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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Bailey Webster had 14 kills, Haley Eckerman added 12 and third-seeded Texas swept Oregon on Saturday night for its first NCAA volleyball championship since 1988.


The Longhorns won 25-11, 26-24, 25-19.


Texas (29-4) has been a recent regular at volleyball's Final Four, making its fourth appearance in five years and playing in its first title game since 2009, when the Longhorns lost to Penn State in five sets after leading 2-0.


This time they took care of business for their second title in four tries, recording their third sweep in the past four matches. When it ended the Longhorns swarmed the court to celebrate, with sophomore middle blocker Khat Bell jumping on coach Jerritt Elliott's back.


I've been in this thing a lot of times and finally we broke through, Elliott said about winning his first title as a coach. This has been a long time coming.


But the Longhorns ended up making quick work of the Ducks by dominating the net, outblocking Oregon 15-1. Texas also outhit the Ducks .438-.202.


Leading the way was Webster, a junior and first-team AVCA All-American outside hitter. She finished with a .500 hitting percentage and helped the Longhorns on defense with four blocks in being voted the tournament's most outstanding player.


Webster was part of a Texas effort that shut down AVCA Division I player of the year Alaina Bergsma, whose nine kills were also matched by nine errors. Many of her attempts were blocked as the Longhorns' defense keyed on her.


All I remember about this match is that we did the whole thing together, Webster said. I really think we won this because we were such a team out there.



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