The No. 5-seeded Texas Longhorns volleyball team turned in an impressive performance against the Michigan Wolverines on Friday in Provo to advance to the Elite Eight in the NCAA Tournament, thanks to a 3-1 victory that was at times gritty and at times dominant.
With the win, head coach Jerritt Elliott’s program advanced to a 13th straight spot among the final 16 teams standing, an active streak unmatched by anyone else in the country.
Texas dominated in the first set especially, winning 25-10, then finished off the match with a comfortable 25-19 edge after playing two games that needed 29 points for the winner to take the set. The third set was especially crucial — instead of falling behind two sets to one and needing to win two straight sets to advance, the Horns were able to close it out in the fourth set.
The Wolverines simply couldn’t match the firepower and blocking ability of Elliott’s team, as Texas had a 65-47 advantage in kills and a 14-8 advantage in blocks.
As usual, Big 12 Player of the Year Micaya White led the way with 21 kills and four blocks, while Big 12 Freshman of the Year Logan Eggleston added 17 kills. Yaazie Bedart-Ghani contributed 15 kills and six blocks.
Texas will face host BYU on Saturday at 7 p.m. Central on ESPNU.