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Top-seeded Penn St. leads volleyball's Final Four

Wednesday - 12/12/2012, 7:53pm  ET

By GARY GRAVES
AP Sports Writer

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Oregon, Texas and Michigan know it will take a near-perfect effort to knock off top-seeded Penn State at this weekend's NCAA volleyball championships.

Still, no one is handing the Nittany Lions the title.

Michigan and Texas have lost matches to Penn State this year, but all three challengers are confident they can win it all.

Third-seeded Texas (27-4) will face unseeded Michigan (27-11) in Thursday night's first semifinal, with No. 5 Oregon (29-4) facing Penn State (33-2) in the other. Michigan and Oregon are making their first Final Four appearances; Texas is making its fourth in five years.

Penn State doesn't have many flaws and is seeking its fifth national title in six years. The Nittany Lions have won 36 of 39 sets since losing to Nebraska on Oct. 28.


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