Hello from Lincoln, Neb.!
It's been a few weeks since I last checked in with espnW, and quite a bit has happened in that time. We ended the Big 12 Conference portion of our schedule with a perfect 16-0 record for the first time in Texas volleyball history, and we earned the No. 1 overall seed in the 2013 NCAA championships.
In addition to the ride we've been on this past month, fellow seniors Hannah Allison, Megan Futch, Sarah Palmer and I had Senior Night at Gregory Gym for our last regular-season home match against Baylor. I think I speak for all four of us when I say that we tried hard not to think of that match as our last in Gregory, but the emotions hit each of us when we were recognized with our families following the win. Sarah's family even brought us leis from Hawaii as a sign of congratulations and celebration. It was a very memorable moment for each of us and I'm grateful my family was there to share it with me.
The day after our last regular-season match, we lit the UT Tower in honor of our Big 12 Conference regular-season championship. The tradition at The University of Texas is to light the Tower burnt orange in honor of conference championships, and it's always an amazing feeling. It's a great moment for our team to celebrate our accomplishment, and this year it was a precursor to our third portion of the schedule -- the postseason.
After the Tower lighting we went to [coach] Jerritt [Elliott]'s home to watch the NCAA Selection Show and find out our position on the bracket. We expected to earn the No. 1 or 2 seed, and that held true.
After three days of practice, we faced Texas State in the first round and won 3-0 to set up a second-round match against our former conference rival Texas A&M. In front of our seventh sellout of the year, we sent the Aggies back to College Station after a 3-1 victory.
That's how we ended up in Lincoln, Neb., this week for the NCAA regionals. Tonight we'll take on American University. The Eagles advanced after upsetting Georgia and Duke last weekend in Durham. Our focus remains on one opponent at a time, and we're ready to hit the court and play the Eagles tonight.
Until next time, hook 'em Horns!!!