Kerri Walsh Jennings has three Olympic gold medals from digging in at the beach. But she's representing at the NCAA volleyball championship this weekend because she never thought she would leave the hardcourt after her title wins at Stanford.
For a devastating moment, it seemed as if former Hawaii volleyball star Mary Robins wouldn't be able to watch her daughter, Alohi Robins-Hardy, and BYU play in the NCAA volleyball championship. And then her friends stepped in.
From a superstitious mustache to a team replete with volleyball bloodlines, BYU, Penn State, Texas and Stanford have plenty of unique stories. Yet all have the same goal: Win this weekend's NCAA championship.
Upstart BYU joins powers Penn State, Stanford and Texas in volleyball's national semifinals starting Thursday night, and ESPN's Karch Kiraly says the Nittany Lions will take home a record seventh national championship -- but it'll be close.
No. 8 Seed Florida downed No. 9 Seed Illinois in a five-set thriller (25-22, 21-25, 22-25, 25-17, 16-14) at Hilton Coliseum in Ames Friday evening to advance to the program's 14th NCAA Volleyball Regional Final.
Colorado State is one of the nation's most consistently successful volleyball programs, but the Rams have yet to land a spot in the NCAA regional finals. Step One to changing that history: Beating No. 2 seed Texas on Friday.