OMAHA, Neb. — In a season of milestones, Oregon’s volleyball program achieved yet another one, and the Ducks did it in the most difficult of environments.
Pac-12 player of the year Alaina Bergsma had 23 kills in a dominating performance, and fifth-seeded Oregon advanced to the NCAA semifinals for the first time with a four-set victory over fourth-seeded Nebraska in the Omaha Regional final.
The Ducks lost the first set 15-25, then won the next three 25-22, 25-18, 25-17 before a pro-Cornhusker crowd 9,382 strong at CenturyLink Center.
“Obviously, I feel very honored, and we talked a lot about our alumni and people who came in to really turn this program around," Bergsma said. “A couple years ago, Oregon wasn’t even in the top half of the (Pac-12). So for us, it means a lot, just being that team that finally got it turned around. That proves to the nation that we’re a team to be reckoned with."
The Ducks (29-4), who were playing in their first regional final, head to Louisville, Ky., to play top-seeded Penn State on Thursday.
— The Associated Press