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NCAA Volleyball Final 4: BYU upsets Texas

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Jennifer Hamson had 22 kills and Alexa Gray added 19 to help BYU beat Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 in the NCAA women's volleyball semifinals Thursday night.

The unseeded Cougars (30-4) hadn't been to the semifinals since 1993, and they advanced to the final for the first time. They will take a 12-match winning streak into the final against the Stanford-Penn State winner.

Hamson, a 6-foot-7 senior right side hitter, also had 10 digs and seven block assists. Gray, a 6-foot-2 junior outside hitter, had a .409 hitting percentage. BYU hit .209 as a team and had 17 team blocks.

Chiaka Ogbogu led the Longhorns (27-3) with 14 kills. Former Waterloo East star Haley Eckerman, Texas' first-team All-America middle blocker, had just nine kills and a .033 hitting percentage in her final collegiate match.

BYU, the only non-power five conference team in the field, upset Nebraska in the regional final. BYU coach Shawn Olmstead said he knew his team was the underdog heading into the semifinals, but he felt confident his team had the talent and the proper approach to win in Oklahoma City.
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