MINNEAPOLIS — Texas volleyball beat North Carolina in four sets Saturday to advance to the NCAA Final Four for the sixth time in seven years.
Texas, which prevailed 25-21,18-25, 25-20, 31-29, has taken 12 of 13 sets this postseason. The Longhorns broke through on their fifth match point, scoring on a UNC attack error.
For Texas, Haley Eckerman had 14 kills and Khat Bell 12. The Horns hit .272 to UNC’s .225.
The second-seed Longhorns (27-2) will face unseeded BYU at 6 p.m. Thursday in Oklahoma City. The Cougars eliminated No. 14 Nebraska in three sets for their third win this postseason over a seeded opponent. BYU (29-4) is 11-0 since the start of November.
Defending national champion Penn State, the fifth seed, topped Wisconsin in four sets on the other side of the bracket in a rematch of last year’s NCAA final. The Nittany Lions will face top-seed Stanford, which swept Florida.
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