LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Minutes after top-seeded Texas swept Nebraska to earn a chance to go to Seattle and defend its NCAA Volleyball championship, Longhorns coach Jerritt Elliott thanked Texas football coach Mack Brown.
"It's been an emotional day," Elliott said Saturday, a few hours after Brown resigned. "Most importantly, I want to make sure I thank Mack Brown. Mack Brown was a big part of this program. He helped many of my players including Bailey (Webster) to be a part of this. He's made the brand of Texas what it is. He's been a mentor to me and so special. Our program's where it's at because he had a big piece in that."
Texas downed eighth-seeded Nebraska 25-19, 25-22 and 25-23, the first sweep of Nebraska at home since 1989 and only the fourth sweep of the Huskers ever in Lincoln.
"They came out and showed why they are the national champions," Nebraska's Kadie Rolfzen said. "Them being so physical and being so athletic was hard for us. We made adjustments where we needed to, but their better was just better than our better tonight."
The Longhorns (27-2) dominated the first set, opening up a 6-1 lead and never letting up as Nebraska (26-7) hit just .106 against the strong Longhorn defense. The second set was tight, but Texas outscored Nebraska 5-2 after a 20-20 tie, taking the win on a Bailey Webster block.
Texas trailed for much of the third set but pulled ahead 18-17 on a pair of service aces by Amy Neal and clinched the win on two Webster kills that made the score 24-22.
Webster finished the game with 12 kills and no errors, coming through repeatedly when Texas went out of system and was forced to scramble in long rallies.