Penn State Wins Fourth Straight Championship With 3-0 Sweep of California
Penn State once again staked its claim as national champions after winning the NCAA Championship final with a 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-20) victory over California. Three Nittany Lions finished with double-digit kills, led by senior Blair Brown's 18 kills, supported by Deja McClendon's 16 spikes and Arielle Wilson's 12. Brown chipped in 10 digs and four blocks as Penn State extended its NCAA Championship winning streak to 24 matches. Offensively, the Nittany Lions hit .276 on the night, while their defense held California to .182 hitting. Overall, it is Penn State's fifth national championship and lost just one set during the 2010 postseason.
Penn State To Face Cal in National Championship Match
Fourth-seeded Penn State looks for its fourth straight championship when if faces California in the NCAA Championship final tonight at 8:30 p.m. ET. The match will be televised live by ESPN2. The Nittany Lions eye their fifth title in program history and look to extend their NCAA Championship-record winning streak to 24 matches.
Penn State Advances to National Championship Match With Sweep Over Texas
With a 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-22) sweep over Texas, Penn State advanced to the national championship match for the fourth straight season. The Nittany Lions will face the winner of California-Southern California on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET on ESPN2. Penn State hit .365 on the night and had three players finish with 10 or more kills, highlighted by freshman Deja McClendon's 11 kills on .733 hitting. Defensively, the Nittany Lion defense held Texas to just .131 hitting and had 19 blocks as the Nittany Lions extended their NCAA Championship-record winning streak to 23 matches.
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Penn State Takes on Texas in NCAA Championship Semifinal on Thursday Night
Looking for its fourth straight national championship and fifth overall, fourth-seeded Penn State will take on No. 9 Texas in the national semifinals tonight at 7 p.m. ET. The winner of the first semifinal will take on the winner of Thursday's second semifinal, California and Southern California, in the national championship match on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. ET. Both national semifinals and the national championship matches will be televised live on ESPN2 and streamed online at ESPN3.com. The Nittany Lions have won 22 straight postseason contests, an NCAA record.
Purdue Falls in Austin Regional Final to Texas
The No. 16 seed Purdue Boilermakers fell in a hard-fought four-set match to the host team and eighth-seeded Texas Longhorns, 3-1 (25-18, 16-25, 15-25, 25-27) in the Austin Regional final on Saturday. Purdue ended its season with a 24-11 record, having advanced to the regional finals for the first time in the current tournament format. Ariel Turner finished the night with 23 kills and 11 digs.
Penn State Advances to National Semifinals With Victory Over Duke
Fourth-seeded Penn State advanced to its fourth-straight national semifinal after a 3-1 (25-19, 25-19, 23-25, 25-17) over the 12th-seeded Duke Blue Devils in the University Park Regional final. The three-time defending champion Nittany Lions were paced by freshman Deja McClendon's 20 kills, supported by Blair Brown's 16 kills and Arielle Wilson's 12 spikes. Defensively, Penn State held Duke to just .135 hitting and finished with 31 blocks to send the Nittany Lions to the national semifinals.
Penn State, Purdue Compete for National Semifinal Berths in Saturday's Regional Finals
Fourth-seeded Penn State and No. 16 Purdue take part in their respective regional finals on Saturday night. The Nittany Lions take on No. 12 Duke in the University Park Regional final at 6:30 p.m. ET, while the Boilermakers will battle ninth-seeded Texas at 9 p.m. ET. Both matches can be seen live on ESPNU.
Purdue Sweeps Top-Seed Florida to Advance to Austin Regional Final
Purdue outlasted Florida in the first set and never looked back as the Boilermakers earned a three-set sweep over the top-seeded team in this year's bracket, 3-0 (28-26, 25-15, 25-19). Purdue attacked at a .327 clip and was paced by Ariel Turner's 18 kills. Defensively, Purdue held the Gators to just .122 hitting while Katie Griffin and Emily Ehlers posted 16 and 15 digs, respectively. The Boilermakers advanced to Austin Regional final, where they'll face Texas with a trip to the national semifinals at stake.
Illinois Drops Five-Set Heartbreaker to Texas in Round of 16
Eighth-seeded Illinois and ninth-seeded Texas needed five sets to determine the winner, with Illinois dropping a tough 3-2 (25-19, 24-26, 25-18, 14-25, 11-15) match to the host Longhorns. Led by Jazmine Orozco's 21 kills, three Illini players finished with 16 or more spikes to lead the Illinois offense. Illinois wrapped its season with a 24-9 record.
Minnesota Ends Season Following Loss to California in Round of 16
Minnesota's 2010 season came to an end on Friday night with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-23, 25-23) defeat at the hands of seventh-seeded California in the Seattle Regional semifinal. Three Gophers finished with double-digit kills and hit a combined .289, but it wasn't enough as Minnesota lost each set by just two points. The Gophers end their season with a 26-9 overall record.
Penn State Advances to Regional Final With 3-0 Sweep Over Oklahoma
Fourth-seeded Penn State extended its home-court winning streak to 93 matches as the Nittany Lions earned a berth in the University Park Regional finals with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 25-15) win over Oklahoma. Penn State hit .429 during the match, while Blair Brown finished with a match-high 24 kills on .583 hitting. Brown added three blocks while libero Alyssa D'Errico had 15 digs on the night. Penn State advances to play No. 12 Duke at 6:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
Ohio State drops 3-1 decision to third-seeded Stanford in the round of 16
Ohio State and Stanford were tied after two sets, but the third-seeded Cardinal were too much as the Buckeyes fell 3-1 (21-25, 26-24, 19-25, 18-25) in the Dayton Regional semifinals on Friday night. Ohio State ends its season with a 24-12 mark. Against Stanford, All-Big Ten selection Katie Dull led the way with 21 kills to pace the Ohio State offense, which attacked at a .318 clip.
Indiana's Season Ends With Loss to Sixth-Seeded Southern California
Indiana's run in the 2010 NCAA Championship came to an end Friday afternoon after falling 3-0 (18-25, 21-25, 20-25) to the sixth-seeded Southern California Trojans in the Dayton Regional semifinals. The Hoosiers end the season 23-12 overall and advanced to the round of 16 for the first time in school history. Indiana was paced by Ashley Benson, who finished with 13 kills and three blocks.
Six Conference Teams Appear in NCAA Championship Round of 16 on Friday
Beginning on Friday afternoon, six Big Ten teams take part in the NCAA Championship regional semifinal round, with regional finals taking place on Sunday. With two wins this weekend, teams will clinch a berth in next week's national semifinals. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio State, Penn State and Purdue will all be in action today, beginning at 4 p.m. ET with the Hoosiers taking on Southern California. The complete regional semifinal and final schedule can be found here.
Illinois Gives the Big Ten Six Teams in the Round of 16 After 3-1 Win Over Cincinnati
All-Big Ten performer Colleen Ward recorded 27 kills and 15 digs, while teammate Michelle Bartsch chipped in 15 kills and 14 digs as Illinois advanced the round of 16 after the Illini's 3-1 (25-17, 25-17, 20-25, 25-21) victory over the Bearcats on Saturday night. Illinois advances to play Texas in the Austin, Texas Regional next Friday. The Illini's victory gives the Big Ten six teams in next week's round of 16, the most of any conference in the nation.
Penn State Moves Into Round of 16 After 3-0 Win Over Virginia Tech
Penn State attacked at a .321 clip and totaled 26 blocks to punch its ticket to the round of 16 after a 3-0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-13) sweep of Virginia Tech on Saturday night. The NIttany Lions advanced through and will serve as hosts in the University Park, Pa., Regional, where they will face Oklahoma next Friday. Big Ten Player of the Year Blair Brown paced the way for Penn State, totaling 11 kills and six blocks as Penn State held Virginia Tech to .152 hitting on the night.
Purdue Defeats Louisville in Second Round of NCAA Championship
Five or more Boilermakers finished with nine or more kills, led by Tiffany Fisher's 12 and Ariel Turner's 11, as Purdue earned a spot in the round of 16 after a 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 18-25, 25-15) victory over Louisville on Saturday night. Additionally, four standouts finished with 10 or more digs as the Purdue defense held Louisville to .182 hitting. The Boilermakers advanced to the Austin, Texas Regional semifinal, where they will face the Florida-Florida State winner next Friday.
Minnesota Advances to Round of 16 with Sweep Over Creighton
Freshman Ashley Wittman once again paced the Minnesota offense and the Gopher defense held Creighton to .175 hitting to earn a 3-0 (25-19, 30-28, 25-20) win and a spot in the Seattle, Wash., Regional round of 16. Wittman finished the night with 19 kills, while freshman Tori Dixon added 12 kills. Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year Jessica Granquist recorded 21 digs to set up a regional semifinal matchup with the California-North Carolina next Friday.
Ohio State Punches Ticket to Round of 16 with 3-2 win over No. 14 Dayton
Ohio State jumped out to a two-set lead and hung on to win in five sets, 3-2 (25-22, 25-22, 17-25, 24-26, 16-14), over No. 14 seed Dayton Saturday night to advance the round of 16 in the Dayton, Ohio Regional. All-Big Ten member Katie Dull finished the night with a double-double, recording 25 kills and adding 15 digs. Teammates Kelli Barhorst and Emily Danks also recorded double-digit kill numbers, totaling 16 and 12, respectively, as Ohio State will face the Stanford-Colorado State winner on Friday.
Northwestern Falls to Missouri in Second-Round action
Northwestern's season came to an end Saturday night following a 3-1 (13-25, 25-23, 22-25, 20-25) loss to Missouri on Friday in the second round of the NCAA Championship. The Wildcats end the season 20-13, and having qualified for the postseason for the first time since 2005. Sabel Moffett and Stephanie Holthus led the way offensively with 13 kills apiece.
Indiana Advances to Round of 16 After Five-Set Thriller Over Tennessee
Indiana will be making its first trip to the round of 16 after a thrilling five-set win (18-25, 25-21, 20-25, 27-25, 15-13) over 11th-seeded Tennessee on Saturday afternoon in the second round of the Dayton, Ohio Regional. Jordan Haverly finished with a match-high 30 kills on Saturday, the most kills in the Big Ten this season, and had 14 as Indiana came back from a 2-1 deficit to win the final two sets. The Hoosiers advance to Dayton and will face the San Diego-Southern California winner on Friday.
Seven Teams Set for Round Two of NCAA Championship
Seven conference squads will take to the court on Saturday for the second round of the NCAA Championship, beginning this afternoon. The teams are looking for spots in next weekend's round of 16, to be played at various regional sites.
Minnesota Earns Three-Set Victory Over North Dakota State
Three Gophers finished with double-digit kills, led by Ashley WIttman's double-double of 14 kills and 16 digs, as Minnesota earned a three-set win (25-21, 25-21, 25-12) over visiting North Dakota State on Friday afternoon. The Gophers attacked at a .306 clip, while holding North Dakota State to .122 hitting. Minnesota advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship bracket on Saturday and will face Creighton at 7 p.m. ET.
Indiana Goes Five Sets in Victory Over Miami (Fla.)
Hoosier senior Ashley Benson finished with a match high 25 kills and teammate Jordan Haverly recorded 21 as Indiana needed five sets to advance to the second round with a 3-2 (19-25, 25-18, 25-13, 20-25, 15-9) victory over Miami (Fla.) on Friday night. Haverly added 17 digs and the Hoosier defense recorded 26 blocks to send Indiana into a second-round matchup with Tennessee at 3 p.m. ET.
Purdue Wins in Opening Round, 3-1 Over Kentucky
Ariel Turner and Anna Drewery led Purdue with 18 and 14 kills, respectively, as the Boilermakers advanced to the second round of the NCAA Championship with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-17, 25-18) win over Kentucky on Friday night. Purdue held Kentucky to .150 hitting and finished with 22 blocks to advance to the second round, where it will face Louisville at 7 p.m. ET.
Illinois Earns Sweep Over Austin Peay to Advance to Saturday's Second Round
Colleen Ward finished with a match-high 17 kills to lead Illinois to a 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-19) victory over Austin Peay in the first round of the NCAA Championship on Friday night. Jennifer Bonilla led the defensive effort with 17 digs to send the Illini to the second round on Saturday. Illinois will face Cincinnati, a rematch of an earlier match this season won by the Bearcats.
Northwestern Defeats Arizona 3-1 to Advance to Second Round
Northwestern hit .364 on the night and had four players record double-digit kills, and four finished with double-digit digs, to knock off Arizona in the opening round of the NCAA Championship, 3-1 (25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 25-20). Naomi Johnson paced the Wildcat offense with 15 kills while Stephanie Holthus recorded 15 digs. The Wildcats advance to the second round to face either Northern Iowa or Missouri at 5 p.m. ET.
Penn State Claims Sweep over Niagara in Friday's First Round
Three-time defending champion Penn State held Niagara to a negative hitting percentage, while hitting .370 on the offensive end, to earn a three-set sweep (25-12, 25-19, 25-15) on Friday night. The fourth-seeded Nittany Lions finished the night with 22 blocks, tying a season high, to advance to the second round of the championship bracket on Saturday, where they will face Virginia Tech at 7:30 p.m. ET.
Ohio State Prevails in Friday's Opening Round Against Lipscomb
In the opening round of the Dayton, Ohio Regional, two Buckeyes finished with double-digit kills and the Ohio State defense held Lipscomb to .162 hitting to earn a 3-1 (25-22, 25-8, 22-25, 25-23) victory on Friday night. Emily Danks and Katie Dull finished with 13 and 12 kills, respectively, to help Ohio State advance to the second round to face the Butler-Dayton winner at 5:30 p.m. ET on Saturday.
NCAA Championship First-Round Matches Resume Friday Night
The first round of the NCAA Championship continues tonight with seven Big Ten teams in action, five of which will be hosting matches on their home court. Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Penn State and Purdue will enjoy home-court advantage while Northwestern and Ohio State will open the postseason on the road tonight.
Michigan Falls 3-0 to Washington on Thursday
The Michigan Wolverines' 2010 season came to an end Thursday following a 3-0 loss (22-25, 17-25, 16-25) to the Washington Huskies in the first round of the Seattle, Wash., Regional and finishes the season 23-10. The Wolverines were led by Lexi Erwin's 13 kills, while first team All-Big Ten performer Lexi Zimmerman finished with 30 assists.
2010 NCAA Championship Gets Underway Tonight
The 2010 NCAA Championship begins tonight as Michigan will face Washington in the opening round of the Seattle, Wash., Regional. First serve is scheduled for 10:30 ET. The Wolverines are one of eight teams in this year's field, the remaining seven of which will begin postseason play on Friday.