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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