UT eyes longer Sweet 16 streak
Victory Friday would put Texas one step from reaching NCAA volleyball’s Final Four. Senior’s humor cracks up friends, but athletic skills break down foes.
Throughout this season, the Texas volleyball team has focused on its “one point at a time, one match at a time” mantra. It has allowed the Longhorns to stay rooted in the present while keeping the carrot of a return trip to the Final Four at arm’s length.
But now, there is no tomorrow — or Final Four, or a shot at the national championship — if the third-seeded Longhorns don’t get past 14thseeded Florida on Friday.
The Longhorns (25-4) and Gators (27-4) are the late match of the Sweet 16 at the Austin Regional. The winner will face the winner of the first match — USC-Wichita State — Saturday night for a berth in next week’s Final Four in Louisville.
Texas has won six straight Sweet 16 matches. The Longhorns swept Florida earlier this season on a neutral court, though only a combined seven points decided the three sets.
“We’ve approached the entire season one match at a time,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We know this is a very tough bracket to come out of. We know what Florida can do and we’ve prepared for that. We have our hands full.” Get more Longhorns coverage at
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