Despite inconsistent performance, No. 4 Texas sweeps Oklahoma


While the Red River Rivalry on the football field has been a back-and-forth affair, the showdown between Texas and Oklahoma on the volleyball court has been extremely one-sided.

The No. 3 Longhorns swept the Sooners 3-0 (25-17, 25-27, ) Saturday evening at Gregory Gym to stay unbeaten in Big 12 play and push their winning streak against their rivals to 10 games. The last time Oklahoma beat Texas was in 2014.

"We'll take the win," Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "There's a way you expect your team to play at a high level, consistency over a period of time. We've been very inconsistent the last few matches, and I've got to figure out why."

Saturday's match saw the lead change between the Longhorns and Sooners more than 17 times. 

Sophomore Logan Eggleston led the team with 12 kills and 11 digs, her fourth double-double of the season. Sophomore Sydney Peterson had 10 digs and sophomore Jhenna Gabriel had 34 assists and six digs.

Middle blocker Brionne Butler - who led the Longhorns in blocks last season - played three sets for the first time all season after suffering a lower-body injury just before preseason workouts began finishing with 10 kills and a pair of blocks.

"It feels really good to finally back out there," Butler said. "It was frustrating to not be able to play, but slowing getting back to it has been really exciting. I'm close to who I want to be, but I'm just limiting the (number) of jumps I take."

Elliott said they don't give her free reign to go all out in every practice and they'll continue to manage her time

The opening set was fairly even early on until Texas went on a little run in the middle part of the frame. The Longhorns ended the set on a 7-1 run, and Butler finished with a team-high five kills.

Oklahoma stuck around for much longer in the second set, fighting back to tie the match at 25 points apiece. But White put down an ace and Phillips and O'Neil combined for a block to finish off the set.

"We were up 8-2, and defensively we were very poor," Elliott said. "We gave them free outs down the line and outs on cross-court swings. I'm going to lose sleep over it tonight. At the end of the day, this is my responsibility as a coach. We're not performing like we should be."

Texas built a five-point lead in the final set thanks in part to an ace by Hahn - her team-high third - and White followed that up with an ace of her own. The Sooners had a dismal .079 hitting percentage in the frame.

Texas hits the road to face off with West Virginia next Saturday before a massive home game against undefeated and top-ranked Baylor on Oct. 23. Gregory Gym is already sold out, the fifth sell-out of the season.

"A volleyball team is good when they can perform a skill consistently over a period of time," Elliott said. "it's not like we aren't doing that. We're putting up some pretty big numbers, but it ebbs and flows."

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