By The Numbers: NCAA Semifinals

  0 Wendy Mayer | December 15th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News, Pac 12, SEC

Thursday night provided some epic volleyball as a pair of five-set affairs decided the two teams moving on to Saturday’s national championship match. In the end, No. 5 seed Nebraska and No. 2 seed Florida grabbed the title spots.

As the Huskers and Gators prepare for the season finale, VolleyMob delved into the archives to bring you a few historical notes and also a few standout stats from Thursday’s contests.


Semifinals Wrapup

5 – Number of consecutive seasons the Big Ten has put a team in the finals (also nine of the last 10 years – save 2012)

8 – Number of consecutive seasons the No. 1 overall seed failed to make the championship match (since #1 Penn State def. #2 Texas in 2009)

  • 2010 (#4 Penn State def. #7 California)
  • 2011 (#9 UCLA def. #3 Illinois)
  • 2012 (#3 Texas def. #5 Oregon)
  • 2013 (#2 Penn State def. #7 Stanford)
  • 2014 (#5 Penn State def. BYU)
  • 2015 (#4 Nebraska def. #3 Texas)
  • 2016 (#6 Stanford def. #4 Nebraska)
  • 2017 (#2 Florida vs. #5 Nebraska)

18,374 – Attendance for the semifinals, the most in NCAA history, surpassing 17,551 (2015 in Omaha)

19,426 – Highest attendance for an NCAA volleyball match in 2017 (Virginia Tech at North Carolina – 10/13/17 – which was held in conjunction with the Late Night with Roy basketball event and 2017 NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship banner unveiling)

Penn State vs. Nebraska

.273 – Hitting percentage by Penn State’s Haleigh Washington, whose season average was .503 coming into the semifinals

4 – Aces by Nebraska’s Kenzie Maloney as the Huskers served up 10 in the match

7 – Number of consecutive victories the Nebraska senior class posted over Penn State, including Thursday’s win (following a Nov. 29, 2014 loss)

9 – Blocks by Nebraska’s Lauren Stivrins to lead the Huskers to a 13-12 blocking lead over Penn State

19 – Match high kills by Nebraska’s Mikaela Foecke, who also chipped in 19 digs

171 – minutes, length of the match, the longest national semifinal in NCAA Tournament history

Stanford vs. Florida

-.040 – Stanford’s hitting percentage in Set 5 of the National Semifinal #2 (5 kills, 6 errors, 25 attempts)

.517Rhamat Alhassan‘s team high hitting percentage for the Gators (17 kills, 2 errors, 29 attempts)

14 – Years Between Florida’s National Championship appearances

19 – Kills by Stanford’s Merete Lutz to lead all hitters in the match

21 – National Semifinal appearances for Stanford, most in the nation

119 – Record NCAA Tournament wins in Stanford program history

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Wendy Mayer

Wendy Mayer has worked in athletics media relations for the last 20 years. The Northwest Missouri State alumna is currently senior writer for after spending the last 15 years with Purdue athletics.

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