Longhorns survive first trip to West Virginia
Aug. 30, 2012
Mallory Majcher, Texas Media Relations
MORGANTOWN, W. Va. -- Junior outside hitter Bailey Webster says that playing in West Virginia was "definitely different, but a fun time."
No. 2 Texas traveled to West Virginia for the first time in history and defeated the Big 12 newcomer in a 3-0 sweep, an experience that was new for all the Longhorns.
"It was fun for the other girls to see how pretty this part of the country is," Webster said. The native from Baltimore, Maryland, appreciated how the team battled the unfamiliarity of the Mountaineers' territory while playing with only one senior and five freshmen.
Webster said this match was a "huge test" for the Longhorns, "but at the end of the day, [they] stuck together, didn't let anything distract [them], and came out with the win."
The "sticking together" mentality will be the foundation for the rest of the season. Webster says that the win in Morgantown and keeping that mindset will "definitely help prepare" the team for future conference matches, including ones with the other Big 12 newcomer, TCU.
"Every team we face will play their best and play lights out when they play against us," Webster says. "At the end of the day, we need to stick together to battle through."
Webster totaled 13 kills while hitting .522 vs. West Virginia. Her teammate, outside hitter Haley Eckerman, led the team in Wednesday's win in kills with 15 while hitting .538.
The Longhorns travel to University Park, Pa. this weekend for the Nike Big Four Volleyball Classic where they will face No. 18 Florida and host No. 4 Penn State.