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Thursday evening's Longhorns baseball game will look like the before times.
This will be the first sporting event to be held without limited capacity since the pandemic began. The University of Texas also announced it would not require masking on campus Wednesday, in accordance with a new executive order by Gov. Greg Abbott.
The game will put No. 2 Texas Baseball against West Virginia at 6:30 p.m. hosted at home in the UFCU Disch-Falk Field. The NCAA Softball Austin Regional will follow Friday through Sunday at Red & Charline McCombs Field.
"After consultation with President Hartzell and our campus leadership and the recent news from the NCAA, we're thrilled to be in a position to return to full capacity at our events," said Chris Del Conte, UT Athletics Director.
Students and staff can now be on University of Texas grounds without a mask, according to the latest campus masking guidance released by University President Jay Hartzell.
The guidance states masks are optional inside and outside of UT building, and masks are recommended but still optional for those not fully vaccinated or have a weakened immune system. It goes into effect immediately as Gov. Greg Abbott issued an executive order that bars public schools and government entities from requiring masks. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the City of Austin have also released new guidance that fully vaccinated individuals do not need to wear masks or social distance.
The new guidance will first be noticed at upcoming sporting events and commencement ceremonies.
Down south in San Marcos, Texas State University released the same guidance earlier on Wednesday.
Good news for graduates: Austin is the fourth-best city in the U.S. to start your career, according to a WalletHub study.
In Austin, it's common for people to stay in the Capital City after attending The University of Texas, St. Edward's University or another surrounding college. It's the quality of life and professional opportunities that keep graduates here, at least that's what the study says.
WalletHub ranked 182 cities across the country on 28 different metrics to determine which were the bests for new professionals. Austin ranked fourth overall and was No. 1 in quality of life and 22nd in professional opportunities.
Austin dwarfed other Texas cities on the list, with Irving the next highest in 28th place. The No.1 city for new careers was Salt Lake City, Utah, followed by Orlando, Florida and Atlanta, Georgia.
Other emerging tech hubs were lower on the list. Denver, Colorado sat at 19th place, Charlotte, North Carolina made 30th place, and Miami, FL was ranked 77th. California cities were plagued with low affordability, and the highest-ranked city was San Francisco in 25th place.
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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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