The nebraska volleyball team might have some company from an in-state rival in the final four, if everything goes right. The Creighton Bluejays are pulling off one upset after another in order to move through the NCAA tournament and their latest win has them closer than ever to a clash with their big sister just 60 minutes to the west. Considering what's been going down with the rivalry between these two schools in basketball, it's hard not to wonder whether the two teams' runs through the bracket have been scripted in order to make for compelling sports entertainment.

The juggernaut

For the defending National Champion Nebraska volleyball team, the tournament was a bit of a cakewalk until Friday afternoon's third round matchup against Penn State.

The Huskers, who are the top seed in the entire tournament hadn't lost a set until their match against the Nittany Lions. The two teams are obviously familiar with each other, both coming from the Big Ten conference. This time around, it appeared Penn State was going to pull off the upset, as it took a two set to nothing lead. Then the Huskers came roaring back, first with a 26-24 third set win and then asserting its dominance, winning 25-19 and 15-6. It was a shot across the bow for a team that has looked among the best all year.

The upstart

Creighton has had to scratch and claw in order to get where it is today. Unlike the Nebraska volleyball team, the Bluejays are not even seeded (the volleyball bracket is different from, say March Madness in that way) and have had to close out every match three sets to two.

That includes gutty victories over 5th seeded Kansas and a comeback victory of its own against 12th seeded Michigan. Creighton was down two sets to one to the Wolverines in their own Friday matchup but managed to win the final two sets 25-20 and 15-7.

Now both teams have just one more hurdle until the two Nebraska state schools can face off against each other in the final four of this tournament.

The Nebraska volleyball team will take on a tough Washington Huskies squad that has rolled unbeaten through it's tournament field at 3:00PM eastern on Saturday. Creighton will take on 4th seeded Texas, which, like the Bluejays, has had to win every match in five sets. They will go at 8:00 pm eastern.

Both of the games can be seen on ESPNU and should both Nebraska schools win, they will play each other next Thursday, December 15 with more than bragging rights at stake.

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