Scare at Kansas State could prove beneficial for Texas volleyball

23 Oct By
Outside hitter Logan Eggleston has led the Longhorns in kills in each of UT's first nine matches of the season; her 156 kills this season are 59 more than any Texas teammate has had this year (photo by Jose Mendez / Horns Illustrated).

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."

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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.


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"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."

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Riley Zayas is a high school sophomore and freelance journalist from Round Rock, Texas. He began his journalism career as a Sports Illustrated Kids reporter and has since become a regular contributor to Horns Illustrated, covering Texas Longhorn sports. His work also includes Fellowship of Christian Athletes publications, his personal blog 360 Sports, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. Twitter: @ZayasRiley