KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Make it seven straight against Penn State.
No. 5 Nebraska outlasted, outdug and outgritted No. 1 Penn State in a 25-18, 23-25, 24-26, 28-26, 15-11 five-set thriller on Thursday in the NCAA volleyball Tournament semifinals at the Sprint Center.
The win sends the Huskers back to the NCAA final for the second time in three years and first since winning it all 2015. Mikaela Foecke had 19 kills, 19 digs and two ace serves to lead four Huskers in double-figure kills.
Annika Albrecht, who had a crucial kill in the fifth and deciding set, and Briana Holman each added 13 kills and precocious freshman Jazz Sweet turned in 12 kills to help balance the Nebraska attack.
Kelly Hunter had 47 set assists and 23 digs, Kenzie Maloney had 21 digs and four ace serves and Albrecht added 13 digs. Lincoln Pius X graduate Sydney Townsend chipped 13 digs as Nebraska totaled 90 as a team for the match.