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No surprise in this final matchup

Originally Published: December 16, 2011
By Mechelle Voepel | ESPN.com

SAN ANTONIO -- Illinois has never reached this pinnacle of women's volleyball before. UCLA has, but it last happened 17 years ago. Yet what fans will see Saturday when they meet for the NCAA championship are two teams that no one is surprised to have here.

Both had stretches of being ranked No. 1 in the coaches' poll during the regular season. Both have multiple weapons. Those of Illinois were on display in an entertaining, high-level 3-2 victory over USC in the semifinals.

Meanwhile, ...

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