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Huskies come up short in Final Four against Penn State

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The third-seeded Washington Huskies ran into a buzzsaw in a national semifinal on Thursday night, getting swept by second-seeded Penn State before 14,975 fans at KeyArena.

Penn State advanced to the national championship where they will take on 12th-seeded Wisconsin, who upset top-seeded Texas in the first semifinal.

Despite an early surge from the Dawgs, Penn State dominated throughout, controlling all aspects of the match in a 25-14, 25-13, 25-16 sweep.

The Dawgs committed more errors in the opening set than Penn State did for the entire match (7-5), as the Nittany Lions hit a staggering .488 (46 kills to 5 errors).

“Penn State was excellent,” Huskies coach Jim McLaughlin said. “Every part of the game, they won every individual battle.”

Despite recording four kills in the opening couple of points, Huskies star Krista Vansant finished with just seven kills on 28 attempts.

The Huskies finished with just 28 kills in the match, as Penn State served the Huskies tough all night.

The Dawgs finished the season with a 30-3 record.

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