Texas' Chiaka Ogbogu (21) celebrates with her team during an inner-squad scrimmage at Gregory Gym Saturday, Aug. 19, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)


Nine blocks against TCU help Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu complete Big 12 hat trick

Posted October 9th, 2017


Chiaka Ogbogu is back on the Big 12’s radar.

A senior middle blocker at Texas, Ogbogu was named the Big 12’s defensive player of the week on Monday. Ogbogu’s award comes two weeks after teammate Morgan Johnson won the same award.

Ogbogu, who sat out last season, had previously been honored five times by the conference. She was a three-time newcomer of the week in 2013. Ogbogu also earned a shout-out from the conference for her offensive work in 2014 and 2015.


In order to secure her first defensive honor from the Big 12, Ogbogu registered nine blocks in Sunday’s sweep of TCU.


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Ogbogu’s 1.63 blocks per set rank first in the conference and fourth among the NCAA’s volleyball players. (Texas leads the NCAA with its 3.44 blocks per set). With 441 career blocks, Ogbogu is 90 stuffings short of Errica Hibben’s school record.

On Monday, Texas also remained ranked fifth in the AVCA’s weekly poll. Texas (12-2) must travel on Wednesday to meet No. 9 Kansas (16-2) and Zoe Hill, the Big 12’s offensive player of the week. No. 23 Iowa State (11-3) will be in Austin on Saturday evening.