No. 2 volleyball secures season-opening sweep at No. 7 Ohio State

Katie Borchetta, Sports Reporter

Texas volleyball, ranked preseason No. 2 by the American Volleyball Coaches Association, beat No. 7 Ohio State in a 3-0 clean sweep Friday night to start off the highly anticipated season with a win.

Star outside hitter Logan Eggleston paced the Longhorns with 15 kills on the night in front of 3,711 fans at the Covelli Center in Columbus, Ohio.

Emotions ran high in front of the packed arena at the start of the match, with an ace and a service error scoring the first two points that could have resulted from first-game nerves. Texas tried building an early lead, but Ohio State quickly closed the gap. Junior opposite hitter Emily Londot and senior outside hitter Gabby Gonzalez teamed up and scored four consecutive points, bringing the first set to 18-16.

The Longhorns remained in the set however, ultimately delivering the final point of the set and taking it 25-21.

While Eggleston didn’t feature much in the first set, her presence showed itself in the next two, as she finished with seven digs, four blocks and two service aces. Texas also outhit the Buckeyes .348 to .175 for the match.

At the start of the second set, the Buckeyes came out swinging in hopes of combatting their loss in the first set. They got out to an early 8-1 lead, yet that didn’t stop the Longhorns from mounting a comeback. Junior opposite hitter Molly Phillips had eight kills in the first two sets alone and sparked a change in intensity for the Longhorns. Texas took the second set 25-22.

The third and final set went back and forth with the Buckeyes and Longhorns each trading scoring advantages. After a play was challenged by Ohio State and ruled in the Buckeyes’ favor, Texas appeared to lose some momentum in the following points. Despite this, the Longhorns managed to keep their lead and won the third and final set 25-22, with Eggleston earning the final point.

Sophomore outside hitter Madisen Skinner finished with nine kills in her first match since transferring from Kentucky in the offseason.

Fresh off the opening night sweep of a Top-10 opponent on the road, the Longhorns will look to make it two in a row Saturday night in the second match of the two-game series at 7 p.m.