Texas coach Jerritt Elliott, left, stands with his players including' Molly McCage (5), Chiaka Ogbogu (11) and Paulina Prieto Cerame (19), while the championship trophy is awarded to Nebraska, following the NCAA women's volleyball tournament finals in Omaha, Neb., Saturday, Dec. 19, 2015. Nebraska won the championship after defeating Texas in three sets. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Volleyball

Texas volleyball team upset at VERT Challenge

Posted August 25th, 2017

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Story highlights
  • Freshman Lexi Sun leads Longhorns with 11 kills
  • Florida Gators jump out to two-set lead
  • Texas takes just one set win

The No. 12 Florida Gators upset the top-ranked Texas volleyball team 3-1 (25-16, 25-23, 18-25, 25-21) to open the season at the VERT Challenge in Gainesville, Fla. Friday.

The Longhorns went down by two sets before fighting back to win the third. Florida regained control, however, closing out the match with a 25-21 win in the fourth set.

The Gators (1-0) had four players with at least nine kills, led by Carli Snyder with 14. She also had 20 digs. Rachael Kramer added 11 kills in the win.

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Lexi Sun, a freshman, led the Longhorns with 11 kills, though she committed nine errors to hit just .036. She had 10 digs in the match.

Ebony Nwanebu had nine kills with a .500 kill percentage and six blocks. Senior Chiaka Ogbogu had eight kills and six blocks for Texas.

Freshman Ashley Shook led the Longhorns in assists with 33.

Sun had a kill in the first set to pull the Longhorns to within a point at 15-14. The Gators closed out the set on a 10-2 run, however.

Another kill by the freshman in the second set, tied the game at 22-all, but the Gators ended the set on a 3-1 run.

The Longhorns will try to get back on the winning track at the VERT Challenge as they face No. 18 Oregon Saturday.

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