Some momentum issues with a sweep.
Lincoln. — The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team extended its 2010 home record to 11-0 on Wednesday night with a 3-0 (25-9, 27-25, 25-23) sweep of the Kansas State Wildcats. The win was extra special for senior setter Sydney Anderson as she took over the No. 5 spot on the Huskers' all-time assists chart.
Anderson moved to the fifth spot on the career list during the first set of the match as she recorded the 3,184th assist of her NU career. Entering the year ranked ninth on the career chart, Anderson has passed Rachel Holloway (2,861), Dani Busboom (2,873), Lori Endicott (3,117) and now Christy Johnson (3,183) this season. Anderson led the Huskers in assists on the night with 22, while Lauren Cook chipped in 18.
Nebraska's defense caused Kansas State troubles all night as Allison McNeal's career-high nine blocks and Lindsey Licht's five stuffs led the Huskers in holding the Wildcats to .104 hitting. Offensively the Huskers spread the wealth with six players totaling five or more kills. Brooke Delano tied for the match lead with nine kills, while Hannah Werth and Morgan Broekhuis each added eight.
The Huskers came out swinging to start the match with a 7-0 run, including three blocks from McNeal. The teams then split the next six rallies before Nebraska put up a 7-3 run to take a 17-6 lead, with Delano and Werth each producing two kills during the run.
Kansas State answered with a kill and ace from Kaitlynn Pelger to cut the Husker lead to single digits, but the Wildcats failed to get any closer as the Huskers ended the set on an 8-1 run to take set one, 25-9.
The NU offense was attacking from every angle with five Huskers producing two or more kills in the set, including four from Werth and three each from McNeal and Licht. McNeal's four block assists and Banwarth's six digs helped the Huskers hold the Wildcats to a -.037 hitting percentage.
The Wildcats were a whole new team in set two as they jumped out to a 7-4 lead. Nebraska responded with two kills from Mancuso and one from Broekhuis to tie the set, but the Huskers failed to take the lead as three straight Husker errors combined with two Wildcat kills put Kansas State up five, 12-7.
Following a timeout from Head Coach John Cook the Huskers once again battled back with a 5-0 run to tie the set behind two kills and a block from Broekhuis, but a kill from Lilla Porubek regained the lead for KSU, 13-12. Porubek committed a service error on the next rally and Delano followed with a kill from Anderson to post the first Husker lead of the set at 14-13.
The Wildcats never backed away and came back to tie the set seven times, but the Huskers had an answer each time and had a shot to put the set away at 24-23. Kansas State came crawling back once again and had the Huskers on the ropes with a 25-24 lead. A timeout from Cook was just what the Huskers needed as Nebraska took the next three rallies to hold onto the set, 27-25, and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The Wildcats jumped out to an early lead again in set three at 6-4, but the Huskers responded much quicker than they did in set two as a 7-0 NU run swung the momentum in Nebraska's favor, 11-6. The teams then played it even over the next 12 rallies before the Huskers committed back-to-back errors and let the Wildcats get within three at 17-14.
Kansas State continued to hang around and with wins in three of the next five rallies they cut the Nebraska lead to two, 19-17. Nebraska looked to have the match won at 24-20, but Kansas State would not go away and put up a 3-0 run to get within one and force a timeout from Cook. It was not meant to be for Kansas State as a Wildcat error ended the comeback and the Huskers finished the sweep, 25-23.
Next up for the Huskers is a Saturday road match in Boulder, Colo., with the Colorado Buffaloes. The match is set for 7:30 p.m. (CT) at the Coors Event Center and will be shown live on CUBuffs.com, but a premium membership is required. Fans can also listen to all of the action with John Baylor on the 25-station Husker Sports Network, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha. Fans outside the network can find the audio stream for free on Huskers.com.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.