Ducks upset Penn St., move on to NCAA championship
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) Liz Brenner had 17 kills and 17 digs to help fifth-seeded Oregon sweep the final three sets and upset top-seeded Penn State on Thursday night in the NCAA women's volleyball semifinals.
The Ducks (30-4) won 21-25, 30-28, 25-22, 25-19 to advance to the title game Saturday night against third-seeded Texas, a five-set winner over unseeded Michigan.
Alaina Bergsma and Katherine Fischer each had 16 kills for the Ducks, who are appearing in their first Final Four.
Ariel Scott had 18 kills for Penn State (33-3).
Texas won the first semifinal 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 25-12, 15-11.
After dominating the Wolverines in the first set, the Longhorns lost the next two behind small scoring spurts by Michigan. Texas found its game to easily control the fourth set and opened a 4-0 lead in the fifth that helped clinch the match.
Bailey Webster's 18 kills led the Longhorns (28-4).
Lexi Erwin had a match-best 26 kills for Michigan (27-12).
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