UT, coach fi­nally bask in glow of NCAA ti­tle

Austin American-Statesman - - C SPORTS - By Steve Ha­bel Amer­i­can-states­man Cor­re­spon­dent Vol­ley­ball C

You’ll have to ex­cuse Jer­ritt El­liott’s light step th­ese days. Af­ter his Texas vol­ley­ball team beat Ore­gon last Satur­day to win the na­tional cham­pi­onship — the third for the Longhorns, but their first since 1998 and the first un­der El­liott — the coach has been walking on air.

That’s the dif­fer­ence that win­ning one big match at the end of a sea­son that was filled with big matches makes.

Gone is the huge weight that El­liott and his vol­ley­ball pro­gram had been car­ry­ing around, poured out like sand from a sack and swept away by great mem­o­ries and ac­co­lades, hours of hard work and prepa­ra­tion and, ul­ti­mately, by one com­mand per­for­mance in the NCAA cham­pi­onship match.

“I never really knew how sweet win­ning the na­tional

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