Texas volleyball picked by conference coaches to win Big 12

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Head coach Jerritt Elliott and the Texas volleyball team were picked by conference coaches to win the 2020-21 Big 12 title (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Riley Zayas

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It is unclear how the 2020 volleyball season will shape up amid Covid-19, but the Big 12's coaches clearly think the Longhorns have have more firepower than ever to capture fourth consecutive Big 12 title. The league's head coaches said as much Tuesday, when they picked Texas to finish at No. 1 for the 10th straight season.

In addition, three members of the team — middle blocker Brionne Butler and outside hitters Logan Eggleston and Skylar Fields — were unanimous first-team All-Big 12 selections.

It is no secret Texas is one of the best in the country when it comes to playing on their home court. Gregory Gym is a tough place for opponents to play, and it shows in the home record. Since 2011, the Horns have lost a mere eight home matches. That is partially thanks to a average home attendance of 3,873 fans per match.

The Texas volleyball team has lost just eight home matches since 2011 at Gregory Court (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

A schedule for the 2020 season has not yet been announced, but road trips to Northern Iowa, Minnesota and Texas A&M have already been announced. The team is able to return to campus for workouts starting July 13.

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Riley Zayas

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, College Baseball Nation and Sports Spectrum, a national christian sports website. He currently serves as the Managing Editor of True To The Cru, covering UMHB athletics. Twitter: @ZayasRiley

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