Queen of the Court
As confetti rained down from the ceiling and UT’s fight song filled the air, a sea of burnt orange flooded onto the floor of the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. People were crying. Camera flashes were blinding.
Amid the chaos, Bailey Webster stood in awe. The Texas Longhorns had just won their first NCAA volleyball championship in 25 years. “It’s so surreal,” she kept telling press, family, and friends. “It really is.”
The game’s most outstanding player, UT’s junior outside hitter had a lot to be proud of that December night. After four trips to the Final Four in the last five years, and a heartbreaking five-set loss in the 2009 National Championship match, Webster had finally led her Longhorns to the top with an astounding 14 match kills. Though it was already getting late, head coach Jerritt Elliott encouraged the girls to go out and celebrate their accomplishment, so Webster did: She hopped in the car and went to TGI Fridays with her parents.