Michigan, Penn State fall at NCAA tourney

Michigan fell to No. 3 seed Texas, 3-2, in the first semifinal of the NCAA women’s volleyball tournament tonight, then top-seeded Penn State was upset by Oregon, 3-1, in the second semifinal. Texas and Oregon advance to Saturday’s championship. Kara Lentz and Michelle McMahon wrap-up the action for BTN with more video coverage inside this post.

Texas 3, Michigan 2: Junior Lexi Erwin had 26 kills on 87 swings, and Michigan (27-11)  won sets two and three against Texas (28-4), but the Longhorns had a strong start and finish in the fifth and deciding set to win in front of 13,385 fans at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville. Set scores were 25-11, 21-25, 23-25, 25-12 and 15-11. NCAA.com Box score | GametrackerMore at MGoBlue.com

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Coach Mark Rosen Interview:

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Player reaction:

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Oregon 3, Penn State 1: Penn State (34-3) won the opening frame 25-21 before No. 5 seed Oregon (29-4) chalked up three straight wins (30-28, 25-22, and 25-19) to knock off the tournament’s top seed. Oregon’s offense led by 17 kills from Liz Brenner fueled the Ducks to their first NCAA championship match in program history. NCAA.com box score | GametrackerMore at GoPSUsports.com

Here’s the full interactive bracket from NCAA.com.

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aroznowski on 12/14/2012 @ 1:43am EDT Said:

Well, this is too bad. I was hoping for the conference’s second national championship of the season. I guess that will have to wait. On a more positive note, Big Ten schools have won more national championships this season than SEC schools. Once Notre Dame lays some lumber on Alabama, that fact will keep remaining intact.

Will on 12/14/2012 @ 12:10pm EDT Said:

aroznowski, ND will not beat Bama, in fact, I believe Bama will thump ND by 13+. As for the B1G not being in the National Championship Match (WVB), it was kind of surprising that perennial powers PSU and Nebraska both got beat by Oregon after both (Neb and PSU) took game one from them (Oregon).

aroznowski on 12/14/2012 @ 12:51pm EDT Said:

We’ll just have to see about that.

sbuel2 on 12/14/2012 @ 6:54pm EDT Said:

Congratulations to all B1G teams who made the NCAA tournament. Nebraska players said that the Oregon team was the best offensive team they faced all year. I don’t understand how Women’s Volleyball turned into a football national championship game discussion.