By Steve Lansdale
AUSTIN, Texas — A team doesn’t put up a gaudy 23-4 record, including a 15-1 mark in conference games, as the Texas volleyball team did in 2019, without talent — lots of talent.
So it’s no surprise that the Longhorns landed three players on the 2020 preseason All-Big 12 team, as middle blocker Brionne Butler and outside hitters Logan Eggleston and Skylar Fields all were first-team selections, the conference office announced Monday.
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The accolades were voted on by the conference’s coaches, who were not allowed to vote for their own players. The honored Longhorns were three of the nine unanimous choices honored by the Big 12.
Butler hit .439 in 2019 while putting down 2.31 kills per set. She also averaged 1.64 blocks per set in her sophomore season. Eggleston averaged 4.38 points per set with 3.54 kills per set while hitting .314. She also dished out a career-high 52 aces, and averaged 2.18 digs per set en route to earning second-team 2019 AVCA All-America honors. The 2019 Big 12 Freshman of the Year, Fields averaged 2.97 kills per set while hitting .337 in her first season. She also averaged 0.92 blocks per set.
Baylor's Yossiana Pressley was tabbed the Preseason Player of the Year, while Kansas' Caroline Crawford was named the Preseason Freshman of the Year.
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