• Lexi Sun named 'freshman of the week'

    Despite Texas’ loss to No. 1 Minnesota on Friday, freshman outside hitter Lexi Sun was named Big 12 ‘Freshman of The Week’ for the second-consecutive week. Sun posted 43 kills on 91 attacks while only committing 13 errors over the weekend. Sun also added 24 digs with seven blocks, earning her a spot on the American Campus Classic All-Tournament Team. The Longhorns looked strong in the three-match sweeps of Texas A&M Corpus Christi and Denver before they fell to No. 1 Minnesota, 1-3.

    Sun, the nation’s top recruit in 2017, made a noticeable impact immediately upon arriving onto campus. The freshman has already racked up back-to-back Big 12 ‘Freshman of The Week’ honors, but this recognition isn’t foreign to the California native. 

    While in high school, Sun received Gatorade Player of the Year, PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, ALL-USA Volleyball Player of the Year and was ranked No. 1 on PrepVolleyball’s top-10 senior aces. 

    Sun doesn’t appear to be stopping any time soon. She will have another opportunity to shine, this time against Texas’ arch-rival when the Longhorns travel to College Station to take on Texas A&M.

  • Texas basketball releases conference schedule

    The Big 12 Conference schedule went live on Thursday afternoon, giving Texas fans plenty to be excited about in the upcoming season. Both the men’s and women’s schedules follow last season’s double round-robin structure, consisting of 18 games home and away appearances from each rival squad. 

    The men open play at home against Kansas on Dec. 29. The Jayhawks finished last season with a 16–2 conference record and an appearance in the elite eight at the NCAA tournament. 

    The women start the 2017-18 campaign on the road in Norman, Oklahoma, in a matchup against the Sooners on Dec. 28. The two teams each stole a win on the opposing home court last season; Texas lost by a single point.

    Both Longhorn teams enter looking to build on last season’s performances. The men will receive a significant boost with the additions of five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. The team failed to qualify for the NCAA tournament last season after posting a disappointing 11–22 record, including 14 conference losses to finish last in the Big 12 standings. The opening conference matchup against Kansas will measure how much progress the Longhorns have truly made. 

    The women’s team saw an unceremonious exit at the hands of Stanford in the Sweet 16 round of the NCAA tournament. Offseason additions of the No. 1 forward in the nation, Rellah Boothe, and the No. 1 point guard, Chasity Patterson, ensure the team is reloaded and will be ready to climb again.

    —Dalton Phillips

     

  • Longhorns return from Australia trip

    Members of the Texas Longhorns basketball team spent 12 days across the world traveling and honing their skills over the offseason.

    The Longhorns played four contests in Australia over a seven-day stretch in Australia, wrapping up their final exhibition on Aug. 21. Texas fared 2-2 in competition, defeating the Dandenong Rangers and Cairns Taipans, while falling to Melbourne United and the Illawarra Hawks. Three of the teams Texas faced on its tour were members of Australia’s National
    Basketball League.

    Texas last held an overseas tour in Australia 21 years ago, prior to the 1996–97 basketball season. Before the trip, no member of the roster had previously traveled to the country, according to head coach Shaka Smart. Smart now owns a young roster filled with plenty of freshman talent. After a bitter 11–22 season, the Longhorns recovered strongly by recruiting five-star power forward Mohamed Bamba and four-star point guard Matt Coleman. Texas lost former standout Jarrett Allen to the NBA Draft but will return Andrew Jones to the roster.

    The team gained much-needed experienced by scrimmaging professional teams in Australia, serving as early preparation for its first regular season game on Nov. 10 against Northwestern State.

    — Steve Helwick

     

  • Track and field shines at trio of meets

    Despite being thousands of miles apart, the Longhorns collectively thrived at three separate meets this weekend.

    Dealing with cold weather and crosswinds in Waco, Texas’ throwers and jumpers still found success at the Michael Johnson Invitational.

    Redshirt juniors Haley Crouser and Alan Zapalac turned heads in their respective events. Crouser earned a victory in the javelin throw, hurling for 50.65 meters (165-3) — 13 feet farther than the second-place finisher. Zapalac set a new season best in the hammer throw, tossing for 61.05 meters (200-3). The mark ranks seventh in the Big 12 this year.

    The Longhorns also gained a handful of victories at the LSU Alumni Gold in Baton Rouge.

    Senior Chrisann Gordon dominated the women’s 400 meters with a time of 50.64 seconds, running for a new personal best and the No. 1 time in the NCAA this season

    “Chrisann did exactly what I thought she could do and what we’ve been working on,” associate head coach Tonja Buford-Bailey said.

    Moving up to No. 2 in the country, senior Byron Robinson ran his fastest time of the season in the 400 meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 49.55 seconds. He also contributed to a Texas victory in the men’s 4x100 meter relay.

    “Seeing his race today gives us a really good perspective on what we need to be working on in the weeks to come,” Buford-Bailey said.

    At the Cardinal Classic in California, sophomore Meghan Lloyd became the fastest Longhorn in school history in the steeplechase. Her time of 10:20.37 beats the previous school record by more than six seconds and ranks as the top time in the Big 12 this season. 

    Sophomore Alex Rogers earned the No. 4 time in the nation in the 1,500 meters, finishing with a time of 3:40.85, which ranks as the third-best time in school history.

    “Lloyd’s been looking really good,” assistant coach Brad Herbster said. “We got a great performance out of Alex Rogers. That moves him into the spotlight in that event.”

    Texas returns home this week to host the Longhorn Invitational, the team’s last meet before the Big 12 Championships on May 12–14.

  • Lang signs training camp contract with Dallas Wings

    Former Texas center Kelsey Lang has signed a training camp contract with the Dallas Wings, the WNBA team announced Monday.

    “We look forward to ... Kelsey joining a highly competitive training camp,” Wings president and CEO Greg Bibb said in a press release. “We are excited to open camp on April 23 with a deep and talented roster.”

    The 6-foot-5-inch center recently finished her four-year career as a Longhorn, becoming the 41st player in program history to reach the 1,000-point milestone. Lang finished her career with 190 blocks, ranking sixth on Texas’ all-time leading blocks list.

    “We are so proud for Kelsey that she will have an opportunity at a WNBA training camp, in particular in her home state of Texas,” Texas head coach Karen Aston said. “The Dallas Wings will find that Kelsey is one who will catch on quick, pay attention to detail and will bring her lunch pail every day. Kelsey has worked hard to be blessed with this opportunity, and I know she will make the most of it.”

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