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Volleyball game between the Texas Longhorns and Washington State Cougars at Gregory Gymnasium in Austin, Texas on September 15, 2023. (Photo: Ralph Arvesen)

No. 6 Texas Volleyball dropped a tough four-set match to No. 11 Washington State, 25-21, 22-25, 22-25, 22-25, on Friday night at Gregory Gym. The Longhorns (5-3) had a season-high 17 total blocks, led by Asjia O'Neal who had a career-high 13 blocks. O'Neal's block performance was the most for a Longhorn in a single match since 1998.

Jenna Wenaas led Texas with 16 kills, while Madisen Skinner finished with 14 kills. O'Neal had five kills, in addition to her 13 blocks. Ella Swindle had 39 assists and 17 digs for her second double-double of the season. Emma Halter led the team with 21 digs and added two assists and one ace.

The Longhorns started a little slow and trailed 6-2 in the first set before coming back to tie it 8-8. The teams went back-and-forth before the Cougars grabbed a 19-17 lead late. Texas stormed back with an 8-2 run to close out the first set 25-21 in exciting fashion.

Texas got out to a huge 18-11 lead in the second set before Washington State used a 12-2 run to pull ahead and take the set 25-22. The third set was back-and-forth throughout with the teams tied late at 21. The Cougars closed the set on a 4-1 run to win it 25-22 and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth and final set was very similar to the third, as the teams were tied at 21 before Washington State pulled out the win. Texas will turn its attention to Big 12 play, starting on the road at Oklahoma on September 22 at 6 p.m. and September 23 at 6 p.m. (Source: UT Athletics)

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