Every team has off nights, but the good ones are able to push through and come out with a win. That’s exactly what the Longhorns did Saturday, downing Kansas 3-2 (25-20, 18-25, 25-19, 16-25, 15-8).
The Jayhawks (13-12, 1-11 Big 12) are perhaps the weakest team that the No. 9 Longhorns (16-4, 9-1) will face in conference play this year. But Texas weathered the assault from the Jayhawks, as the two teams traded sets back in forth throughout the game.
It ended up coming down to the fifth and final set to decide the match, and the Longhorns came up strong in the clutch.
Texas got out to a quick 4-1 lead in the final set and never relinquished the lead. The game was ultimately sealed on a Bailey Webster block. Webster was the Longhorns best player throughout the game, connecting on 17 kills and a .306 hitting percentage.
Printed on Novemeber 7, 2011: Horns defeat Jayhawks, escape upset in five sets