Tampa sweeps Indianapolis to move on to the championship match
PENSACOLA, Fla. -- Tampa defeated Indianapolis in a three-set-sweep in Friday's NCAA semifinal match.
Tampa improved its overall record on the season to 32-3. The Greyhounds finished off its year at 31-8.
The Spartans are now just one win away from being NCAA champions. UT will meet Concordia-St. Paul in the championship match. The meeting will be a rematch of the championship game in 2010, where Concordia defeated Tampa in four sets.
Leaders for the Spartans were Danielle Selkridge and Meagan Burke. Selkridge connected for 18 kills and also contributed three blocks. Burke swung at a 10-14 mark, leading the team with a .571 attack percentage.
Selkridge, recently named NCAA National Player of the Year, got the Spartans moving by swinging at a 5-9 clip in the opening set. Tampa grounded 14 kills in total in the frame, good for a .344 attack percentage. Kahley Patrick received the assists on 10 of the kills as Tampa picked up the opening frame victory at 25-18.
The Spartans carried their strong play into the second frame, defeating the Greyhounds 25-20. The Tampa ensemble of Burke, Marissa Lisenbee and Jessica Yingling connected for three kills each to pace the offense. UT also had four total team blocks on the set to hold off a comeback attempt by Indianapolis.
In the final set the teams switched leads constantly, with Tampa finishing on top at 27-25. Selkridge had back-to-back kills to finish off the Greyhounds and send UT to the national championship. Other leaders in the set were Burke and Yingling, who grounded five and three kills, respectively.