Brigham Young showed Penn State why it is the top-ranked volleyball team in the country.
The Cougars swept Penn State, 3-0, in the NCAA men's semifinals at UCLA's Pauley Pavilion on Thursday night. BYU moves on to meet defending national champion UC-Irvine in the championship Saturday.
BYU won the first two games handily, 25-21 and 25-16. Penn State looked as if it would not go quietly, racing to a 6-1 lead in the third set. The Cougars slowly chipped away at the deficit and finally took their first lead of the third set, 22-21, then closed out the Nittany Lions.
Sophomore Aaron Russell led Penn State with 13 kills, and redshirt sophomore Nick Goodell (Ambridge) had nine. But Penn State had a paltry .151 hitting percentage as compared to the Cougars' .345.
Penn State, which earned a spot in the semifinals by winning its 15th straight Eastern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association title, ended its season at 23-8.
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