Updated at 7:26 p.m., Thursday, December 14, 2006
Nebraska, Stanford advance to volleyball title match
Associated PressOMAHA, Neb. Tracy Stalls had 13 kills in the final two games to help Nebraska advance to the NCAA volleyball championship match with a 3-1 comeback victory over UCLA on Thursday night.
The match was played before 17,013 at the Quest Center Omaha, the largest crowd to see a women's volleyball match in NCAA history.
Sarah Pavan had 22 kills and four aces for the Cornhuskers, who beat the Bruins, 23-30, 30-28, 30-23, 30-28, to set up a title match Saturday night against Stanford.
Stanford beat Washington, 30-12, 30-25, 30-15, in the other semifinals.
The Cornhuskers (32-1) were down 22-21 in the fourth game, but Stalls had kills on three of the next four points and Sarah Pavan added an ace, giving Nebraska a 25-22 advantage. The Bruins cut it to 29-28 before Jordan Larson ended the match with a kill.
UCLA (33-4) never trailed in the first game. The Bruins used a 7-0 run to take a 26-17 lead, keyed by four Nebraska errors. Down 28-18, the Cornhuskers scored four straight points to make it 29-22, but couldn't get closer.
Nebraska led 21-18 in the second game, but UCLA tied it at 22 on Ali Daley's kill. Rachel Holloway and Kori Cooper teamed up for a block to give Nebraska a 29-28 lead and UCLA's Nellie Spicer was called for an illegal lift, giving the Cornhuskers the game.
In the third game, the Cornhuskers rattled off 10 straight points to take a 23-13 lead. Stalls had three kills and two block assists during that stretch, while Pavan added two aces. UCLA pulled to 27-22, but Nebraska won three of the next four points to take a 2-1 match lead. Stalls had kills in the game.
UCLA beat Hawai'i in the Honolulu regional final to advance to the final four.