Texas volleyball players Logan Eggleston (33), Ashley Shook (9), Morgan Johnson (12) and Katarina Luketic (21), shown during an intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym on Aug. 18, beat Oregon on Friday in their season opener. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

Without Micaya White, Texas prepares for start of its season in the Orange-White Scrimmage

Posted August 18th, 2018

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The first impression for the Class of 2022 was a good one.

Freshman outside hitter Logan Eggleston collected a double-double in her debut at Gregory Gym and Sydney Petersen donned the libero jersey in the Orange-White Scrimmage on Saturday. Behind Eggleston, the White team comprised of expected starters and contributors posted a 25-13, 25-21, 23-25 win over an Orange squad that played back-ups and ex-UT standouts Ebony Nwanebu and Juliann Johnson.

The annual intrasquad showdown was a precursor to Texas’ season opener against Oregon on Aug. 24. The Longhorns and Ducks will meet as part of the Nebraska-hosted VERT Challenge. UT, the third-ranked team in the AVCA preseason poll, is set to play No. 7 Florida the following day.

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Saturday’s scrimmage gave fans their first glimpse at the program’s five incoming recruits. A 17-year-old who skipped her senior year of high school, Eggleston played with UT’s expected rotation and led all players in kills (12) and digs (10). Croatian recruit Katarina Luketić (eight kills, .438 hitting percentage) played exclusively with the White team, and Petersen gathered eight digs and two aces as ex-UT libero Cat McCoy’s apparent heir. Defensive specialist Jhenna Gabriel (eight digs) and middle blocker Asjia O’Neal (five kills) also fared well.

Texas junior Micaya White (left) speaks with Yaazie Bedart-Ghani during an intrasquad scrimmage at Gregory Gym on Aug. 18, 2018. (Stephen Spillman / for American-Statesman)

Freshman middle blocker Brionne Butler, who redshirted in 2017, led all players with her eight blocks.

“I really liked what I saw today (from the freshmen),” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. “As I was watching, I was just trying to see if I would notice if their behavior and their attitudes and their body language showed that they are freshmen. I didn’t see that at all. They were just steady in their communication, their routines we really good. That’s a good sign for us.”

Outside hitter Micaya White and middle blocker Blair Westerlund did not participate in the scrimmage. Elliott downplayed the inactivity and told reporters that both players were “just resting right now.” Texas expects White, a two-time All-American and the Big 12’s preseason player of the year, to play against Oregon.

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