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November 2, 2012
Michigan stuns Huskers
in 5 set loss.
Ann Arbor, Mich. — The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (18-4, 10-3) dropped a 3-2 (25-21, 25-19, 21-25, 13-25, 9-15) decision at Cliff Keen Arena on the campus of the University of Michigan on Friday night.

Gina Mancuso recorded a double-double on the night with a season-high 20 kills and 13 digs. Morgan Broekhuis had 15 kills, while Lauren Cook paced the offense with 51 assists and 16 digs. Lara Dykstra recorded a team-high 24 digs.

The Huskers hit .256 for the match, while Michigan notched a .326 hitting percentage. Nebraska was out-blocked 10-6 and was out-dug 72-70.

Nebraska opened the first set with a 5-3 lead on a kill by Werth. Michigan came back as the Huskers and Wolverines tied at 12-12 on a service error by Nebraska. Mancuso made it 17-15, while U-M then took an 18-17 lead. Broekhuis gave Nebraska a 20-19 advantage as the Wolverines called a timeout. NU went on to take the first set 25-21, leading the match 1-0.

Mancuso led the Huskers offensively in the first set with six kills on nine attacks. Broekhuis had five kills, while Cook notched 16 assists. NU recorded a .381 hitting percentage, while Michigan tabbed a .368 hitting percentage.

The Huskers came out on fire in the second set as they went up 6-0 on the Wolverines. Nebraska would not let up as a service ace from Cook along with kills from Werth and Broekhuis catapulted NU on a 10-0 run. A pair of errors by Michigan made it 17-4, Huskers, but the Wolverines came back with some fight as they used a 7-0 run of their own to cut NU's lead to 23-18. Nebraska would eventually close out Michigan 25-19 in the second set, taking a 2-0 lead in the match.

Broekhuis had four kills in the second set, while Mancuso, Thramer and Werth all totaled three kills. Cook had 11 assists, as the Huskers recorded a .333 team hitting percentage and Michigan hit .176.

The Huskers return to action tomorrow as they take on the Michigan State Spartans in East Lansing, Mich., at 7 p.m. CT.

Michigan opened the third set with a 5-3 lead on the Huskers and stretched its lead to 9-6 while NU called a timeout. A solo block and a kill by Haggerty put Nebraska within one, while a service ace from Dykstra tied the set at 12-12. Another kill by Haggerty made it 15-14, Michigan, but the Wolverines then went up 19-15 and forced NU to use another timeout. A kill by Haggerty made it 24-21, Michigan, but Nebraska would not be able to complete the comeback, falling 25-21 in the third set.

Mancuso notched six kills in the third set, while Broekhuis had four. Cook tallied 11 assists, while NU recorded a .330 hitting percentage and Michigan had a .300 hitting percentage.

The Huskers and Wolverines were knotted up at 4-4 in the fourth set on a solo block by Thramer. Michigan then went on a 6-0 run, taking a 16-8 lead before Haggerty silenced the run with a kill. Kelsey Fien would come off the bench to register two kills for NU, but it would not be enough as the Huskers dropped the fourth set 25-13.

The Husker offense was limited in the fourth set as Mancuso had two kills and Cook tabbed just seven assists. Nebraska hit .260 as a team, while Michigan hit .310.

Nebraska took a 4-2 lead in the fifth set on a double-stuff block by Thramer and Broekhuis, but the Wolverines came back to take a 9-6 lead over NU. Michigan then went up 11-7, and didn't look back as the Wolverines took the fifth set 15-9 and the match 3-2.

Mancuso had three kills in the fifth set, while Broekhuis and Fien both had two.

                        1   2   3   4   5
Michigan               21  19  25  25  15
Nebraska (4)           25  25  21  13  9

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.