Logan Eggleston had accomplished a lot in her Texas volleyball career. But heading into Saturday’s NCAA tournament final, the fifth-year senior still had one glaring hole on her résumé: a national title.
She filled it, leading the Longhorns with 19 kills in a 3-0 sweep of Louisville to take the championship — her first and the program’s first in 10 years.
“To become one of the greats in any sport, you’ve got to win a championship,” Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. “And Logan did that now. So she puts herself on an extremely elite level along with the rest of the players.”
.@loganeggleston_ goes out on top! 🤩The National Player of the Year led @TexasVolleyball to the title with 19 kills. See her top highlights. pic.twitter.com/ur67t5WDII— NCAA Women's Volleyball (@NCAAVolleyball) December 18, 2022
.@loganeggleston_ goes out on top! 🤩The National Player of the Year led @TexasVolleyball to the title with 19 kills. See her top highlights. pic.twitter.com/ur67t5WDII
In 2019, Eggleston and the Longhorns lost in the Sweet 16. The next season, they lost in the championship match. Just a year ago, they fell in the Elite Eight.
This season, though, they put all the pieces together to take the title.
“It’s a lot more fun to not be crying sad tears at the end of the season,” Eggleston said. “We can actually say we won our last game. It feels amazing.”
Texas (28-1) entered the NCAA tournament as the overall No. 1 seed and dominated throughout, all the way through the 25-22, 25-14, 26-24 win against fellow No. 1 seed Louisville in the final.
With that victory, which came in front of a sold-out crowd of 16,952 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, the Longhorns claimed their third NCAA title but first since 2012.
Eggleston was named the most outstanding player of the tournament. The 6-2 outside hitter also was crowned the AVCA national player of the year, becoming the first Texas player to take that honor.