Texas volleyball players Asjia O'Neal (7) and Micaya White (1) attempt to block a spike during a match against Minnesota on Sept. 4, 2019 in Austin. [NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

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Following a pair of sweeps, Texas strengthens its position as the AVCA’s top-ranked team

Posted November 4th, 2019

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Ranked first last week, Texas still climbed a little in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll on Monday.

Seven days after moving atop the AVCA poll for the first time this season, Texas remained in that spot on Monday. Fresh off of sweeps of Texas Tech and West Virginia, Texas (16-2) earned 1,575 points and 47 first-place votes. Last Monday, UT received 1,565 points and 43 first-place votes.

Pittsburgh (23-1), Baylor (19-1), Wisconsin (16-4) and Stanford (16-4) were ranked just behind Texas for a second straight week.

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On Monday, Texas also collected two of the Big 12’s weekly awards. Senior outside hitter Micaya White was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week. Freshman middle blocker Asjia O’Neal earned the conference’s weekly honor for rookies.

White, who led Texas past Texas Tech and West Virginia with her 29 kills, picked up her second weekly award of the season on Monday. Twelve kills, five blocks and a .556 hitting percentage helped O’Neal join teammates Molly Phillips and Skylar Fields as winners of the rookie award. Fields has earned that honor during four of this season’s 10 weeks.

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