07 Dec

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No. 2 Texas volleyball knocks off UCSB in five sets, advances to Regional Semifinal

Sophomore middle blocker Brionne Butler posted her first career double-double with 14 kills and a career-high 11 blocks in the Texas volleyball team's five-set win over UC Santa Barbara (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

By James Schleicher
Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — In a barnburner of a match, some timely intense hits by middle blocker Brionne Butler and the call-in from the bench by head coach Jerritt Elliott of Autumn Rounsaville at libero served as the firing pins to ignite the Texas volleyball team's fourth-set resurgence from a 2-1 deficit to storm to a five-set win over UC Santa Barbara Friday night. Texas won the match, 25-22, 19-25, 18-25, 25-18, 15-10, in front of a crowd of 3,767 to advance to the third round of the NCAA Championship.

“I’m just really proud of us,” outside hitter Logan Eggleston said. “I’m proud of the way we came together and battled at the end and forgot about those two sets that we lost. We kind of refocused and came out on top.”

After losing the second and third sets to fall behind

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.