In an early preview of what could potentially become a late-round NCAA tournament matchup, the No. 1 Gophers defeated the No. 5 Longhorns 3-1 in Austin, Texas. Playing in four total sets, the scoring remained close in the first three as the Gophers (8-0) won the set one 25-21. Texas (6-2) rebounded in the second set, winning 27-25 after faced with two set points by the Gophers.