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No. 4 Texas volleyball to face No. 6 Stanford for NCAA Championship

The ‘Horns are just three sets away from their third NCAA National Championship!


The Texas Longhorns volleyball team is peaking at the perfect time and Jerritt Eliott’s club is now just three sets away from a National Championship victory over the No. 6-seeded Stanford Cardinal.

To reach this point, the ‘Horns had to surpass top-seeded Nebraska, which they did in dominating fashion in a 3-0 sweep to avenge last season’s championship loss.

Now having won 15-of-17 total sets in the NCAA Tournament, Texas will face Stanford for the 27th time in history, with the Cardinal holding a convincing 18-8 series edge over the Longhorns, including a 12-3 lead on neutral courts. Texas did win the most recent meeting, though, with a 3-1 victory in September, 2013.

En route to a second-straight NCAA Championship appearance and its sixth all-time, Texas has knocked off UTRGV, SMU, BYU, Creighton and Nebraska, with BYU being the only team with win a single set during a five-set classic.

Junior All-American Ebony Nwanbu has led the way for the ‘Horns with 69 kills (4.06/set) on 144 attempts with a .444 hitting percentage and just five errors. Junior Car McCoy leads the Longhorns with 74 digs (3.71/set), while senior All-American Chloe Collins leads the team in assists with 222 (13.06/set). Sophomores Morgan Johnson and Yaasmeen Bedart-Ghani are leading in blocks with 21 (1.24/set) and 20 (1/18/set), respectively.

Texas is 2-3 all-time in championship matches since 1982 and a victory tonight will give the ‘Horns their third NCAA title in school history. The Longhorns and the Cardinal last met in the championship match in 1987, where Stanford won 3-2.

The match can be seen at 8:00 p.m. CT on ESPN2 and WatchESPN.