Volleyball Archives

‘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

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Four Longhorns honored on the AVCA’s all-region team

A quartet of Longhorns can now count themselves among the best volleyball players in the Southwest. On Tuesday, senior Micaya White, sophomores Logan Eggleston and Jhenna Gabriel and freshman Skylar Fields all represented Texas on an all-region team compiled by the American Volleyball Coaches Association. White, Eggleston, Gabriel and Fields … Read More

After going for gold on an international stage, UT’s ‘peas in a pod’ ready to chase an NCAA title

Skylar Fields has stashed all the medals she’s won over the course of her volleyball career back home in Missouri City. The Texas freshman has collected more than 40 of them, going back to when she started playing volleyball in the sixth grade. There’s a silver medal among the trinkets … Read More

Cedric Golden

American-Statesman Staff

Golden: Texas spikers will learn from surviving second-round upset scare

No one promised Texas an easy stroll through the NCAA volleyball tournament even if the bracket appeared friendly on initial inspection. The Longhorns, who are the No. 2 overall seed in the tournament, found out early that looks can be deceiving and it nearly cost them … Read More

Texas thwarts UC Santa Barbara’s upset attempt and rallies itself into the Sweet Sixteen

On the night that UC Santa Barbara ended Texas’ 1997 volleyball season, current UT standout Logan Eggleston was not alive. Brionne Butler wasn’t around either when the Gauchos recorded that 3-0 win in a Stanford-hosted regional semifinal. Even Micaya White, the 23-year-old All-American who teammate Skylar Fields joked this week … Read More

Standard Sweep: Texas blasts Albany as NCAA Tournament gets underway

On Thursday night, like it has so many times before, Texas began a postseason run by tidying up its gym. Senior Micaya White led the way with 13 kills as Texas opened the NCAA Tournament with a 25-9, 25-16, 25-15 win over Albany inside of Gregory Gym. Texas has swept … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Brionne Butler is a chip off the ol’ middle blocker

Brionne Butler is nothing like her mom. Just ask ‘em. For starters, Javonne Grant’s a true extrovert. She’s loud, brash, brimming with confidence. Sure of who she is and where she’s going and where she’s been. Butler is the exact opposite. Introvert. Quiet. Humble. Selfless. Her hobbies? “Food and clothes,” … Read More

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Big 12 honors Skylar Fields as its top freshman as Baylor overwhelms the awards stand

Once again, the Big 12’s top newcomer in volleyball is a Longhorn. On Tuesday, it was announced that Texas opposite hitter Skylar Fields had been unanimously chosen as the Big 12’s freshman of the year. Texas now has three players on its roster who have been dubbed the Big 12’s best … Read More

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Texas senior Micaya White closes out her last regular season with another Big 12 honor

For the last time, Texas senior Micaya White has climbed to the top of the Big 12’s weekly awards stand. White, an outside hitter for the Longhorns, was named the Big 12’s offensive player of the week on Monday. White has won this award three times this season and five … Read More

Gregory Gym could host two weeks of volleyball as Texas lands NCAA Tournament’s No. 2 seed

For Texas’ Longhorns, a potential trip to Pittsburgh includes a long layover in Austin. On Sunday night, Texas was awarded the second overall seed in the NCAA’s volleyball tournament. The Longhorns (21-3) also learned that they will open the postseason with a home match against Albany (16-10) on Thursday night. Read More

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Texas slips to No. 4 as the NCAA nears the revelation of its tournament’s bracket

Following a loss to Baylor, Texas has lost its claim as the nation’s top-ranked team. After four weeks atop the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll, Texas (20-3) tumbled to fourth place on Monday. Baylor (23-1) snagged UT’s No. 1 spot, and the Longhorns were also bypassed by Pittsburgh (28-1) and … Read More

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Texas volleyball rallies for win over Kansas

The Texas volleyball team rallied from a set down to take a 22-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-18 win over Kansas on Saturday night. Four Longhorns had double-digit kills, led by Micaya White who recorded 16 on the night. She had a double-double, recording 10 digs, to go with four aces. Logan … Read More

One more time: Texas volleyball to say goodbye to seniors Hahn, White

When Texas volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott pointed to the Longhorns logo on his shirt this week and said, “we’re always the hunted,” his assessment was not gratuitous. Two days later in Waco, No. 3-ranked Baylor provided supporting evidence, pursuing the top-ranked Longhorns and taking them down in five sets while … Read More

No. 3 Baylor finishes off No. 1 Texas in five sets to claim its first win over the Longhorns since 2001

WACO — At a press conference on Monday, Texas coach Jerritt Elliott warned against looking too much into his volleyball team’s sweep of Baylor in October. Elliott surmised that nerves had gotten the best of the Bears that night while the Longhorns had played extremely well. Read More

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No 1 Texas, No. 3 Baylor stay put in the AVCA poll ahead of Wednesday’s war in Waco

For the fourth straight week, Texas and Baylor were respectively ranked first and third in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division I poll. Texas (19-2, 13-0 Big 12) compiled 1,581 points and 51 first-place votes while the Bears (21-1; 11-1) earned 1,454 points and one first-place nod. Sandwiched by the … Read More

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Texas volleyball earns another sweep for 14th straight win

The No. 1 Texas volleyball team won its 14th straight match and earned another sweep Saturday, defeating TCU 25-19, 25-16, 25-23 at Gregory Gym. Micaya White led Texas with 14 kills as the Longhorns held a decided hitting percentage edge, .329 to .090. The Longhorns (19-2, 13-0 Big 12) also … Read More

Micaya White leads No. 1-ranked Texas past Kansas State

Micaya White elevated, raised her right arm, and hammered another volleyball into the ground, this one the emphatic finish to a busy night for the Longhorns senior. White finished with 14 kills, 10 digs and four aces, and No. 1-ranked Texas defeated Kansas State 25-18, 25-16, 25-17 Wednesday night at … Read More

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On National Signing Day, Texas adds four prospects to its volleyball program

Texas’ volleyball team celebrated both its present and future on Wednesday. Ranked first in the AVCA poll, Texas swept Kansas State on Wednesday and improved its record to 18-2. Earlier in the day, Texas also announced that four prospects had signed with the Longhorns. Mansfield Lake Ridge outside hitter Madison … Read More