COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Inky Ajanaku had 15 kills and nine blocks and Stanford beat second-ranked Minnesota in four sets Thursday night to reach the NCAA womens volleyball final.The 6-foot-6 freshmen hitting duo of Kathryn Plummer and Audriana Fitzmorris combined for 25 kills in the 26-24, 25-19, 22-25, 25-22 victory.Stanford moves on to the final against No. 4 Texas, which defeated top-ranked Nebraska 25-18, 25-23, 25-21 in the other semifinal.Plummer, Fitzmorris and the 6-4 Ajanaku consistently got touches at the net on the majority of Minnesotas attacks. Morgan Hentz and setter Jenna Gray made up the rest of the freshmen quartet that proved vital in leading Stanford (26-7) to its first national final since 2008.People have been talking about our freshmen all week, about whether theyre going to play like freshmen or not, Stanford coach John Dunning said. And what I say is, yeah, they played like freshmen. Theyre really good. Theyre poised for freshmen, and they can handle it and theyre continuing to learn and handle it better.Down 20-17 in the fourth set, Minnesotas Samantha Seliger-Swenson blocked Stanfords Ivana Vanjak to tie the set at 21. Ajanaku, then, ripped a kill down the middle on the next play to put Stanford ahead for good. At 24-22, Fitzmorris killed an overpass at the net to send the Gophers home.Big Ten Player of the Year Sarah Wilhite led the Gophers with 25 kills on 70 attempts. She had 10 kills in the first set. Freshman Alexis Hart was second on the team with 11 kills, five of which came in the first set.Following a tight first set, the Cardinal defense took over. Plummer, Ajanaku and Fitzmorris assisted on eight blocks in the second set. Gray had three kills on four attempts for Stanford. Kelsey Humphries had eight of her 17 digs in the set.Stanford is a great blocking team, Wilhite said. They played great out there. They played hard. I just think as hitters we really had to mix up our offense and our shots to kind of combat the tall block.Stanford hit just .188 in the match with the Gophers swinging at a rate of .149. The Gophers had won 14 straight games before Thursday.In the other semifinal, the Longhorns got 15 kills apiece from Ebony Nwanebu and Paulina Prieto-Cerame in their upset of Nebraska.We have a lot of self-confidence as a team going into it, Texas coach Jerritt Elliott said. Ive been to a lot of Final Fours and this is the calmest Ive been going into it. I just had a feeling with this group that they would perform at a high level tonight. And they proved that.Nebraskas leading hitters, Kadie Rolfzen and Mikaela Foecke, combined for 19 kills. Foecke was set 30 times and swung at a rate of .333. Nebraska finished 31-3.The match was a rematch of the 2015 national championship game in Omaha, Nebraska, where the Cornhuskers won in three sets. The Huskers beat Texas in late August, but the Longhorns attack proved too tough for the reigning national champs.With Texas leading 19-18 in the third set, Texas went on a 6-3 run to close out the match, including three kills by Nwanebu. Texas advanced to its second consecutive national championship match.In the final set, Texas had a .424 hitting percentage, with eight kills from Nwanebu.Texas was practically flawless when the ball was in the air. The Longhorns had a total of just eight hitting errors on 109 attempts. Nebraska, on the other hand, had 21 hitting errors and got outblocked 10-4.Very uncharacteristic, Nebraska coach John Cook said. I saw stuff I havent seen all year tonight. 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BOSTON -- Rick Porcello had a simple answer to why he cant think about his current success.He knows there are a lot more important things hes helping the Boston Red Sox chase.Porcello became the majors first 18-game winner and the first Red Sox pitcher in 70 years to open a season 13-0 in Fenway Park, going seven solid innings in Bostons 9-4 victory over the Tampa Bay Rays on Monday night.When you look at the standings were still chasing so theres nothing to be complacent about. You still have to gain ground on Toronto. Were not in first place right now, the right-hander said. Thats how I kind of view it. I dont look at it as a personal level: `Im doing well so I can relax. Were still fighting so we can get where we have to be.Mookie Betts hit his 30th homer, a solo shot, and drove in two runs for the Red Sox, who hold the ALs first wild-card spot but had lost four of five.Brock Holt had three hits and drove in two runs, Travis Shaw had three hits and Chris Young added a tiebreaking two-run double for Boston.The Rays, buried in last in the AL East, have lost three of four.Porcello (18-3) allowed three runs and six hits, striking out seven without issuing a walk to become the first Boston pitcher since Dave Boo Ferriss finished 13-0 at home in 1946 to start a season by winning his initial 13 decisions in Fenway.Rick has been a model of consistency, Red Sox manager John Farrell said.Red Sox 2B Dustin Pedroia missed the game after a death in the family, but hes expected back Tuesday.Matt Andriese (6-6) took the loss, giving up a season-high seven runs in four-plus innings. Evan Longoria had two sacrifice flies for the Rays, who split a four-game series against the Red Sox at home last week.I just wasnt at my best, so its kind of what happens when you leave some elevated pitches up there, Andriese said of facing the majors top scoring team. Its a good hitting lineup and they made me pay.The game was tied 2-2 after three innings before Boston took charge with three runs in the fourth and two in the fifth.Really iimpressed with the offense that they came right back and got two quick runs to tie it back up, Rays manager Kevin Cash said.dddddddddddd But after that Porcello seemed to kick it in gear and they kind of had Matts number a little bit.Young lined his two-run double past third baseman Longoria, moving the Red Sox ahead 4-2. Longoria seemed to mistime the speed of the liner, raising his glove a bit late. Holt added an RBI double.After the Rays cut it to 5-3, Betts lined a run-scoring double into the left-field corner. He scored on Shaws infield hit.Betts homered over the Green Monster, hitting a billboard with the ball bouncing onto the field.TRAINERS ROOMRays: Cash has decided to go with six starters when RHP Aex Cobb returns to the rotation this weekend against Toronto after being sidelined since Tommy John surgery in May 2015. We have six guys, all with the reason to be starters, Cash said.Red Sox: Farrell said RHP Koji Uehara (strained chest muscle) had another strong bullpen session. The next steps are for him to have bullpen on Wednesday before facing live hitters Saturday. .Farrell also said C Ryan Hanigan (left ankle tendinitis) is expected to come off a rehab assignment and join the team when they start a road trip in Oakland on Friday.MAGICIAL MOOKIEThe 23-year-old Betts joined Ted Williams (1939, 1941) and Tony Conigliaro (1965) as the only Red Sox with 30 homers in a season before turning 24.It feels pretty good. It affected the game. Thats what I set out to do, he said. Its pretty cool hitting 30.UP NEXTRays: RHP Jake Odorizzi (9-5, 3.53 ERA) is set to start Tuesday. He pitched seven innings at home against the Red Sox last Thursday, his longest outing in a month.Red Sox: LHP Drew Pomeranz (2-3, 4.06) is looking to build on his strong start last Thursday against the Rays when he struck out a career-best 11, but got the loss despite giving up only two runs in six innings. ' ' '