Posted December 20th, 2008 by Mike
Filed under: Feature, Volleyball

The Texas volleyball team fell to Stanford five-set showdown

Texas volleyball fell to Stanford in a five-set showdown

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.


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