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UT Volleyball wraps-up Big 12 championship

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AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 3 Texas Longhorns clinched the Big 12 title outright with a sweep of the Texas Tech Red Raiders (25-16, 25-20, 25-17) Wednesday evening at Gregory Gym. Sophomore All-America outside hitter Haley Eckerman and junior outside hitter Bailey Webster led the way with 19 kills and 16 kills, respectively as Texas (22-3, 14-0) extended its winning streak to 16. This is Texas’ second consecutive Big 12 title and fifth in the last six seasons.

The Longhorns hit .483 for the match, the highest percentage ever allowed in Texas Tech history. Texas has recorded a 16-match win streak for the sixth time since 2004. Eckerman hit .486 tonight (19-2-35) with five digs and two blocks while Webster hit .650 (14-1-20) with a season-high six blocks. Junior setter Hannah Allison had 40 assists for a 13.33 assists-per-set average to go with three kills and nine digs. UT out-blocked Texas Tech by a 10-2 margin.

Texas took command of the opening set with a 6-0 run to take an early 8-2 lead off kills by freshman Molly McCage and Allison, capped off with an ace by Eckerman. Eckerman maintained the lead for the Longhorns with three straight kills, extending the lead to 16-7. Webster and Eckerman combined for seven of the final nine points to win the first set 25-16. Texas finished the first set with only two errors to 19 kills as the Longhorns hit .654.

Texas Tech (13-16, 2-11) and Texas exchanged point for point to open the second set, drawing even at 12. Texas then ripped off six straight points, with kills from freshman Sara Hattis, Webster, McNeil, and Eckerman to take an 18-13 edge. Texas Tech went on a 5-2 run to close the gap to 18-20, but Eckerman and the Longhorns finished the set on a 5-2 run to win the second set 25-20.

The third set opened with a balanced attack from Texas as they jumped out to a 6-2 lead. Texas Tech then used two separate 3-0 runs to bring the Red Raiders within a point at 9-10. Sophomore Khat Bell saw her first action of the match in the third, teaming with Webster to win Texas’ next six points to take a 16-13 lead. Texas used its blocking prowess to close out the match, recording three blocks to finish on a 7-2 run to win the third set 25-20.

Texas hosts West Virginia on Saturday (Nov. 17) in a 1 p.m. match that will be broadcast live on Longhorn Network. Saturday’s match is the final regular-season home match for Texas. Gametracker live stats will be available on TexasSports.com and a live Twitter feed @TexasVolleyball.

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