Texas has won 19 of its last 20 matches
Texas was last year’s top-seeded team in the NCAA tournament, but fell to UCLA in the regional finals.
“Our team went right back to work after last season’s disappointment and earned the right to be in this regional in front of the home crowd,” Elliott said. “The bulk of our focus has been on our side of the ball. As coaches, we have to get the team in a relaxed frame of mind by not over-thinking, not changing things and getting to a point where we can be good at our routines and play smart volleyball.”
Texas has won 19 of its last 20 matches since switching to a 5-1 offense in mid-September.
In two postseason matches, Texas’ Bailey Webster — last year’s Big 12 player of the year — has racked up 32 kills (for an average of 4.57 kills per set) while hitting .583. Khat Bell has 23 kills (3.29 kps) while hitting .528 and Haley Eckerman — this year’s Big 12 player of the year — has 25 kills (3.57 kps) while hitting .392.
“We are focused on achieving our goals and we are excited about
Friday’s semifinals: Wichita State vs. USC, 5 p.m. followed by TexasFlorida, 7 p.m.
Saturday’s final: Friday’s winners, 8 p.m.
Tickets: Single- and allsession reserved seats are sold out. $14 general admission, $10 student/ youth for all-session, $8 general admission, $5 student/youth for singlesession tickets. Go to TexasSports.com or call 471-3333. Six former national champions are still in the NCAA’s Sweet 16 field this weekend, and all of the nation’s top-five ranked teams:
Plays Kentucky on Friday. Would face either No. 12 Florida State or No. 21 Creighton on Saturday.
Plays No. 18 Iowa State on Friday. Would face either Michigan or Michigan State on Saturday.
Plays No. 15 Florida on Friday. Would face either No. 4 USC or Wichita State — which beat No. 20 Kansas last week — on Saturday. Plays No. 10 Nebraska on Friday. Would face either No. 6 Oregon or No. 16 BYU on Saturday. taking the next step forward,” Bailey said. “Last year taught us a lot of things. We are a dynamic, young and energetic team and we stick together.