The Gregory Gazelles, also known as the UT women's volleyball team, will take on OU, also known as ousux, on Wednesday night at 6pm in a match billed as Volley for the Cure.
This event is a great thing that NCAA women's athletics is doing for breast cancer awareness. Last February the women's hoops team had a Think Pink night when the Horns took down #8 Baylor. Now NCAA volleyball teams are getting into the act. Tickets are $3 if you buy in advance and you are suppose to wear pink.
This week marks the beginning of the 2nd round of Big 12 competition. The Gazelles have been through every Big 12 team once and stand at 9-1 with the sole blemish the loss to Nebraska in Lincoln. The script is falling in line with last year's where the plan is to sweep through the 2nd half of the season. To do so, the Gazelles have to take down Nebraska in Austin on November 19. They also will face the third, fourth & fifth place teams, in the Big 12 standings, on the road. They definitely have their work cut out for them.
The team is beginning to peak. So the undefeated run through the rest of the season is highly possible. Our libero concerns have been addressed in that Heather Kisner has locked down the role for the departed Alyson Jennings. Freshmen setter, Michelle Kocher, has done an admirable job setting for the 3rd ranked team in the country with a stable of the top veteran hitters in the country. She can still have nights where her sets are a bit off so that makes our road trips to K-State, Iowa State and Baylor a little bit scary. Juliann is still in a bit of a sophmore slump but she keeps swinging away and Elliott is now subbing her in the back row for Hawaiian defensive specialist, Sydney Yogi. Jen Doris came alive last week against Tech so we'll need more of that to further balance our offense. Ashley, Destinee & Pao continue to pound the cover off the ball.
It all begins this week with a homestand against our southern rivals: OU on Wednesday and A&M on Saturday. The aggie match has been moved to 5 pm to avoid conflict with the football broadcast. See you at Gregory! Wear pink on Wednesday and Orange on Saturday.