Volleyball Archives

Stanford ends Texas’ season for the second straight year, one match short of the Final Four

STANFORD, Calif. — Texas welcomed back Chiaka Ogbogu, the Big 12’s player of the year who missed last season for academic reasons, and added Lexi Sun, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the country. It still wasn’t enough to get past Stanford. In a rematch of last year’s NCAA championship match … Read More

Texas volleyball rallies past Utah, will face Stanford (again) for Final Four berth

STANFORD, Calif. — Texas players were all in elementary school the last time a Longhorns volleyball team didn’t advance to the regional finals of the NCAA tournament. That 12-year streak of Sweet 16 wins continued Friday night at the Stanford Regional — by the smallest possible margin. After the … Read More

Goin’ to California: Stanford Regional gives Texas’ Lexi Sun, Yaazie Bedart-Ghani a return trip home

Last week, Texas opened its 34th appearance at the NCAA tournament with a sweep of Fairfield. As he got to the podium for his postgame press conference, however, head coach Jerritt Elliott seemed a bit perplexed. A name card had been left in front of Elliott’s seat, … Read More

More MVPs: After earning Big 12’s biggest prize, Texas senior Chiaka Ogbogu tops all-region team

This season, there was no volleyball player in the Big 12 better than Texas middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu. The same can now be said about the southwest region. Ogbogu was named the Southwest Region Player of the Year by the American Volleyball Coaches Association on Tuesday. Honoring the top players … Read More

Sweet 16 schedule set as Texas prepares to head west for a battle with Utah

Texas’ itinerary for the third round of the NCAA tournament has been finalized. Meeting in Stanford’s Maples Pavilion, Texas and Utah will battle at 8 p.m. CST on Friday. The Sweet 16 match will be aired on ESPN3. The winner advances to play either Stanford or Wisconsin, who will appear … Read More

Texas rolls into NCAA tournament’s third round in seniors’ final appearance at Gregory Gym

On Saturday night, Texas’ senior class left Gregory Gym in the care of capable hands. Sophomore Micaya White registered 13 kills and junior Morgan Johnson added seven blocks as Texas swept by North Carolina State in the second round of the NCAA tournament. With the 25-18, 25-15, 25-21 triumph at … Read More

For the 34th time, Texas makes a good first impression at the NCAA tournament

Chiaka Ogbogu was nearly perfect on Friday night. Her team, though, still is. Ogbogu earned kills on 11 of her 12 attempts, and Texas opened its 2017 postseason run with a 25-16, 25-18, 25-17 sweep of Fairfield in Gregory Gym. Texas (25-2) moves on to face North Carolina State in … Read More

As the NCAA tournament begins, silver is not on Texas’ wish list this December

For Texas volleyball, December is indeed the most wonderful time of the year. We’re not talking about hosting parties, roasting marshmallows or caroling. It’s the NCAA tournament — not the holiday season — that has become the highlight of the Longhorns’ annual calendar in December. Texas, which has made it … Read More

Chiaka Ogbogu honored as conference’s best player as Big 12 lauds six Longhorns

As Texas’ volleyball team celebrated in front of an orange-lit tower on Sunday evening, senior Chiaka Ogbogu stood in the middle of a team photo. Ogbogu held the Big 12’s championship trophy — the reason for the photo opportunity — with sophomore Micaya White. A day later, Ogbogu once again … Read More

Texas to open at home, but UT’s road to the Final Four goes through Stanford

No. 2 will be a No. 2. The second-ranked team in the AVCA poll, Texas earned a second seed from the NCAA tournament’s selection committee on Sunday. Given the sixth overall ranking, The Longhorns (24-2) were placed in Stanford’s quadrant of the 64-team bracket. Texas will open its tournament run … Read More

Unbeaten in Big 12 play, Texas now awaits its NCAA fate

WACO — Members of Texas’ volleyball team are about to find out how long 28 hours is. Showcasing some resilience, Texas got double-digit kills from four players in a 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-19 win at Baylor’s Ferrell Center on Saturday. The regular-season finale ended around 4 p.m., which set Texas (24-2) … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Texas’ Cat McCoy digs life’s experiences, volleyball

Cat McCoy likes adventure. A lot. Actually, this 21-year-old native Texan craves the adrenalin rush and exciting opportunities that it provides. Which is why she’s jumped off dangerous Austin cliffs with a teammate. And why she joined teammate Ebony Nwanebu and about two dozen other fellow Longhorns on a mission trip … Read More

Seniors shine as Texas wraps up the Big 12’s championship with a sweep of Oklahoma

On Wednesday night, Texas’ four seniors were gifted flowers, their framed jerseys and a conference championship. Sophomore Micaya White registered 10 kills as Texas strolled to a 25-13, 25-15, 25-21 sweep of rival Oklahoma. The victory came on libero Cat McCoy, outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu and middle blockers Chiaka Ogbogu and … Read More

Mirta Baselovic has coaching on her mind as Texas volleyball prepares to chase an NCAA championship

Texas’ four seniors will take center stage Wednesday night at Gregory Gym. As No. 2-ranked Texas aims for an outright Big 12 volleyball championship with a win over Oklahoma, the Longhorns also will celebrate their four seniors playing their final regular-season match — outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu, … Read More

Big 12 honors Texas’ Ashley Shook for a third time in 2017

Ashley Shook has set up a debate as to who is the top freshman in the Big 12. Shook, UT’s freshman setter, was named the Big 12’s freshman of the week on Monday. In last week’s sweep of No. 16 Kansas, Shook had 42 assists and five … Read More

Back on top: No. 2 Texas dethrones Kansas on Chiaka Ogbogu’s big night

Texas’ Longhorns need a new banner. Senior middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu matched a season-high with her 14 kills in a 25-23, 25-22, 25-16 sweep of No. 16 Kansas. With the win in front of an announced crowd of 4,001, No. 2 Texas secured a share of the Big 12 championship. Read More

As national ranking rises, Texas hopes to ace upcoming tests on the service line

When Texas hosts rival Kansas on Wednesday, it will do so as the No. 2 team in the AVCA’s national poll. What do the pollsters love about the 21-2 Longhorns, who were ranked third last week? Texas’ 3.29 blocks per set lead the nation. The Longhorns are hitting .311, a … Read More

Longhorns volleyball team stays unbeaten in Big 12

Micaya White had a productive day as the Texas Longhorns volleyball team defeated No. 24 Iowa State in four sets Saturday in Ames, Iowa. Texas won 25-21, 25-18, 23-25, 25-18 to move to 21-2 overall and remain undefeated at 13-0 in the Big 12. White led the Longhorns with 15 … Read More

Texas celebrates a signing and a birthday with a sweep of TCU

The Texas volleyball team wrapped up a busy Wednesday with a win. Micaya White had 14 kills to lead Texas, the third-ranked team in the AVCA’s national poll, to a 25-17, 25-23, 25-14 win over TCU. Following the sweep at Gregory Gym, Texas (20-2) will head to No. 24 Iowa … Read More

Texas’ Chiaka Ogbogu pairs a school record with a Big 12 honor

Before this season, the Big 12 had never recognized Chiaka Ogbogu’s efforts on defense. The conference has since made up for that. Senior @cchiakaa11 named Big 12 Defensive Player of the Week for her third award this season and eighth overall #PointTexas 🤘 … Read More