Texas volleyball team lays groundwork for Class of 2026 recruitment – ​​The Daily Texan

Three aspiring eleventh-grade high school students announced their commitment to the Texas volleyball club over the weekend, continuing the tradition of one of the best teams in the country.

Texas is looking for its next defensive captain, and the Longhorns have already had good experiences with a Midwestern libero named Emma.

Junior libero Emma Halter of Indianapolis, Indiana, has been a starter for the Longhorns since her freshman year and wore the black jersey as a sophomore. When Halter graduates from the McCombs School of Business in 2026, a libero with the same name will come along.

Emma Cugino is from Columbus, Ohio, and committed on Sunday to join the Longhorns in the fall of that year.

Joining Cugino is Henley Anderson, a 6-foot-3 outside hitter from Dripping Springs who is staying close to home. Anderson plays for Austin Performance Volleyball and Dripping Springs High School.

“What Henley is doing is outrageous,” said Anderson’s coach Michael Kane said to the Austin-American Statesman. “She's a unique kid who is very humble and very coachable. How is it possible that she's only 15 and could play for most colleges, if not be a starter? She has such a high level of ability. How good is she? It's going to be scary.”

Anderson, who was named to the 2023 MaxPreps All-American Second Team, announced her commitment a day before Cugino and the third of that trio, Genevieve Harris. Harris was a top recruit for Wisconsin before choosing Texas.

The setter from North Carolina will compete in the continental championships in July alongside her future teammate Anderson as part of the U19 team of the US team.

“Thank you to Coach Elliott, Coach Sullivan and Coach Hunt for believing in me and giving me this incredible opportunity,” Harris wrote in her announcement post. “Without all of this support, I wouldn't be nearly where I am today.”

Current and former Longhorns volleyball stars, including former libero Zoe Fleck, senior outside hitter Jenna Wenaas and sophomore setter Ella Swindle, used their social media accounts to congratulate and welcome each new addition.

It's safe to say that head coach Jerritt Elliott will always find ways to bring in more talent and experience, even if they leave the Forty Acres.

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