The Texas Longhorns, ranked fifth nationally and owners of an RPI ranking of No. 4, have claimed the 2011 Big 12 Volleyball Championship. With their 3-1 win over Oklahoma, the Longhorns, who have won 14-straight matches, notched their fifth conference title.
Texas (22-4, 15-1 Big 12) also claimed conference crowns in 1997 and from 2007-09, winning the title outright in ‘97 and ‘09. They have also finished as the league runner-up on five occasions.
UT's 28-straight wins at home is the third-longest active home winning streak in the nation. In addition, with just one conference road loss this season, Texas became the 10th league champion with only one league loss away from home. The Horns are first in the Big 12 in hitting percentage, a category they have led the league in since 2007.
In 2010, UT appeared in its seventh overall NCAA tournament, defeating 16th-seeded Purdue in the Austin Regional before falling to national champion Penn State in the semifinals. UT has appeared in three-straight NCAA semifinal matches, including a trip to the championship match in 2009. Texas won the 1988 national championship.
The Longhorns are led by All-American and Big 12 Preseason Player of the Year Rachael Adams, plus seniors Michelle Kocher, Amber Roberson and Sydney Yogi as well as sophomore setter Hannah Allison. In addition, UT sports two stellar freshmen in Khat Bell and Haley Eckerman, who have combined for nine Big 12 weekly awards this season, including seven Rookie of the Week honors. Jerritt Elliott, the 2010 Big 12 Co-Coach of the Year, is in his 11th season at the helm.
The NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Selection Announcement will be on Sunday, Nov. 27, at 5 p.m. CT on ESPNU. The Big 12 has sent at least five teams all but one year since 1996. Eight of the league's nine current squads have participated in NCAA postseason play over the past four years with six different league teams making an appearance over the past two seasons.