Dec. 14, 2008

Courtesy Nebraska

SEATTLE - Behind a career-high 24 kills from Regional Most Outstanding Player Tara Mueller, fourth-ranked Nebraska kept its magical season alive with a 3-2 victory over No. 5 Washington. The Huskers dropped the first two sets, 25-14, 25-23 before rallying to win the final three sets by scores of 25-17, 26-24 and 15-13.

The Huskers (31-2) will now advance to meet top-seeded and undefeated Penn State, a 3-0 winner of Cal, in Thursday's second national semifinal, set for 8 p.m.

Mueller turned in an amazing performance, shattering her previous career high of 20 set against Kansas State on Nov. 8, and added 16 digs, as the Huskers advanced to their 11th national semifinal in program history. Mueller was one of two Huskers to eclipse the 20-kill mark, as Jordan Larson added 21 kills, 18 digs and four blocks for NU, which won a regional on an opponent's home court for the first time in program history.