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University of Texas Longhorn volleyball match against Texas Tech in Austin, Texas

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University of Texas Longhorn volleyball match against Texas Tech at Gregory Gym in Austin, Texas on November 4, 2017.
Texas Volleyball senior Chiaka Ogbogu became the all-time career block assist leader at Texas on Saturday afternoon, leading the Longhorns (19-2, 11-0) past Texas Tech (14-10, 3-8). Ogbogu's eight block assists gave her 460 for her career to pass two-time All-American Molly McCage (2012-15), also recording a team-high .500 hitting percentage on nine kills.

The Longhorns defeated the Red Raiders in four sets at Gregory Gym, 3-1 (25-19, 20-25, 25-21, 25-12) to remain undefeated in Big 12 Conference play at 11-0 improve to 19-2 on the season. Freshman Lexi Sun led the Longhorns in kills, tying her career high mark of 21 on a .378 hitting percentage while adding four blocks and three digs. Senior Ebony Nwanebu and sophomore Micaya White also finished in double-digit kills, with 10 each. Both finished with hitting percentages above .300, with .333 for Nwanebu and .308 for White.

Senior Cat McCoy recorded a career-high five service aces and 23 digs for her sixth match this season with 20 or more digs. Freshman Ashley Shook registered a team-high 47 assists, adding six digs and four kills, while junior Natalie Gilbert contributed a career-high 10 digs. Texas outblocked its opponent for the 20th time this season, with a 13.0 to 5.0 blocking advantage over Texas Tech, while also recording a .355 to .162 advantage in hitting percentage.

Opening the first set, Texas gained a first multi-point lead at 6-4 with a net violation from the Red Raiders. The Longhorns had begun to test the Texas Tech defense, making an 11-6 run to take a 20-15 lead. With five Texas players recording multiple digs for the set, the Longhorns' defense set up a .355 team hitting percentage, pushing to a 25-19 finish. Texas trailed 7-4 early in the second set before recovering to tie at 9-9 with a block from Johnson. The Longhorns again fell behind, 15-18, with the teams going point-for-point to maintain the visitors' narrow lead. With a four-point lead with set point at 24-20, the Red Raiders closed out the set with a kill on the next point, 25-20.

Having dropped a first set in conference play at Gregory Gym after thirteen-straight opening the season, an emphatic kill from Sun sparked Texas to a 6-1 start in the third frame before a Texas Tech timeout. Sun reached double-digit kills in Texas' opening run and went on to record nine in the set, with the Longhorns' defense sustaining the lead through to a 25-21 set finish. With a 2-1 match set score, consecutive service aces from Cat McCoy helped Texas jump out to a 6-1 lead in the fourth frame. While hitting above .350, the Longhorns stormed to set point at 24-11 before a kill from White secured the match at 25-12. (Source: UT Athletics)
The next home games are TCU on November 8, Kansas on November 15, and Oklahoma on November 22.

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