AUSTIN (KXAN) — The Texas volleyball team is officially recognized as one of the top four teams in the country, after earning the No. 4 overall seed when the NCAA Tournament pairings were announced over the weekend.
Texas (23-1, 16-0 in Big 12) earns a first round bye for their efforts over the regular season, and will host the winner of Samford-Wright State in the second round match scheduled for April 15.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the season was split over the fall and spring seasons. Texas earned a 9-1 record in the spring.
It will be very different postseason experience for the Longhorns. The tournament will be another bubble-style event, keeping players and staff essentially quarantined from the outside world for the full entire event in Omaha, Neb.
“We’re going into a different tournament than we’ve ever done before and we’re trying to take it one day at a time,” Elliott said.
The volleyball team is drawing on the men’s and women’s basketball squads for guidance. Two teams who recently went through the same experience at their respective tournaments.
“I think Vic (Schaefer) — their team did a really nice job of battling through that,” Elliott said. “I think all of the protocols that we’ve been through at Texas is going to help us out.”
Junior outside hitter Logan Eggleston said although the protocols at Texas have been similar, going into a bubble environment still warrants some adjustments.
“It’s going to definitely be weird being in the bubble and again just having school and volleyball,” Eggleston added. “We’re going to have to just find ways to have fun, play board games, listen to music, watch shows and still find ways to connect to each other while we’re stuck in the bubble.”
Texas will have 10 days until their first match.