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Texas Volleyball Embracing Challenging Schedule

Players come from all over to play for Texas Volleyball (Photo: Jose Mendez).

Glimpsing at this season's Texas Volleyball schedule quickly reveals an obvious conclusion. The Longhorns have a gauntlet ahead as they face many of the country's top-ranked teams.

Taking on the top tiers, Texas will play eight teams ranked in the 2017 AVCA Final Coaches Poll, including four ranked in the Top-12 and a whopping nine participants from the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

"This schedule is arguably the toughest we've ever had in our 18 years," Longhorns Head Coach Jarrett Elliott said. "There's no easy matches for us, so we've got to make sure that we're coming out and playing."

The scheduling came by design, according to Elliott. To challenge his squad and force them to play at their top-level in every contest, and also to hopefully put the team in a good position to earn a coveted 1-seed in the NCAA Tournament.

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.