The No. 4 Wisconsin Badgers (27-6) upset No.1 Baylor Bears (29-2) in the national semifinals of the 2019 NCAA Division I Championship, whose Final Four is held in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania: 3-1 (25-27, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19). Led by junior middle blocker Dana Rettke (30 points, including 8 kill blocks), Wisconsin advanced to their third NCAA national championship match, first since 2013. They have never won the title so far.
In the other semifinal, No. 3 Stanford Cardinal (29-4) swept No. 7 Minnesota Golden Gophers (27-6) and will play their second successive final. Stanford will be looking to defend their title and win their third national championship in four years. Senior outside hitter Kathryn Plummer top-scored for the Cardinal with 32 points, including 5 kill blocks which as many kill blocks as senior setter Jenna Gray have made.
2019 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship – National semifinals
(1) Baylor – (4) Wisconsin 1-3 (27-25, 21-25, 17-25, 19-25)
(3) Stanford – (7) Minnesota 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-22)
(4) Wisconsin – (3) Stanford, 02:00 CET
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