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Texas volleyball advances to host BYU in NCAA tournament’s third round

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Junior outside hitter Ebony Nwanebe helped lead the Texas volleyball team into the third round of the NCAA tournament via a three-set victory over visiting SMU (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Lansdale

AUSTIN, Texas — The University of Texas volleyball team is headed to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament for the 29th time in program history after knocking off SMU in straight sets, 25-15, 25-18, 25-12, Saturday at Gregory Gym. The Longhorns will host BYU Friday, Dec. 9.

Junior outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu led the Texas offense with 15 kills, hitting .577. Senior outside hitter Paula Prieto Cerame had 14 kills, while freshman outside hitter Micaya White had 13. As a team, the Longhorns hit .438, making the fifth time this season that they have hit .400 or better. Three Longhorns posted double-digit digs: junior Cat McCoy led the way with 18, White added 12 and senior setter Chloe Collins had 10 to go along with her 45 assists.

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