Longhorn Volleyball

patienthornsfan reminded me earlier that I totally missed a very big happening right now. The Longhorn Volleyball Team is in the Final Four for the third straight year. There really isn't any other sport that can claim that kind of success. You can watch it live online or watch it on ESPN2 at 6PM. BON will have an open thread for the game. Please watch and join us.

Some story links below.

Hook Em.

NCAA Volleyball site: Brackets & preview of Tx-PSU game.

Black Shoe Diaries previews the game.

For Penn State fans, it's that time of year. It's time to put down those holiday decorations, procrastinate on the Christmas shopping and sit down to watch some volleyball.

Three-time defending national champion Penn State will take on Texas at 6:30 tonight in Kansas City, Missouri in a rematch of last year's national title game.The match will be broadcast on ESPN2.

Faces have changed for both teams since last year's epic, five set thriller in Tampa. For Penn State, gone are stars Alisha Glass and Megan Hodge. For Texas, star Destinee Hooker, a player who dominated against Penn State last season, has departed as well.

Lauren Dickson grew up in Austin but her volleyball career took her to Virginia. She is back and one of the reasons the Horns are doing well.

After playing three years at Virginia and earning her degree in four, Dickson figured that part of her life was finished. Then a phone call turned into an opportunity, and that opportunity turned into something she never imagined would happen: a second chance.

"This is crazy. I haven’t been in this kind of pressure situation, lose-and-you’re-done, since high school," Dickson said. "It’s been really fun. I’ve missed this environment. I knew when I started here that it would probably be my first NCAA tournament, but the Final Four was beyond the realm of possibility at the time." - Lauren Dickson

Football fans weren't the only ones going "BOOM."

At the beginning of this 2010 Texas Volleyball season, the fans inside Gregory Gym started an impromptu tradition. Every time senior Juliann Faucette went vertical and cocked that right arm for a kill attempt, the crowd shouted in unison.


Faucette’s dynamic athleticism can certainly charge an arena, and her fiery spirit has also fueled UT into its third-straight NCAA Semifinals.

Training secret? Ice baths.

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