It was more than exhaustion from a hard-fought match against USC that brought Washington’s Krista Vansant to tears.
The junior hitter’s career night sent the Huskies home to Seattle for the final push toward the NCAA championship.
Third-seeded Washington (30-2) will face second-seeded Penn State in the semifinals at Key Arena on Thursday, following defending champion Texas’ match against No. 12 seed Wisconsin. The winners will play for the championship on Saturday night.
Vansant, the Pac-12′s player of the year, wasn’t the only Washington player in tears following the five-set victory over USC on the Trojans’ home court at Galen Center. The Huskies rallied from two sets down and fought off two match points to advance to the semifinal for the first time since 2006.
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