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December 13, 2013

’Horns, Huskers could face off in volleyball regional

LINCOLN, Neb. — Defending national champion Texas’ road back to the NCAA volleyball final four runs through familiar territory — Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers parted ways with Texas in 2011 when they joined the Big Ten. But the old Big 12 rivals are on a collision course in the Lincoln Regional.

The No. 1-seeded Longhorns (25-2) take a 21-match win streak into their semifinal against American (34-2) today.

The No. 8 Huskers (25-6) will face No. 9 San Diego (26-3) in the other semifinal.

“When I took over we were near the bottom, and we looked up to Nebraska and the way they were running their program in all aspects,” 13th-year Longhorns coach Jerritt Elliott said. “We set some high, lofty goals to compete with them. We’ve finally gotten our program to do that over the last handful of years, and it’s what makes sports exciting.”

Other regionals are in Lexington, Ky.; Champaign, Ill.; and Los Angeles. Winners move to the final four next week in Seattle. The top three seeds remain alive: Texas, Penn State and Washington. No. 4 Missouri and No. 5 Florida were among the teams knocked out last week.

Texas beat Nebraska in a five-set match in Austin in September and has won six of the last eight meetings with the Huskers, including a 2009 regional final in Omaha.

Nebraska and Texas took turns dominating the Big 12 in the 15 years they were in the league together.

The Longhorns have won the league each of the three years since Nebraska went to the Big Ten.

American, out of the Patriot League, has been in the national tournament 13 times in 17 years but has never made it to a regional.

“This match right now, this Texas match, is our national championship,” Eagles coach Barry Goldberg said. “If we get it, I’m going to tell you, we’re going to think we can win this whole thing, no doubt about it.”

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