With a perfect 13-0 record in conference play and just three matches remaining in the regular season, the Texas Longhorns have clinched a share of the 2013 Big 12 volleyball championship with a 3-0 victory over West Virginia tonight.
Riding a 16-match winning streak, Texas can claim the title outright with a win on Saturday when UT hosts Kansas State.
The defending national champion Longhorns claim their seventh Big 12 title and third consecutive. Texas, 20-2 overall on the season, won the title outright in 1997, 2011 and 2012, while sharing the crown from the 2007-09 seasons. The Longhorns have been ranked first in the nation for the past five weeks and have also been the nation’s top RPI team all season.
Tonight’s victory marked UT’s 47th consecutive Big 12 win in Gregory Gym, where the Longhorns have not lost since 2008. Additionally, Texas is 58-2 in its last 60 Big 12 contests and ranks 10th in the nation in hitting percentage with a .283 mark entering the week.
Texas is led by head coach Jerritt Elliott, the 2012 AVCA Coach of the Year, who owns a 315-81 record at Texas since taking over in 2001. The Longhorns are led by reigning Big 12 Player of the Year Haley Eckerman and All-Americans Khat Bell and Bailey Webster. Underclassmen Chiaka Ogbogu and Molly McCage rank in the top five in the league in hitting percentage for overall matches this season.
The Longhorns are 10-1 against teams ranked in the NCAA RPI top 25 this season.
This marks the 45th regular season crown for a Texas team in Big 12 history and the 134th overall title (regular and postseason championships)