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Elite Eight primer: Once again, Nebraska and Texas set for a massive match in Omaha

Elite Eight primer: Once again, Nebraska and Texas set for a massive match in Omaha

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Nebraska vs. Baylor, 4.18

Nebraska coach John Cook talks to his team during the third round of the NCAA Tournament on Sunday at CHI Health Center Omaha.

The Huskers will be making their ninth straight Elite Eight appearance on Monday when they take on Texas. Brent C. Wagner previews the match.

No. 4-ranked Nebraska (16-2) vs. No. 5 Texas (25-1), approx. 1 p.m.

Here we go again, with Nebraska and Texas playing a massive NCAA Tournament match in Omaha, this time with the winner extending its stay in the city a few days longer for the Final Four.

Monday’s match follows the 2015 Nebraska-Texas national championship match in Omaha (won by the Huskers), and the 2009 regional final in Omaha (Texas in four sets). The teams have also played in the 2016 national semifinals (Texas won) and 2013 Lincoln regional final (Texas again).

Overall this is the fifth time in 12 years Nebraska and Texas will play in the tournament.

Texas outside hitter Logan Eggleton was the Big 12 player of the year. The second-team All-American last season has a season hitting average of .328, which is pretty impressive for her position.

The Longhorns won the Big 12 with a 16-0 record. Its only loss came against unranked Rice in March in one of the biggest upsets in the sport this season.

In the Sweet 16, the Longhorns beat Penn State 3-1. The Longhorns had 17 more kills than Penn State and hit .353.

“We’re going to have to serve really well, and our block and ‘D’ is going to have to play really well,” said Nebraska coach John Cook. “And we’re going to have to be really creative offensively to take advantage of (Texas’) big block.”

Monday's match is set to begin at approximately 1 p.m. and will be broadcast on ESP2.

— Brent C. Wagner


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Husker volleyball/women's basketball reporter

Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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