Texas' Claire Hahn (4) and Blair Westerlund (22) celebrate a win over TCU during a Big 12 Conference volleyball game at Gregory Gym Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

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Following knee surgeries, Texas’ Blair Westerlund retires from volleyball team

Posted May 3rd, 2019

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In an Instagram post, Texas junior Blair Westerlund announced on Friday that she was stepping away from the game of volleyball.

Westerlund has battled knee problems since she was injured while warming up for a match in the 2016 NCAA tournament. She said that after a second knee injury, “it has become clear that I have to put my health first.”

Westerlund won a state title at nearby Brentwood Christian as a senior in high school. The daughter of former UT football player Jack Westerlund and a fourth-generation Longhorn, Westerlund appeared in two matches as a freshman. She did not play during the 2017 and 2018 seasons.

“Blair has been a big part of this program and we are sorry she will no longer be able to participate,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said in a statement. “She has been the ultimate team player and represented the University of Texas in this highest manner. We will continue to take care of Blair, and she is forever part of our Longhorn family.”

Even without the 6-3 Westerlund, Texas is set to return three middle blockers from last year’s regional finalist team. Texas also added middle blocker Molly Phillips to its 2019 recruiting class.

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