Nebraska sweep Michigan in Ann Arbor.
Ann Arbor, Mich. — The No. 7 Nebraska Volleyball team (11-1, 4-0) closed out its first weekend of conference play on the road with a 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-16) sweep of the No. 17 Michigan Wolverines at Keen Arena on Saturday night. The Huskers stayed undefeated in the conference after beating both Michigan State and Michigan over the weekend.
Morgan Broekhuis led all Huskers in the match with 13 kills. Brooke Delano tallied nine kills as Gina Mancuso had seven of her own. Lauren Cook tabbed 37 assists and Lara Dykstra had 12 digs defensively for NU.
The Huskers hit .268 for the match and held the Wolverines to a .157 hitting percentage. Nebraska saw Michigan commit 23 errors.
In the first set the Huskers went up 4-1 early and kept that lead until Michigan tied it up at nine. NU then took at 13-10 lead over Michigan before taking their biggest lead of the match at 16-10. Nebraska then stretched its lead to 21-15 before eventually taking the first set 25-17 and leading the match 1-0.
Broekhuis led NU in the first set with five kills on 10 attacks. Mancuso and Delano each had four kills, while Cook had 11 assists. The Huskers hit .310 as a team, and held Michigan to a .103 hitting percentage for the set.
The Huskers fought with the Wolverines in the second set, tying five different times before hitting the 10-point mark. NU took the lead at 12-9 and continued that margin at 15-12 before a timeout on the court. Nebraska took a 20-16 lead late in the second set, but Michigan came fighting back to make it 20-19 on a service ace. The Wolverines then tied the set at 23 and again at 24. At that point Nebraska pulled ahead to take the set 26-24 and lead the match 2-0.
Broekhuis tallied four kills in the second set, while Mancuso, Thramer and Delano all had three of their own. Cook notched 14 assists as Mancuso added five digs and Dykstra had seven digs. Nebraska hit .227 for the set, while the Wolverines tabbed a .214 hitting percentage. Both NU and Michigan recorded six errors in the set, and the Huskers had 4.5 team blocks, two from Hayley Thramer.
Nebraska jumped out early in the third set, taking an early 9-3 lead over the Wolverines. The Huskers went 15-7 before Michigan called a timeout. The Huskers totally controlled the tempo in the third set, stretching their lead to 19-9. NU finished off the Wolverines with a 25-16 third set win, completing the sweep and improving to 2-0 on the weekend.
Broekhuis and Werth both had four kills in the third set, while Cook had 12 assists. Nebraska notched 18 team digs and two blocks, while only committing two errors. Nebraska hit .282 on the set, while Wolverines hit .136 and committed eight errors.
The Huskers return to the NU Coliseum next weekend to host Purdue on Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m. and Indiana on Saturday, Oct. 8 at 3 p.m. Friday night's match can be seen on BTN.com via subscription. Saturday afternoon's match will air live on ESPN3.com and will also be seen via tape delay on ESPN2 on Sunday, Oct. 9 at noon.
Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.