That was a late Saturday night shocker from the West Coast. Kansas, the No. 9 overall seed, vanquished top-seeded Southern Cal in five sets in the Elite Eight, winning 25-18, 25-21, 22-25, 19-25, 15-13.

The ending especially was crazy for the Jayhawks, who were down 13-9 in the fifth set but got the last six points to advance.

So here are your Final Four pairings:

The Gophers, 30-4, the Big Ten champs, and No. 2 overall seed, vs. Texas, 29-2, the Big 12 champs, and No. 3 seed in Thursday's first match. ... This is the favorite, Minnesota, vs. the team that's always there in Final Four in recent years.

Then Nebraska, 30-2, the Big Ten runner-ups, and No. 4 seed, vs. Kansas, 30-2, the Big 12 runners-up, and No. 9 seed. ... This is the home state favorite vs. the tournament Cinderalla.


Kelsie Payne had 18 kills to lead the Jayhawks over USC, although she hit only .159. Three teammates had 10 kills apiece: Janae Hall, Madison Rigdon and Taylor Soucie. Kansas was in its first regional final and now is in its first Final Four.

Ainise Havili, Kansas' setter, was named the regional's outstanding player. She had 48 assists and 22 digs.

USC finishes 33-3. Samantha Bricio, named the nation's best player by ESPNW, led USC with 25 kills and had 12 digs but she did not get off to a good start and hit only .184. She had 11 attack errors in  76 attempts.


Texas got to play at home, in Austin, in its regional. Still Florida gave the Longhorns trouble -- their match went five sets. Texas won 22-25, 25-22, 25-19, 20-25, 17-15.

Fourteen Big 12 teams have gone to Final Four. Only once before were two there, that was Nebraska and Texas in 2008.

Texas has won one national title, in 2012. Nebraska two as a Big 12 team, in 2000 and 2006. The Huskers second title came in Omaha, in the CenturyLink Arena where this year's event will be held, too.

The Big 12 is 9-3 in this NCAA tournament. The Big 10, which had nine teams in the field, is 19-7.

Texas has reached the NCAA semifinals seven times in the past eight years. The seniors on the team did it all four years. But only one Texas team has won a title, the 2012 team when the present seniors were freshmen.

Against the Gators, junior outside hitter Paulina Prieto Cerame had 18 kills, junior middle blocker Chiaka Ogbogo had 15 kills and hit .462 and Molly McCage and Amy Neal each had 13 kills and McCage hit .591.

As a team, Texas hit .279, Flordia .230.


Kadie Rolfzen had 20 kills, 15 digs and hit .472 in the Huskers' win over Washington. She was named the Lexington, Ky., regional's most outstanding player. It was the ninth postseason match in a row she has had a double-double.

Nebraska's winning set scores were 25-17, 21-25, 25-20, 25-21.