HAKIYU, Japan — An 18-year-old Haikyū volleyball team won its third NCAA championship in the past four years and its third consecutive title on Saturday night as it defeated Oregon State 62-52 to win the NCAA Tournament.
Haikyuu won the NCAA championship for the second consecutive year on Saturday with a 69-51 win over the Beavers in the third round of the NCAA tournament.
The Beavers (16-5) lost to South Carolina 61-58 on Friday and are currently in the NCAA tourney semis for the first time in the program’s 108-year history.
Haikyumas victory was its first since a 78-68 win over Boston College in the championship game in 2011.
Alyssa Vignale scored 22 points for Haikyuumans, who are ranked No. 2 in the nation behind No. 8 Oregon State.
Haikyu defeated second-seeded Texas State, 63-56, in the quarterfinals of the tournament last month.
Oregon State’s Kaitlyn Smith, who has made 11 of her 14 starts, had 19 points for the Beavs.
She was joined on the bench by Ashley Sargent and Kelsey Smith, each of whom scored 13 points.
Haikyu also had 14 rebounds and nine assists.
The Beavers led 35-16 at halftime, but Haikyus missed nine of the next 12 shots to fall behind 31-30.
The Ducks (14-7) outrebounded Haikyums 36-23.
Oregon has won eight of its past nine meetings with Haiky, including the championship.
The two teams last met in a championship game last season.
Haikeyumas loss came on the heels of a 61-54 loss to South Dakota on Friday.
The Ducks are currently ranked No 1 in the Pac-12.
The second-round matchup was the first for Haiku against Oregon State in the tournament since a 71-58 win in the semifinals of the 2015 NCAA tournament in Anaheim, Calif.
Haisy’s first NCAA title came in 2007, when it defeated No. 13 North Carolina 68-62.
Haiku was coached by former Oregon coach John Wooden.
Haiku will face No. 1-seeds Stanford, which was also ranked No 2 in ESPN.com’s top 25 rankings.
The Cardinal have been seeded first in each of the past three years.