Amy Neal

Amy Neal, junior libero and outside hitter, has had great success since returning from an injury. She’ll look to lead the Longhorns to vic- tory in their final two games of the regular season against TCU and Florida.

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As the volleyball regular season winds down and the NCAA tournament looms, No. 3 Texas (22-1, 14-1 Big 12) plans to use its last two games to secure a top seed.

The Longhorns have already secured the Big 12 Championship, their fifth title in six years and 21st in school history. Texas has also defeated two ranked opponents — No. 7 Florida and No. 13 Arizona — and toppled then-ranked Oklahoma and Kansas State.

Despite the regular season success, head coach Jerritt Elliott said he plans to use the final two games to ensure his team earns a top seed in the NCAA tournament.

“Right now, we are just working on some areas that we feel we have deficiencies in,” Elliott said. “But we have a tough schedule still — we have [TCU, then] Saturday we play Florida here, so we have some work to do. It’s going to be a lot of work to uphold our seed now. That’s what we are trying to do with the RPI.”

Currently, Texas ranks second in RPI behind undefeated Stanford. In the most recent AVCA coaches’ poll, the Longhorns find themselves third — ranked below No. 1 Stanford and No. 2 Wisconsin. If the season ended today, Texas would be a lock for a top-four seed. The Longhorns have a chance to improve their standing in the RPI against TCU on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. and against No. 7 Florida on Saturday.

Texas has already defeated both TCU and Florida this season. In its first match of the season, Texas swept the Horned Frogs to win its 34th straight home game — a streak Oklahoma ended Oct. 25. The Longhorns had a harder time getting past Florida in Gainesville, as the Gators took the match to four sets, but Texas prevailed.

“We just want to focus on how we can improve and get better every day,” said Amy Neal, junior libero and outside hitter. “In practice, we need to go hard and not let up at all because every game is going to be hard, and everyone is going to come out and play well against us.”

In its final two games, Texas will rely on Neal, as she has come back and played well after being sidelined by an injury. The Longhorns will also look to their seniors — outside hitter Haley Eckerman and middle blocker/outside hitter Khat Bell — who will play their final regular season games in burnt orange this week.  

As they look to nail down a top seed, Neal said this may be the most talented Longhorn team she has seen during her three years as a Longhorn.

“This team is really deep in talent,” Neal said. “I think that anyone on this team could be starting. Every day at practice is super competitive, and everyone is so good. I think, in the practices this year, the work ethic is at a high level.”

Junior outside hitter/libero Amy Neal and Texas clinced their fourth consecutive Big 12 title Saturday, but they remain focused on continuing to improve before the NCAA Tournament.

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No. 5 Texas volleyball was in the same situation Saturday that it had been against Oklahoma in October, when the Sooners upset the Longhorns in a sweep at Gregory Gym. 

After three sets Saturday, Texas trailed Oklahoma 2-1 at McCasland Fieldhouse in Norman, Oklahoma. But, unlike their first match against the Sooners, the Longhorns (20-1, 12-1 Big 12) were able to overcome their struggles and beat Oklahoma in five sets. 

With the win, Texas clinched its fourth-straight Big 12 championship and gained confidence with the comeback victory.

“We wanted to get revenge after losing to them at home,” junior outside hitter Amy Neal said. “The way we came out — I thought we were up and down during the game, but I think we really stayed together as a team. We were really focused on that game. … We really just wanted to come out and play well against OU.”

The Longhorns will now look to finish the season off strong to help springboard them into the NCAA Tournament.

“Right now, we are just working on some areas that we feel we have deficiencies in,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “There’s that three-week tough period that we are kind of getting over, so we are trying to get them acclimated. But we have a tough schedule still.”

Texas’ first match after winning the Big 12 is tonight against Baylor. In their first match against Baylor, the Longhorns had no trouble running past the Bears as they swept them. Texas had a .473 hitting percentage, whereas the Bears only hit .047.

“They struggled here,” Elliott said. “They were a little nervous and uncomfortable early on, and we played at a high level, so the game was never really close. Based on some of their recent scores, they are playing well, and we will get a chance to look at them more today.”

The Bears have lost six of their last 10 games, but despite Baylor’s struggles, Neal says she expects the Bears to put up a good fight.

“I think they’re going to come out really strong,” Neal said. “I think all teams come out strong against us and make really good plays. I think they’re a really good team, so it will be a fun game, and [it’s] always fun to play there.”

While the Longhorns expect to get a challenge from Baylor, they are only focusing on making themselves better.

“We just want to focus on how we can improve and get better every day,” Neal said. “In practice, we need to go hard and not let up at all because every game is going to be hard, and everyone is going to come out and play well against us.”

Senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman, an Iowa native, tallied 14 kills and four digs against Iowa State on Sunday to help the Longhorns record their eighth conference win of the season.

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After Oklahoma snapped Texas’ 23-game Big 12 winning streak Oct. 25, the No. 5 Longhorns returned to conference action Sunday and defeated Iowa State 3-1 (25-21, 20-25, 25-13, 25-14) in Ames, Iowa.

“I thought it was a good situation for us to be in,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “This is a tough gym, and we were a little uncomfortable at first. … After the break, we kind of calmed down and found our unit and groove and played a lot better.”

The Longhorns were able to settle down thanks to solid play by senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman and junior outside hitter Amy Neal. Neal had 14 kills and 16 digs in her first game since Kansas State on Oct. 18. Eckerman, a Waterloo, Iowa, native, recorded 14 kills and four digs in a homecoming game. Elliott said he liked Eckerman’s play against the Cyclones.

“This is her home state, and I know she had a big crowd here tonight,” Elliott said. “She wanted to play extremely well. Her game is continually improving as the season goes along, and it’s great.”

Eckerman started her dominating performance early with seven kills in the first set. The Cyclones managed to keep the set close throughout, but Texas was able to separate itself from Iowa State after a 9-9 tie, and although the Cyclones tried to fight their way back into the set, Eckerman and the Longhorns pulled off a 25-21 win.

The second set was a different challenge, as the Longhorns committed a handful of errors early in the set that allowed the Cyclones to build a 15-13 lead. The errors set the tone for the Longhorns, who were unable to recapture the lead and lost the set 20-25.

“We were still pressing a lot, trying to find our rhythm and making a lot of errors [in the second set],” Elliott said.

The Longhorns, however, were able to find their rhythm in the third set, as they jumped out to an early 5-2 lead and never looked back. Texas took the third set, 25-13, and took a commanding 2-1 game lead.

With momentum on their side, the Longhorns came out strong in the fourth set, taking a 9-3 lead. Texas finished the set on a 7-2 run and won the set, 25-13, and the game, 3-1.

Alongside Eckerman and Neal’s performances, sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu recorded 11 kills and tied her career-high in blocks with nine. Freshman libero Cat McCoy posted a team-high 19 digs. Texas also out-blocked the Cyclones, 30 to eight, as junior middle blocker Molly McCage and sophomore outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame blocked seven a piece.

The Longhorns will return to action against Texas Tech in Lubbock at 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Khat Bell, senior middle blocker and outside hitter, led the Longhorns with 12 kills in Manhattan, Kansas on Saturday. Texas downed the Wildcats 3-0, breaking their four-match winning streak.

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After a nine-day break, Texas’ outside hitters — senior Haley Eckerman, senior Khat Bell and junior Amy Neal — led the No. 2 Longhorns in a sweep of No. 25 Kansas State (25-19, 25-22, 25-12).

Bell, Eckerman and Neal gave Texas 33 of its 50 kills against the Wildcats. As a team, the Longhorns averaged a .406 hitting percentage for the match, their third time hitting an average of .400 or better this season.

Before the game, head coach Jerritt Elliott looked forward to matching the Wildcats, who were riding a four-game winning streak entering the match.

“[Kansas State] is very steady. Their numbers have been very good,” Elliott said. “They are very well-disciplined and obviously they’ve gone on a hot winning streak right now. They’re playing at home, so it’s a tough environment, but we need to be in these environments to be tested.”

Despite the challenging road environment of 3,927 Wildcat fans, the Longhorns eased their way past the Wildcats without issue, using their depth and balance to their advantage. Kansas State was able to keep the first set close, but Texas went on a string of runs and claimed the set, 25-19.

Kansas State gave the Longhorns the most trouble in the second set, as the two teams battled back and forth throughout. Despite 14 ties and four different lead changes, Texas squeaked past the Wildcats, 25-22.

With momentum on their side, the Longhorns dominated the third set with an 8-4 run to take a 12-5 lead. Continuing to produce, Texas closed out the match with a 25-12 win.

“I thought tonight’s match was a great environment for us to play in and a good test for our team,” Elliott said. “We responded very well.”

The victory extended the Longhorns’ Big 12 winning streak to 22 games and marked its fourth win over a ranked opponent. The win was also its 22nd straight win over Kansas State.

Sophomore setter Chloe Collins led the team in assists with 23, followed by sophomore utility player Nicole Dalton with 19. Junior middle blocker Molly McCage and sophomore outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame led the Longhorns in blocks with three apiece. Freshman libero Cat McCoy recorded a team-high 10 digs.

“We were as efficient as we’ve been all season,” Elliott said. “[We] played with great balance and had a great mentality.”

Texas (14-0, 6-0 Big 12)  returns home to play four-straight home games, starting with TCU (12-9, 2-5 Big 12) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, which will be televised on the Longhorn Network.

Sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu helped lead Texas to a .473 hitting percentage against Baylor on Tuesday.

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Texas’ match against Baylor on Tuesday night could be summed up with one stat: hitting percentage.

The Longhorns came out swinging and finished with a .473 hitting percentage while Baylor only managed a .047 hitting percentage.

In the end, Texas breezed past Baylor with a 3-0 win, with neither set being closer than 25-17.

“We’re pleased with what we did and the things we talked about with our routines and the level of play that we’ve got to maintain,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We hit that mark.” 

The match started as well as the Longhorns could have hoped for, with Amy Neal, junior outside hitter and libero, opening up the first set on a 6-0 run that included a service ace and two blocks from sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu. 

From there, it was all Texas. The Longhorns went on a pair of runs of 4-0 and a 5-0 run to take the first set 25-12, with the majority of the Bears’ points coming from mental errors.

“[If]what we’re crying about is a couple of reception errors, then we’re in pretty good shape,” Elliott said. 

The second set began much tighter, as the Bears seemed to shake off the nerves that plagued them to start the match. Baylor managed to keep the deficit as close as 6-5, but then Neal stepped to the line. Like they did in the first set, the Longhorns took full advantage of Neal at the service line, going on a 9-0 run — with another ace and two kills each from Ogbogu and senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman — to win the second set 25-13. 

The third set was the toughest for Texas to get through. After back-to-back aces from Neal to open the set, Baylor fought back with a 6-4 run to level the set at six. But, with a 9-8 lead, the Longhorns, again behind the serve of Neal, went on a 4-0 run that provided the separation they needed to win the set 25-17.

In total, Texas finished the match with 11 service aces and only three service errors, with Neal accounting for four of those aces. Sophomore setter Chloe Collins, who hit three aces, said success starts with routine.

“You just have to make sure you’re doing the same things over and over again, and then that transfers over to the match,” Collins said. 

The Longhorn defense also had a huge hand in the blowout win, getting 11 blocks and forcing the Bears to hit 25 attack errors. Texas also held Baylor junior outside hitter Andie Malloy, who came into the match second in the Big 12 in kills, to just four kills and a -.118 hitting percentage. Elliott chalked up the great defense to a good scouting report. 

“I think the team came out and executed it,” Elliott said. “They had some tendencies and we were keyed on that, and our block has been getting better.”

The Longhorns return to action Thursday against Texas Tech. While Elliott said he hasn’t been able to watch film on the Red Raiders, he said this is an opportunity for Texas to string together some good games in conference. 

“I told the team today at some point we have to take accountability for not only getting though an entire match, but we’ve got to put some matches together,” Elliott said.

Junior outside hitter Amy Neal led the Longhorns with three service aces and eight digs in the win over the Cyclones. 

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It’s no secret that senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman is the biggest name on this Longhorns team and that when she’s on a roll, good things usually happen for Texas. Against Iowa State, Eckerman dominated the Longhorn attack with 14 kills and a .560 hitting percentage. Eckerman registered the final two kills of the first set and began the second set with three kills in the first five points, which helped Texas jump out to a 5-0 lead in the set which they won 25-15. Eckerman also had zero attack errors for the second time this season.

Neal’s time at the serving line

While Eckerman was dominating at the net, junior outside hitter Amy Neal helped the Longhorns in a big way from the serving line. With Texas up 10-9 in the first set, Neal scored an ace and led the team in a 5-0 run for the Longhorns while she was serving en route to a first set win. Neal then opened up the second set on a similar 5-0 run with back-to-back service aces and help from Eckerman’s three kills. Neal also added four kills and eight digs.

Lack of errors

Texas’ struggles Sept. 24 were due largely to errors. Texas posted 19 attack errors and 12 service errors in the five set win and had a .172 hitting
percentage through the first two sets of the match. But against Iowa State, those errors were much more limited. Texas had only eight attack errors and five service errors compared to Iowa State’s 15 attack errors and six service errors, and Texas posted a .350 hitting percentage in the win.

Making it a quick match

In that five-set win at West Virginia last week, Texas made the mistake of letting a team looking for a big upset hang around too long in the first two sets and paid the price. The Longhorns had multiple opportunities early in that match to put it away but failed to do so. Wednesday against the Cyclones, the Longhorns made sure that the same thing wouldn’t happen, jumping out to leads 14-9, 10-3 and 12-6 in each of the three sets. Texas also never trailed in each of the last two sets as well.

Digging it up

The Longhorn defense played a strong game with six blocks and 44 digs, giving the offense opportunities to make plays. As she has all season, freshman Cat McCoy led the way with 12 digs along with four assists and now has 145 digs this season — the most on the team by 78. At the net, senior middle blocker and outside hitter Khat Bell had five block assists, while sophomore middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu added three block assists and a solo block.

Led by senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman, No. 2 Texas continues to roll on pace to a 9-0 start. According to head coach Jerritt Elliott, the main reason for the perfect record thus far isn't their star hitter, but rather the team's depth.

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As No. 2 Texas clawed its way back from a two-set deficit against West Virginia, it relied on its depth, as it has time and time again this season, to come back and remain undefeated.

Throughout the season, head coach Jerritt Elliott has proclaimed that the team’s strength is its balance. While the Longhorns have reliable upperclassmen — senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman, senior outside hitter/middle blocker Khat Bell, junior outside hitter Amy Neal and junior middle Molly McCage — it’s Texas’ ability to utilize all of its players that has helped it excel this season.

“The nice thing about our program is that we have a ton of depth,” Elliott said. “The depth is challenging in the gym environment. You’ve got to perform on a daily basis in our practice gym to get a spot on the court. When we get into matches, we’ve got a lot of confidence in people we can pull off the bench.”

The difficult practices have been noticeable to the players, but Neal said they welcome it.

“In our gym and practice, it’s super competitive, which makes everyone train really hard,” Neal said. “On any given day, anyone’s spot can be taken. But I think it makes everyone get a lot better that we’re so deep because we challenge each other in every aspect of our game.”

The tough atmosphere in the Longhorn practice gym has translated well to gameplay. Throughout their first nine games of the season, the  Longhorns have used a variety of lineups and have managed to rotate every player on their roster into a game. The team has totaled 418 kills, led by Eckerman with 78, followed by Neal with 67. Texas has also recorded 435 digs this season with the help of freshman libero Cat McCoy, who leads the team with 131.

The Longhorns have used their entire roster to claim 27 of the 32 sets they’ve played. The team’s balance is what helped Texas win against then No. 11 Florida, ease past then No. 21 Arizona, squeak by then No. 9 Nebraska and come back Wednesday night to beat Big 12 foe West Virginia. Texas remains undefeated through its first nine games this season and pushed its Big 12 winning streak to 17 games Wednesday, all with a balanced approach.

“I think it’s been really fun to be undefeated,” Neal said. “We’ve been tested in a lot of different environments, and that’s helped us become better and train better in the gym. Being undefeated is cool, but any team can come out any given day and beat you.”

The Longhorns fell a game short of playing for the national championship last season and are hoping to get back to that stage this season.

“At the end of the day, we all want the same goal,” sophomore setter Chloe Collins said. “There’s no individual goal. The ultimate goal is to be in a national championship with your team.”

Sophomore outside hitter Amy Neal still feels the Nebraska rivalry exists, even after Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten. For the third time in two years, the rivals will meet Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Texas expected a tough battle against former Big 12 volleyball rival Nebraska over the weekend, and it certainly got one.

The Longhorns needed five sets Saturday for the first time this season to pull out a 3-2 win over Nebraska. Senior outside hitter Haley Eckerman, Amy Neal, junior libero and outside hitter, and Khat Bell, senior middle blocker and outside hitter, all recorded double-digit kills.

“We had a hard time finding our rhythm today,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “Nebraska played well, but we just couldn’t get our offensive system going, and we made a lot of errors that we haven’t been making.”

The battle started early on in the first set of the match for Texas. Neither side led by more than two points, with 13 ties throughout the set. However, Texas managed to close the set out 25-23 on a 5-2 run behind two kills each from Eckerman and Neal.

“We were fortunate to pull out game number one or else this could have been a different match,” Elliott said.

Momentum from the first set victory faded quickly in the second set. The Cornhuskers took an early 12-7 lead and never looked back. Although the Longhorns tied the set at 17 on a 6-2 run eventually, they were outscored 8-4 the rest of the set and fell 25-21.

The environment in Lincoln, stands packed with 8,312 fans, shook some of the new players on the court, especially early in the match.

“They couldn’t settle down,” Elliott said. “We challenged them pretty strongly in the locker room between games two and three, and I felt like we slowly got better as the match went on.”

Texas came out of the intermission break much stronger than it had been in the second set, taking a 9-6 lead before Nebraska fought back to a slim 13-11 go-ahead. However, unlike the second set, the Longhorns didn’t let the Cornhuskers’ run take over the match. Instead, they executed a 7-1 run to win the set 25-19.

In the fourth set, Texas found itself in a favorable position to close out the match, leading 14-11. But when Nebraska pulled off a 9-2 run, including seven straight points, to take a 20-15 lead, the Longhorns couldn’t rebound. Eckerman’s three kills elevated the Longhorns to a 23-22 lead, but a late 3-0 run gave the set to the Cornhuskers.

In contrast to the first four sets, Texas dominated the fifth set much more smoothly. The Longhorns jumped out to a 10-6 lead and closed with a 5-2 run to take the win.

Elliott said the team finally found its rhythm in the last set.

“We stayed a little more consistent, and I thought [Nebraska] started making some more errors and gave us some opportunities to widen the gap there,” Elliott said. “When you are a good blocking team and you play good defense, you can wear your opponent down.”

The victory marks Texas’ second win against a ranked opponent on the road this season. Eckerman led the Longhorns with 20 kills, while Neal posted a career day with 15 kills and 15 digs.

The Longhorns open up conference play Wednesday on the road against West Virginia.

Sophomore outside hitter Amy Neal still feels the Nebraska rivalry exists, even after Nebraska’s move to the Big Ten. For the third time in two years, the rivals will meet Saturday in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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Before the latest round of conference realignment, the Big 12 volleyball championship usually went through Austin or Lincoln, Nebraska.

Since the conference’s inception in 1996, Texas and Nebraska have a combined 17 conference titles and finished first and second eight times. And even after the Cornhuskers left for the Big Ten, the rivalry between the schools has continued.

“It’s always been crazy, and I think it’s just as big as when they were [in the Big 12],” junior outside hitter Amy Neal said.

The two top-10 teams will write a new chapter in the rivalry Saturday at 2 p.m. when they face off in Lincoln.

“It’s what makes this sport fun,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We get an opportunity to play one of the premier programs in the country.”

Overall, the stats show that Nebraska has dominated the rivalry. The Cornhuskers boast a 30-19 record over the Longhorns and took home 11 conference titles while they were in the Big 12.

In a stretch from 1994 to 2000, Nebraska beat Texas in 10 of 12 matches, including a 3-1 win in the 1995 national championship game. After Elliott was hired as the head coach in 2001, it took the Longhorns 10 matches to finally defeat the Cornhuskers.

“They used to eat our lunch pretty bad when I got here,” Elliott said.

But in recent years, the tide has turned. The Longhorns have won six of the past seven meetings. Last year in the regular season, Texas battled to a 3-2 win in Austin.

Then the rivalry went to the next level when the two faced off in the Lincoln Regional final with a Final Four spot on the line. Despite the Cornhuskers’ home-court advantage, the Longhorns managed to hand them a sweep. 

“I’m sure they’re focused on trying to be able to redeem themselves,” Elliott said.

The trip to Lincoln is the second time in three weeks the Longhorns will face a top-tier team in a tough environment. On Sept. 6, they beat then No. 11 Florida in Gainesville. Elliott said he likes scheduling tough matches in the nonconference season to get his team ready for conference play and the postseason.

“We need to put our team in some environments that are chaotic and tough to play in, and Nebraska provides that,” Elliott said.

The No. 2 Longhorns (7-0) come into this meeting undefeated and having only dropped one of their 22 sets this year. Texas’ eight players with double-digit kills and six players with 30 or more kills have created a balanced and deep attack.

Neal said the deep lineup and tough competition has helped the team’s confidence this season.

“In our gym in practice, it’s super competitive, which makes everyone train really hard,” Neal said. “Knowing if someone is struggling, that another person can go in, it builds our confidence in our team.”

Despite its No. 9 ranking, Nebraska (5-2) dropped two matches to top-15 teams earlier this season against No. 6 Florida State and No. 1 Stanford. The Cornhuskers also have just one senior on a roster made up primarily of sophomores.

Still, this latest chapter in the rivalry will likely be the Longhorns’ toughest test so far this season.

“This match doesn’t determine whether our season ends or not,” Elliott said. “We can take this match and learn from it.”

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The 2014 season has already started well for Pilar Victoria. 

The sophomore outside hitter led the Longhorns in kills in two of the three Lobo Classic matches and took home MVP honors as No. 2 Texas opened up its season with three straight wins.

“I’m obviously really excited about the results of the weekend,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We got to look at a lot of players and see how they performed in a live situation.”

The strong weekend for Victoria began early, as she gave Texas a 1-0 lead in its first set against UTEP on Friday morning. The Longhorns went on to win the set 25-23, the closest set of the weekend, and then jumped out to an early 8-3 lead in the second set, thanks in part to back-to-back kills by Victoria. She finished the match with a career-high 14 kills in the win.

In the nightcap against New Mexico, Victoria carried over her momentum, bookending the first set with kills. She struggled in the second set with three straight shots that were blocked by the Lobos. However, she bounced back with four kills in the third set as Texas finished off the sweep.

Victoria didn’t have quite the same success Saturday against Seattle, but junior outside hitter Amy Neal and junior middle blocker Sara Hattis each had a career match to help the Longhorns to another sweep and the Lobo Classic title. Neal posted a career-high 11 kills and Hattis had nine blocks in her homecoming to New Mexico.

Victoria finished the tournament with a team-high 32 kills, as well as 23 digs. Coming off a freshman campaign in which she had 60 kills and a .250 hitting percentage, Victoria said she’s already feeling better about this season.

“I feel more comfortable and more trust for my teammates and coaches,” Victoria said. “I am seeing things from a different perspective than I did my freshman year.”

In addition to winning the MVP award for the tournament, Victoria was also named to the All-Tournament team, along with Neal and sophomore utility player Nicole Dalton, who is coming off a medical redshirt last year following right hip surgery.

With a stacked roster this year, Elliott was glad to see the younger players perform from the start.

“It’s great when you get to see the younger players helping develop our program like [Victoria and Neal],” Elliott said. “They are playing at a high level and it shows that we have a lot of talent and potential as a team.”

The Longhorns averaged a nine-point margin victory across all nine sets and outhit their opponents .331 to .075.

Texas travels to Gainesville to face Florida on Saturday before opening up its home schedule with the Longhorn Classic next weekend.