It took five sets for Washington and Penn State to win their regional matches to advance to volleyball's final four. Top seeded Texas and gritty Wisconsin had an easier time en route to a semis showdown.
When the Bruins and Trojans take the court this week, there's more than just the usual bragging rights at stake: Their 5-5 stalemate over the last 10 meetings will be broken. Each team also has just one loss on the season.
The Longhorns' programs helped significantly to pave the way for women's sports. It's fitting that they should win their first title in a prominent women's team sport since 1988 in the 40th anniversary year of Title IX.