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.
Alaina Bergsma, an Arizona native, transferred from Loyola Marymount to Oregon. She arrived in Eugene on crutches after hip surgery, but transformed herself into a fearsome hitter.
On the court, Haley Eckerman is a power player who was named the Big 12 player of the year. Off the court, she spends as much time as possible with her biggest fan -- her toddler son, Cayden.
The fifth-seeded Ducks shocked the top-seeded Nittany Lions to advance to their first national championship.
Penn State heads into the women's volleyball final four with high expectations and one player who knows the Louisville venue well.
In an era in which most college athletes concentrate on one sport, Oregon's Liz Brenner is making her mark in four.
Against tall odds and hostile crowds, Michigan and Oregon earned their way into volleyball's final four, where they'll face old guard teams Texas and Penn State, respectively, Thursday night.
By beating Nebraska in Omaha, Oregon earned its first trip to the final four. The Ducks now face five-time NCAA champion and this year's No. 1 seed, Penn State, in the national semifinal.
Nebraska and Oregon have no familiarity -- the last time the teams met was in 1986. But the Huskers, playing in their home away from home, will have the crowd on their side.
The Pac-12 is used to being a power in women's volleyball, but an unfamiliar team is leading the conference's charge this season and showing their power in this week's volleyball power rankings.
Florida is undefeated in the SEC, but if it wants to hold on to that perfect record -- and its spot in our weekly Power Rankings -- it will have to pick up a win at newcomer Texas A&M on Sunday.