No. 2 Texas digs deep comes back to beat No. 15 Washington 3-2

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Texas Wins NCAA Regional Semifinal
Texas Volleyball comes from behind to do a reverse sweep against Washington. (photo by Jose Mendez / graphic Horns Illustrated)

AUSTIN, Texas — In likely the toughest match all season and the greatest volleyball comeback, Texas comes from behind to beat Washington 3-2 to win the NCAA Regional Semifinals.

What is called a reverse sweep, winning the last three sets in a five set match, Texas overcame a dominant Washington 19-25, 20-25, 25-22, 25-9, 15-9. For the first three sets, Washington answered, with power, everything Texas was bringing, then found Texas’ weaknesses and capitalized on the opportunities.

Texas is now 27-1 and will play No 10 Nebraska Saturday in the NCAA Regional Finals.

After the second set, Washington was top of the leader boards in all categories (kills, attacks, assists, digs, blocking, and points. Texas led in errors). 

The third set Texas barely squeaked out a win and something happened. Texas put on their capes and became superhuman.

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Logan Eggleston, 2021 Big 12 Player of the Year, put down 20 kills while hitting .441 in the match, plus her ninth double-double with 13 digs, six blocks, one ace, and an assist. Skylar Fields was second in kills with 15, five in the third set. Molly Phillips registered nine kills hitting .350 in the match. Brionne Butler led Texas in hitting percentage at .471 and also had nine kills. 

Asjia O’Neal stopped Washington with six blocks to lead Texas along with nine kills.

Jhenna Gabriel once again was the assists leader dishing out 51 and nine digs, plus two kills and two blocks. Sydney Petersen let the Longhorns with 14 digs and Nalani Iosia had 10 digs, seven assists and three service aces.

At one point coach Elliott was at the bench flapping his arms like an eagle to get the crowd into the set. He knew the impact the crowd would have on the game. In the post game press conference afterward, Washington tried to downplay the Gregory Gym crowd of 4,488 which was the largest of the season.

No. 2 Texas hosts No. 10 Nebraska Saturday at Gregory Gym at 9 p.m.

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