Texas Sweeps Nebraska to Reach Final Four

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - Haley Eckerman had 14 kills and 15 digs to lead top-seeded Texas to a straight sets win over 8th seed Nebraska and into the NCAA Volleyball Final Four.

Texas, the defending NCAA champion, downed Nebraska 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23, the first sweep of Nebraska at home since 1989 and only the fourth sweep of the Huskers ever in Lincoln.

The Longhorns (27-2) dominated the first set, opening up a 6-1 lead and never letting Nebraska (26-7) as the Huskers hit just .106 against the strong Longhorn defense. The second set was tight, but Texas outscored Nebraska 5-2 after a 20-20 tie, taking the win on a Bailey Webster block.

Texas trailed for much of the third set but pulled ahead 18-17 on a pair of service aces by Amy Neal and clinched the win on two Webster kills that made the score 24-22.

Webster had 12 kills for the Longhorns. Kelsey Robinson led Nebraska with 21 kills.

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