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National Champions! Texas Volleyball Sweeps Oregon

Texas Volleyball celebrates with NCAA National Championship Trophy

THE ROAD TO THE NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP FINISHED EXACTLY THE WAY THE Texas volleyball team planned. Their journey began with a successful, yet somewhat rocky start, which eventually led to progressive improvement, before culminating in a dominating victory over Oregon in the final match. The victory left little doubt as to who was the No. 1 team in the country.

After fighting back from a 2-1 deficit against Michigan in the Final Four, the Longhorns easily claimed the crown in the championship match with a 3-0 victory over the Ducks (25-11, 26-24, 25-19). The last NCAA national title for the Longhorns came in 1988 after a 3-0 victory over Hawaii.

“It means the world,” senior Sha’Dare McNeal said. “Being a senior and winning my last college game and the national title is awesome. It means everything to me.”

On selection Sunday, Texas was selected as ...


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James Schleicher is the publisher of Horns Illustrated magazine. He's also a fifth generation Texan and lifelong Austinite. Follow @HornsIllus twitter to keep up with all things Horns Illustrated.