Texas middle blocker Brionne Butler (10) celebrates her kill in the Longhorns' sweep over Texas State on Sept. 6, 2018. (Nick Wagner/American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

Two Big 12 sweeps lead to a weekly award but no movement in the AVCA poll for Texas

Posted October 14th, 2019

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The top five teams in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll remained the same on Monday.

That lack of movement left Texas (11-2) as the nation’s fourth-ranked volleyball program. Baylor topped the poll for the third straight week, and the Bears (15-0) were followed by Stanford (11-3) and Pittsburgh (17-1). Nebraska (13-2) rounded out the top-five teams in the weekly rankings.

Texas, which just has a Saturday trip to West Virginia on this week’s schedule, and Baylor were the only Big 12 teams that appeared in the AVCA poll. The Bears and Longhorns were also listed first and fifth in the NCAA’s most-recent RPI rankings.

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Texas recorded two sweeps last week. On Wednesday, the Longhorns won a 3-0 match at Kansas State. UT then took care of rival Oklahoma on Saturday evening.

Over those two matches, Texas sophomore middle blocker Brionne Butler recorded 16 kills, nine blocks and a .609 hitting percentage. On Monday, Butler was honored as the Big 12’s offensive player of the week. Butler missed the first eight matches of UT’s 2019 season with a lower body injury. The Longhorns’ sweep of Oklahoma was Butler’s first three-set match of the year.

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