Eckerman, Ogbogu receive weekly honors as Longhorns travel to Iowa

Evan Berkowitz

Looking to keep their perfect conference record alive, the top-ranked Longhorns travel to Ames, Iowa, to take on No. 25 Iowa State (18-7, 11-3 Big 12) Wednesday at 6:30.

Last year, Texas’ visit to Iowa ended in a 2-3 loss, their only defeat of the conference season. But, looking to redeem the loss from last year, Texas (21-2, 14-0 Big 12) is playing some of its best volleyball of the season.

Junior All-American outside Haley Eckerman was named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and freshman opposite hitter Chiaka Ogbogu was named Rookie of the Week as the Longhorns ran their win streak to 17.

Eckerman recorded a league high 6.17 kills per set while hitting .484, second in the league. Her biggest game was last Wednesday against West Virginia, where she matched her career-high with 27 kills, the most for any Big 12 player this year.

Ogbogu kept up her league-high .417 hitting percentage last week, swinging .450. She also performed well at the net with 12 blocks, leading all Big 12 players in blocks per set.  

The Longhorns have their final two games this week as they look to finish perfect in the Big 12, a feat only ever accomplished by Nebraska.