No. 1 volleyball knocks No. 3 Baylor for second time in as many nights

Middle Blocker Asjia O'Neal and the Texas volleyball team tightened their grip on the No. 1 spot in the Big 12 and the nation by beating No. 3 Baylor in five sets twice in as many nights (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

AUSTIN, Texas — If anyone questioned whether Texas deserved to be viewed as the best volleyball team in the Big 12, and for that matter, the nation, that uncertainty is gone. 

For the second time in as many nights, the Texas volleyball team edged Baylor, the No. 2 team in the country and the No. 3 squad in the nation, 3-2.

Texas won the first two sets of the match before allowing the Bears to win the next two, setting up a winner-take-all fifth set.

The Longhorns improved to 12-0 Friday after winning, 25-22, 26-24, 27-29, 14-25, 15-6 at the Frank Erwin Center. Baylor fell to 11-3. Each team has played matches against Big 12 opponents, so their conference records and overall records are identical.

As has been the case all season, Logan Eggleston led the UT offense with 14 kills, joining three teammates with more than 10 kills in the match: Skylar Fields had 12, and Brionne Butler had 11. 

Setter Jhenna Gabriel handed out 44 assists and managed nine blocks, while Nalani Iosia scooped up 23 digs and dished out four assists.

Brionne Butler matched her 11 kills with 11 blocks for her first double-double of the season.

Texas will be on the road next week for matches Thursday and Friday. Each match tips off at 5 p.m. and can be seen on Big 12 Now on ESPN+ .

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