Undersized underdog Wisconsin, which has more losses than the other three remaining teams combined, will try to impose its grind-it-out style of play on top-seeded Texas in Thursday night's national semifinal.
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.
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.