The Norman Transcript

Sports

December 15, 2012

Oregon, Texas meet in NCAA volleyball final

(Continued)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. —

Elliott’s adjustments while the Longhorns trailed also paid off against the Wolverines, especially after Webster re-entered in the fourth set.

“Mainly, it was focusing on our side of the net and trying to play Texas volleyball,” Webster said. “We had to know that we could play the same way we did in the first game.”

Texas has won its last five matches and now gets a chance to atone for that 2009 final that slipped from their grasp.

“Being here for the third time and not being able to finish it off with a title has been kind of devastating,” McNeal said. “Winning it in my senior year would be awesome.”

Reaching that goal depends on how well Texas handles an Oregon team coming off a huge accomplishment against Penn State.

Facing a 33-2 Nittany Lions team that had lost just one set in the tournament entering Thursday’s semifinal, the Ducks shook off a 25-21, first-set loss and swept the next three — the last two in surprisingly easy fashion.

The second set marked the turning point as Oregon jumped to a 20-10 lead before Penn State rallied with a 14-4 run to tie the set. The Ducks then faced three set points before tying each time and eventually winning the last two for a 30-28 victory.

Oregon trailed just once after that.

“I think they’ve had that all along,” Ducks coach Jim Moore said of his team’s poise. “They’ll do whatever it is, not just physical work. When we lost last year, they knew it wasn’t a physical thing; they knew it was an emotional, mental thing. They worked real hard. That’s the hardest thing to work on in sport.”

Oregon ended up winning most statistical areas as a result. The Ducks topped the Nittany Lions in kills (63-52), digs (80-67) and posted six service aces and just one error.

Text Only | Photo Reprints
Sports
  • 498415327SB20543_Sky_Shock How Paris got her groove back

    TULSA — It looked like it came easily to Courtney Paris. The minute she stepped foot on the campus at the University of Oklahoma in 2005, it seemed she was already an All-American and destroying the competition in the Big 12 and across the ...

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners will have to do the right thing eventually

    Don’t read anything into the non-suspension suspension Oklahoma leveled at true freshman running back Joe Mixon Wednesday....

    July 31, 2014

  • In this case, Sooner fans can rest easy

    OKLAHOMA CITY — The Sooner Caravan ended its summer run at the Jim Thorpe Museum and Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame Wednesday night. OU coach Bob Stoops did not take questions, but one of the major topics was the $370 million renovation to ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Three Tigers competing for quarterback

    While some teams have had questions surrounding the quarterback position in recent years, Norman High has seen relative stability. Thanks to a three-year run by Zach Long followed up by Jakcob Dean’s ascendance last season, the Tigers ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Indians trade Justin Masterson to Cardinals

    CLEVELAND — The Indians had little choice but to give up Justin Masterson. The trade doesn’t mean they’re going to surrender the season....

    July 31, 2014

  • Cowboys sign tackle Smith to 8-year extension

    OXNARD, Calif. — Tyron Smith has a new contract that will probably make him the most important blocker for the next Dallas quarterback after Tony Romo....

    July 31, 2014

  • Quarterback questions abound with big stars gone from SEC offenses

    MONTGOMERY, Ala. — Quarterback battles and signal-caller questions abound in the Southeastern Conference going into preseason camps around the league. Big names, not so much....

    July 31, 2014

  • Jones says Brent out of rehab, NFL question next

    OXNARD, Calif. — Dallas Cowboys owner Jerry Jones says former defensive tackle Josh Brent is out of rehabilitation and could have his future with the NFL resolved before the team leaves training camp in California in two weeks....

    July 31, 2014

  • Ives to crew chief for Dale Jr. in 2015

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — There was no shortage of candidates to replace Steve Letarte as Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s crew chief The list of applicants was long, but Hendrick Motorsports has always liked to groom its own talent. So the organization ...

    July 31, 2014

  • Gustafson wants Gordon’s team focused on Chase

    CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Jeff Gordon viewed his Brickyard 400 win as a turning point for his race team. Confidence had been building with every strong run, but his victory at Indianapolis Motor Speedway pushed his crew to another level. It was ...

    July 31, 2014

Facebook