A Steady Minnesota Topples Texas

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More than four thousand enthusiastic fans packed Gregory Gymnasium on the campus of the University of Texas to watch the Longhorns take on Minnesota in a battle of top-five volleyball programs. 2

But instead of the home team preseason No. 1 Longhorns taking it to the Gophers with their size and physicality, Minnesota did not get rattled by the burnt orange crowd and the Gophers won the match in four sets 25-21, 25-27, 26-24, 25-19.

The play of freshmen athletes on both sides of the net was significant as Minnesota opposite Stephanie Samedy led the match with 22 kills hitting .308, and Texas outside Lexi Sun led the Longhorns with 19 kills, adding 13 digs.

Texas came into the match ranked as the second-best blocking team in the country, but Minnesota out-blocked the Longhorns 12-9, marking the first time any opponent has out-blocked Texas so far this season.

"They were very disciplined with their scouting report," Texas head coach Jerritt Elliott said. "I think we could take better swings. I think we could have more of a purpose behind our swings. I think we could have a different aggression towards our swings. It's a couple of points here and a couple of points there in game three, and we've got a game five."

Next up, Minnesota (8-0) will travel to Boise, Idaho, where it will face Oregon State, Boise State, and Idaho State. Texas (6-2) takes a road trip to College Station for a mid-week match versus Texas A&M and then has the weekend off.

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Setters Highlight List Of Biggest NCAA Women's Volleyball Transfers

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The 2018 women’s college volleyball season is still eight months away, but big changes are happening that will affect the performance of the top teams come fall. College coaches are being hired and fired, and some key players are choosing to transfer to new schools.

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The Junior Volleyball Association’s Rock ‘N Rumble in Cleveland, Ohio, kicked off the 2018 JVA season, with some of top club teams in the country competing for only the first or second time this year. 

This Week's College Commits: 1/12/18

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Lanie Wagner originally committed to Georgia, but the 6-foot-1 outside hitter from Xavier College Prep in Arizona decided recently that Lipscomb was a better fit for her.

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This week marks the start of 18s qualifier season, with the Kansas City Martin Luther King Day Tournament (streamed live right here on FloVolleyball) and the Girls Winter Volleyball Championship Qualifier kicking off on Saturday. 

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FloVolleyball will be live-streaming courts 11-16 at the 2018 JVA Rock 'N Rumble on January 13-14.

2018 KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament Live Stream Schedule

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FloVolleyball will be live-streaming courts 15-18 at the 2018 KC Martin Luther King Day Tournament, January 13-15, 2018. 

The Complete 2018 NCAA Men's Volleyball Schedule

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We've got the only schedule you'll need this college men's volleyball season. In this list of all the NCAA Division I-II men's volleyball matches, you'll find times (in ET!) and live stream links.

Eve Rackham Hired As New Tennessee Head Coach

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Another Power Five coaching vacancy has been filled. 

An Open Letter From Ebony Nwanebu To Herself

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Ebony Nwanebu graduated from the University of Texas last month. In her three years at UT, Nwanbeu was named an All-American twice. Before coming to Austin, Nwanebu was the 2013 national freshman of the year and a first-team All-American at USC.