OMAHA, Neb. — Outside hitter Logan Eggleston led both teams with 17 kills and the Texas defense held No. 1 Wisconsin to a hitting percentage of just .220 as the No. 4 Longhorns swept the Badgers, 26-24, 25-19, 25-23 in the NCAA semifinal at the CHI Health Center Arena.
UT, which improved to 27-1, will face No. 2 Kentucky for the national championship at 7 p.m. Saturday in a match that will be carried on ESPN2. The match will mark the Longhorns’ fifth trip to the national championship match since 2009.
The loss was the first of the season for the Badgers, who finished 16-1.
Eggleston was one of four Longhorns with double-digit kills; Skylar Fields had 12, and Asjia O’Neal and Brionne Butler added 11 each.
The Texas defense was at least as impressive as its offense. The Longhorns allowed just one Wisconsin player, freshman middle blocker Devyn Robinson, to reach double digits in kills, with 14. UW’s .220 hitting percentage was .104 below its season average before the match.
Offense gets the headlines, but the Longhorns contributed in multiple ways. Eggleston added nine digs, one block and a service ace, while Fields added a pair of digs, and O’Neal and Butler had three and two blocks, respectively.
Setter Jhenna Gabriel set up her teammates with 42 assists, and added eight digs and a block, while Nalani Iosia had a team-high 12 digs, four assists and a pair of aces. Sydney Peterson and Morgan O’Brien each recorded nine digs.