Texas libero Cat McCoy digs the ball against Texas A&M-Corpus Christi at Gregory Gym on Sept. 7, 2017. McCoy is within reach of UT's all-time digs record. RICARDO B. BRAZZIELL / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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With West Virginia in town, Cat McCoy stares down a Texas record

Posted October 27th, 2017

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This weekend, Cat McCoy may add her chapter to the Texas history books.

A senior libero, McCoy is 12 digs shy of tying Demetria Sance’s UT record of 1,614. McCoy has recorded at least 13 digs in nine of UT’s last 12 matches, so it’s a safe bet that a record established in 1998 will fall on Saturday night against West Virginia. If McCoy comes up short, UT plays at Kansas State on Nov. 1.

“I’ve never really thought about it, but it’s exciting,” McCoy said. She credited associate head coach Erik Sullivan with driving her to “be the best libero I can be.”

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Texas is 16-2 this year, and the Longhorns are a perfect 8-0 in Big 12 play. The third-ranked team in the AVCA’s poll, Texas will host a West Virginia team that is hitting .221 this season.

West Virginia (14-8; 3-6 Big 12) is looking for its first-ever win against Texas, which is averaging a nation-leading 3.40 blocks per set. Senior middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu is 58 blocks short of that career record at Texas.

On the back row, McCoy is averaging 4.26 digs per set. The fourth-year starter from Southlake would set UT’s single-year record for digs if the season ended today.

“The fact that she can break this (career record) in the new era of rally score is pretty impressive,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. “It says a lot about what she’s brought to this program and her consistency and greatness over a period time. it’s really fun to see her growth and where she’s playing now, she’s playing the best she’s ever played.”

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