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- The U's women's volleyball team was beaten by Texas in the national semifinals Thursday in Tampa.
TAMPA, Fla. - No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Texas women's volleyball team (29-1) overwhelmed Minnesota 25-19, 25-20, 25-15 in one-half of the NCAA Division I national semifinals Thursday.
Texas will play top ranked and undefeated Penn State for the national championship Saturday. The Nittany Lions beat Hawaii in the other semi.
The Longhorns, in the finale for the first time since 1995 and looking for their second title (1988), had it going both offensively and defensively against Minnesota from the start, with one blip early in the third set.
The No. 11-seeded Golden Gophers (28-9) led 12-8, but Texas regained its composure. In the decisive set, it held Minnesota to a .061 hitting percentage, while parlaying its height and athletic advantage into a .448 hitting percentage. In all, Minnesota hit just .160; Texas hit .400 — the highest Minnesota allowed all season.