Texas Longhorns women's volleyball
|Texas Longhorns women's volleyball|
|University||University of Texas at Austin|
|Head coach||Jerritt Elliott (18th season)|
|Home arena||Gregory Gymnasium (Capacity: 4,000)|
|Colors||Burnt Orange and White|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament champion|
|1981, 1988, 2012|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament runner-up|
|1995, 2009, 2015, 2016|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament semifinal|
|1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016|
|AIAW/NCAA Tournament appearance|
|1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018|
|Conference tournament champion|
1992, 1993, 1995
|Conference regular season champion|
1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995
1997, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018
The Texas Longhorns women's volleyball team represents The University of Texas at Austin in NCAA Division I intercollegiate women's volleyball competition. The Longhorns currently compete in the Big 12 Conference.
Texas has won three volleyball national championships – one AIAW championship in 1981 and two NCAA championships in 1988 and 2012. Beginning with the 1981 season, they have qualified for the NCAA tournament every year except for two (35 of 37 seasons) and the most recent 15 years (2004-2018). Texas is also the only program to reach the NCAA Regional Finals in each of the last thirteen seasons (2006-2018).
The volleyball program was founded in 1974. It has had seven coaches in its history – in 1974 the team was coached by Pam Lampley, in 1975 by Cheryl Lyman, in 1976–1977 by Jody Conradt, in 1978–1979 by Linda Lowery, in 1980–1996 by Mick Haley, in 1997–2000 by Jim Moore, and from 2001–present by Jerritt Elliott.
Texas reached the NCAA Final Four in 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016, winning NCAA championships in 1988 and 2012.
During the 37-year history (1982-2018) of the AVCA Coaches Poll, the Longhorns have been ranked in the Top 10 in the final poll in 26 seasons, including the last 13 years at #7 or better (2006-2018). Only Nebraska and Stanford have more Top 10 final appearances than Texas.
Texas have also captured the Big 12 championship eleven times: in 1997, 2007–2009, 2011–2015, 2017 and 2018. During Texas Volleyball's fourteen seasons in the predecessor Southwest Conference (1982-1995), Texas was conference champion thirteen times and runner-up once.
Through 2017, Texas Volleyball has had 32 AVCA Division I All Americans, the fourth most of any program.
Program record and history
|1976||Jody Conradt||28-19-5||AIAW National Qualifier|
|1981||Mick Haley||60-6||AIAW Champions|
|Southwest Conference (1982–1995)|
|1982||Mick Haley||31-15||9-1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1983||Mick Haley||33-9||10-0||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1984||Mick Haley||32-7||9-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1985||Mick Haley||26-6||10-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1986||Mick Haley||29-6||10-1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1987||Mick Haley||25-10||10-0h||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|1988||Mick Haley||34-5||10-0||1st||NCAA Champions|
|1989||Mick Haley||27-10||10-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1990||Mick Haley||31-4||10-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1991||Mick Haley||20-10||9-1||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1992||Mick Haley||29-6||9-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1993||Mick Haley||31-3||10-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|1994||Mick Haley||23-10||8-2||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|1995||Mick Haley||28-7||10-0||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|Big 12 Conference (1996–present)|
|1996||Mick Haley||23-7||16-4||2nd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1997||Jim Moore||25-7||17-3||1st||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|1998||Jim Moore||27-5||18-2||2nd||NCAA Regional Final|
|1999||Jim Moore||22-8||15-5||3rd||NCAA Second Round|
|2001||Jerritt Elliott||17-14||9-11||6th||NCAA Second Round|
|2002||Jerritt Elliott||23-9||13-7||4th||NCAA Second Round|
|2004||Jerritt Elliott||26-5||16-4||2nd||NCAA Regional Semifinal|
|2005||Jerritt Elliott||24-5||17-3||2nd||NCAA Second Round|
|2006||Jerritt Elliott||24-7||16-4||3rd||NCAA Regional Final|
|2007||Jerritt Elliott||27-4||19-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2008||Jerritt Elliott||29-4||18-2||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2009||Jerritt Elliott||29-2||19-1||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2010||Jerritt Elliott||27-6||18-2||2nd||NCAA Final Four|
|2011||Jerritt Elliott||26-5||15-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2012||Jerritt Elliott||29-4||15-1||1st||NCAA Champions|
|2013||Jerritt Elliott||27-3||16-0||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2014||Jerritt Elliott||27-3||15-1||1st||NCAA Final Four|
|2015||Jerritt Elliott||30-3||15-1||1st||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2016||Jerritt Elliott||28-4||14-2||2nd||NCAA Runner-Up|
|2017||Jerritt Elliott||27-3||16-0||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|2018||Jerritt Elliott||23-5||15-1||1st||NCAA Regional Final|
|484-85 .851 (1982-2018)|
Year by year results
Texas made its first ever NCAA final four in 1986, coming in third place overall and finishing the year with a 29-6 record. In 1987, the team made it back to the final four, once again coming into third place and finishing the season with a 25-10 record.
In 1988, Texas broke through and won the NCAA national championship by sweeping Hawai'i 3-0. Texas became the first team in NCAA history (and, as of 2017, remains one of two schools to do so) to sweep every NCAA tournament opponent 3-0 en route to winning the NCAA championship.
In 1995, Texas made it to the championship match, falling to Nebraska 3-1. Also in 1995, Demetria Sance became the program's first ever player to be named the National Freshman of the Year. University of Texas joined the Big XII starting in 1996. Coach Mick Haley left the University Texas to manage the U.S. Olympic Team following a moderately successful 1996 season.
1997–2006: two coach changes but modest results
Haley's replacement Jim Moore's started strong by winning the Big XII in 1997, but his record began to worsen by 1999. In the disastrous 2000 season, a first ever losing record, a worst ever seventh place conference finish and missing the NCAA tournament for the first time, lead to Moore's replacement by Jerritt Elliot before the 2001 season. In 2003, Texas finished at 15-14, again finished seventh in the conference and again missed the NCAA tournament under Elliott. However, the Longhorns began to rebound for good in 2004 (Elliott's fourth year) and regained their first NCAA regional final in eight years in 2006.
2007–2012 (national title)
In 2007, Texas captured its second ever Big 12 title (and first in ten years), sharing it with Nebraska and finished with a 19–1 conference record. The 2007 squad finished off the season with a 27–4 record and made it to the NCAA regional finals as the tournament's overall 4th seed. 2007 Big 12 Freshman of the Year Juliann Faucette became the program's second ever AVCA National Freshman of the Year and earned AVCA First Team All-America honors – becoming only the fourth true freshman in eight years to be named on the first team.
In 2008, Texas shared the Big 12 title with Nebraska with an 18–2 record. The team finished 29–4 overall, making it to the NCAA Final Four, where they took a 2-0 lead on Stanford but lost the next three to lose in five sets. Junior outside hitter Destinee Hooker was named to the Final Four All-Tournament Team and was also a Honda Sports Award nominee for the top volleyball player in the country. Hooker, junior Ashley Engle and senior Lauren Paolini were also named AVCA First Team All-Americans.
Led by senior Destinee Hooker, the 2009 Texas volleyball team lost just one regular season match to Iowa State and was ranked No. 2 in the country all season long. In the 2009 NCAA tournament, the Longhorns defeated Big-12 opponent Nebraska in the regional final, becoming the first team to ever beat Nebraska three times in a season. In the Final Four, the team soundly defeated Minnesota, and met No. 1 and undefeated Penn State in the final.
Texas looked to be on the brink of a huge upset, as they went up 2 sets to 0 against the Lions. However, Penn State stormed back to push the match to a fifth set, which they eventually won, 15-13. Penn State won their third consecutive NCAA title and denied Texas its first NCAA title since 1988. Despite the loss, Destinee Hooker was named the Final Four's Most Outstanding Player, as she had 34 kills in the championship match, which is the most kills by a single player in the NCAA final's history. It was also Hooker's career high in a single match, her final match as a collegiate player. Because of the high level of play by both teams throughout the long match, many people believe that it was the best NCAA final in history.
In 2012, Texas once again advanced to the NCAA final game, in which they played Oregon for the national championship. Texas swept the Ducks, 3-0, and claimed its first national title in volleyball since 1988, giving the University its 50th overall national championship, 42 of which are NCAA championships.
The program continued to excel following their national championship. In 2013 and 2014, they won the Big 12 and advanced to the national semifinals. In 2015, they once again won the Big 12 and advanced to the national championship game, but lost to Nebraska. In 2016, they finished second in the Big 12, snapping a streak of five consecutive Big 12 titles. However, they once again advanced to the national championship game, this time losing to Stanford.
Texas, with a perfect 16–0 record, won the Big 12 championship in 2017 for the tenth time. In the 2017 NCAA tournament Texas was again eliminated by Stanford, this time by a 3–0 score in the Regional Final.
In 2018, despite two losses to nemesis, and eventual National Champion, Stanford during the regular season, Texas continued its winning ways at the conference level by easily clinching the Big 12 with a 15–1 record, and raising its overall conference winning percentage (1982–2018) (SWC + Big 12) to an impressive 85.1%. Texas has an even better 92.4% conference winning percentage over the last twelve years (2007–2018).
Texas was seeded #5 in the 2018 NCAA Tournament. Texas defeated Stephen F Austin in the first round and Texas State in the second round each by a 3-0 score. Texas next beat Michigan 3-1 in the third round. However, Texas then lost 0–3 to #4 seed and regional host BYU in the Regional Final.
Texas has reached the Regional Final (round of 8) thirteen years in a row (2006-2018), has advanced to the Final Four 8 of the last 11 years (2008–2010, 2012–2016), and has three runner-up finishes 2009, 2015–2016, but has won the NCAA championship just once over this period (in 2012).
In April 2008, the American Volleyball Coaches Association and Association of Volleyball Professionals sponsored the third annual Collegiate Beach Volleyball Championship, adhering to NCAA guidelines for college volleyball. The Longhorns won the championship with a roster consisting of Jennifer Doris, Ashley Engle, Elizabeth Graham, Kiley Hall, Alyson Jennings, Heather Kisner, Chelsey Klein, Alex Lewis and Michelle Moriarty. Each school fielded four teams of two players. The field included Nebraska, Clemson, San Diego, USC, Texas and Wisconsin, all of whom were ranked in the 2007 Coaches Top 25 final poll (indoor). The Longhorns had finished the 2007 season ranked sixth.