Sophomore All-America outside hitter Haley Eckerman had a team-high 15 kills Saturday afternoon as the No. 6 Texas Longhorns swept the UCF Knights, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-13), to conclude play at the Time Warner Cable Texas Invitational. Freshman Nicole Dalton had a season-high 17 digs for the Longhorns (8-3), who hit .326 in the match.
Eckerman hit .343 (9-3-18) and contributed one service ace, three blocks and a career-high seven digs. Junior setter Hannah Allison registered 33 assists, three digs and one kill. Sophomore utility Madelyn Hutson tied her career best with nine kills.
UT freshman middle blocker Sara Hattis had a season-high seven kills while hitting .700 (7-0-10) with three blocks. Ashley Bannister posted a season-high six kills while matching her career high with four digs.
Angelica Crump led the Knights (3-9) with six kills.
Texas took control early in the first set. Three consecutive Eckerman kills helped the Horns to an early 6-2 lead, before Texas registered eight straight points on Eckerman’s serve. Eckerman and Hutson finished with four kills each in the set.
The second set played out much like the first with Texas earning an early 10-1 run and controlling the set throughout. Eckerman added seven kills to help the Longhorns to a .406 hitting percentage in the set.
Texas resumes Big 12 play next Saturday (Sept. 22) with a home match against Oklahoma at 5 p.m. The match will feature a live broadcast on Longhorn Network.