Michigan, Penn State Fall Short in National Semifinals




Dec. 13, 2012

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No. 1 Penn State Bounced by No. 5 Oregon in NCAA Semifinal Tilt

The top-seeded Penn State volleyball team fell to No. 5 Oregon in four sets (25-21, 28-30, 22-25, 19-25) at the KFC Yum! Center on Thursday. The Nittany Lions secured the first set, but Oregon won the next three en route to the national championship match. Oregon will face No. 3 Texas on Saturday at 7 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

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Michigan Falls to No. 3 Texas in National Semifinals

Junior Lexi Erwin had 26 kills on 87 swings, and the University of Michigan volleyball team won sets two and three against No. 3 Texas, but the Longhorns had a strong start and finish in the fifth and deciding set to win, 3-2, on Thursday (Dec. 13) in the NCAA Tournament national semifinal in front of 13,385 fans at the KFC Yum! Center. Set scores were 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 25-12 and 15-11.

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Michigan and Penn State are set to compete in the NCAA Championship semifinals today after winning their respective regionals. The Wolverines swept Michigan State and upset No. 2 seed Stanford, 3-1, to take the Berkeley Regional, while No. 1 Penn State swept No. 16 Kentucky and took down No. 8 Minnesota in four sets to secure the West Lafayette Regional. Thursday's first semifinal features the Wolverines taking on No. 3 Texas at 7 p.m. ET, while the Nittany Lions and No. 5 Oregon follow at 9 p.m. Both semifinal matches, along with the national championship match, can be seen live on ESPN2 and ESPN3.com.


Michigan Upends No. 2 Stanford in Regional Final

The University of Michigan volleyball team clinched the program's first-ever NCAA Final Four appearance with a 20-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20 upset win over No. 2 Stanford on Saturday night (Dec. 8) at Haas Pavilion. The triumph marks U-M's third NCAA Tournament victory over a top-six ranked Cardinal squad in the past four seasons.

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Huskers Start Strong but Fall to Oregon

The fifth-seeded Oregon Ducks advanced to the first NCAA Semifinals in school history, rallying from a slow start to post a 3-1 victory over the fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team in front of 9,382 fans at the CenturyLink Center. The Huskers dominated the first set of the regional final in a 25-15 victory, but the Ducks won the next three sets, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17.

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No. 1 Penn State Advances to National Semifinals with 3-1 Win Against No. 8 Minnesota

The No. 1 seed Penn State women's volleyball team (33-2) advanced to the NCAA Women's Volleyball National Semifinals with a 3-1 (25-19, 19-25, 26-24, 25-20) win against eighth-seeded Minnesota. The Nittany Lions have advanced to the National Semifinals five times in the last six seasons.

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Wolverines Defeat Michigan State to Reach NCAA Regional Final

The University of Michigan volleyball team blew past Michigan State in three sets (25-16, 26-24, 26-24) on Friday night (Dec. 7), clinching its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. U-M will face second-ranked Stanford in the regional final Saturday (Dec. 8) at 8:30 p.m. PST at Haas Pavilion.

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Nebraska Sweeps Washington to Advance to Regional Final

The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team handed No. 13 seed Washington its only sweep of the season, defeating the Huskies 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 in front of 8,954 fans at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha on Friday in an NCAA Regional Semifinal.

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Gophers Move to Elite Eight With a Four-Set Win Over Purdue

The University of Minnesota volleyball team advanced to the Elite Eight as the Golden Gophers defeated host Purdue in four sets, tonight in West Lafayette, Ind. The Gophers (27-7) fell in the first set, 23-25, but came back and won the next three, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21. Minnesota plays No. 1 seed Penn State tomorrow at 4 pm ET, 3 p.m CT and will be televised on ESPNU.

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No. 1 Penn State Sweeps No. 16 Kentucky, Advances to Regional Championship

The No. 1 Penn State women's volleyball team (32-2) earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-12) win against No. 16 seed Kentucky in the NCAA Regional Semifinal hosted by Purdue University. The Nittany Lions play in the regional championship on Saturday, Dec. 8 at 4 p.m. against No. 8 Minnesota.

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Big Ten teams are set to compete in NCAA Championship regionals today, with six squads advancing to the tournament's Sweet 16 for the third consecutive season. The six regional qualifying teams also marks the most of any conference. The West Lafayette Regional features three conference teams, as No. 1 Penn State takes on No. 16 Kentucky at 5 p.m. ET, and No. 8 Minnesota plays Purdue at 7 p.m. No. 4 seed Nebraska plays No. 13 Washington in the Omaha Regional at 7 p.m., while Michigan squares off against Michigan State in the Berkeley Regional at 8 p.m. All four Big Ten regional semifinal contests will be streamed live on ESPN3.com, while the regional finals can be seen live on ESPNU and ESPN3.com.


Michigan State Stuns Defending National Champ UCLA, 3-1

Michigan State (25-9) beat defending National Champion UCLA (23-8) 3-1 on Saturday night at Pauley Pavilion. The Spartans advanced to the Sweet 16 by topping the Bruins by scores of 25-17, 29-27, 18-25 and 25-22. Lauren Wicinski paced MSU with 23 kills on the night and Kori Moster notched 28 digs for MSU. Taylor Galloway recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 11 kills and 11 digs.

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Minnesota Punches Ticket to the Sweet 16 With Four-Set Win Over Creighton

The University of Minnesota women's volleyball team fought back from a 0-1 deficit to defeat Creighton, 3-1 in the Second Round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship tournament, tonight at the Sports Pavilion.

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Penn State Advances to Regional Semifinal with Sweep of Bowling Green

The No. 1 seed Penn State women's volleyball team (31-2) earned a spot in the NCAA Regional Semifinals of the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a 3-0 (25-15, 25-12, 25-15) sweep of Bowling Green (22-11).

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Buckeyes Conclude Season with 3-1 Loss to 16th-Seeded Kentucky

The Ohio State women's volleyball team closed out the 2012 season with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 15-25, 18-25) loss to 16th-seeded Kentucky in the second round of the NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament Saturday night in Memorial Coliseum on the University of Kentucky campus.

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Boilers Sweet 16 Bound with Five-Set Win Over Florida State

Purdue (23-10) won a five-set thriller over No. 9 seed Florida State, coming from behind in the final set to secure a spot in the Sweet 16 and a regional played at home in Mackey Arena. The 25-20, 21-25, 25-21, 23-25, 15-11 win gave Purdue its sixth Sweet 16 berth in the last eight seasons.

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Five Big Ten volleyball teams compete in second-round action today, beginning with Purdue taking on No. 9 Florida State at 4:30 p.m. ET. At 7 p.m., Ohio State matches up against No. 16 Kentucky, and No. 8 Minnesota hosts Creighton. No. 1 seed Penn State hosts Bowling Green at 7:30 p.m. and Michigan State takes on No. 7 UCLA at 10 p.m.


Michigan State Takes Down San Diego, Advances to Second Round

Michigan State (24-9) took down San Diego (21-7) in five sets on Friday night at Pauley Pavilion in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

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Huskers Top Panthers, Advance to Omaha Regional

The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team (25-6) closed out the Northern Iowa Panthers in a 3-0 sweep (25-21, 25-16, 25-21) on Friday night at the NU Coliseum to punch its ticket to the Omaha Regional next weekend.

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No. 1 Penn State Defeats Binghamton, 3-0

The No. 1 seed Penn State women's volleyball team (30-2) advanced to the NCAA Second Round with a 3-0 (25-11, 25-3, 25-9) win against Binghamton (13-18). The Nittany Lions face Bowling Green on Saturday, Dec. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in Rec Hall. Bowling Green defeated Yale in the other First Round match, 3-2.

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Minnesota Advances to NCAA Second Round with 3-0 Defeat of Liberty

The Minnesota Golden Gophers defeated the Liberty Lady Flames, 25-21, 25-10, 34-32, tonight in the First Round of the 2012 NCAA Volleyball Championship Tournament at the Sports Pavilion.

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Wolverines Upset No. 10 Louisville in NCAA Second Round

Michigan will play in the NCAA Sweet 16 for the second straight season after knocking off No. 10 Louisville in four sets (25-15, 22-25, 25-22, 27-25) on Friday (Nov. 30) at the KFC Yum! Center.

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Buckeyes Sweep Notre Dame in NCAA First Round, 3-0

The Ohio State women's volleyball team opened the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball Tournament with a 3-0 (25-16, 25-21, 25-17) win over Notre Dame on Friday in Lexington, Ky. With the win, Ohio State improved to 23-10 overall and 13-2 in NCAA first round matches.

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Purdue Advances To NCAA Second Round with Sweep of Colorado State

The No. 22 Boilermakers advanced to the NCAA Second Round for the eighth time in the last nine season with 3-0 sweep of Colorado State Friday afternoon. Purdue won the match 25-20, 25-18, 25-19, while dominating the Rams in nearly every facet of the match.

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Seven First- and Second-Round Matches Slated for Friday

All seven Big Ten teams participating in the NCAA Championship compete in first- or second-round matches on Friday. Five teams open tournament play with matches on Friday, while two others continue their run with second-round contests. Purdue opens tonight's slate with its opening-round tilt against Colorado State at 4:30 p.m. ET. Ohio State follows with its first-round contest against Notre Dame at 5 p.m., while Michigan-No. 10 Louisville, No. 8 Minnesota-Liberty and No. 1 Penn State-Binghamton are each set for 7:30 p.m. Fourth-seeded Nebraska hosts Northern Iowa in the second round at 8 p.m., while Michigan State takes on San Diego at 8:30 p.m. in an opening-round matchup.


Huskers Sweep UMES to Advance to Second Round

The Nebraska volleyball team opened the 2012 NCAA Tournament with a dominating performance, never trailing in a straight-set victory over Maryland Eastern-Shore (25-14, 25-10, 25-18) on Thursday night in front of a sold-out NU Coliseum.

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Michigan Puts Away Lady Vols in Five to Reach NCAA Second Round

The University of Michigan volleyball team went down to the wire with Tennessee in the opening round of the NCAA Tournament on Thursday (Nov. 29) but pulled out a five-set win (25-22, 25-17, 22-25, 19-25, 15-10) to advance at the KFC Yum! Center.

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The first round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship is underway, with Michigan and Nebraska set to compete in the tournament's opening round. The Wolverines take on Tennessee at 5 p.m. ET in Louisville, Ky., while the fourth-seeded Huskers host Maryland Eastern-Shore at 8 p.m. The other five competing Big Ten teams open tournament play on Friday.