'It's going to be a brawl': What to know about the Wisconsin-Oregon NCAA volleyball regional final.

MADISON – Perhaps no opposing coach has a better read on the Wisconsin-Oregon regional final than Purdue’s Dave Shondell.

The Boilermakers faced Wisconsin twice in November with the home team taking each match. They lost to Oregon on Thursday night in a regional semifinal at the UW Field House.

So what kind of match should we expect, Coach?

“I think it’s going to be a brawl,” Shondell said, “a lot of physical players, maybe the two most physical teams in the country.”

At stake when the Badgers (29-3) host the Ducks (29-5) in an NCAA volleyball regional final Saturday night at the Field House will be Wisconsin’s fourth trip to the Final Four in five seasons. Oregon hasn’t been the national semifinals since it was the runner-up in 2012.

Here is what you need to know about the matchup.

When does the Wisconsin volleyball team face Oregon in the regional final?

The Badgers play the Ducks at 7 p.m. Saturday at the UW Field House. The match will be shown live on ESPNU.

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What volleyball teams are still alive in the NCAA Tournament?

There will be three other regional finals Saturday. Each will be shown on ESPNU.

No. 2 seed Louisville at No. 1 Pittsburgh, 3 p.m.

No. 3 seed Arkansas at No. 1 seed Nebraska, 5 p.m.

No. 2 seed Texas at No. 1 seed Stanford, 9 p.m.

Wisconsin celebrates the point during the third set of the NCAA Regional Volleyball semifinal match against Penn State on Thursday December 7, 2023 at the UW Field House in Madison, Wis.
Wisconsin celebrates the point during the third set of the NCAA Regional Volleyball semifinal match against Penn State on Thursday December 7, 2023 at the UW Field House in Madison, Wis.

How did Wisconsin advance to the regional final?

The Badgers swept Jackson State and Miami in the first two rounds and avenged a loss to Penn State with a four-set win Thursday.

How did Oregon advance to the regional final?

The Ducks haven’t lost a set in the postseason. They swept Southeastern Louisiana in the first round, Hawaii in the second and Purdue in the regional semifinal Thursday.

Who are the top players for the Oregon vollleyball team?

When it comes to accolades this is the most talented Ducks team ever. Six players earned all-regional distinction, including a program-record five first-team selections. Those players show how much of a veteran team Oregon has. The team’s core is made up of six seniors. Setter Hannah Pukis, a second-team All-American last season, is second in the Pac 12 with 10.89 assists per set. Georgia Murphy is a five-year starter at libero. Hitters Morgan Lewis and Gabby Gonzales are fifth-year players. So is middle blocker Kara Murphy and top blocker Karson Bacon. Sophomore Mimi Colyer, the youngster of the bunch, leads the team with 3.69 kills per set.

What are the Oregon volleyball team’s biggest wins this season?

The Ducks are 7-5 against ranked teams. Their best win was Sept. 14 against Pittsburgh, which went on to win the ACC title and reach the regional final. Oregon split with Washington State and Arizona State and fell twice to Stanford, a regional finalist, going down in four and five sets, respectively.

Has Wisconsin faced Oregon in the NCAA Tournament?

The Badgers have faced Oregon twice, including once in the NCAA Tournament. UW was a four-set winner over the Ducks in the first round of the 2015 tournament. The teams' other meeting was a three-set UW loss during the 1984 season.

Where is the NCAA volleyball Final Four?

The Final Four will be hosted by Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida. Semifinal matches will be played Thursday, Dec. 14. The final will be played Sunday, Dec. 17.

Who would Wisconsin face in the Final Four?

If the Badgers advance to the Final Four they will face the winner of the Texas-Stanford regional final.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Wisconsin volleyball 2023 NCAA Tournament schedule, look at Oregon