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Texas secures its first 2022 volleyball pledge as Indiana’s Emma Halter commits to the Longhorns

The Texas volleyball program received a verbal commitment from Indiana prospect Emma Halter on Thursday. With her pledge, Halter becomes the first member of UT’s 2022 recruiting class. Texas has not yet received a commitment from the Class of 2021. Halter is a defensive specialist and libero who is entering … Read More

With Baylor bearing down, Texas once again earns the No. 1 spot in the Big 12’s preseason poll

If volleyball fans were expecting a surprise at the Big 12’s ballot box, it didn’t come this week. Texas retained the top ranking in the conference’s annual preseason poll, which was released on Tuesday. With 62 points and six first-place votes, Texas bested Baylor’s 59 points and three first-place nods. Read More

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Texas trio honored by Big 12 ahead of 2020 volleyball season

Texas junior Logan Eggleston has been joined by teammates Skylar Fields and Brionne Butler on the Big 12’s preseason volleyball team. Texas and Baylor each placed a conference-high three players on the preseason team, which was revealed on Monday afternoon. Butler, Eggleston and Fields were all unanimous appointees. Read More

Separated by COVID-19, Jhenna Gabriel among the Texas volleyball players getting ‘hungrier than ever’

Recently, Texas sophomore Jhenna Gabriel had to wake up for a final that began at four in the morning. An early morning presentation for an advertising media planning foundations class awaited Gabriel, the starting setter on UT’s volleyball team. And since she is waiting out the coronavirus pandemic in her … Read More

NCAA moves toward allowing athletes to be paid sponsors

The NCAA is moving closer to allowing Division I athletes to earn money from endorsements and sponsorship deals they can strike on their own as early as next year. Recommended rule changes that would clear the way for athletes to earn money from their names, images and likeness are being … Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Demetria Sance

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about volleyball player Demetria Sance. Recruited out of San Antonio, Sance immediately had an impact on the 40 Acres. During her … Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Destinee Hooker

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about two-sport star Destinee Hooker. Who is the greatest volleyball player in UT’s history? From 2006-09, Hooker certainly made her case. Read More

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Ex-Longhorn setter Riley Fisbeck to close out her volleyball career at Alabama

Former Texas setter Riley Fisbeck announced on Sunday that she will join Alabama’s volleyball program as a graduate transfer. An anthropology major, Fisbeck intends to graduate from Texas this May. Fisbeck, who interned with the Austin Police Department’s homicide unit this past summer, will study criminal justice at Alabama. Read More

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Black History Month at Texas: Rachael Adams

Throughout Black History Month, the American-Statesman will take a daily look at the black athletes who have had a lasting impact in Texas’ athletic department. Today, we are writing about volleyball player Rachael Adams. A 6-2 middle blocker, Adams appeared in 119 matches at Texas from 2008-11. Adams was an … Read More

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Texas middle blocker Asjia O’Neal ‘feeling better’ after another heart surgery

Texas freshman middle blocker Asjia O’Neal revealed in an Instagram post on Wednesday night that she had recently had heart surgery for the second time. O’Neal said the surgery was conducted at the Cleveland Clinic last week. The 20-year-old O’Neal, who had her first open heart surgery seven years ago, … Read More

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Texas’ Micaya White and Logan Eggleston make the grade on the AVCA’s All-American honor roll

Once again, Texas senior outside hitter Micaya White has been honored alongside the best volleyball players in the nation. White was placed on the first team of the AVCA’s All-American team on Wednesday. This marks the fourth time in White’s collegiate career that she has been named an AVCA All-American. Read More

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Nebraska’s Capri Davis to transfer to Texas for 2020 volleyball season

Former Nebraska outside hitter Capri Davis will transfer to Texas, the Longhorns said on Monday. After spending the 2018 and 2019 seasons at Nebraska, Davis has two years of eligibility remaining. Davis appeared in 26 matches as a freshman. This season, she played nine times before … Read More

Minnesota sweeps upstart Louisville to advance to Final Four

Playing like a team with unfinished business, Minnesota rolled over upstart Louisville in straight sets Saturday night in an NCAA volleyball regional final at Gregory Gym. The commanding 25-21, 25-14, 25-16 victory propelled the Golden Gophers (27-5) to their third Final Four appearance under coach Hugh McCutcheon since 2015. The … Read More

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Minnesota rallies past Florida for Elite Eight volleyball spot

Pushed to the brink a week ago, Minnesota retraced its steps in holding off Florida in five sets Friday in the NCAA volleyball Sweet 16 at Gregory Gym. The Golden Gophers (26-5) will face Louisville (22-9) in Saturday’s 7 p.m. regional final, with the winner advancing to the Final Four … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas’ crushing NCAA loss to Louisville was more mental than physical

They left Gregory Gymnasium in stunned silence Friday night. Louisville players were the ones dancing off the court, celebrating with their parents and embracing their coaches. Meanwhile, the Texas Longhorns and coach Jerritt Elliott were the ones hit head-on with the reality of tournament elimination well before the desired destination. Read More

Texas’ 2019 volleyball season ends as Louisville delivers a Sweet Sixteen stunner

As the fifth set at Gregory Gym reached its halfway point Friday afternoon, Texas threw everything it could at Louisville. Micaya White, a senior and soon to be a four-time All-American, sent six shots to Louisville’s side of the net. Skylar Fields, perhaps the nation’s best freshman, tried a swing. Read More

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BREAKING: No. 2 Texas upset by Louisville, ousted from NCAA volleyball tournament

On Friday afternoon, No. 2 Texas suffered a fifth-set heartbreak as Louisville ended the Longhorns’ volleyball season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament. The first two sets of Louisville’s 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 15-12 victory featured a rebuffed rally and a completed comeback. Texas trailed by as many … Read More

‘We just need to hit them first’: Texas readies for Louisville in Sweet 16 matchup

A decade ago, the volleyball team from Hawaii beat Michigan to advance to the Final Four for the ninth time in school history. Jhenna Gabriel, a native of Honolulu, was nine years old during that 2009 season. She was a frequent visitor to the Stan Steriff Center, she said, because … Read More

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Jerritt Elliott on Khat Bell’s pep talk: ‘It was a unique situation that will never happen again.’

During a second-round match against UC Santa Barbara this past Friday, former Texas All-American Khat Bell exited the stands to give the Longhorns a pep talk. Bell was a member of UT’s 2012 championship team. She is, however, not currently employed by Texas. Bell later told … Read More

Get to know the four volleyball teams in Austin’s NCAA regional

In search of two wins and an invitation to the Final Four, the volleyball teams from Texas, Minnesota, Florida and Louisville will battle at Gregory Gym this weekend. Texas is set to host Louisville on Friday afternoon while Minnesota and Florida meet in Austin’s other Sweet … Read More