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Historic Night for Texas Volleyball

Updated: Wednesday, August 29 2012, 10:56 PM CDT
Wednesday, in the first ever Big 12 conference contest for West Virginia, Texas head volleyball coach Jerritt Elliott earned his 200th career conference win.

Sophomore All-America outside hitter Haley Eckerman had 15 kills while hitting .538 (15-1-26) as the No. 2 Texas Longhorns earned a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-18, 26-16) at the West Virginia Mountaineers in the Big 12 opener for both squads.  Texas improves to 4-0 on the season.

Bailey Webster added 13 kills and a .522 hitting clip (13-1-23) for the Longhorns.

Arielle Allen led West Virginia (2-2, 0-1) with 10 kills.  Texas hit .363 as a team while WVU hit .137 on the evening.

West Virginia used the large crowd to gain a 5-5 tie in the first set.  Sha’Dare McNeal’s kill started a 6-1 run as Eckerman’s kill forced a timeout by the Mountaineers with the 11-6 UT lead. Sarah Palmer added a service ace as the lead grew to eight, 18-10.  Eckerman registered two kills as Webster later put the first set away as UT hit .400 in the first stanza (12 kills, two errors).

With Texas trailing 8-7 in the second set, Khat Bell started a 6-1 run as two straight blocks gave the 13-9 score to UT.  Eckerman rolled up an ace on the jump serve to make it 19-13.  She would finish it out and give Texas the 2-0 lead in the match with another kill.

Webster came out with three kills to lead the third set as the Longhorns worked to a 6-3 advantage.  Eckerman added two kills with Kat Brooks adding a service ace later as UT led by four, 12-8.  UT closed out the match with the 6-1 run to remain perfect on the season.

Texas travels this weekend to the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic to play No. 18 Florida on Friday (Aug. 31) and host No. 4 Penn State on Saturday (Sept. 1).

Notes:  Tonight was the first-ever meeting between Texas and West Virginia in women’s volleyball…Texas is 14-1 all-time when both Haley Eckerman and Bailey Webster record double-digit kills in a match…Texas has not lost a set this season…with nine blocks in tonight’s match, Texas is averaging over four blocks a set this season (4.08 bps).Historic Night for Texas Volleyball

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Scores & Schedules

April 18, 2014 07:14 GMT

AMERICAN LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Detroit 7, Cleveland 5

Minnesota 7, Toronto 0, 1st game

Texas 8, Seattle 6

N.Y. Yankees 10, Tampa Bay 2

Minnesota 9, Toronto 5, 2nd game

Boston 3, Chicago White Sox 1

Kansas City 5, Houston 1

Friday's Games

Toronto (Hutchison 1-1) at Cleveland (Masterson 0-0), 7:05 p.m.

L.A. Angels (Weaver 0-2) at Detroit (Smyly 1-0), 7:08 p.m.

Baltimore (Tillman 1-1) at Boston (Lackey 2-1), 7:10 p.m.

N.Y. Yankees (Kuroda 2-1) at Tampa Bay (Bedard 0-0), 7:10 p.m.

Chicago White Sox (Paulino 0-1) at Texas (M.Perez 2-0), 8:05 p.m.

Minnesota (Nolasco 1-1) at Kansas City (Vargas 1-0), 8:10 p.m.

Houston (Cosart 1-1) at Oakland (Gray 2-0), 10:05 p.m.

NATIONAL LEAGUE Thursday's Games

Philadelphia 1, Atlanta 0

L.A. Dodgers 2, San Francisco 1

Colorado 3, San Diego 1

Pittsburgh 11, Milwaukee 2

St. Louis 8, Washington 0

Friday's Games

Cincinnati (Simon 1-1) at Chicago Cubs (Samardzija 0-1), 2:20 p.m.

Milwaukee (Lohse 2-1) at Pittsburgh (Morton 0-1), 7:05 p.m.

St. Louis (Wacha 2-0) at Washington (G.Gonzalez 2-1), 7:05 p.m.

Atlanta (Harang 2-1) at N.Y. Mets (Niese 0-1), 7:10 p.m.

Philadelphia (Pettibone 0-0) at Colorado (Chatwood 0-0), 8:40 p.m.

Arizona (Miley 2-2) at L.A. Dodgers (Greinke 3-0), 10:10 p.m.

San Francisco (M.Cain 0-2) at San Diego (T.Ross 1-2), 10:10 p.m.


Seattle (C.Young 0-0) at Miami (Eovaldi 1-1), 7:10 p.m.


Thursday, April 17

N.Y. Rangers 4, Philadelphia 1, N.Y. Rangers lead series 1-0

St. Louis 4, Chicago 3, 3OT, St. Louis leads series 1-0

Colorado 5, Minnesota 4, OT, Colorado leads series 1-0

San Jose 6, Los Angeles 3, San Jose leads series 1-0

Friday, April 18

Montreal at Tampa Bay, 7 p.m.

Detroit at Boston, 7:30 p.m.

Dallas at Anaheim, 10 p.m.

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