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Title Quest: Longhorns Face Toreros Tonight in NCAA Women’s Volleyball Semifinal

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Photo: Mikala Compton/American-Statesman / USA TODAY NETWORK

Tonight at 6PM the #1 ranked and seeded Texas Longhorns are two matches away from being the next National Champion.  They will first have to defeat the #2 seeded San Diego Toreros who are making their first Final Four appearance.  Not since 2012 has Texas earned the national title and it remains program superstar, Logan Eggleston’s, one unmet goal for her storied career at the University.   

Like Texas, San Diego has only one loss this season.  Iowa State upset the Longhorns during conference play and the Toreros fell to another final four team, the Louisville Cardinals.  Both teams have defeated powerhouse programs throughout the fall campaign to arrive at tonight’s competition.   

The Longhorns boast a stellar lineup led by the third time named All-Big 12 Player of the Year and three-time First Team All-American outside hitter Logan Eggleston, and her equally lethal teammates who have also earned AVCA All-American and All-Big 12 accolades this season: Asjia O’Neal (MB), Zoe Fleck (L), Madisen Skinner (OH), Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres (S) and Molly Phillips (OPP).   

The Toreros come off an upset of a perennial, solid program and recent title holder (2016, 2018 and 2019), Stanford, and a flawless conference record (18-0).  In pre-conference play, they took out top ranked programs like then #6 Pitt and then #8 Ohio State.  A win tonight would mark an historic opportunity for a first-time female head coach to become a national title holder and a first for the West Coast Conference.   

Head-to-head, the last time these programs met was in August 2021 and Texas took down San Diego in three sets.  The 2022 season shows the teams nearly statistically matched.   

 

2022 Cumulative 

Texas Longhorns 

San Diego Toreros 

Kills per set 

14.4 

13.8 

Assists per set 

13.5 

13.1 

Blocks per set 

2.5 

2.8 

Aces per set 

1.8 

1.6 

Digs per set 

13.3 

13.3 

Errors per set 

1.1 

The veteran Texas program is no stranger of the final rounds.  Since their 2012 title, they have played for the national championship three times, most recently in 2020 where they lost to Kentucky.  Tonight, they are one match away from reclaiming an opportunity to write a different ending. 




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