On Friday afternoon, No. 2 Texas suffered a fifth-set heartbreak as Louisville ended the Longhorns’ volleyball season in the third round of the NCAA Tournament.
The first two sets of Louisville’s 25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 18-25, 15-12 victory featured a rebuffed rally and a completed comeback. Texas trailed by as many as six points in the opener, but Louisville still secured a win after the Longhorns tied the match at 22-22. In the second set, Louisville turned an 11-4 deficit into a 19-19 tie and a 25-22 conquest.
Texas controlled much of the third session as Logan Eggleston and Micaya White combined for 11 kills. The Longhorns then never trailed in a fourth frame that featured a nine-point lead. But in the finale, Louisville scored five of the first seven points and Texas never got closer than two points.
Louisville, which will return to Gregory Gym on Saturday to play either Florida or Minnesota, was led by Aiko Jones’ 23 kills. In her last match with the Longhorns, White tallied 20 kills.
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