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Three More Big 12 Volleyball Teams Headed To NCAA Regionals
December 04, 2010
Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas punched their tickets to the NCAA Volleyball Championship Regional round on Saturday. The trio joins Big 12 champion Nebraska in the field -- the Huskers advanced on Friday with a win over Auburn.

For the second straight season, at least four Big 12 squads have advanced to regional play. In 2009, a league-record five teams accomplished the feat.

The Tigers and Sooners will participate in the University Park [Pa.] Regional. OU takes on host Penn State, while MU will face Duke. Texas will host regional action in Austin, and Nebraska will travel to Washington (Seattle Regional). The regional semifinals will be played on Dec. 10 with the winners moving on to the final on Dec. 11. 

Missouri is headed to the Sweet 16 for the second time in school history after defeating Northwestern in the second round, 3-1 (25-13, 22-25, 25-22, 25-20). Lisa Henning, who was a member of the Big 12 All-Freshmen team, led Mizzou with a career-best 18 kills.

Oklahoma advances to its third Regional appearance in program history after a five-set win over Tulsa (25-13, 25-22, 26-28, 20-25, 15-9). Junior setter Brianne Barker recorded the first triple-double in OU history with a career-high 10 kills, 57 assists and 14 digs. The All-Big 12 First Team honoree's .625 hitting percentage was the best among OU's starters.

The Sooners set team school records in hitting percentage (.335), kills (73) and assists (67).

Texas defeated No. 9 UCLA, 3-1, to earn a spot in the NCAA Regional in Austin (25-23, 20-25, 25-18, 26-24). Big 12 Player of the Year Juliann Faucette paced the Longhorns with 17 kills. UT, the nation's sixth-ranked team, extended its Big 12-leading win streak to 17 matches in addition to making its fifth-straight appearance in the Sweet 16.

Regional winners will advance to the national semifinals and final hosted by the University of Missouri, Kansas City and the Kansas City Sports Commission at Sprint Center in Kansas City, Mo., on Dec. 16 and 18.

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