Penn State drops five-set thriller to Nebraska in NCAA women's volleyball semifinal

York Dispatch

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mikaela Foecke had 19 kills, Annika Albrecht and Briana Holman had 13 apiece and Nebraska fought off match point in the fourth set to beat Penn State in a five-set thriller in the NCAA volleyball semifinals on Thursday night.

The fifth-seeded Huskers will play the winner of Stanford-Florida for the title Saturday night.

Penn State defensive specialist Kendall White (3) ducks out of the way a a long serve by Nebraska during an NCAA Division I volleyball semifinal game Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017, in Kansas City, Mo. Nebraska won the match to advance to the championship game Saturday. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

The Huskers took advantage of a series of service mistakes by the top-seeded Nittany Lions to beat their Big Ten rivals for the seventh straight time. They also advanced to their eighth title match, where they will try to secure their fifth national championship.

Nebraska won the opening set 25-18 before dropping the next two, and then rallied to win the fourth 28-26 and force a deciding set. The Huskers took it 15-11 to advance to the finals.