The top-seeded Longhorns were on a 23-match winning streak going into Thursday's semifinal. That's when they ran into the Badgers who stopped them cold with a dominant 3-1 win to advance to the national championship.
Washington will get to play for a national championship at home if it can reach the final four, which will be held in Seattle. But will that prospect prove a distraction for the first-place Huskies in the treacherous Pac-12?
It's not the year to be backing a dark horse. The top spots in our women's volleyball preseason power rankings feature a handful of powerful, veteran teams who should vie for the national title in December.