SAN ANTONIO — No one's missing Penn State at the NCAA volleyball championships.
The four-time defending champion Nittany Lions aren't around after their record-setting run of 26 consecutive postseason wins ended in the semifinals. Illinois coach Kevin Hambly said Wednesday it is a good thing for the sport.
The Illini are in the semifinals for the first time in 23 years. They're joined by Florida State, USC and UCLA, which knocked out Penn State last week.
Hambly said Penn State's invincibility left a whole generation of players who never knew how it felt to win a national title. UCLA coach Michael Sealy said the writing was on the wall for Penn State because of turnover.
Florida State plays UCLA on Thursday, followed by USC against Illinois.
The championship is Saturday in the Alamodome.