Division I Women Volleyball championship semi-finals are all set to take place as No. 1 Texas will take on No. 3 San Diego in the first semi-final. The game will kick-off at 7:00 pm ET on December 15 and will be live broadcast in the country on ESPN with Courtney Lyle, Holly McPeak as Analyst and Katie George on the call.
Date: Thursday, December 15, 2022
Start Time: 7 p.m. ET
Venue: CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska
TV Channel: ESPN
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NCAA DI Women’s Volleyball Semifinal: San Diego vs Texas Preview
No. 1 Texas holds a 5-1 record against their opponent San Diego, but it’s their first postseason meeting. Texas had won the first five-straight series before the Toreros won their first match-up against them in 2002.
However, the last time both teams faced each other, Texas beat them in the 2021 season opener in Austin. On the August 27, 2021, match, nine current San Diego players featured in the game, and four current Texas players played.
NCAA Tournament Talk
Texas is appearing in its 14th NCAA National Semifinal, 10th in the last 15 seasons. In this 39th NCAA program Tournament, the Longhorns have a 108-36 record.
Out of the previous 13 NCAA Semifinals outings, Texas has progressed to eight National Championship matches. In program history, Texas has won a total of three National Championships.
Final Four Appearances
Texas has the most appearances in the Final Four throughout the last 15 seasons. As mentioned above, it’s their 10th appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals 2008.
After them, the second team on the list to make the most appearances in the Final Four in that specific duration is Pennsylvania state, which has made seven appearances in the last 15 seasons, with the Nittany Lions’ appearing in the Final Four in 2017 last time.
With the 2022 Big 12 title being their 15th, and including their 13 Southwest Conference Championship titles, they’ve won a total of 28 Conference Championships.
It’s worth mentioning that their latest title, the 2022 Big 12, was their record sixth-straight Championship title in Texas. Moreover, they have won or shared 11 of the previous 12 league championships and 14 of the last 16.
BIG 12 AWARD WINNERS
Texas maintained their brilliant record of having their player winning the League’s Player of the Year award, as they’ve achieved this feat in 12 of the previous 14 years.
This year, Logan Eggleston received the Big 12 Player of the Year award for the third-consecutive season and joined Texas great Haley Eckerman, who won this award from 2012-14.
Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres became the Big 12 Setter of the Year, while Zoe Fleck also won her third-straight League’s Libero of the Year award after winning in 2020 and 2021. Moreover, Coach Jerritt Elliott won the Coach of the Year award for the ninth time.
The Fleck Effect
Zoe Fleck has played a huge role this season. She started every match at Libero and averaged 4.38 digs per set. She became Defensive Player of the Year award of the Week three times this season before being named Big 12 Libero of the Year.
She is the only player with an average of 4-plus digs per set since Cat McCoy set a program record with 4.41 in 2017. Latter finished as Longhorns’ all-time career digs leader and was named Honorable Mention All-American in 2017.
It was Saige Ka’aha’aina-Torres’s first season as Texas’s starting settee, and she was named the Big 12 Setter of the Year. She quarterbacked the Texas offence at .339, the nation’s top hitting percentage. M
At 13.48, she registered the sixth-most assists per set in the country and the eighth-most kills per set with 14.37. She ranks first in the Big 12 and ninth in the country with 11.30 assists per set.
Brilliant Home Court Record
Texas won the last 11 of their 12 Big 12 Championship wins at home. In the previous 13 seasons, the Longhorns have produced a 197-12 (.943) record on home court and have gone 105-1 in home league matches.
Since 2010, their only home Big 12 loss came against Oklahoma 2010 on October 25, 2014, and they have won 66 straight home matches in Big 12 play and have only dropped a total of 17 sets.
Recent Brilliant Form
Before this, San Diego progressed to the NCAA Tournament’s Regional Semifinal in 2004, 2006, 2013, and 2018 but never managed to advance from there under Jennifer Petrie, their head coach who helped San Diego to move to the NCAA Tournament in every single of previous 13 seasons (total of 21) with a 478-164 (.744) record.
They’re making an NCAA Tournament appearance for the 26th time. They have progressed to the postseason 25 times in the previous 27 years and are 25-25 all-time in NCAA Tournament.
Historic Run Continues
They’re coming to this match with 28 matches winning streak under their belt, which is the longest in program history and the longest active streak in NCAA Division I.
They broke their previous mark of 19 wins they set twice in 1997 and 2004 by beating Saint Mary’s on November 10.
How Sweep It Is
San Diego has swept 20 of their last 32 matches in 2022, including sweeps in 13 of 18 WCC matches. Only ten teams (No. 6 Pitt, No. 3 Louisville, Utah, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, Pepperdine, No. 18 BYU, Northern Colorado, No. 24 Washington State, and No. 5 Stanford) have managed to take a set from them in 2022.
Toreros clinched their 12th West Coast Conference Championship in program history on November 19 as they beat Pepperdine by 3-1 at the Firestone Fieldhouse, their first WCC trophy since 2019.
What TV Channel the DI Women’s Volleyball Semifinal Game is on?
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Semifinal between Texas and San Diego will be televised by ESPN in the United States. Fans in the United States can tune in to ESPN to watch San Diego vs Texas women’s volleyball semifinal game live on TV.
Date, Start Time and Venue
The NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament Semifinal between San Diego and Texas is schedules to play on Thursday, December 15 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The game is schedules to start at 7 p.m. ET.
How to watch San Diego Toreros vs Texas Longhorns Women’s Volleyball Semifinal Live Online?
The WatchESPN app and ESPN+ is the best option to watch San Diego vs Texas Women’s Semifinal Volleyball live online. Both service will have live streaming coverage in the United States. Unfortunately both requires a Cable or providers account to authenticate. For fans who want to go without a cable, follow the guides below.
For those who don’t have a cable, can watch Texas vs San Diego volleyball semifinal live online on an OTT service which offers ESPN in their channel list. Most OTTs in the United States offers ESPN streaming and fuboTV, Sling, Hulu, YouTube TV are the most recommended.
Record Heading to Semifinal
Texas Longhorns women’s volleyball (28-10) was the country’s last remaining unbeaten team before they fell in five sets at Iowa State and snapped a 20-match winning streak started last season.
On the other hand, San Diego Toreros Women’s Volleyball (31-1-0) defeated the Cardinal 19-25, 25-22, 19-25, 25-23, and 15-9 and progressed to their first NCAA Final Four appearance in program history.