Four teams advance at NCAA tourney

Six Big Ten women’s volleyball teams advanced to the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament and all six played Friday night. Both Penn State and Nebraska swept their opponents to advance to Saturday’s round while Minnesota and Michigan moved on by defeating Big Ten foes Purdue and Michigan State , respectively.

Penn State 3, Kentucky 0: No. 1 Penn State (32-2) earned a 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-12) win against No. 16 seed Kentucky (22-11) in the NCAA Regional Semifinal hosted by Purdue University. The Nittany Lions play in the regional championship on Saturday at 4 p.m. ET against No. 8 Minnesota. Penn State improved to 77-26 overall in NCAA Tournament matches. The Nittany Lions are appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship for the 13th time. Read more at GoPSUsports.com.

Nebraska 3, Washington 0: 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 in Omaha. With the win, the Huskers (26-6) advanced to Saturday’s NCAA Regional final against fifth-seeded Oregon, a 3-1 winner over No. 12 seed BYU in Friday’s first match. Read more at Huskers.com.

Minnesota 3, Purdue 1: Minnesota 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 Minnesota came back and won the next three, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21. Read more at Gophersports.com.

Michigan 3, Michigan State 0: Michigan volleyball team blew past Michigan State in three sets (25-16, 26-24, 26-24) on Friday clinching its second-ever appearance in the NCAA Elite Eight. Michigan will face either second-ranked Stanford or Iowa State in the regional final Saturday at 11:30 p.m. at Haas Pavilion. Read more at MGoBlue.com.

Track the entire tournament at NCAA.com with their updated tourney bracket.

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sbuel2 on 12/8/2012 @ 6:45am EST Said:

Good job and very current. I appreciate it.

hi4ls8erj on 12/8/2012 @ 7:57am EST Said:

Where are the tournaments host?

BG Red on 12/8/2012 @ 2:39pm EST Said:

4 regional finals are all on ESPNU starting at 3 PM Central.

Regional finals are in following order:
West Lafayette (Penn St vs.Minnesota)
Omaha (Nebraska vs. Oregon)
Austin (Texas vs. USC)
Berkley (Michigan vs. Stanford)

7 of the 8 national top seeds advanced, with only #7 UCLA losing to Michigan State, who then lost to Michigan.

sbuel2 on 12/8/2012 @ 8:32pm EST Said:

Penn State won, Nebraska lost 3-1 to Oregon to end their season. Penn State will meet Oregon in the semi-finals next weekend.