The darker the red, the sweeter the win.
The Longhorns aren’t exactly welcomed in College Station, but Texas tuned out the 3,000 screaming fans at Reed Arena and delivered a clean 3-0 sweep over the rival Aggies on Wednesday night.
Texas A&M came out swinging in the early going, but sophomore outside hitter Micaya White imposed her will. She recorded five kills at .500 percent in the first set to lead the Longhorns to a 25-20 win.
“We had a little bit of a slow start,” head coach Jerritt Elliott said. “But we really found our groove and fought hard.”
Texas A&M struggled to build any momentum in the second set as the Longhorns’ senior leaders clamped down on the defensive end. Senior middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu commanded the front lines with a total of three blocks on the night, and senior libero Cat McCoy recorded a team-best 18 digs.
Texas then converted its defense into offense as senior outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu delivered an absolute fireball down the middle to secure a 25-18 win in the second set.
After a sluggish start in the third set, the Longhorns found themselves down 9-6. But Texas hit the gas once again, igniting a massive 19-6 run to claim the final set and complete the sweep.
“We kind of just regrouped,” Nwanebu said. “We were like, ‘We know we can beat this team,’ so we just went out and did it. We didn’t play any games, and we just put some pressure on them.”
White finished with a team-best 10 kills in the win, extending her double-digit kill streak to six matches. Freshman setter Ashley Shook also shined, dishing 29 assists on the night.
The win marks Texas’ seventh-straight victory against the Aggies, and the Longhorns hope to use this momentum as fuel for the rest of the season. That starts with their upcoming road match against UTSA on Sept. 19.
“It’s good to jump back into the win column,” Elliott said. “But we just have to keep growing. This is a long season.”