After Kansas handed Texas its first Big 12 loss last weekend, the Longhorns bounced back with a 3-1 win over TCU on Wednesday.
Ebony Nwanebu contributed 19 kills to a Texas offense that also received 48 assists from setter Chloe Collins. Texas dropped the first set in Fort Worth, but 25-17, 25-13, 27-25 responses secured the win. Texas (18-3,10-1 Big 12) is now 12-1 all-time vs. TCU.
Texas also got 13 kills and 12 digs from outside hitter Micaya White. It was the fifth double-double of the season for White, who on Monday was named the Big 12’s freshman of the week for the sixth time this year, tying a conference record set by Nebraska’s Hannah Werth in 2009.
It’s not guaranteed that White keeps her spot in the history books, though. She and West Virginia outside hitter Payton Caffrey remain the only players to win the Big 12’s freshman of the week this season. Caffrey has been honored five times, and she and White split the award on Sept. 26.
Season ends for soccer: Last week’s 3-2 loss to TCU cost the Texas soccer team one of the eight spots in the Big 12’s soccer showcase. Texas last failed to reach a conference tournament during its inaugural season in 1994, and the Longhorns did not compete in a conference that year.
Injuries did not help Texas’ cause this year. The campus’ leading scorer in each of her first two seasons, sophomore forward Alexa Adams missed the final six matches with a knee injury. Sophomore forward Mikayla Flores, who was outscored only by Adams in 2015, tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee during the Longhorns’ opener.
Texas (8-9-1, 1-6-1 Big 12) should anticipate the return of those players — as well as Big 12 freshman of the year Cyera Hintzen — in 2017.
Will head coach Angela Kelly also return? She’s in the last year of her contract, and has compiled a 47-39-13 record since she was hired away from Tennessee before the 2012 season. A Texas spokesperson told the American-Statesman that a two-year extension with a third-year option will be presented to the Board of Regents at its next meeting, which is scheduled for next week.
Season-opening splash: Texas’ swimming and diving teams began their season two weeks ago, and the Longhorns brought home six wins from Indiana.
The UT women went 4-0, sweeping both Indiana and Florida in their short- and long-course meets. The men also were at the Hoosiers-hosted competition, and they went 2-0 against Florida and 0-2 against Indiana.
For their efforts, seniors Madisyn Cox and Clark Smith were named the Big 12’s swimmers of the week on Wednesday. Sophomore Meghan O’Brien and senior Mark Anderson were honored as the conference’s top divers.
The Texas women returned to the pool on Thursday for a home meet against Texas A&M. North Carolina State’s men and women will be in Austin on Friday.