The secret to the success of the Gazelles this year has been an unprecedented balance in their offensive attack, something I've never seen in the few years I've been following volleyball. No other team in the nation can boast of five players who regularly score in double figures in kills - in the same match! That fact was underscored this week when the Big XII announced yet another Longhorn was awarded Player of the Week honors. Ashley Engle is the fifth Texas player selected so far this season - a Big XII record. The only player on offense to NOT be selected thus far is senior middle blocker Brandy Magee. All four of the other hitters have been selected (Destinee and Juliann more than once) as well as setter Michelle Moriarty.
Destinee has also been selected as the National Player of the Week once, the only Big XII player besides Nebraska's Sarah Pavan to be so honored this year. The stats continue to mount, and it's looking increasingly likely that Texas will have at least four All-Americans this year, and probably the National Freshman of the Year as well. They need to start retiring some jerseys to the rafters at Gregory!
Texas is four matches away from a Big XII Championship, two easy ones - at home against Tech then at Baylor - followed by two challenging matches at Iowa State and home to #12 Kansas State. Fans have been turning out in droves for the past few matches as the word's gotten out that these girls are really good. And fun to watch. So two more chances to enjoy these special Gazelles you BON'ers. Give it a go.
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