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Dec. 11, 2010
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - Deja McClendon posted 20 kills, and Arielle Wilson put back eight of Penn State's 17 blocks to lead the fourth-seeded Nittany Lions to a 3-1 (25-19, 25-18, 23-25, 25-17) win over 12th-seeded Duke in the NCAA Regional Final on Saturday evening in Rec Hall.
McClendon and Wilson combined for 32 kills and only five attack errors as the three-time defending NCAA Champion Nittany Lions (30-5) beat Duke to advance to the NCAA Final Four in Kansas City, Mo. The Penn State victory ends the 2010 season for the Blue Devils (27-7), who advanced to the NCAA Regional Final for the first time in school history.
Penn State, which has not lost an NCAA Tournament match since 2006, will now face the winner of Texas and Purdue in the NCAA Semifinal on Dec. 16.
Duke juniors Sophia Dunworth and Kellie Catanach were both named to the University Park, Pa., Regional All-Tournament Team. Dunworth led Duke with 12 kills against Penn State and had double-digit kills in all four of Duke's NCAA Tournament matches. Catanach, the ACC Player of the Year, averaged 10.31 assists per set for the tournament and posted 55 of those assists in a 3-1 NCAA Regional Semifinal win over Missouri.