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Nobles, Tambre_SW10154 14wVLB NCAA vs Nebraska BYU's (15) Tambre Nobles tips the ball past Nebraska for a point. The BYU Women's Volleyball Team plays against Nebraska in the Regional Final Round of the NCAA Women's Volleyball Championships held at the Alaska Airlines Arena in Seattle, Washington. December 13, 2014 Photo by Jaren Wilkey/BYU © BYU PHOTO 2014 All Rights Reserved [email protected] (801)422-7322

SEATTLE — Unseeded entering the NCAA tournament, the BYU women’s volleyball team now finds itself in the 64-team tournament’s final four. The Cougars defeated No. 14-seeded Nebraska in straight sets (25-21, 25-20, 25-21) to punch their ticket to Oklahoma City, where they’ll take on No. 2-seeded Texas.

With the Cornhuskers focused on shutting down Jen Hamson, the Cougars responded with an all-around team effort to secure the win. Alexa Gray led the Cougars with a team-high 11 kills. Tambre Nobles added 10 and Hamson nine. Middle blocker Amy Boswell had a big game with eight kills and a couple of set-winning blocks.

The first set was close throughout until the Cougars took control late with a 4-0 to go up 22-18 and eventually take the set 25-21. Amy Boswell and Alohi Robins-Hardy ended things on a combined block for the set-winning point.

BYU jumped out quickly in the second to lead 8-5 early before Nebraska came storming back to take its first lead at 17-16. The Cougars responded four straight points to take back the lead and build a comfortable 20-17 margin down the stretch. From there the Cougars maintained the lead until Boswell closed things out with a solo block to take the second set 25-20.

The third set again saw the Cougar lead throughout and break late — taking the set 25-21. Gray closed out the match with a well-placed cross-court kill.

BYU will take on Texas in the tournament semifinals Thursday, Dec. 18. The match will be televised live on ESPN2.

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