Texas middle blocker Morgan Johnson (right, in an April scrimmage) was in on six blocks Saturday against Florida. NICK WAGNER / AMERICAN-STATESMAN

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Texas A&M is absent but UT’s volleyball schedule boasts marquee match-ups against Florida, Stanford

Posted April 20th, 2018

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Texas released its 2018 volleyball schedule on Friday, and the Longhorns should expect to be tested this fall.

For the second straight year, Texas will open its season against Florida and Oregon at the VERT Challenge. UT is set to host non-conference matches against Texas State and Kentucky, and the team will travel to Wisconsin. Stanford, which has beaten Texas in the last two postseasons, will partake in a home-and-home series with Texas on Sept. 11 and 14.

Texas’ first match in Big 12 play will be against Kansas State on Sept. 19.

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Texas will play 13 matches against nine teams that reached the NCAA tournament in 2017. Florida was the NCAA’s runner-up last season. No. 4 Stanford, No. 6 Kentucky and No. 12 Wisconsin were all top-tier teams in the AVCA’s final poll of the year. Texas was listed fifth in those rankings.

Read more: Texas won’t meet Nebraska or ex-Longhorn Lexi Sun in this season’s VERT Challenge

There were two notable omissions from UT’s schedule. After meeting the past two seasons and during a scrimmage this spring, Texas will not play rival Texas A&M. The Longhorns will also miss NCAA champion Nebraska and Texas transfer Lexi Sun at the Husker-hosted VERT Challenge.

Texas went 27-3 last season. Two-time All-American outside hitter Micaya White is among the team’s 10 returnees. The Longhorns have also signed middle blocker Asjia O’Neal  and libero Sydney Petersen.

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