PSU volleyball in final four

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Senior Deja McClendon had 21 kills and 16 digs as the No. 2-ranked Penn State women's volleyball team advanced to NCAA national semifinals with a dramatic 3-2 (22-25, 25-22, 28-26, 18-25, 15-11) victory against Stanford (27-6) in the Lexington Region final in Kentucky.

McClendon was named the regional's most outstanding player.

The Nittany Lions (32-2) square off against the Washington-Southern California winner Thursday in Seattle.

Golf

Dawie van der Walt shot a 4-under 66 to win the Nelson Mandela Championship in Durban by two shots, giving this South African a victory in a week when the country bids farewell to its former president. Van der Walt finished with a three-round total of 15-under 195 in the rain-shortened event.

* Matt Kuchar and Harris English took a four-stroke lead in the Franklin Templeton Shootout in Naples, Fla., playing the back nine in 9-under 27 in the better-ball round for a 12-under 60. Retief Goosen and Fredrik Jacobson were second after a 61.

* Spain's Sergio Garcia opened a four-stroke lead in the Thailand Golf Championship in Chonburi, birdieing the final two holes for consecutive 7-under 65s. Garcia had an 18-under 198 total. Sweden's Henrik Stenson (65) and India's Anirban Lahiri (67) were tied for second. Stenson shot 65, and Lahiri 67.

Soccer

A construction worker fell to his death Saturday from the roof of a World Cup stadium being built in the jungle city of Manaus. It was the second death at the Arena Amazonia in less than a year, and the third fatality in a World Cup stadium in less than a month. Also, workers at a construction site in the southern city of Curitiba went on strike over late pay.

Skiing

Tina Weirather of Liechtenstein followed up three recent second-place finishes with her first victory of the World Cup season, winning a women's super-G in St. Moritz, Switzerland. American Lindsey Vonn, who won this race a year ago, skipped the event.

Hockey

The Robert Morris men's team got a go-ahead goal from Greg Gibson four minutes into the third but Mercyhurst (9-7-2, 7-1-1) battled to a 5-5 tie with the Colonials (2-10-2, 2-6-2) in Atlantic Hockey Association action.

High school

Brianna Schwartz of Shaler finished sixth at the cross country national finals in San Diego. Her time of 17:43 was 27 seconds behind winner Tessa Barrett of Abington Heights in Waverly, Pa.


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