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Huskies headed to Final Four after five-set thriller over No. 6 USC

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Facing a 2-0 deficit, the third-seeded Washington Huskies dug deep and rallied past USC, winning the final three sets to grab a spot in the Final Four in Seattle.

After fighting back to win the third and fourth sets, the Huskies faced match point at 14-13 in the fifth set. But Washington went to Pac-12 player of the year Krista Vansant and she delivered, sending in a kill to fight off the Trojans first match point.

USC won the next point, setting up a second match point. But the Trojans Elise Ruddins sent a ball wide, allowing the Dawgs to fight off a second match point to tie the fifth-set at 15-all.

The Huskies didn’t waste the opportunity as senior Gabbi Parker came up with back-to-back kills, giving the Huskies a 26-28, 23-25, 25-22, 25-18, 17-15 win and sending the Dawgs to their first Final Four since 2006.

In the back and forth affair, the Dawgs outhit USC .267-.263. Washington’s Krista Vansant came up huge time and again, recording a career-high 38 kills to go with an impressive .346 hitting percentage. Kaleigh Nelson added 14 kills and Cassie Strickland chipped in 11.

The Huskies will face off with No. 2 Penn State on Thursday night at KeyArena. Top-seeded Texas will take on No. 12 Wisconsin in the other semifinal.

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