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Defending champion Texas is on collision course with old rival Nebraska in volleyball regional

  • Texas' Sara Hattis, top center, attempts to block Chiaka Ogbogu, bottom center, during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Texas' Sara Hattis, top center, attempts to block Chiaka Ogbogu, bottom center, during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas' Chloe Collins, left, Sara Hattis, center, and Amy Neal go up for a block during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Texas' Chloe Collins, left, Sara Hattis, center, and Amy Neal go up for a block during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

  • Texas' Khat Bell hits the ball over the net during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

    Texas' Khat Bell hits the ball over the net during practice in Lincoln, Neb., Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013. Texas plays American on Friday in the NCAA college volleyball Lincoln regional. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)  (The Associated Press)

Defending national champion Texas' road back to the NCAA volleyball final four runs through familiar territory — Nebraska.

The Cornhuskers parted ways with Texas in 2011 when they joined the Big Ten. But the old Big 12 rivals are on a collision course in the Lincoln Regional.

The No. 1-seeded Longhorns (25-2) take a 21-match win streak into their semifinal against American (34-2) on Friday. They'll play No. 8 Huskers (25-6) on Saturday if Nebraska beats No. 9 San Diego (26-3).

Other regionals are in Lexington, Ky., Champaign, Ill., and Los Angeles. Winners move to the final four next week in Seattle.

Texas beat Nebraska in a five-set match in Austin in September and has won six of the last eight meetings with the Huskers.