Pitt, Louisville advance as ACC grabs two of the NCAA volleyball national semi spots

Pitt celebrates beating Purdue/Pitt photo

Third-seeded Pittsburgh opened Saturday’s NCAA Tournament regional final play by knocking out sixth-seeded Purdue 25-20, 28-30, 25-20, 25-15 and became the first ACC team to make it to the national semifinals in 10 years.

A few hours later the Panthers were joined by ACC-champion and top-seeded and unbeaten  Louisville, which beat another ACC team, Georgia Tech 25-18, 21-25, 25-21, 25-20.

Pittsburgh (30-3) will play Thursday in Columbus, Ohio, against the winner of the late match between second-seeded Texas of the Big 12 and No. 10 Nebraska of the Big Ten.

Louisville (32-0) will play the winner of the match between two Big Ten teams, fourth-seeded Wisconsin and 12th-seeded Minnesota.

Florida State, which made it in 2011, was the only previous ACC team to make it that far.

We’ll update this story as the night goes on and will have a full recap of the four regional finals on Sunday.

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