Big Ten Conference rivals Penn State, Wisconsin in final match

NCAA VOLLEYBALL

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SEATTLE -- Deja McClendon had 11 kills and 13 digs, Micha Hancock added 39 assists, and second-seeded Penn State swept No. 3 Washington, 3-0, Thursday night at Key Arena in the second NCAA tournament semifinal, ending the Huskies' hopes of winning a national title at home.

The five-time champion Nittany Lions (33-2) dominated from the start, winning, 25-14, 25-13, 25-16, to extend their winning streak to 24 matches and advance to their ninth title game.

Penn State (33-2) will face Big Ten Conference rival Wisconsin in the championship match Saturday night. The 12th-seeded Badgers stunned No. 1 Texas in the first semifinal.

Krista Vansant had only seven kills for Washington (30-3) after setting a tournament record with 38 in the regional final against Southern California.

Earlier in the day, Penn State coach Russ Rose was named AVCA Division I coach of the year. It's the fifth time he has won the award.

In the first semifinal, Ellen Chapman had 17 kills, Deme Morales added 14 -- including the final two points -- Wisconsin upset top-seeded defending national champion Texas, 3-1.

Wisconsin (28-9) took control early and held off the Longhorns, 25-19, 25-18, 26-28, 25-23.

Texas (27-3), trying to become the sixth school to win consecutive national titles, had won 23 consecutive matches since losing in early September to Arizona State. The Badgers are the lowest seeded team to reach the championship.


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