Texas' Cat McCoy (8) makes a pass on the ball as Morgan Johnson (12) and (1) Micaya White (1) look on Sunday at Gregory Gym. The Longhorns lost to Wisconsin in 5 sets. It was Texas' first home loss in 21 matches. (Rodolfo Gonzalez/American-Statesman)

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Texas volleyball team wins in Big 12 opener

Posted September 20th, 2016

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The fifth-ranked Texas volleyball team defeated West Virginia 3-1 (24-26, 28-26, 25-18, 25-15) to start the Big 12 season on a winning note on the road Tuesday night in Morgantown, W.V.

Orie Agbaji had a career-high nine blocks to lead the Longhorns. The freshman also had three kills for Texas.

Nicole Dalton had 41 assists to go along with five kills, nine digs and three blocks.

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Micaya White, Paulina Prieto Cerame and Ebony Nwanebu each had double digit kills for Texas. White led the team with 18 kills, Prieto Cerame had 15 and Nwanebu finished with 13. White also had nine digs and five blocks. Nwanebu chipped in seven digs and four blocks.

The Texas defense came up big, producing 17 blocks while Cat McCoy led the team in digs with 15.

The Longhorns bounced back after falling to No. 6 Wisconsin on Sunday, though they were playing without starting setter Chloe Collins, who was sidelined with an illness. Dalton started in her place.

The Longhorns dropped the first set after saving three set points, but went on to win the next three sets for the win. Winning the second set which also went to extra points righted the ship for Texas.

West Virginia was led by Payton Caffrey who had 26 kills and nine digs.

Texas returns to action on Saturday as they host No. 8 Kansas at 7 p.m. at Gregory Gym. The match can be seen on Longhorn Network.

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