Michigan, Penn State take aim at NCAA title berths

Rob Christy-USA TODAY Sports

Michigan, Penn State take aim at NCAA title berths

The Big Ten landed two schools in the Final Four of the 2012 NCAA women’s volleyball tournament, as Michigan takes on No. 3 seed Texas at 7 p.m. ET before top seed and Big Ten champion Penn State faces No. 5 seed Oregon at 9 p.m.

In the video preview in this post, BTN’s Kara Lentz and Michelle McMahon take a close look at both Big Ten squads. Here’s a great place to track Thursday’s events live: NCAA.com’s interactive tournament bracket.

For Penn State, it owns a 1-1 all-time record against the Ducks, who beat the Nittany Lions to open the 2011 season and snap the team’s 94 consecutive home match winning streak. Penn State (33-2) advanced to the national semis with wins over Binghamton (3-0), Bowling Green (3-0), No. 16 Kentucky (3-0) and No. 8 Minnesota (3-1). The Ducks (29-4) defeated Northern Colorado (3-0), Dayton (3-0), BYU (3-1) and Big Ten power Nebraska (3-1) to advance to this match. This is Oregon’s first ever appearance in the NCAA National Semifinals. Read more at GoPSUsports.com.

Michigan (27-11) advanced to the national semifinals for the first time ever with wins over Tennessee (3-2), Louisville (3-1), Michigan State (3-0) and No. 2 Stanford (3-1). Texas (27-4) beat No. 6 USC in three sets to advance to this match. Read more at MGoBlue.com.

Both semifinals – as well as Saturday’s championship at 7 p.m. ET – air on ESPN2.

Here’s a look at Penn State’s season to date:

Date Location Result  
Dec 08, 2012 West Lafayette, Ind. Penn State 3, Minnesota 1 (25-19,19-25,26-24,25-18) Box score
Dec 07, 2012 West Lafayette, Ind. Penn State 3, Kentucky 0 (25-18,25-21,25-12) Box score
Dec 01, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Bowling Green 0 (25-15,25-12,25-15) Box score
Nov 30, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Binghamton 0 (25-11,25-3,25-9) Box score
Nov 24, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Michigan State 0 (25-13,25-21,25-15) Box score
Nov 21, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Ohio State 0 (25-18,25-16,25-14) Box score
Nov 17, 2012 West Lafayette, Ind. Penn State 3, Purdue 1 (25-16,22-25,25-19,25-21) Box score
Nov 16, 2012 Bloomington, Ind. Penn State 3, Indiana 0 (25-12,25-18,25-22) Box score
Nov 10, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Northwestern 0 (25-16,25-16,25-16) Box score
Nov 08, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Illinois 0 (25-17,25-17,25-14) Box score
Nov 04, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Wisconsin 0 (25-20,25-15,25-22) Box score
Nov 02, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Minnesota 1 (25-21,25-19,23-25,25-21) Box score
Oct 28, 2012 Lincoln, Nebraska Nebraska 3, Penn State 2 (12-25,32-30,19-25,25-23,15-10) Box score
Oct 24, 2012 Iowa City, Iowa Penn State 3, Iowa 0 (25-15,25-19,25-15) Box score
Oct 20, 2012 Ann Arbor, Mich. Penn State 3, Michigan 2 (25-19,25-18,21-25,22-25,15-10) Box score
Oct 17, 2012 Columbus, Ohio Penn State 3, Ohio State 0 (25-21,25-19,25-22) Box score
Oct 13, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Indiana 1 (22-25,25-19,25-16,25-21) Box score
Oct 12, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Purdue 0 (25-19,25-16,25-16) Box score
Oct 06, 2012 Champaign, Ill. Penn State 3, Illinois 2 (23-25,25-18,25-21,24-26,18-16) Box score
Oct 05, 2012 Evanston, Ill. Penn State 3, Northwestern 0 (25-23,25-18,25-23) Box score
Sep 29, 2012 Minneapolis, MN Penn State 3, Minnesota 0 (25-23,25-8,25-20) Box score
Sep 28, 2012 Madison, Wis. Penn State 3, Wisconsin 0 (25-19,25-21,25-7) Box score
Sep 22, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Iowa 1 (25-20,25-21,27-29,25-14) Box score
Sep 19, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Nebraska 1 (23-25,28-26,25-17,26-24) Box score
Sep 15, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Eastern Illinois 0 (25-14,25-14,25-16) Box score
Sep 15, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Duquesne 0 (25-16,25-16,25-16) Box score
Sep 14, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Portland 0 (25-9,25-13,25-12) Box score
Sep 09, 2012 Evergreen Park, Ill. Penn State 3, UIC 0 (25-17,25-18,25-17) Box score
Sep 08, 2012 Evergreen Park, Ill. Oregon State 3, Penn State 2 (17-25,25-17,11-25,25-17,15-12) Box score
Sep 07, 2012 Evergreen Park, Ill. Penn State 3, DePaul 0 (25-17,25-12,25-17) Box score
Sep 01, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Texas 0 (25-22,25-21,25-22) Box score
Aug 31, 2012 University Park, Pa. Penn State 3, Stanford 2 (25-13,25-27,25-23,23-25,15-13) Box score
Aug 25, 2012 Louisville, KY Penn State 3, LOUISVILLE 0 (25-20,25-17,25-18) Box score
Aug 25, 2012 Louisville, KY Penn State 3, WKU 0 (25-10,25-22,25-22) Box score
Aug 24, 2012 Louisville, KY Penn State 3, MOREHEAD ST 0 (25-18,25-15,25-14) Box score

And here’s a look at Michigan’s season, too.

Date Match
12/8/2012 Michigan 3, #2 Stanford 1 (NCAA Tournament Regional Final)
12/7/2012 Michigan 3, Michigan State 0 (NCAA Tournament Regional Semifinals)
11/30/2012 Michigan 3, #9 Louisville 1 (NCAA Tournament Second Round)
11/29/2012 Michigan 3, Tennessee 2 (NCAA Tournament First Round)
11/23/2012 Michigan 3, #14 Ohio State 1
11/21/2012 Michigan 3, Michigan State 0
11/17/2012 Illinois 3, Michigan 1
11/16/2012 Northwestern 3, Michigan 1
11/10/2012 Michigan 3, #10 Minnesota 0
11/9/2012 Michigan 3, Wisconsin 0
11/3/2012 Michigan 3, Iowa 0
11/2/2012 Michigan 3, #4 Nebraska 2
10/27/2012 Michigan 3, Indiana 0
10/26/2012 #21 Purdue 3, Michigan 0
10/20/2012 #1 Penn State 3, Michigan 2
10/17/2012 Michigan State 3, Michigan 0
10/13/2012 Michigan 3, Northwestern 0
10/10/2012 Michigan 3, #22 Illinois 0
10/7/2012 Wisconsin 3, Michigan 0
10/3/2012 #10 Minnesota 3, Michigan 1
9/30/2012 #6 Nebraska 3, Michigan 1
9/28/2012 Michigan 3, Iowa 0
9/22/2012 #17 Purdue 3, Michigan 2
9/21/2012 Michigan 3, Indiana 1
9/15/2012 #22 Michigan 3, Duke 2 (Coke/Michigan Invitational)
9/14/2012 Western Kentucky 3, #22 Michigan 2 (Coke/Michigan Invitational)
9/14/2012 #22 Michigan 3, Eastern Michigan 0 (Coke/Michigan Invitational)
9/8/2012 #23 Michigan 3, #25 Northern Iowa 1 (Marquette Golden Eagle Classic)
9/8/2012 #23 Michigan 3, Eastern Illinois 0 (Marquette Golden Eagle Classic)
9/7/2012 Marquette 3, #23 Michigan 1 (Marquette Golden Eagle Classic)
9/7/2012 #23 Michigan 3, Wake Forest 0 (Marquette Golden Eagle Classic)
9/1/2012 #22 Michigan 3, Arkansas 2 (adidas/Michigan Challenge)
9/1/2012 #22 Michigan 3, UMBC 0 (adidas/Michigan Challenge)
8/31/2012 #22 Michigan 3, Central Michigan 0 (adidas/Michigan Challenge)
8/25/2012 #23 Michigan 3, Missouri 0 (Tiger Invitational)
8/25/2012 #23 Michigan 3, Virginia Tech 2 (Tiger Invitational)
8/24/2012 #23 Michigan 3, North Florida 1 (Tiger Invitational)
8/24/2012 #23 Michigan 3, Nicholls State 0 (Tiger Invitational)
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