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University of Texas Longhorn volleyball against Kansas State in Austin, Texas

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University of Texas Longhorn volleyball against Kansas State at Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas on September 30, 2017.
No. 5 Texas Volleyball (11-2, 3-0) defeated Kansas State (8-8, 1-2), 3-0 (25-17, 25-12, 25-16) on Saturday afternoon at Gregory Gym.

The Longhorns committed only two hitting errors on 89 attacks in the match, posting 46 kills for a .494 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Micaya White led Texas for her tenth-consecutive match with double-digit kills with 14 (.375), adding 10 digs for her third double-double of the season, also adding three blocks.

Freshman Lexi Sun joined White as the other Longhorn recording double-digit kills with 10. Her 10 kills came on 16 swings and no errors for a career-high .625 hitting percentage.

Junior Morgan Johnson also recorded a career-high clip, hitting .889 on eight kills and no errors, while senior Ebony Nwanebu added six kills and no errors (.462).

Senior Cat McCoy led the Longhorns with 18 digs, while freshman Ashley Shook posted 38 assists and senior Chiaka Ogbogu led in blocks with five.

Johnson added four blocks, while White and Nwanebu contributed three each.

As a team, Texas finished with nine blocks, holding Kansas State to zero and held the Wildcats to a .147 hitting percentage.

It was one-way traffic opening the match, with the Longhorns outhitting Kansas State .833 to .000 on the way an 8-2 opening lead. Around the Wildcats calling timeout at 8-2 and at 13-5 following back-to-back kills from Johnson, Texas did not allow their lead to fall below five, securing the set at 25-17.

With a celebratory Gregory Gym crowd cheering on a stifling defensive performance from the Longhorns, White led on kills as Texas' lead in the second frame had grown to eleven by 18-7. Closing out the set at 25-12, Texas had committed one hitting error as four Longhorns hit above .500.

Looking to take a three-set victory, the Longhorns' defense had ensured that the Wildcats were unable to prevent Texas holding onto the set lead after a run of four-consecutive points made the third set score 15-6. Kills from Bedart-Ghani and White moved Texas to match point at 24-15, before the Longhorns forced a Kansas State error to secure the sweep at 25-16. (Source: UT Athletics)
The next home games are: Iowa State on October 14, West Virginia on October 28, Texas Tech on November 4, TCU on November 8, Kansas on November 15, and Oklahoma on November 22.

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