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Texas volleyball earns No. 4 seed, will host NCAA Austin Regional this weekend

Setter Chloe Collins and the Texas volleyball team will host UT-Rio Grande Valley Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (photo courtesy of teaxssports.com).

Setter Chloe Collins and the Texas volleyball team will host UT-Rio Grande Valley Friday in the first round of the NCAA Tournament (photo courtesy of teaxssports.com).

By Steve Habel, Senior Editor

AUSTIN, Texas — Despite a regular season in which it did not win a Big 12 title for the first time since 2010, the Texas volleyball team is back in familiar territory: as one of the top four seeds in the NCAA tournament with a legitimate chance to produce a national champion.

The NCAA granted the Longhorns as the fourth overall seed Sunday night in the 64-team tournament. The first round begins Thursday at 16 on-campus sites across the country. Texas hosts the Austin Sub-Regional and will square off against UT-Rio Grande Valley, winner of the Western Athletic Conference, in the first round at Gregory Gym Friday at 6:30 p.m. CST.

If the Longhorns advance, they will face

Steve Habel is a senior contributing writer for Horns Illustrated. He has covered Texas sports since 1989 and was this magazine’s senior editor for 24 years. You can follow him on twitter @stevehabel .