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All-American libero Zoe Fleck to transfer to Texas for the 2022 volleyball season

Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott gestures to the crowd during a second-round NCAA college volleyball match against UC Santa Barbara on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, in Austin, Texas.

Texas announced on Thursday morning that former UCLA libero Zoe Fleck will join the Longhorns for the 2022 volleyball season.

Fleck averaged 3.99 digs per set this season for UCLA, which reached the Sweet 16. She was named the Pac-12's libero of the year.

Fleck also was the Pac-12's top libero for the 2021 spring season. From 2018-19, she played at UC Santa Barbara and was a member of a Gauchos team that played at Gregory Gym and pushed Texas to five sets during the second round of the 2019 NCAA Tournament. Fleck had 14 digs and two aces in that match.

The addition of Fleck will bolster the back row of UT's defense, which struggled at times during the 2021 season. Nalani Iosia, who was the libero this fall, and defensive specialist Reilly Heinrich will both be juniors next season. Emma Halter, the top recruit in the state of Indiana, recently signed with Texas.

"Zoe adds a great deal of experience and we are thrilled to add her to the backcourt group we have," Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said in a press release. "The serve and pass game is critical at the elite level and with Nalani, Reilly, Emma and now Zoe, we have a chance to be elite in this area. You need to have many great backcourt players to be great and this group excites me."

Earlier this week, Fleck was placed on the third team of the AVCA's All-American team. Cat McCoy's honorable mention in 2017 is the only time a UT libero has been recognized by the AVCA's All-American committee.

In addition to adding an All-American to its roster, Texas will retain a few All-Americans as well. On Wednesday, outside hitter Logan Eggleston (first team), middle blocker Brionne Butler (first) and opposite hitter Skylar Fields (third) also were honored by the AVCA. Eggleston and Fields are set to return next season alongside veteran setter Jhenna Gabriel, who was a third-team All-American during the 2020-21 season.

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Texas went 27-2 this season. The Longhorns earned the second overall seed in the NCAA Tournament but suffered an Elite Eight elimination against Nebraska.