Mcneal out to get that elusive title
Horns’ only senior was on the sidelines when UT was stunned by Penn State 3 years ago.
LOUiSViLLE, Ky. — Sha’Dare McNeal was a freshman reserve the last time Texas played for a volleyball national championship.
That was in 2009, when the Longhorns lost in five sets to Penn State after leading 2-0 earlier in the match.
“That championship, I didn’t play,” McNeal said Friday, as Texas prepared to face Oregon in today’s national championship match. “I was on the sidelines. But I was there.” coach Jerritt Elliott.
“Sha’Dare is the glue to our team,” Elliott said. “I felt like she got robbed of being an AllAmerican. Sha’Dare doesn’t always receive credit with this team, but within our staff, we know how valuable she is.”
Teams concentrate on taking out Webster or Eckerman, Texas’ powerful leftside hitters who have won the past two Big 12 player of the year honors. And they will play attention to middle blocker Khat Bell. Yet they’ll then leave McNeal uncovered for a shot on the right.
“Knowing that almost every single time she hits the ball that it is going to be put away, that is a great feeling,” Webster said. “I think the whole
Sha’Dare McNeal ‘is the glue to our team,’ Texas coach Jerritt Elliott says.