Texas face Wildcats in tough conference test

Rachel Thompson

As November begins, Texas sits in a covetable spot.

The No. 7 Longhorns have 13 straight wins under their burnt orange belts and need one more victory to tie head coach Jerritt Elliott’s best start in conference play. They lead the Big 12 with an 11-0 record in conference play and outside hitter Haley Eckerman has been awarded Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week four times this season.

Texas will return to Gregory Gym on Friday after several on-the-road matches to play No. 16 Kansas State, a team ranked third in the Big 12. The Wildcats are likely to put up a fight: they’re 20-3 overall and 7-3 in conference play. Middle blocker Kaitlynn Pelger has received Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week twice this season.

The Wildcats also rank just under Texas in hitting percentage and lead the Big 12 in service aces.

With hopes of adding to the team’s current streak, Texas plays Kansas State at 7 p.m. at Gregory Gym.