Texas hit .336 and hammered away at Nebraska to beat the Huskers in Omaha 25-22, 19-25, 25-15, 25-21 and advance into the NCAA Tournament national semifinals.
Fourth-seeded Texas, the Big 12 champion which improved to 26-1, will play the winner of Monday’s later match between Purdue and Kentucky.
Skylar Fields, who had one error in 27 attacks, and Logan Eggleston had 18 kills each in the regional final. Fields hit .630 and had a dig and a block, while Eggleston had five aces, four digs, and five blocks. Brionne Butler had six kills and five digs, while Molly Phillips had six kills, and five blocks.
Jhenna Gabriel had 46 assists, four digs, and two blocks. Morgan O’Brien had 14 kills and an ace, and Nalani Iosia had 11 digs, four assists, and two aces.
Fifth-seeded Nebraska, an at-large from the Big Ten playing an hour from home, ended its season 16-3. The Huskers hit .171. Madi Kubik led with 15 kills, an assist, five digs, and two blocks. Kayla Caffey had eight kills and five blocks. Lexi Sun had seven kills but hit .000. She had an assist, two aces, 13 digs, and a block. Lauren Stivrins, who missed Nebraska’s win over Baylor on Sunday with “an undisclosed injury,” recovered enough to have seven kills with two errors in 14 attacks, three assists, a dig, and a block.
Nicklin Hames had two kills in three errorless tries, 34 assists, three aces, and 13 digs. Kenzie Knuckles had 10 digs, three assists, and two aces.