No. 1 Penn State women’s volleyball team set for NCAA Final Four showdown with No. 5 Nebraska: How, when to watch
Womens volleyball coach Russ Rose speaks at the Penn State Coaches Caravan stop at the Radisson Hotel Harrisburg. Joe Hermitt, PennLive.com
Penn State will vie for its 11th NCAA national final appearance on Thursday night when it takes on No. 5 Nebraska.
The top-seeded Nittany Lions are 33-1, with their lone blemish coming at the hands of the Cornhuskers way back on Sept. 22 when they invaded Rec Hall and left with a 3-0 victory.
Head coach Russ Rose’s team has mostly dominated since, and it reached this week’s Final Four in Kansas City, Mo., by sweeping Missouri and then Michigan State last weekend during the regional rounds in State College.
“They don’t make a lot of errors, they’re a especially good serve/pass team, they have a senior setter, and I just think that they’re a really solid team,” Rose said of the Cornhuskers according to audio from GoPSUSports.
“When we played them earlier, we were 23-23 in the first game, made two errors, and never recovered from that. Haven’t lost since then, but they’re a team that makes good decisions. … They’re where they are because of their strengths.”
The Lions, of course, have their own strengths, and are led by senior middle blocker Haleigh Washington, who has the nation’s best hitting percentage at .503; by comparison, the next highest percentage is .471.
How, where to watch:
Thursday’s semifinal match will air on ESPN at 7 p.m. and will also be streamed live on WatchESPN, while radio coverage can be found in State College on NewsRadio 1390 AM. It will mark the 31st meeting overall between the two schools, their 11th in the NCAA tournament, and the third in the Final Four.
The winner will face the winner of the other semifinal, which pits No. 3 Florida and No. 4 Stanford at 9 p.m., in Saturday’s championship match, which will air at 9 p.m. on one of ESPN’s channels.