Ebony Nwanebu had 20 kills to lead the third-ranked Longhorns to a four-set victory over Wichita State (25-20, 25-22, 23-25, 25-21) at the Rams Volleyball Classic on Saturday in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Nwanebu added seven digs, three blocks and hit .415 on 41 attacks. Texas freshman Micaya White finished with with 17 kills and senior Paulina Prieto Cerame had 11 kills. Morgan Johnson chipped in eight kills with three blocks and Chloe Collins guided the offense with a season-high 50 assists.
Jody Larson had a team-high 19 kills and Mikaela Raudsepp and Abbie Lehman had 13 kills apiece as the Shockers edged Texas in kills 63-61. The Longhorns (7-1) managed to out-hit Wichita State (4-3) .346-.303.
The first set stayed tight until Texas broke a 17-17 tie with five straight points. The Shockers cut the lead to three at 23-20, but a service error and and attack error gave the set to Texas.
Texas used a 5-1 run to build a 16-9 lead in the second set and held off a late rally by the Shockers to win the set 25-22.
Wichita State saw a 20-17 lead in the third set slip away as the Longhorns scored five straight points. Wichita State tied it at 22-22 with a block, and a kill by Larson gave the Shockers a 23-22 lead. Texas tied it with a kill by White, but kills by Emily Hiebert and Larson sent the match to a fourth set. It was the third time this season the Longhorns have been pushed to a fourth set.
The Longhorns broke a 16-16 tie in the fourth set with a 4-0 run and Nwanebu knocked down match point to seal the win for Texas.
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