Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Volleyball clinches Big XII Title

The Lady Longhorns volleyball team wrapped up their 2007 regular season this past week with a 3-2 win at Iowa State and a 3-0 win versus Kansas State this past Saturday. The win improved the #3 ranked Longhorns to 24-3 on the year with a 19-1 mark in the Big XII Conference. The win gave the Longhorns a share of the Big XII title with Nebraska, and it is the Longhorns first conference title since 1997.

With the Conference championship comes a slew of All-Big XII awards. Head Coach Jerritt Elliott won his second Big XII Coach of the Year honors (First in 2004). The Longhorns also placed 5 players on the First Team All-Big XII. Sophomores Ashley Engle and Destinee Hooker, and junior Michelle Moriarity marked their second appearance as first teamers. Junior Lauren Paolini and Julianne Faucette were also named to the First Team. Faucette also was named the Freshman of the Year in the Big XII.

As apparently is the case for the Longhorns and the NCAA tournament in minority sports this season, the Longhorns received a bit of an unfair seeding. While they are a #1 seed Nationally, they find themselves in the Gainesville, FL bracket, which would set them up for a third round match up at the home arena of the #10 Florida Gators, the #4 seed in the region. Yeah, that makes sense. Though I'm not sure it will make a difference. The Longhorns have won 20 straight matches and are firing on all cylinders this season. Their losses this season come to #1 Penn State and #2 Nebraska.

The Longhorns open up their quest for a National Title this Friday against #16 seed Texas State. They will then face the winner of LSU (#9 seed) and #14 New Mexico State (#8 seed). Both matches will take place in Austin. Other teams of note in the Longhorns bracket are #5 USC (#2 seed), #25 Long Beach State (#7 seed), #18 St. John's (#3 seed), and #23 Oklahoma (#5 seed).

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