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NCAA women's volleyball Final Four preview

The final four

Penn State Nittany Lions

Record: 36-0

Ranking: No. 1

Seed: No. 1

NCAA Tournament history: 62-25. Won championships in 1997, 2007, 2008.

Coach: Russ Rose (999-159, 31st season).

Key player: Megan Hodge, Sr., OH (Big Ten player of the year; Gainesville Regional outstanding player).

Note: The two-time defending NCAA champs have won 100 consecutive matches

Texas Longhorns

Record: 28-1

Ranking: No. 2

Seed: No. 2

NCAA Tournament history: 57-22. Won championship in 1988.

Coach: Jerritt Elliott (213-63, ninth season; 263-75 overall).

Key player: Destinee Hooker, Sr., OH (Big 12 player of the year; Omaha Regional outstanding player).

Note: Of the Longhorns' 28 wins, 13 have been against ranked opponents.

Hawaii Rainbow Wahine

Record: 32-2

Ranking: No. 3

Seed: No. 12

NCAA Tournament history: 69-24. Won championships in 1982, 1983, 1987.

Coach: Dave Shoji (1,016-175-1, 35th season).

Key player: Kanani Danielson, So., OH (Stanford Regional outstanding player).

Note: Hawaii has won 28 straight matches, dropping just six sets.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

Record: 28-8

Ranking: No. 11

Seed: No. 11

NCAA Tournament history: 30-14. Reached the national final in 2004.

Coach: Mike Hebert (356-126, 14th season; 928-383 overall).

Key player: Tabitha Love, Fr. OH (Minneapolis Regional outstanding).

Note: This is Minnesota's third trip to the national semifinals in seven years.

Brian Landman, Times staff writer

NCAA women's volleyball Final Four preview 12/16/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, December 16, 2009 10:36pm]
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