It has been said that there is no success that comes without a little bit of challenge.
The Texas volleyball team, with its second match of the week against Texas Tech Friday, experienced a taste of that on the road against Kansas State last weekend.
At K-State's Ahearn Fieldhouse in Manhattan, Kansas, Friday night, Texas went down, 2-1, and appeared on the verge of losing its first match of the season and breaking what was then a six-match win streak.
"It is funny, we go five (sets) a lot there, and I like playing there," head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "We didn't execute very well, and they started playing extremely well, so I was excited to see how they respond and if they would move forward with an aggressive mentality."
Move forward they did. After the Horns went up, 1-0, the Wildcats countered by winning two sets, putting the Longhorns in a position in which they had not been in all season. But the Horns roared back to win the next two sets and fend off the Wildcats' near upset of the nation's No. 1 team.
"I really think that was ... fun because it is always good when you can come from behind and show a team, 'you thought you had us, but we're going to fight harder,'" opposite hitter Skylar Fields said. "We really showed that we could do that as a team and have fun on the court, that's really all it was about."