For the first time since the 2012 season, Texas volleyball was able to secure the National Championship. Behind the standout efforts of senior Logan Eggleston and redshirt senior Asjia O’Neal, No. 1 ranked Texas was able to pull off the three-set sweep of the one-seed and No. 4 ranked Louisville Cardinals on Dec. 17.
O’Neal and Eggleston were relentless in terms of putting pressure on this Louisville squad from beginning to end in the national title match. Eggleston led the way for the Longhorns with 21 points in the match, along with 19 kills, and seven digs.
Eggleston was also named the Most Outstanding Player for the NCAA Tournament thanks to her standout efforts for the Longhorns the entire way.
O’Neal was also given All-Tournament honors as she was terrific throughout for the Longhorns. In the national title match, O’Neal registered 11.5 points, nine kills, and four digs. O’Neal had a match-best 64.3 attack percentage against Louisville.
Most Outstanding Player Logan Eggleston leads No. 1 Texas volleyball to a National Championship
Texas was thoroughly convincing in this national title match, largely thanks to the standout duo of Eggleston and O’Neal. The Longhorns took the first set of the match by a score of 25-22. The second set win for the Longhorns was the most decisive of the match, taking the win by a margin of 11 points.
The third and final set was the closest between Texas and Louisville. The Cardinals went on a little bit of a run to eventually take the lead late in the third set. But the Longhorns were able to score four straight points to get the 26-24 win to officially secure the national title.
This was the first match sweep for the Longhorns since the second round of the NCAA Tournament on Dec. 2 against the Georgia Bulldogs. Texas won its first six sets of the NCAA Tournament. But the following three matchups in the NCAA Regionals and the semifinals in the Final Four saw Texas win three sets to one in each.
O’Neal, Eggleston, and the Longhorns were thoroughly dominant when it mattered, and it delivered this program its fourth national title in the history of the volleyball program.
The national title match win over the Cardinals on Dec. 17 gives the Longhorns a record of 28-1 (15-1 Big 12) to finish out the 2022 season. It also saw an all-time great college volleyball star in Eggleston end her career on a high note.