Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott high-fives Ebony Nwanebu (2) during the second round of the 2016 NCAA tournament on Dec. 3, 2016. Texas will return to the tournament this weekend. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

Texas volleyball tops Big 12 preseason poll

Posted August 3rd, 2017

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The Texas volleyball team was picked by the Big 12 coaches as the preseason favorite to repeat as the league champions. The Big 12 Conference released its poll on Thursday with the Longhorns as the preseason favorite for the seventh straight season.

Texas (27-5 in 2016) received six first place votes while Kansas received three. Coaches were not permitted to vote for their own team.

Baylor was picked to finished third ahead of Iowa State, Kansas State, West Virginia, TCU, Oklahoma and Texas Tech, respectively.

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The Longhorns lost to Stanford in the 2016 national championship match and reached their fifth straight Final Four.

On Wednesday, Texas sophomore Micaya White joined outside hitters Ebony Nwanebu and Chiaka Ogbogu on the Big 12’s preseason volleyball team. Lexi Sun also earned the preseason label of the Big 12’s top freshman.

Kansas senior Kelsie Payne, who is an Austin native, was the conference’s preseason player of the year.

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