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UT volleyball sweeps No. 1 Wisconsin, heads to championship match

UT volleyball clinched the NCAA semifinals to land a spot in the NCAA Championship. (NCAA Women's Volleyball/Twitter)

In a semifinal shocker, University of Texas volleyball swept No. 1 seed Wisconsin 3-0 to advance to the NCAA Championship Tournament finals.

The team is looking to bring home their fourth national championship title as they head into their first national championship match since 2016.

Even with just a few fans in the Omaha, Nebraska stadium, the anticipation was palpable as they made a comeback from a 20-16 deficit to take the first set 26-24. Then again as they sailed to a 25-19 second-set victory. Finally, it looked like a tie game, 24-24. after a hit by Logan Eggleston shot out of bounds in the third set. But Head Coach Jerritt Elliott noticed that a slight touch might have been made by Wisconsin blockers as it fell. The point was challenged, then overruled.

Texas had punched the golden ticket to the championships.

Eggleston nearly dished out a double as she led the team with 17 kills. Eggleston also contributed nine digs, one block and a service ace to the match. Middle blockers Brionne Butler and Asjia O'Neal notched 11 kills apiece, with each holding over .600 hitting percentage. Longhorns setter Jhenna Gabriel contributed 42 assists to the match, as well as eight digs and one block.

The Longhorns officially marred Wisconsin's perfect record with the sweep and advanced to the national championships. At No. 3, Texas' record is near-perfect itself, with one 3-2 misstep against Rice on March 23.

Texas has long been a volleyball stronghold. They've consistently made it to Regionals since 2016, when they last made a championship run but fell to Stanford in the finals.

With a matchup against No. 2 Kentucky on the horizon, the team will look to plaster their name on the National Champions trophy for the first time since 2012.

The final match of the 2020-21 season will kick off against Kentucky at 7 p.m. on Saturday in Omaha, Nebraska.


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