The top-ranked and top-seeded Nittany Lions (37-0), the two-time defending NCAA champions on a 100-match winning streak, lost their first set against Hawaii at the St. Pete Times Forum but won the next three in Thursday night's national semifinals.  Nittany Lions coach Russ Rose was presented with his 1,000th career victory.

They will meet No. 2-ranked and No. 2-seeded Texas (29-1) on Saturday — a finale between the teams that have been Nos. 1 and 2 in the polls all season. The Longhorns overwhelmed Minnesota in the first match of the evening and will face a Penn State looking for an unprecedented third straight national title.

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More festivities will kick off today in Channelside with Coca-Cola’s Battle By the Bay!  Check below for more fun events the rest of the weekend.
Coca Cola's Battle By the Bay in Channelside
Channelside Bay Plaza

Experience the weekend's biggest volleyball party! Channelside Bay Plaza features a unique mix of dining and entertainment. From fine dining to dancing, and bowling to karaoke, Channelside Bay Plaza has it all.

AVCA Youth Clinic
9:00am –noon
Tampa Convention Center

St. Pete Times Forum Plaza

AVCA All-American Autograph Session
St. Pete Times Forum

NCAA Division I National Championship
St. Pete Times Forum

AVCA Under Armour All-American Game
St. Pete Times Forum

Check out the pics below from last nights second game, and we'll have more coming next week! I'm out for now but check back soon for more info on things to do in Tampa Bay!