Following a commanding straight-set victory against unranked TCU in the Longhorns’ Big 12 opener Wednesday, No. 2 Texas will head on the road Friday evening and take on unranked West Virginia in Morgantown.
The matchup with the Mountaineers will be the Longhorns’ second conference match, and second appearance on the road. Texas will face a West Virginia team that has struggled this season, carrying a 5-7 record in non-conference play. The Mountaineers enter the match with wins in three of their last four matches but all were against unranked opponents.
For Texas, Friday’s match offers an opportunity to fine-tune both its offense and defense. The Longhorns will work on their passing and setting, something that head coach Jerritt Elliott has consistently stressed
Much of the burden falls on junior setter Chloe Collins. Collins has become integral to the Longhorns’ offensive attack in the past two seasons. Collins notched a team-high 622 assists in 2014 and averaged nearly six assists per set. Collins has continued to excel in 2015, including a performance against No. 4 Nebraska in which she registered a career-high 46 assists and 13 digs in a Longhorns victory.
Texas’ quest to claim a fifth-straight Big 12 title continues against West Virginia at 5 p.m. Friday.