Texas volleyball sweeps top-seeded Nebraska, will meet Stanford in NCAA title match

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The Texas volleyball team is headed back to the NCAA championship match after beating the defending national champions, the Nebraska Cornhuskers; Texas will play Stanford Saturday for the national title (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

By Steve Habel/Senior Editor

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Plenty of folks didn’t even give the Texas volleyball team a puncher’s chance at beating top-ranked Nebraska in the two teams' national semifinal match Thursday. But it turned out that the fourth-seeded Longhorns had their longtime rivals right where they wanted them.

So when Texas, in command throughout and playing with a swagger, cruised to a 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 sweep of the defending national-champion Cornhuskers, there was more of a sense of workmanlike achievement from the Longhorns rather than surprise. Maybe the college volleyball world or many of the crowd of 16,670 at Nationwide Arena thought this outcome was a surprise or an upset, but UT head coach Jerritt Elliott sure didn’t think so.

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Steve Habel

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 .

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