Texas sweeps Nebraska to reach the Final Four

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 14, 2013 at 11:30 pm •  Published: December 14, 2013

"Knowing her athletic ability, her character and the way she fights, you can absolutely trust her no matter what the circumstances are," Texas setter Hannah Allison said. "She can go up and get a ball, and no one can touch it a lot of the time. A lot of it has to do with her mentality. She wants the ball and she knows she can put it away."

The key to the win, Elliott said, was Texas putting pressure on Nebraska through efficient offense and a dominating block. That was particularly true in the third set, he said.

"We felt if we could get in game three and get close, we could maybe win and they'd make some uncharacteristic errors and they did," he said. "They didn't give us an ace the entire match until that last one. They had some miscommunication and a service error. That's what happens sometimes when you have a team that puts pressure on you."

Nebraska coach John Cook agreed, saying his team couldn't overcome the confident, talented Longhorns.

"They line it up and say, 'Bring it, stop us,'" Cook said. "It's like in football when UCLA is running on our football team, and we can't stop them. That's what it felt like. We couldn't stop them; they were better than what we had tonight. Bailey Webster did the same thing in the national championship last year ... Your flaws come out in a regional final. Our kids saw their flaws come out tonight."

Texas will face Wisconsin in the NCAA semifinals Thursday.

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