The University of Texas volleyball team fell in the National semifinals to the Stanford Cardinal. Stanford won the final game 15-13 in the final set. For the first time in 27 years a team overcame a 0-2 deficit to reach the NCAA title game. It will be the third title game appearance in a row for Stanford.
The Longhorns looked good early with superstar [tag]Destinee Hooker[/tag] leading the way. No team in the nation has an answer for Hooker’s ability to get up in the air. Throughout the night Stanford put up to three people up for the block only to see Hooker go over the top for the kill.
Stanford was off early, but caught fire in the last three sets. Texas struggled with communication on sets and on defense. The experience of the Stanford squad proved to be too much for the young Longhorns. Texas only has two seniors in their rotation so expect another long run next year.
Stanford will now play the winner of [tag]Penn State[/tag] versus [tag]Nebraska[/tag]. Penn State won the title against Stanford last year 3-2. Penn State has swept every game since.
Texas track/football commit Marquise Goodwin part of winning relay team. Goodwin also won the World Junior long jump title.
Future Longhorn Kathleen Hersey earns Olympic berth. Finishes second to Elaine Breeden in the 200-meter butterfly.
Former Texas Longhorn earns spot on U.S. swim team. Aaron Peirsol earned a trip to the Beijing Olympics with a world-record time of 52.89.
Great race by Texas senior [tag]Leo Manzano[/tag] in last weekend’s NCAA Track and Field Championships. He leads the 1500m race wire to wire and has an incredible kick at the end to pull away easily. I’m not a big track guy but watching him run the last lap of that race got me fired up as a Longhorn fan.
Watch the race below:
NCAA T&F Championships 1500m Leo Manzano Wins from YouTube.com
Interview with Manzano after the race:
Leo Manzano After Winning the 2008 NCAA 1500m Title from YouTube.com
Manzano is an incredible athlete. He also won a national title in the 1500m in 2005. Congrats Leo on the big win and good luck in your professional career.
Sanya Richards is healthy and on track for 2008 Olympics. Aaron Ross’ fiancée picked up two relay wins at Texas Relays.