Texas has won 19 of its last 20 matches

NCAA

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - Fri­day/satur­day, Gre­gory Gym no. 1 Penn state: no. 2 stan­ford: no. 3 texas: no. 5 Washington:

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.

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