Texas Volleyball knocks off old rival Nebraska at Gregory Gym

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In a back-and-forth battle, No. 6 Texas finally knocked off No. 12 Nebraska in five games (20-25, 25-19, 27-25, 21-25, 15-12) as the Longhorns wrapped up their
non-conference schedule.

For the third time in as many tries, Gregory Gym was sold-out, marking the first time Texas volleyball has had three consecutive sell-outs.

“[The fans] were a big part of this win,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. 

The Cornhuskers took the first game against a Longhorn team that posted just a .118 kill
percentage. 

“We aren’t having the kill production like we have in the past,” Elliott said on his team’s .232 kill percentage. “We need to be around .450 or .480.”

Texas bounced back strong, winning games two and three. But Nebraska didn’t quit, forcing a game five — a game where Texas took advantage of Nebraska errors to claim
the victory.

“I feel like we came out in the end and fought a little more than they did,” sophomore middle blocker Molly
McCage said.

Texas is now 4-0 in fifth sets this season.

“When the game is tight, they raise their level and concentration,” Elliott said. “They put pressure on teams.”

Senior outside hitter Bailey Webster led the team with 21 kills, making up for junior outside hitter Haley Eckerman’s  .060 kill percentage.

“Bailey got better as the match came along,” Elliott said. “We relied on her
shoulders.”

The game marked the end of a tough non-conference schedule, which featured seven currently ranked
opponents.

“We beat some really good teams,” Elliott said. “I think we have a long way to go. We definitely aren’t hitting
our stride.”

Texas starts Big 12 play Wednesday at TCU.