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Volleying up plenty of PSU poise

December 19, 2008 - Neil Rudel

I stayed up a little late, for me anyway, and caught Penn Stat's five-set victory over Nebraska in the NCAA volleyball semifinals Thursday night.

This was action and character and overcoming adversity at its absolute finest.

If you've not watched much volleyball, the pace, athletic ability and reaction time are second to none.

Playing in front of a record volleyball crowd of 17,000-plus -- at Nebraska -- Penn State won the first two sets and then lost the next two, encouraging the Cornhusker faithful.

All this time, legendary Nittany Lion coach Russ Rose sat calmly on the sidelines, jotting notes as if doing a movie review.

The Lady Lions grabbed the lead early in the decisive fifth set and won it, 15-11, setting the stage for Saturday night's NCAA title rematch with Stanford.

If Penn State defends its championship, it will have its poise in Thursday night's "road" match to thank for it.

In the meantime, I'm looking for an explanation on why the first four games are played to 25 and the fifth and deciding set only goes to 15.

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