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Five facts for Texas and Stanford’s showdown for the NCAA championship

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The NCAA will conclude its Division I volleyball season on Saturday night as Texas and Stanford battle for a national championship at Nationwide Arena. Texas (27-4) is the NCAA tournament’s fourth overall seed, and the Longhorns are coming off a sweep of top-seeded Nebraska. No. Read More

Texas signees Shook and Sun compete in all-star volleyball match

COLUMBUS, Ohio — This week, Lexi Sun and Ashley Shook were both roommates and rivals. Sun and Shook were among the 24 athletes who participated in the Under Armour All-America volleyball match on Friday night. Both Texas signees, Sun and Shook competed on opposing sides of the net at the … Read More

New kids on the block: Texas’ Johnson, Bedart-Ghani have tall task vs. Stanford

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Before each match, Texas middle blocker Morgan Johnson must listen to Phil Collins’ “In The Air Tonight.” To her ears, the final 90 seconds of that 1981 anthem are “superb.” Johnson, though, isn’t in charge of the music selections in Texas’ locker room — junior libero Cat McCoy … Read More

Texas moves within a win of NCAA title after avenging losses to Nebraska

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Thursday night, Texas beat a familiar foe to get to a familiar place. Ebony Nwanebu hammered home 15 kills in No. 4 Texas’ 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 sweep over top-seeded and defending national champion Nebraska in the NCAA semifinals of the Final Four. The Longhorns, who won the national … Read More

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Texas to play Stanford for NCAA volleyball title

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Junior Ebony Nwanebu had 15 kills and No. 4 Texas rolled into the NCAA championship match with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 sweep of No. 1 Nebraska at Nationwide Arena. Texas not only improved to 27-4 with the victory, but the Longhorns avenged a loss to the Huskers … Read More

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Longhorns to battle old teammates on the volleyball court

In high school, Ebony Nwanebu and Andie Malloy chased championships on the same side of the net. On Thursday, they will attempt to prevent each other from winning a collegiate crown. Nwanebu’s Texas Longhorns will meet Malloy’s Nebraska Huskers in a NCAA semifinal match on Thursday in Columbus, Ohio. Texas … Read More

Getting defensive: Cat McCoy leads Texas’ defense into volleyball’s Final Four

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Cat McCoy concedes that most people probably wouldn’t describe her as chill. Texas’ junior libero loves to compete, even if she’s just playing a card game. That competitive streak, though, has helped her emerge as the Longhorns’ defensive ace. This week, she’ll anchor the defense again in … Read More

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Three Longhorns earn AVCA All-America accolades

Ebony Nwanebu and Micaya White’s debuts at Texas were delayed for a year, but both were worthy of national acclaim. White and Nwanebu have been placed on the first team of the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Division I All-America team. White, a redshirt freshman, was honored as an outside hitter, … Read More

Texas looks to snap two-match skid in Final Four rematch with No. 1 Nebraska

The Texas volleyball team last traveled to Columbus, Ohio in 2002. A familiar foe, though, will be waiting for the Longhorns’ return to the Buckeye State on Thursday: Nebraska. Texas (26-4) will meet Nebraska (31-2) in Thursday’s night’s semifinals of the Final Four. It’s a rematch of last year’s NCAA … Read More

Texas vs. the rest: Breaking down the NCAA Final Four volleyball field

Four of the country’s most prestigious college volleyball programs descend on Columbus, Ohio this week for the NCAA championship. Texas, Nebraska, Minnesota and Stanford have combined to make 49 Final Four appearances and 12 national titles. Here’s a look at each team heading into this week’s Final Four: No. 1 … Read More

There’s no shortage of options now for Texas setter Chloe Collins

The victory Saturday night over Creighton appeared breezy and effortless, with the win pushing the Texas volleyball team to its fifth straight appearance in the Final Four. On Monday, as the Longhorns took a day off from practice to concentrate on finals, what everyone continued to rave about was UT’s … Read More

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Social reaction: Texas celebrates as Longhorns make annual trip to Final Four

The Texas volleyball team is heading back to the Final Four. Following a sweep of Creighton on Saturday evening, Texas is bound for Columbus, Ohio. Texas (27-4) will meet Nebraska (31-2) on Thursday evening in the national semifinals. Stanford (25-7) and Minnesota (29-4) will play for the other … Read More

Texas heads back to Final Four after a sweep of Creighton

In Nicole Dalton’s universe, the volleyball season ends in the Final Four. Dalton was a true freshman in 2012 when Texas won an NCAA Championship. The Colorado-raised setter was sidelined by an injury during Texas’ 2013 appearance in the national semifinals, but she returned as the Longhorns contended for titles … Read More

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Creighton gets another upset win in NCAA Tournament

The Creighton Bluejays defeated the 12th-seeded Michigan Wolverines 24-26, 25-21, 17-25, 25-20, 15-7 to advance to the Elite Eight of the NCAA Tournament at Gregory Gym on Friday night. The Bluejays will face Texas, who defeated BYU earlier in the day, on Saturday at 7 p.m. Jaali Winters had … Read More

Down but not out: Texas advances to Elite 8 with fifth-set comeback

Those Texas Longhorns, they’re still elite. Freshman Micaya White recorded 24 kills and 20 digs, and Texas (25-4) staged two memorable rallies in a five-set victory over BYU (29-4) in the NCAA Volleyball Tournament’s third round Friday. Texas moved on to the Elite Eight and within one win of its … Read More

Kirk Bohls

American-Statesman Staff

Bohls: Look past her ribbon and nails — Texas’ Ebony Nwanebu is on-court tough

Almost everything about Ebony Nwanebu disguises who the Texas women’s volleyball player actually is. On the court, the Longhorns junior is as powerful an outside hitter as there is in her sport. Her coach calls her “world class” and says “her future is at a high end.” Her aggressive play … Read More

Next stop: Final Four? Texas volleyball relaxed and ready for BYU, regional

R-E-L-A-X. Green Bay quarterback Aaron Rodgers notably used those five letters to sooth the fears of Packers fans during the 2014 season. Two years later, that word can describe the mood in the Texas volleyball team’s locker room. Texas (24-4) hosts BYU in the third round of the NCAA tournament … Read More

Home sweet home? Texas’ Elliott hoping for huge fan turnout for regional

Texas volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott is willing to write you a doctor’s note, call your boss or do whatever’s necessary to guarantee a full house at 3 p.m. Friday against BYU. The Longhorns haven’t lost an NCAA tournament home match since 2006. Elliott has a personal … Read More

Pomp and circumstance: Texas advances to Sweet 16 after seniors graduate

The Texas Longhorns gifted Chloe Collins and Paulina Prieto Cerame a win at their Gregory Gym-hosted graduation party on Saturday night. Texas hit .438 as a team, and the Longhorns moved on in the NCAA Tournament with a 25-15, 25-18, 25-12 rout of SMU. Texas has now won the last … Read More

Yaazie Bedart-Ghani leads Texas to a sweep in NCAA opener

It is tournament time for Texas. Sophomore Yaazie Bedart-Ghani and senior Paulina Prieto Cerame recorded double-digit kills, and Texas started its December with a 25-14, 25-16, 25-17 sweep of UT-Rio Grande Valley. The weekend-opening win gave Texas a victory in its 13th consecutive trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Longhorns … Read More