The Wildcats will make their first Regional Finals appearance in program history as they move on to face the Cornhuskers after a five-set win against BYU.
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Nebraska fans howled last month when they found out they would have to hit the road in the regional round of the NCAA tournament. Now the fifth-seeded Huskers will try to prove their point on the court.
Nebraska swept Colorado on Friday in a regional semifinal in Lexington, Kentucky, to set up a showdown with the fourth-seeded Wildcats, who survived their second scare of the tournament with a five-set win over BYU. The hosts were down 2-1 after three but rallied behind 21 kills from Leah Edmond and 20 from Avery Skinner.
The Huskers, who haven’t dropped a set in the tournament, are making their sixth straight trip to the regional final; it is a first for the Wildcats.
The winner clinches a spot in the final four in Kansas City, set for Dec. 14-16.
It will be Big Ten vs. Big Ten in the State College regional final. Top-seeded Penn State, which swept Missouri behind 15 kills from senior star Simone Lee, will take on Michigan State, a 3-1 winner over Illinois. The Nittany Lions are 2-0 against the Spartans this year, dropping just one set in each win.
In Gainesville, the second-seeded Gators topped UCLA 3-1 and will take on No. 10 USC, which upset No. 7 Minnesota in a sweep. The Gators have won 14 in a row and are looking to return to the final four for the first time in 14 years. Khalia Lanier led the Trojans with 20 kills.
Here’s a look at the regional schedule.
State College Regional at State College, Pennsylvania
No. 1 Penn State 3, Missouri 0
Michigan State 3, Illinois 1
Penn State (32-1) vs. Michigan State (24-8), 8 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Gainesville Regional at Gainesville, Florida
No. 2 Florida 3, No. 15 UCLA 1
No. No. 10 USC 3, No. 7 Minnesota 0
Florida (28-1) vs. USC (25-9), 6 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Stanford Regional at Stanford, California
No. 6 Texas (26-2) vs. No. 11 Utah (24-9), 9 p.m. ET, ESPN3
No. 3 Stanford (28-3) vs. Wisconsin (22-9), 11 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Texas/Utah vs. Stanford/Wisconsin, 10 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN
Lexington Regional at Lexington, Kentucky
No. 4 Kentucky 3, No. 13 BYU 2
No. 5 Nebraska 3, Colorado 0
Kentucky (29-3) vs. Nebraska (29-4), 4 p.m. ET, ESPNU/WatchESPN