Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott talks to players during a time-out in a match against Southern California in Austin on Sept. 1, 2019. [ELI IMADALI/AMERICAN-STATESMAN]

BEVO BEAT Volleyball

Texas slips to No. 4 as the NCAA nears the revelation of its tournament’s bracket

Posted November 25th, 2019


Following a loss to Baylor, Texas has lost its claim as the nation’s top-ranked team.

After four weeks atop the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s poll, Texas (20-3) tumbled to fourth place on Monday. Baylor (23-1) snagged UT’s No. 1 spot, and the Longhorns were also bypassed by Pittsburgh (28-1) and Stanford (22-4). Texas is 1-2 against Baylor and Stanford this year.

Additionally, Texas is now ranked third in the NCAA’s RPI rankings.


The Longhorns had their 14-match winning streak snapped last Wednesday. In front of 7,357 fans at the Ferrell Center in Waco, the Longhorns were upended in five sets. Texas, which rebounded three days later with a 3-1 win over Kansas, had last lost to Baylor in 2001.

In its quest for a top-four seed, Texas has one last chance to impress the NCAA’s selection committee before the postseason bracket is revealed on Sunday. Texas will travel to Iowa State (17-9) on Saturday afternoon.

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