Texas hitter Micaya White (1) tips the ball over the net against Stanford in Austin on Sept. 14, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Longhorns volleyball survives Big 12 opener against Kansas State

Posted September 19th, 2018

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The No. 5 Texas Longhorns volleyball squad needed five sets but defeated Kansas State 24-26, 25-19, 25-17, 18-25, 19-17 in the Big 12 conference opener Wednesday night in Manhattan, Kan.

Micaya White led the Longhorns with a season-high 21 kills with a hitting percentage of .383. She recorded a double-double by also making 13 digs to help the Longhorns avoid a three-match losing streak. Had Texas fell, it would have been the first time they lost three straight matches since 2011.

Freshman Logan Eggleston was second on the Longhorns with 18 kills.

Ashley Shook assisted on 62 points to lead Texas while making five blocks. Her five blocks tied for second best on the team with Morgan Johnson. Brionne Butler led the Longhorns with seven blocks and added 14 kills.

Yaazie Bedart-Ghani rounded out the Longhorns who had double digit kills. She had 10.

Sydney Petersen led Texas with 19 digs.

Kylee Zumach led the Wildcats with 20 kills while adding 14 digs.

Texas outhit Kansas State .346 to .244.

The Longhorns took a 3-1 lead early in the fifth set on a kill by White. Texas maintained a two-point lead for much of the set before Kansas State tied it at 13.

Butler made up for an attack error on the previous play to give Texas a 14-13 lead and match point.

The Wildcats were able to fight back and get to match point when they led 16-15 after a kill by Gloria Mutiri.

Texas took a timeout before Johnson tied the match again.

After the game was tied at 17, kills by Bedart-Ghani and White put the match away for the Longhorns.

The Longhorns volleyball team is back in action next week when it hosts Baylor Wednesday at 7 p.m.

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