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Unlike Texas Basketball, Football, Track, And Baseball There Are Very Few Books That Discuss Longhorn volleyball.  I Hope With Time This Site Can Add Some Historical Insight And Tell The Full And Compelling Story Of The Texas volleyball Tradition. 


From Wikipedia

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Champions

1981, 1988, 2012

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Runner Up

1995, 2009, 2015, 2016

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Final Four

1981, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1995, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

AIAW and NCAA Tournament Appearances

1976, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016

Conference Tournament Champions

1992, 1993, 1995

Conference Regular Season Champions

SWC: 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995
Big 12: 1997, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015

Thru 2016 the Longhorns have been invited to 27 out of 30 NCAA sanctioned tournaments.





Demetria Sance

Induction Class of 2007

Sport: Volleyball (1995-99)

Position: Outside Hitter
Inducted: 2007
Hometown: San Antonio, Texas

· Among most prolific players in UT history

· 1995 National Freshman of the Year

· Earned All-America, all-conference and NCAA all-regional honors all four years at UT

· Named to Big 12 "10th Anniversary Team" in 2005

· Was UT's all-time leader in kills, attacks and digs

· Led team to 1997 Big 12 title and 1995 NCAA runner-up finish

· 2000 USA Olympic team member

· Became prep teacher and coach


Destinee Hooker in 2008 and 2009  is a finalist for the Honda Award , and is Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year,  








Destinee Hooker in 2008 and 2009  is a finalist for the Honda Award , and is Volleyball Magazine Player of the Year,  





1974  21-15-3  Coach Pam Lampley pending more info Sharon Koepke

1975  25-20 Coach Cheryl Lyman pending more info

Team finished 8th in the state tournament.

1976  28-19-5 Coach Jody Conradt pending more info

1977   34-19-2 Coach Jody Conradt pending more info

1978   34-16-1  Coach Linda Lowery pending more info

 Coach Linda Lowery  was the first full time volleyball coach at Texas.  With a full time coach the schedule was upgraded.  The Horns show promise but did not make the national tournament. 






1979   33-18-2  Coach Linda Lowery pending more info

The Horn finished 4th at the state tournament but only had a record of 5-7-2 against nationally ranked teams.  

Coach Mick Haley - The creator of the Longhorn Volleyball Universe


1980-1995 Coach Mick Haley

  • NCAA tournament starts in 1982

  • 522-137-1 won loss record 

  • 4- trips to the NCAA semi-finals

  • 6 trips to the NCAA regional final 

  • 4 trips to the Final four

  • 1988 National Champions

  • twice named coach of the year

  • Olympic Coach for the 2000 Summer Games

  • 15 All Americans

  • 95% graduation rate

  • 12 SWC titles

  • 14 years @ Texas

Coach Haley was known for his conditioning drills and his technical techniques .

After the Olympics Coach Haley is hired by USC. A link to their site about Mick Haley is below

1980 - 40-16 Coach Mick Haley

Horns got demolished by the Japanese Sony team, but Texas learned a lot about how to use finesse and deception to win games.  Texas won the SWC championship, but did not qualify for the National meet.  Kim Thomas and Irma Sanchez, setter Sally Schlobohm and Trudie Richards led the way in 1980.



1981-  60-6- Coach Mick Haley - AIAW National Champs

NCAA tournament play does not begin until 1982. The 1981 National Champion Longhorns are crowned by the AIAW - not the NCAA.

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1981 National Champions

The University of Texas women's volleyball program blossomed into a national powerhouse in just two years under head coach Mick Haley. In 1981 Mick Haley leads the Longhorns to a Association for Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national title.

Sally Schlobohm, Jo Beth Palmer, Jenny Hayes, Leslie Lucas and Nell Fortner , Sharon Neugebauer led the Longhorn team.

Four members of this team were recognized as All Americans. Schlobohm and Hayes were named to the AIAW All-America team. Palmer earned All-America distinction in the discus and Sharon Neugebauer as a freshman earned All-America honors as a member of UT's national champion 3,200-meter relay team.  

Katrina Dornseifer was team's MVP for the year.

Sally Schlobohm is the only UT player to win the Broderick National Player of the Year award. She is also a finalist for the Honda Award in 2008 and 2009 .





Three of the Longhorns made the AIAW regional team.   






1982 - 31-15 - Coach Mick Haley  SWC Champs

16th in nation

This team sets the record for total blocks in a season. ( 512)

Longhorns have injuries to overcome this year with Nell Fortner and Katrina Dornseifer lost early in the season. Freshman Laura Neugebauer and Ava Mercer step up to replace them for the year. 

The largest crowd to ever see a Longhorn volleyball game occurred against Texas A & M .  3000 fans attend the game. 

Team wins the SWC and is invited to the NCAA as a 13th seed  losing to 4th seed Stanford.  Volleyball fan base is starting to grow as the teams get better. 

Sharon Neugebauer holds the career record for solo blocks (279), season record for solo blocks (129) and total blocks (241)

Lisa Denker holds the season record at Texas for service aces (100)


1983- 33-9-- Coach Mick Haley


7th in nation

Eva Murray is an All American and sets a Season record for assists (1596)


This team has the Longhorn record for Aces (424)





Diane Watson induction speech starts at the 2:17 minute mark of video


1984 - 32-7- Coach Mick Haley

9th in the nation

This team sets the Longhorn season record for kills (2187)

1985 - 26-6-- Coach Mick Haley

9th in the nation





Reach the regionals beat Texas A & M but lost to UCLA.  Neugebauer, Watson, and Murray made the regional all tournament team. 








1986 - 29-6-- Coach Mick Haley First time to final 4 pending

Texas in Final 4 for the first time. 


1987 - 25-10  Coach Haley - Final 4 appearance

Team only returns 2 starters from last year’s final 4 team. Pacific beat them again and then UCLA did the same. Horns win 33 conference games and a 6th consecutive SWC. Haley says this team is one of his best because their training, skills, and eating habits.

Final 4  Appearance

1988 - 34-5 pending Coach Haley National Champions

First non-Pacific volleyball team to win the Final four. Dawn Davenport is first team All-American. Katie Salen and Sue Schelfhout make the all tournament team. Dagmara Szyszczak breaks a record for digs and Dawn Davenport sets a school record of .322 hitting percentage.

This team holds the season record for digs (2449), sweeps in a season (26), and Big 12 winning streak (44).

This team is the first team in Division I Volleyball to defeat every opponent in the the NCAA tournament 3-0.

1989 - 27-10- Coach Mick Haley pending 5th in nation

This team holds the Longhorn season record for Assists (1859)

1990 - 31-4  Coach Mick Haley Runner up in the NCAA championship

Lost 4 senior starters to injury during the season but still won the SWC. Lost to Hawaii and UCLa during the regular season. Dagmara Szyszczak makes the all tournament team in the UCLA tournament. Made the NCAA regionals but loses to UT-Arlington Mavericks in regionals.

Team starts starts strong wins 26 games in a row and wins SWC but is surprised by LSU in the NCAA finals.







7th in the nation 

This team holds the Longhorn  record for longest  winning streak (26)

1991  - 20-10- Coach Mick Haley pending 11th in the nation

Donna Lopiano says that “Mick Haley is one of the best technicians in the field.” “His real gift is understanding the technical aspect of the game to make the team superior.” In 1991 Nikki Busch is an All American and SWC player of the year. Janine Gremmel is the 3rd leading attacker in Longhorn history. Haley says there are 4 tenets to volleyball success- depth, leadership, schedule, and fans.

Horns lose to Florida in the semifinals of the NCAA South Regional finals.

1992  - 29-6- Coach Mick Haley Runner up to Florida for the National Championship

Mick Haley wins his 400 victory at Texas on Oct. 7th beating Texas A & M. Horns make their 11th consecutive appearance in the NCAA and win their 11th consecutive SWC championship. Katy Jameyson is SWC player of the year. Errica Hibben makes the All-Conference team and Heather Pfluger makes the all-SWC academic team.



10th in the nation



Errica Hibben holds the Longhorn career record for total blocks (531) and block assists (414)












1993  - 31-3- Coach Mick Haley 2nd in the nation

Jameson writes Coach Haley and said she wants to be a Longhorn. Carrie Bush says that Haley will push you to the edge but only because he knows you can do it. Katy Jameson missed some of the year with iron deficiency. Nikki and Carrie Bush are siblings on Haley’s team and both make major contributions to the team.

Katy Jameyson  is a finalist for the Honda Award.


1994 - 23-10 - Coach Mick Haley pending

24th in the nation


1995 - 28-7- Coach Mick Haley pending

Runner Up in NCAA tournament


Demetria Sance is the first Texas Volley player named as National Freshman of the Year. She sets 21 school records. 



1996 - 23-7- Coach Mick Haley pending

11th in the nation

Texas and Nebraska break the Longhorn volleyball attendance record in Ausitn. ( 6,385) 



Coach Jim Moore - A Bright Star for a Brief Moment


1997-2000- Coach Jim Moore pending

  • 84-38 record

  • Made the NCAA tournament 3 of 4 years

  • Big 12 Champion

  • 4 years @ Texas

Coach Moore

Coach Moore

1997 - 25-7- - Coach Jim Moore pending ranked 10th in the nation








1998 - 27-5 - Coach Jim Moore pending 8th ranked

The remodel of Gregory gym is completed

1999- 22-8- Coach Jim Moore pending ranked 18th


 Aldrich is not only a three-time NCAA champion in the high jump but also an All-America middle blocker for Texas's No. 12-ranked volleyball team.

"I'm convinced Erin could be the best volleyball player who has ever played in this country," says Texas coach Jim Moore. "She's so good already, and she only does it four or five months a year. She has gifts for volleyball that no one has ever had."

However Aldrich says she enjoys individual sports (high jump) more than team sports. In Sports Illustrated Erin is quoted as saying "I find myself in volleyball being so focused on what I need to do, and a little bit closed off from my teammates." She says about the volleyball team "Our biggest problem is holding each other accountable. " Aldrich says. "If somebody makes a bad play, we don't look at her and say, 'You need to get that ball.' Instead we're like 'O.K., guys, we'll do better.' We are so nice to each other, I can't believe it. It's just crazy how cohesive we are. We are way too cohesive."

Many who know Erin say they have never met anyone as competitive as her." Her years as a Longhorn were focused on school and competing. There was little time for socializing with her agenda and goals. Sports were the focus of her life, and she confirmed that statement in 1999 when she said "I do believe and hope that I can hold the world record in the high jump."

2000- 10-18 - Coach Jim Moore pending

Not ranked for first time since 1982


Coach Jerritt Elliot - The Bloom is on!

Coach was the right hire at the right time in Longhorn Volleyball history.

His decision to incorporate the best from the past into the best of the present helped build a dynasty.



2001 to present Coach Jerritt Elliott

  • 408-82 Record 

  • 3 second round finishes in NCAA tournament

  • 1 regional semi-final finish in NCAA tournament

  • 3 regional final finishs NCAA tournament

  • 5 final four appearances NCAA tournament

  • 1 national Championship (2012) in NCAA tournament

  • 3 runner-up finishs NCAA tournament

  • As of 2016 Coach Elliott's teams have been to the NCAA tournament 14 of 15 years

2001- 17-14 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Not ranked

2002- 23-9 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Not ranked

2003 - 15-14 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

2004 - 26-5 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Ranked 11th in the nation

Mira Topic holds the Longhorn career record for kills (2,226), service aces (185), and points (2468. She holds the season record for points (672). 

Lauren Galler is the team Academic MVP. (No pictures)

2005 - 24-5 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Ranked 16th in the nation

2006 - 24-7 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Ranked 7th in the nation



2007 - 27-4 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Ranked 6th in the nation

Michelle Moriarty holds the career record for assists (5819)and she was team Academic MVP in 2006.

2008 - 29-4 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

Final 4

Rachel Adams holds the career Longhorn record for hitting percentage (.431)

Heather Kisner holds the Longhorn season record for digs (488)

2009 - 29-2 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending runner-up to national champions

Runner- up for National Championship

Destinee Hooker  is a finalist for the Honda Award 2008 and 2009


2010 - 27-6 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending makes final 4



Juliann Faucett is a finalist for the Honda Award  and 2007 AVCA National Freshman of the year.


2011 - 25-5 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending 4th in the nation


2012 - 29-4 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending national champions

Women take torch at the 2:26 marke

Season Attendance sets a record at Gregory Gym- 52,850



Haley Ackerman is a finalist for the Honda Award. 









2013 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending








2014 Coach Jerritt Elliott content Pending

The History of Longhorn Volleyball stops in 2014. Historical information will be added in the future.  


Runner-up for National Championship


2016 Longhorn olympians representing the USA