By Cindy Luis
Texas was pretty impressive today, sweeping Oregon 25-11, 26-24, 25-19. Think all the final four experience the Longhoorns had over the past few years played a big part, especially at the end of Set 2 where they outscored the Ducks 5-1.
Rather interesting that the all-tournament team had five Texas players, 2 from Oregon, 1 from Michigan and none from Penn State
Junior libero Sarah Palmer (HBA) hadd 11 digs out of 33. Freshman DS Kat Brooks (Punahou) with 4 digs, 1 SE.
Texas with 15 blocks but more impressive was their hitting .438 with just 4 hitting errors the whole match. 11-1-25 Set 1, 19-2-33 in Set 2, 13-1-31 Set 3.
First title for Texas since defeating Hawaii in 1988 in Minneapolis. A chilly night that Gov. Waihee attended. Wahine gathered after to sing Christmas carols in the hotel lobby. Particularly remember Martina Cincerova and her dad singing. The Texas players came down as well.
A different time and era. I remember UT’s Dawn Davenport asking Coach Mick Haley if Texas would light the tower for their national championship. He said yes.
It is a big deal to have the Texas Tower lighted up in burnt orange. usually reserved for the men’s teams. Texas wasn’t too far removed from being one of the last holdouts for their women’s athletic department, which was separate from the men’s, to join the NCAA. As late as 1981, Texas was in the AIAW where their women’s athletic director Donna de Varona was AIAW president. Interestingly, de Varona beat out UH’s Donnis Thompson for the presidency. De Varona was the final AIAW prez.