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Saturday December 9, 2006Nebraska Comes Back From 0-2 Deficit To Advance To Final Four

GAINESVILLE, Fla.

Outside hitter Jordan Larson collected 21 kills on .278 hitting and added 17 digs in being named MVP of the Gainesville Regional as top seed Nebraska came back from an 0-2 deficit to advance to the 2006 Final Four in Omaha with a 3-2 (25-30, 22-30, 30-20, 30-25, 15-9) victory against No. 8 seed Minnesota before a crowd of 2,206 fans on Saturday at the Stephen C. O’Connell Center.

 

Nebraska (31-1) will move on to the program’s 10th Final Four, which will be held next week in Omaha. The Huskers advanced to the Final Four for the first time in school history when not playing in a regional in the state of Nebraska.

 

The Huskers came back from an 0-2 deficit for just the 10th time in school history and the first time in Nebraska history in the NCAA Championship.

 

Sarah Pavan, who also was named to the All-Tournament team, collected 20 kills and 11 digs for the Huskers, while Tracy Stalls added 13 kills on .375 hitting with six blocks. Dani Mancuso also chimed in with 15 kills, while setter Rachel Holloway was named to the All-Tournament team after finishing with 65 assists, three blocks and three digs.

 

Minnesota (26-8) was led by middle blockers Meredith Nelson and Kyla Roehrig, who each totaled 15 kills and were named to the All-Tournament team. Jessy Jones added 14 kills on .344 hitting and ended the match with 10 blocks. Libero Malama Peniata led all players with 23 digs.

 

Gainesville Regional All-Tournament Team

Jordan Larson (MVP) – Nebraska

Sarah Pavan – Nebraska

Rachel Holloway - Nebraska

Meredith Nelson – Minnesota

Kyla Roehrig - Minnesota

Kisya Killingsworth – Florida

Kristen Carlson – San Diego

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