Volleyball tops Nebraska, heads to 13th NCAA semifinal

19 Apr By
College World Series
Texas sophomore tied Logan Eggleston with a team-high 18 kills — she now has 39 in her last two matches — to help lift the Longhorns to a three-set victory over Nebraska, and into the NCAA semifinal for the 13th time (photo courtesy of texassports.com).

OMAHA, Neb. — Is this the year that 13 turns out to be a lucky number?

The No. 4 Texas volleyball team knocked off No. 5 Nebraska, 25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21, Monday afternoon at CHI Health Center Arena to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the 13th time in program history.

Texas will face the winner of the match between No. 1 Wisconsin and No. 8 Florida Thursday. A start time has yet to be announced for the match, which will be carried on ESPN2.

The victory boosted the Longhorns’ record to 26-1. The Longhorns, who won the first 20 matches on their schedule before suffering their only setback of the season, a five-set loss March 23 to Rice, and now have won six straight matches heading into the national semifinal match. UT’s will play in the final four for the ninth time in the last 13 years, the most of any program in the nation during that span.

Skylar Fields and Logan Eggleston each delivered 18 kills in Monday’s match; Eggleston has 40 kills in her last two matches, while Fields, who hit .630 against the Cornhuskers, has 39. Eggleston also had five aces, five blocks and four digs.

Asjia O’Neal led the UT defense with seven blocks, while Brionne Butler and Molly Phillips matched Eggleston with five. Morgan O’Brien managed a team-leading 14 digs, and Nalani Iosia added 11.

Setter Jhenna Gabriel handed out 46 assists against the Huskers, and added four digs and a pair of blocks.

After the Horns and Huskers split the first two sets, Fields erupted in the third, piling up seven kills. She got hotter as the set went on, collecting five kills on the last six points to put her team up by a set.