Wisconsin volleyball had a tough task, taking on No. 1 seed Texas in its retun to the Final Four for the first time since 2000. The Badgers didn't back down to the challenge and rode the play of it's young stars to a 3-1 (25-18, 25-19, 26-28, 25-23) victory over the top-seeded and defending champion Longhorns.
Star freshman Lauren Carlini ended the match with 50 assists and 12 digs, while her front-line mate, Ellen Chapman, led the Badgers in kills—with 17 on the night.
The Badgers also used a huge 7-2 advantage in service aces to win the match and move on to the national championship.
However, it wasn't just the two youngsters making big time contributions, as fellow attackers Deme Morales and Dominique Thompson came up huge. Thompson led the Badgers in attacking percentage, converting on .222 of her kill attempts and ending the match with 12 kills in total.
Morales came up big in the final set on her way to finishing second on the team in kills, with 14.