Texas outside hitter Micaya White (1) hits past Baylor setter Hannah Lockin (14) at Gregory Gym on Oct. 23, 2019. [Stephen Spillman for Statesman]

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No 1 Texas, No. 3 Baylor stay put in the AVCA poll ahead of Wednesday’s war in Waco

Posted November 18th, 2019

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For the fourth straight week, Texas and Baylor were respectively ranked first and third in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division I poll.

Texas (19-2, 13-0 Big 12) compiled 1,581 points and 51 first-place votes while the Bears (21-1; 11-1) earned 1,454 points and one first-place nod. Sandwiched by the Big 12, Pittsburgh (26-1, 15-0 ACC) garnered 1,514 points and 11 first-place votes.

Texas will be greeted by Baylor in Waco on Wednesday night. The marquee match will be played four weeks after Texas swept Baylor in Gregory Gym. At the time, Baylor was the nation’s top team while Texas was ranked fourth.

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During this decade, the Longhorns have engaged in five matches that have featured themselves and another top-three team. Texas is 1-4 in those battles. One of those matches occurred in the postseason.

  • Sept. 8, 2019: No. 1 Stanford 3, No. 3 Texas 2
  • Sept. 11, 2018: No. 2 Stanford 3, No. 3 Texas 0
  • Sept. 14, 2018: No. 2 Stanford, No. 3 Texas 1
  • Aug. 27, 2016: No. 1 Nebraska, No. 2 Texas 0
  • Dec. 17, 2015: No. 3 Texas 3, No. 2 Minnesota 1

Nationally, Texas ranks first in hitting percentage (.333) and 23rd in blocks per set (2.61). Baylor is a top-20 team in both hitting percentage (.295) and opponents hitting percentage (.157).

Texas and Baylor have also been responsible for winning 24 of the 37 weekly awards given out by the Big 12 this season. On Monday, the conference honored UT middle blocker Brionne Butler and opposite hitter Skylar Fields as its most-recent defensive and rookie of the week.

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