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Texas has made climb back to nation's elite

The 2005 outlook for Texas didn't look too bright. But thanks to Brandy Magee and Leticia Armstrong's strong play , the Longhorns have returned to the nation's elite.

Updated: November 2, 2005, 6:24 PM ET
By Dave Reed | Special to ESPN.com

Very few volleyball programs can match the tradition of success enjoyed by the University of Texas.

The Longhorns were the dominant team in the Southwest Conference, winning 14 consecutive conference titles. They also boast 23 NCAA Tournament bids, four appearances in the national semifinals and a national championship in 1988.

But after Mick Haley left Texas for the U.S. national team, the Longhorns slipped out of the national rankings and the national spotlight. The program hit ...

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