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Breakfast with Bevo: It’s never too early for Texas volleyball

Posted April 5th, 2018

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Good morning. Breakfast is served.

It’s Thursday, April 5th. On this date in 2005, the Baylor women won their first NCAA championship with an 84-62 win over Michigan State behind Sophia Young’s 26 points. Kim Mulkey became the first woman to win an NCAA title as a player and a coach.

Also on April 5, Texas A&M beat Notre Dame for the 2011 NCAA women’s crown; former Patriots wide receiver Darryl Stingley, who was paralyzed in a 1978 preseason game, died at the age of 55 (2007); the Florida Marlins played their first-ever game (1993); Wayne Gretzky won his seventh straight NHL scoring title (1987); and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke Wilt Chamberlain’s NBA career scoring record (1984).

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How ’bout them Horns?

Wednesday night gave us our first look at Texas’ volleyball team since the Longhorns were swept at Stanford in the Elite Eight of last season’s NCAA tournament. Texas went 27-3 in 2017 — that’s a 90-percent winning clip — and won the Big 12 without a loss.

But a lot of that 2017 firepower is gone — outside hitters Ebony Nwanebu and Lexi Sun, middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu and libero Cat McCoy; Sun, who previously had announced she was transferring, decided on Nebraska this week.

Texas middle blocker Brionne Butler (10) blocks a hit by Texas A&M outside hitter Samantha Sanders (1) during a NCAA volleyball scrimmage in Austin, Texas, on Wednesday, April 4, 2018. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Wednesday night’s spring match with Texas A&M wasn’t pretty, about what you’d expect from a match in April with the occasional lapses of communication, unforced errors and serving issues but it gave Jerritt Elliott a good chance to see what he’s working with. The Horns won the four-set match 3-1 (25-15, 18-25, 25-16, 25-23) over the Aggies, who were a disappointing 10-15 last year and went through a coaching change.

Here’s our recap of the match. Danny Davis will take a deeper dive on that early look at this coming season’s team later today.

Texas shuts out UTSA: The softball team beat UTSA 1-0 thanks to a two-out RBI single from Ki’Audra Hayter, whose infield single scored Kaitlyn Washington. Paige von Sprecken threw a complete game. Here’s our recap story.

In other news:

BASEBALL: Junior second baseman Kody Clemens (.357, 8 HRs, 30 RBIs so far) was named to the Perfect Game/Rawlings midseason All-American team.

WOMEN’S GOLF: Freshman golfer Kaitlyn Papp was named the Big 12’s golfer of the month.

OVER AT THE MASTERS: Four Longhorns are in the 87-man field at Augusta National — Jordan Spieth, Jhonattan Vegas, Dylan Frittelli and Doug Ghim. Kirk Bohls is covering the Masters for us again this year. He wrote about Spieth in today’s paper ($), wondering if his solid third-place finish in Houston last weekend means he’s finally getting past his slow start to the season. Kirk also is giving us a daily look at the four Longhorns — here’s his UT report for Thursday’s paper.

If you missed it on Wednesday, Kirk also wrote a piece on Gihm.

Tee times for Thursday’s first round:

7:41 a.m. — Jhonattan Vegas, Ian Woosnam and Ryan Moore

8:03 a.m. — Dylan Frittelli, Jose Maria Olazabel and Kevin Chappell

10:37 a.m. — Doug Ghim, Sandy Lyle and Si Woo Kim

12:49 p.m. — Jordan Spieth, Alex Noren and Louis Oosthuizen

RUPP TO THE RANGERS: Former Horns slugger Cameron Rupp is now a Texas Ranger. The Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant wrote about what signing the catcher means.

Around the Horns

Football: We get another chance to watch UT practice this afternoon. Danny Davis will have a Hookem post on what he saw and Brian Davis will have a Hookem story tonight.

Baseball: Texas beat Texas A&M-Corpus Christi on Tuesday night. The Longhorns (19-12) host Baylor this weekend (6 p.m. Friday, 4 p.m. Saturday, 1:30 p.m. Sunday — all on LHN and 104.9).

Softball: Texas (20-14) hosts Samford this weekend (Saturday doubleheader at 11 a.m./1:30 p.m.; 11 a.m. Sunday — all on LHN, 105.3).

Golf: The Texas men play at the Western Intercollegiate in Santa Cruz, Calif. on Saturday and Sunday. The Horns are ranked 15th by the Golf Coaches Association of America. … The Texas women are ranked 18th by the GCCA. They’re at the Silverado Showdown this coming Sunday through Tuesday in Napa, Calif.

Tennis: The men, ranked No. 12, open Big 12 play on Saturday at home vs. TCU (2 p.m.) at the Texas Tennis Center. … The women, ranked No. 7, open Big 12 play at TCU on Friday (5:30 p.m.).

Rowing: Texas, ranked No. 3 in the country, faces Old Dominion and West Virginia in Norfolk, Va. on Saturday.

Around the Big 12

Here’s a Fort Worth Star-Telegram feature on TCU outfielder A.J. Balta, who’s becoming one of the Horned Frogs’ top leaders. Up in Lubbock, Texas Tech continues to search for the next great tight end since Jace Amaro left. The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal took a spring look at the position. And four Red Raiders who had been suspended after getting arrested outside a Lubbock bar — quarterback Jett Duffey, wide receiver Quan Shorts, linebacker Christian Taylor and cornerback Desmon Smith — have been reinstated. The Oklahoman wrote about OU wide receiver A.D. Miller, who was forced to redshirt last season with a series of quad injuries but is back this spring, and the Tulsa World wrote about Sooners running back Trey Sermon’s development. And Mike Gundy is predicting that star running back Justice Hill will play all four years at Oklahoma State, the World wrote. Kansas hoops star Malik Newman is skipping his final two years to go pro — and his dad is all in, wrote the Kansas City Star.

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