The fifth-seeded Oregon Ducks advanced to the first NCAA Semifinals in school history, rallying from a slow start to post a 3-1 victory over the fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team in front of 9,382 fans at the CenturyLink Center. The Huskers dominated the first set of the regional final in a 25-15 victory, but the Ducks won the next three sets, 25-22, 25-18 and 25-17.
With the win, Oregon (29-4) advanced to face No. 1 Penn State on Thursday at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. The match will start at either 6 or 8 p.m. (Central) and will be televised live on ESPN2. Nebraska fell just short of its 12th NCAA Semifinal appearance, finishing its season with a 26-7 record.
Oregon, which leads the nation in kills, hit above .300 in three of the four sets, finishing with a .289 mark. Pac-12 Player of the Year and NCAA Regional Most Outstanding Player Alaina Bergsma led the way with an impressive performance. Bergsma produced a match-high 23 kills and hit .429, committing only two errors in 49 swings. Ariana Williams (13) and Katherine Fischer (12) also finished with double-figure kills for the Ducks. Defensively, Oregon totaled 71 digs, led by 21 from libero Haley Jacob, and 7.5 blocks.
Nebraska also had three players finish with double-figure kills, including 16 each from Morgan Broekhuis and Gina Mancuso. Broekhuis hit .406, while Mancuso added 15 digs to finish with a double-double in her final match. Fellow senior Hannah Werth ended her career with a double-double of her own, finishing with 10 kills and 13 digs. Lauren Cook dished out 46 assists in her final match, helping the Huskers hit .265, including a blistering .621 in the first set.
Story courtesy of NU Athletics.