The Match: Penn State (30-5) vs. Texas (27-5)
When & Where: December 16, 2010, 7:00 p.m. ET.; Kansas City Sprint Center
Expect the Great!
Penn State will face Texas on Thursday in the first of two 2010 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Tournament Semi-Final Matches. We’ve posted a match preview at http://www.dignittanyvolleyball.com/?p=9711
For so many reasons, we think it will be a great match, and we can hardly wait! Texas is, after all, the team that came within a whisker of beating Penn State in last year’s match-for-the-ages Final! (well, not exactly the same team – Texas lost AVCA 1st Team All-Americans Ashley Engle (RS/S) and Destinee Hooker (OH), along with libero Heather Kisner, from its 2009 squad, and Penn State lost AVCA 1st Team All-Americans 6-3 OH Megan Hodge and 6-0 S Alisha Glass, along with an injured 6-2 OH Darcy Dorton).
Then there’s the obvious “one-and-done” aspect to a Semi-Final match — with the winner moving on to the Finals, and the loser, well, done.
Who’s hot? Texas has 19 consecutive wins, so they’re red hot. Penn State lost its final match of the regular season to Minnesota, but they’ve only lost one set in the NCAA Tournament and they’re coming off a solid win over #12-seeded Duke, so both teams are playing very well.
We’re obviously rooting for Penn State, but whichever team you’re rooting for, expect great play by your team, and great volleyball all around!
As Jonathan Nelson says in his song – Expect the Great! (we’ve included the video, and whether or not you like Gospel music, if this doesn’t get you hoppin’, you need new batteries!)