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Texas loses to Wisconsin in NCAA semifinals

Posted December 19th, 2013

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SEATTLE  _ Defending national champion Texas was upset Thursday night by Wisconsin in the first semifinal of the NCAA volleyball championship.

The Badgers beat UT 3-1, taking the first two matches then slipping past the Longhorns in the fourth 25-23.

Texas hadn’t lost a match since Sept. 13. But the Longhorns season now is over.

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EARLIER _ The American-Statesman is courtside Thursday for the NCAA volleyball semifinals between Texas and Wisconsion.

The Longhorns are the defending national champions and top seed. Wisconsin is the tournament’s 12th seed.

We’ll be updating throughout the match.

LONGHORNS WIN THIRD SET

Texas slipped past Wisconsin 28-26 in the third set.

Neither team is hitting well. The Longhorns are at .167 to the Badgers .123.

Haley Eckerman has 13 kills for Texas.

WISCONSIN WINS SECOND SET

The Badgers have taken control of the first semifinal, winning the second set 25-18. The Longhorns even switched setters, going from Hannah Allison to Chloe Collins, but they haven’t been able to get their offense going.

Haley Eckerman has 10 kills for the match. Bailey Webster has been quiet most of the evening. She has three kills.

The Longhorns continue to have problems with Wisconsin’s serves. The Badgers have six serve aces and their serving is a key reason why Texas has had problems running its offense.

WISCONSIN WINS FIRST SET

The Badgers beat the Longhorns 25-19. Wisconsin had taken an early six-point lead, but UT had managed to whittle it to 20-19. Wisconsin called a timeout, then the Badgers finished the set on a 5-0 run to win the opener.

The Longhorns had problems with their serve. They committed four errors, while allowing Wisconsin three aces.

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