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Texas volleyball sweeps top-seeded Nebraska, will meet Stanford in NCAA title match

The Texas volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA championship match after beating the defending national champions, the Nebraska Cornhuskers; Texas will play Stanford Saturday for the national title (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

The Texas volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA championship match after beating the defending national champions, the Nebraska Cornhuskers; Texas will play Stanford Saturday for the national title (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Plenty of folks didn’t even give the Texas volleyball team a puncher’s chance at beating top-ranked Nebraska in the two teams' national semifinal match Thursday. But it turned out that the fourth-seeded Longhorns had their longtime rivals right where they wanted them.

So when Texas, in command throughout and playing with a swagger, cruised to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 sweep of the defending national-champion Cornhuskers, there was more of a sense of workmanlike achievement from the Longhorns rather than surprise. Maybe the college volleyball world or many of the crowd of 16,670 at Nationwide Arena thought this outcome was a surprise or an upset, but UT head coach Jerritt Elliott sure didn’t think so.

“We had a lot of self-confidence

 

The Habe is Steve Habel, Horns Illustrated’s senior editor. He was the magazine’s first staff member, in 1994, and has covered Texas sports ever since. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .