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 ...