Volleyball Notes in PDF
• Texas maintains the No. 1 national ranking for the fifth consecutive week. Kansas moved up one spot to No. 22, while Iowa State rejoins the AVCA rankings at No. 24.
• UT can claim its seventh Big 12 title this week. Should KU defeat ISU on Wednesday and Texas win on Thursday, the Longhorns will claim a share of the regular season championship for the third straight season. If ISU wins the midweek match over KU, Texas can still clinch a share by going 2-0 on the week. The Longhorns can also win the title outright if they go 2-0 and ISU posts just one loss.
• With just two weeks remaining in the regular season, the Longhorns are 12-0 in league play and riding a 15-match winning streak. Their last loss came on Sept. 13.
• The Cyclones, currently sitting in second place, have a seven-match winning streak entering the week with their last loss coming against UT on Oct. 19. Iowa State hosts Kansas on Wednesday after edging the Jayhawks in five sets in Lawrence earlier in the season.
• Kansas and Oklahoma both reached the 20-win mark last week. Kansas’ 20th win marked the first time in the Ray Bechard era that a KU team has achieved back-to-back 20-win seasons with the last time occurring in 1982 and 1983. Oklahoma has now reached 20 wins for the 17th time in program history and sixth under Santiago Restrepo.
• Oklahoma’s Sallie McLaurin won her fifth Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week award this season on Monday. McLaurin’s five honors ties for the second-most in a single season. Khat Bell (Texas) claimed her sixth career award with the Defensive Player of the Week accolade, while Kansas’ Tayler Soucie was named Rookie of the Week, marking the Jayhawks’ 11th weekly recognition this season.
• McLaurin and Texas freshman Chiaka Ogbogu rank in the top 10 nationally in hitting percentage. McLaurin’s mark of .440 is ninth, while Ogbogu’s .432 percentage sits at 10th. Additionally, Kansas’ Erin McNorton ranks third in assists nationally while ISU’s Kristen Hahn is fourth in digs
• The Cyclones have four different players ranked in the league’s top 10 for service aces, including three underclassmen. ISU is fifth in the nation in this category with an average of 1.79 service aces per set.
• UT’s .283 team hitting average is 10th-best nationally. The Longhorns led the nation a season ago.