Well, Stanford pulled it off
and won their semifinal Women's Volleyball Final Four match. But, let me tell you, it was in doubt all the way to the end. Stanford looked a little complacent, sluggish and messy. USC was tighter and got their hands on *everything* (touches on hits, amazing digs) and USC's star hitter (6'4" Asia Kaczor from Poland) was putting everything away.
Somehow, Stanford pulled it out. Yet, down 13-14 in the final game, and with USC serving for the match, Stanford let the serve go and it was out. Barely out. That's a little bit too complacent for me.
Final score: 23-30, 30-20, 30-25, 20-30, 16-14.
Saturday it's Stanford versus the Penn State / Cal winner. Don't know who that will be (we left after the first game, which Penn State won 30-28). Two-thirds the way through the first game I would have said Penn State but Cal hung in there and almost got it back. I still say Penn State.
Stanford's going to have to play much better Saturday than they did today. But they can do it. Go Stanford!
UPDATE: Penn State apparently turned it on and whacked Cal in 3 games. Stanford has their work cut out for them (but did beat Penn State early in the year). Go Stanford!