The crowd gushed orange and pink in Gregory Gym Wednesday night. The Volley for the Cure game was about to begin and as Texas and TCU took to the court for the first time, the cheers grew to a loudroar. With the serve up and play under way, it took less than 30 seconds for the crowd to shout, "Point Texas!"
They happily yelled this quite a lot - Texas defeated TCU 3-0 (25-19, 25-21, 25-17) in a Big 12 game on October 3.
Continuing their 3-0 trends from the past three games, the win leaves Texas undefeated in conference play. Khat Bell and Bailey Webster shone exceptionally bright with Bell matching her season high of 11 kills and Bailey reaching an overall .647 percentage.
Hannah Allison deserves special recognition not only for becoming the 11th player in Texas history to record 2,000 career assists, but also for the multiple, epic ones she provided in this match alone. A moment in the second set proved her achievement well earned when, after a tense back and forth between the teams, she provided an assist to Bell that drove the crowd to their loudest response yet.
Despite individual player's successes, the team as a whole faltered a bit. Coach Jerritt Elliott explains, "It was pretty erratic … we got off beat a little bit and didn't play the type of volleyball that we can."
However, it gave Texas a learning experience.
"I was very proud of how we responded," he continued. "There were definitely some positives we'll be taking away on what we're trying to work on for our team and ultimately we were able to get back and get calm."
Texas also attained an uncharacteristic statistic during the match. With a previously nation-leading 3.35 blocks per set, they only reached three blocks the entirety of the game giving them their lowest total of the season.
"It's one game to the next … you know you don't have a great blocking game every time," Bailey told us when asked how she felt about her blocks.
Overall, the game was a success and an interesting one to watch. Set one left fans apprehensive when TCU pulled themselves up from a 10-point deficit and tension carried to set two when the hunger of both teams gave Texas a too-close 4-point win.
This matters not, though. Because set three was meant for victory and Texas reigns undefeated still.
The team travels to Manhattan, Kansas, to go up against No. 14 ranked Kansas State on Saturday, October 6. The Wildcat's rank second in hitting percentage for the conference, behind the one and only Longhorns - a place they are certain to stay.
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