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Roundup: Ducks advance to national championship match

Dec 14, 2012

Down goes No. 1! The Oregon Ducks beat Penn State in four sets last night in the NCAA Women's Volleyball Final Four. Now? The Ducks are ready to hook 'em a national championship on Saturday when they face Texas in the NCAA Finals. This is the Ducks’ first appearance in the national title bout as they look to make it two straight natties for the Pac-12 (UCLA won it last year).

You know what else kicks off on Saturday? The bowl season! And it starts bright and early at 10 a.m. PT when Arizona squares off against Nevada in the New Mexico Bowl. While there is a game to win, the Wildcats are having a little fun leading up to the New Mexico Bowl. When it comes down to it, however, Arizona will have to bear down against Stephon Jefferson, the second-leading rusher in the nation behind only the scary Ka’Deem Carey.

Back to volleyball quickly - as John Dunning’s right-hand woman, Stanford’s Denise Corlett has been named the NCAA Division I National Assistant Coach of the Year by the AVCA. One of the best in the business gets recognized for the second time in three years with this honor - props to Denise.

And now back to football. I bet you didn’t know Oregon State’s Jordan Poyer is on the brink of history (unless you’ve already read this article or are just a lot more knowledgeable than I). With an All-American nod by the Football Writers Association of America today, Poyer would be the Beavers’ first unanimous All-American defensive player.

Thanks to Christian Caple’s reporting, we know that Marquess Wilson wasn’t trying to harm the Washington State football program with his claims after walking away from the football team, as the wide receiver explains in a text to AD Bill Moos.

Looking down the line a little bit, Utah football scheduled a home-and-home with Fresno State for 2014 and 2015. The Bulldogs will visit Salt Lake City in 2014, and the Utes will return the favor the next year.

Suggested streaming for tonight? Get your internet warmed for a 6:00 p.m. (PT) tip at the Coors Events Center in Boulder, where the Colorado women’s basketball team will get a chance to shine against No. 8 Louisville. The Buffs are undefeated this year, but no team they have played so far compares to the mighty Cardinals.

The UCLA women’s basketball team heads out to New York to play Saint Mary’s in the St. John’s Chartwells Holiday Classic this Saturday, with the winner most likely taking on St. John’s - a perennial NCAA tournament team that made it to the Sweet 16 last year - the following day.

Before last night’s game, Jerry Brewer of the Seattle Times urged fans to not predict a downfall for the Huskies’ men’s basketball team despite a disappointing 4-4 start to the season. Then Washington went out and beat Seattle, 87-74, at Key Arena. Not that that would change much of anything, but it’s a nice win that gets Romar and Friends on the right side of .500.

After winning a fifth straight NCAA title in men’s water polo, it’s only right that a USC player would be named a finalist for the Cutino Award. Nikola Vavic, who made history by scoring 83 goals this year (the most for any Trojan in a season since 1988), is up for water polo’s highest honor. Don’t hold your breath, though, because the winner won’t be announced until June 1. If that last name sounds familiar, it’s because Nikola’s father Jovan is the famed head coach of both the men’s and women’s water polo teams at USC.

Did you know that Arizona State’s hockey team is ranked No. 1 in the AHCA? Here’s why. For those curious, hockey isn’t a varsity sport at Arizona State, but that didn’t stop the Forks from beating an NCAA D-I team in Penn State this year.

Former California Golden Bear Lauren Boyle won gold in the 800-meter freestyle at the FINA World Championships on Thursday with a time of 8:08.62 in the short course. Boyle swam at Cal from 2007-10 and nearly medaled in the 800-meter freestyle at the 2012 London Olympics this past summer for New Zealand.