Texas senior Morgan Johnson celebrates a point with teammates earlier this season. Johnson and the Longhorns are in the Elite Eight. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

Still Elite: Texas outlasts Michigan to move within one win of the Final Four

Posted December 7th, 2018


UPDATE:  No. 5 Texas (23-4) will battle No. 4 BYU (30-1) in a regional final on Saturday.

Once again, the Texas Longhorns are elite.

Junior Micaya White’s 21 kills led the UT volleyball team to a 25-10, 27-29, 29-27, 25-19 win over Michigan in Provo, Utah, on Friday. With the four-set victory in the third round of the NCAA Tournament, Texas advances to the Elite Eight for the 13th straight season.


The Longhorns (23-4) will play either BYU or Florida for a trip to the Final Four.

Texas hitter Micaya White spikes the ball against Stanford earlier this season. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Saturday’s regional final at BYU’s George Albert Smith Fieldhouse will be televised on ESPNU at 7 p.m. CST.

Texas came out hot on a chilly day and rolled to an opening-set win after scoring the match’s first 10 points. UT led 23-19 in the second set, but Texas could not put the Wolverines away. Texas lost White when the Big 12 Player of the Year landed on the foot of a Michigan player and had to be helped off the court. White remained out for the set’s final seven points, and Michigan fought off two set points during its rally.

White returned for the third set and produced eight kills in a session that featured UT surviving four set points. Texas trailed 16-13 in the fourth frame, but freshman Logan Eggleston contributed four kills during a 7-1 run and the Longhorns never looked back.

Eggleston finished with 17 kills, and the Longhorns got 15 kills and a .464 hitting percentage from senior Yaazie Bedart-Ghani. Freshman setter Jhenna Gabriel quarterbacked the UT offense with a career-high 53 assists. Defensively, UT was led by Sydney Petersen’s 19 digs and Brionne Butler’s nine blocks.

Carly Skjodt had a team-high 16 kills for Michigan (24-10).

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