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Top-ranked Bears take down Washington, clinch first Final Four berth

Baylor is headed to Pittsburgh as the push for a national championship continues.
Credit: Baylor Athletics
Yossiana Pressley (22), Kara McGhee (17), Marieke Van der Mark (10), Hannah Lockin (14), Shanel Bramschreiber (32) and Shelly Stafford (5) celebrate a point during Baylor's Sweet 16 NCAA Tournament win vs. No. 16 Purdue on Dec. 13, 2019. The Bears won 3-1 and clinched their first Elite Eight berth in program history.

WACO, Texas — For the first time in program history, Baylor's volleyball team will play in the Final Four.

No. 1 Baylor beat No. 8 Washington (25-20, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18) inside the Ferrell Center in the program's first Elite Eight appearance to clinch the historic bid.

Yossiana Pressley was named Waco Regional Most Outstanding Player and Gia Milana, Marieke Van der Mark and Hannah Lockin joined Pressley on the All-Tournament Team.

Pressley led the way with 24 kills Saturday, with senior Shelly Stafford adding 11 more.

Lockin hit 1.000, with no errors and seven kills to go with 48 assists. As a team, Baylor hit an astounding .479.

In the semifinal, No. 1 Baylor will get a rematch with No. 4 Wisconsin, which the Bears swept in Madison at the beginning of the season. That match will be at PPG Paints Arena in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Thursday night. Start time will be announced later.

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