Top-ranked Texas traveled to Hawaii this past weekend to begin its quest to defend its 2012 National Championship at the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational. In the team’s opening matchup with Hawaii, however, Texas received inconsistent play, resulting in a four-set loss.
The last time Texas volleyball took the court in a meaningful game, confetti showered the team following its national championship. But when they travel to Hawaii this weekend for the Chevron Rainbow Wahine Invitational, there will be no confetti waiting in the rafters. Instead, it’s the beginning of the grind to return to the top.
In preparation for its title defense, the defending national champion Longhorns volleyball team is not taking any time off this summer. The Longhorns embarked on a trip to Europe that spanned two weeks and four countries this summer. The trip, which the NCAA permits once every four years, gave the Longhorns the opportunity to play against the top competition in Europe.
The Longhorns signed three top recruits for the 2013 season at the start of the summer. The newcomers include setter Chloe Collins, outside hitter Pilar Victoria Lopez from Puerto Rico and middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu.