Former Texas Longhorns Volleyball Star Sends Powerful Messages in NCAA Women of the Year Acceptance Speech

Published 01/11/2024, 10:50 PM EST

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Texas Longhorns has always been under the spotlight for its incredible gameplay and out-of-the-world understanding between players. The team started marking waves in the world of collegiate volleyball after lifting the trophy of National Championship 2023 last year while defeating the top-seeded team, Nebraska Huskers. 

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Along the same lines, Texas Longhorns has again made it to the headlines not for their exceptional play but for one of the former players on the team. The tale of excellence started way back in college days when this unidentified star first joined the Texas Volleyball Team. From then on, she did not miss a single opportunity to show her skills, which made her eligible for the NCAA Women of the Year award. 

Logan Eggleston’s recent accolade that spans beyond sports

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Recently, Texas Longhorns’ former player, Logan Eggleston, held the opportunity to add another feather of accolade to her cap of honors. On Thursday, Eggleston was announced as the Women of the Year at the NCAA Convention during the distribution of the top 30 honors in Phoenix. To share the ecstatic movement with Eggleston’s spectators, NCAA volleyball took it to their official Twitter account and posted a video of her while revealing the news. In the same post, they penned, “Due to playing overseas, @loganeggleston_’s parents accepted her 2023 #NCAAWOTY award and shared that she will be RETURNING to America to play volleyball!

In the same interview video, Eggleston said, “It was such an honor to be nominated… There are so many amazing student-athletes across the country who are going through their own journeys and their own hardships and finding ways to power through, find success and just grow as people.”

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She added, “To be listed alongside some of these amazing student-athletes is incredible, and I’m so honored to have even been considered.” Since Eggleston was busy playing for a tournament overseas, his parents, on her behalf, accepted the honor. 

What was Eggleston’s contribution to volleyball?

The Women of the Year Award was established back in 1991 to recognize talented student-athletes who are graduating and have distinguished themselves from others in athletics, leadership, academics, or community service. Eggleston is the first Texas student-athlete who registered herself in the state’s 33-year history. 

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The major reason for awarding Eggleston with this honor was her contribution to the sports. She began her career as a part of the Texas Longhorns back in 2018, where she made an immediate impact by earning the Big 12 Conference Player of the Year honor. Apart from this, she was All-American five times during her five-year volleyball career. 

In the same interview, she said, “The thing I’m most proud of from my time at Texas is definitely winning a national championship…What I’ve dreamed of since I was super young was going somewhere, making a difference at the school and making an impact on the athletic department. I think my team really had the opportunity to do that, and we did.” 

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Apart from her collegiate volleyball career, she also showed growth in communication. She not only gained experience by listening to different perspectives and opinions of people, but also used her platform to represent the unheard voices of student-athletes. She also spoke on students’ behalf at College Athelete Day, where NCAA National Champions from all divisions were welcomed to the White House. 

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