Texas Longhorns return to the NCAA Volleyball ‘Final Four’

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OMAHA, Neb. (KXAN) — The Texas volleyball team is not headed to the Final Four, they are staying for the Final Four. The fourth-seeded Longhorns beat fifth-seeded Nebraska 3-1 on Monday to advance to their 13th Final Four in school history and first since 2016.

Texas (26-1) will face top seed Wisconsin, who beat Florida in five sets, on Thursday at 8:30 p.m. in the national semifinals on ESPN.

After splitting the first two sets, the Longhorns fell behind 4-1 before turning it around and winning the third set 25-15. The Longhorns fell behind 13-8 in the fourth set before winning six of the next seven points and went on to close it out 25-21. The match was played inside the arena at the CHI Health Center in Omaha after early round matches were played on convention center courts in front of few fans.

Skylar Fields and Logan Eggleston each finished with a team high 18 kills while Asjia O’Neal led Texas with seven blocks and 10 kills.

“It feels amazing,” said Eggleston. “I committed to Texas (from Brentwood, Tenn.) because I wanted to play in games like that and make it to final fours, I’m just so proud that we got there this year, we put in so much work, it’s just an amazing feeling right now.”

After five consecutive trips to the Final Four that started with the 2012 National Championship, Texas has missed out the last three years.

“We went to eight out of nine Final Fours and we didn’t make it the last three years, it’s pretty easy as a coach to question if you’re ever going to get back again,” said head coach Jerritt Elliott. “I told them how special it is to fight through all of this. They were really really hurt last year with their upset loss at Louisville (in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament) and so sometimes you need to lose to win and I think that helped us out through this long year.”

UT’s last trip to the Final Four was also their last trip to the National Championship match, losing to Stanford in 2016, a year after losing to Nebraska in the 2015 National Championship match.

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