On Saturday, March 12, the All-American Volleyball team won the NCAA Women’s VolleyBall Championship in a tight, 10-11 decision over Texas.
The Volleyballs played the No. 3-ranked Texas Longhorns on Friday night at a Texas-Fort Worth arena.
The Longhorns had a 1-0 lead at halftime, and Texas had a 4-0 advantage in second-half points.
After the game, the Longhorns coach, Tom Herman, told reporters that Texas had “one more chance” to win, and that he was “sad to see” his team play poorly.
The game was called at halftime due to a technical foul, and the game ended in a tie.
“I can tell you the biggest thing for me is that I have a lot of respect for my teammates,” Herman said.
“I’ve watched them for a long time.
I know them personally, and I know what they’ve done to win.
So for me, I know I had to do everything to get that result.”
Herman said he had no issues with the game-winning shot.
“We had a chance,” he said.
Texas finished the tournament with a 9-3 record and a 3-0 mark in the Big 12 Conference.
The two-time defending champion Longhorns finished second in the league with a 28-15 record.
Texas was also the conference runner-up with a 16-13 mark.
Texas was led by two-year senior forward Ashley Williams, who averaged 14.5 points and 6.5 rebounds per game.
Williams and senior guard Kendra Miller each had 14 points and 10 rebounds.
Senior guard Luka Mitrovic added 15 points and six assists, while senior forward Shaelyn Edwards-Lane had 13 points.
Senior forward Kendra Davis had 12 points and 11 rebounds for Texas.
Edwards-Soler and Davis were the conference leaders in assists, but were both minus-4 with a season-high three turnovers.
Edwards was held to just two points on 1-of-8 shooting in the game.
Texas finished a game ahead of fifth-ranked Oklahoma (19-7), which played a game more in conference play than the Longhorn program.
The Sooners played a more important schedule than the Volley Balls and finished the regular season with a 19-16 record, including a 13-6 mark in conference.
The Volley Ball Championship was the fourth straight NCAA Tournament appearance for Texas and the eighth straight overall.
Texas won its first two titles in 2010 and 2011.