Texas dominates to win second national championship

Texas dominates to win second national championship
December 15, 2012, 8:45 pm
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The Texas women's volleyball team swept Oregon, 3-0, on Saturday night to win its second national championship in program history and first since 1988. The Longhorns have had several near misses recently -- four of the last five years in the Final Four and national runner-up in 2009. 

The Longhorns dominated the match with a .438 hitting percentage and a huge 15-1 blocking advantage and held the National Player of the Year, Oregon's Alaina Bergsma, to zero hitting percentage (nine kills, nine errors). 

Texas was led by their pair of All-American outside hitters, junior Bailey Webster and sophomore Haley Eckerman, who was also named Big 12 Player of the Year, with 26 kills. Webster, who had 14 kills and hit .500 for the match, was named Most Oustanding Player. 

With those two stars returning, only one senior on the team, and Jerritt Elliott, who was 2012 AVCA National Coach of the Year, at the helm, UT should be the favorite to repeat as national champions next season.