Last season, the Texas Longhorns were without a star athlete in middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogu due to academic issues.
In her first three seasons with the Longhorns, Ogbogu hammered down 674 kills on a .405 hitting percentage. Ogbogu was also named as a two-time All-American. She will be one of four seniors on the 2017 roster who will try and emulate the success of the 2016 team that advanced to the national title game in December. Ogobogu re-joins a middle blocking rotation that’s one of the best in the nation, including incoming freshman Brionne Butler, who is already on campus.
The six months away from the sport of volleyball has been a struggle for Ogbogu, but it has helped her to figure out what she wants to do with the rest of her life and where she wants to take her volleyball career. The time away has also taught her patience, as an impatient person, she took the step back to realize that not everything happens all at once.
“It’s been a struggle but also a very good growing process, I made some mistakes, but I was able to able to learn and grow from them with the help from my family, teammates and the coaching staff,” said Ogbogu.
The last two seasons the Longhorns were able to reach the finals of the NCAA tournament, but were not able to execute and win, as their last time came in 2012 over Oregon. This season, a stunning performance by Stanford took Texas’ chance of a title away. Ogbogo is looking to get things started this season with the hopes of taking the coveted NCAA championship.
“I’m excited to be back in the grind of it,” expressed Ogbogu.