, 3-1). They also defeated #2 Penn State (3-0). They haven't missed a beat all year and look just a step above everyone else.
However, this Texas team is extremely young and extremely talented, and on the right night could up end the Huskers. The Horns will need everything to fall in place for them tonight and will need great games from their senior leaders Brandy McGee (Middle Blocker) and Michelle Moriarty (Setter). Both of the seniors will need to have the night of their lives to lead this Texas team to victory. If they can play well to go along with big nights from Texas' young guns of Julianne Faucette (FR, Outside Hitter), Destinee Hooker (SO, Outside Hitter), and Ashely Engle (SO, Right Side/Setter), who knows what could happen.
Faucette and Hooker have been leading this Texas team all season, but Texas will need an amazing performance from everyone involved. Gregory Gym will be rocking tonight, but the Horns will need the performance of the year to dethrone the #1 Nebraska Cornhuskers.