Penn St. scoots by Stanford into final

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Megan Courtney had 23 kills and defending champion Penn State beat top-seeded Stanford 25-16, 23-25, 25-22, 25-21 on Thursday night to reach the NCAA women's volleyball final.

Micha Hancock had 55 set assists and Ali Frantti added 16 kills for the Nittany Lions (35-3), They will seek their seventh championship and sixth in eight years Saturday night against BYU.

Brittany Howard had 13 kills, and Merete Lutz and Jordan Burgess added 10 each for Stanford (33-2), which beat Penn State in the regular season.

BYU beat Texas 25-23, 25-16, 17-25, 26-24 in the first semifinal.

Penn State coach Russ Rose said he was impressed with BYU's path to the final.

"To go back to back, beat Nebraska and then Texas -- for sure, they have our attention," he said.

Rose got the best of Stanford coach John Dunning again. He defeated Dunning in the national finals in 2007 and 2008.

"I would like to congratulate Penn State," Dunning said. "And I would like to say I've said that too many times. I'm actually tired of it. But no one should feel sorry for us."