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December 3, 2016
Huskers Sweep TCU
for 100th Postseason Win
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TCU       22  12  16 
NEBRASKA  25  25  25 
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Lincoln, Neb. — The No. 1 seed Nebraska volleyball team never trailed in a 3-0 sweep of TCU on Saturday night in a second-round NCAA Tournament match in front of 8,204 fans inside the Bob Devaney Sports Center. With the win, Nebraska advanced to face 16th-seeded Penn State next Friday in an NCAA Regional Semifinal at the Devaney Center.

The win was the Huskers' eighth straight postseason victory and marked the 100th NCAA Tournament win in program history. Nebraska became just the second program in NCAA history to reach the 100-win milestone, while the Huskers advanced to an NCAA Regional for the 32nd time, the most in NCAA history. Nebraska improved to 29-2 on the season, and the Huskers' quest for back-to-back national championships will continue on Friday when the Huskers face Penn State for the third time this season. Game times for Friday's regional semifinals at the Devaney Center have not yet been announced.

Senior Kadie Rolfzen paced the Huskers in the sweep of the Horned Frogs with an all-around effort befitting of her status as a three-time All-American. Rolfzen finished with a match-high 14 kills on only 30 swings while hitting .400. She also added seven blocks, four digs and two assists. Sophomore Mikaela Foecke added 10 kills on 28 swings, while senior libero Justine Wong-Orantes broke one Nebraska postseason record and tied another. Wong-Orantes totaled 24 digs in the match, tying the Husker record for most digs in a three-set NCAA Tournament match. The 24 digs also allowed Wong-Orantes to pass Kayla Banwarth as the Huskers' all-time digs leader in NCAA Tournament matches. Juniors Kelly Hunter and Annika Albrecht added 10 digs apiece and Nebraska blocked TCU 10 times while holding the Horned Frogs to an .056 attack percentage that tied their lowest mark of the season.

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Photo Courtesy Scott Bruhn/Nebraska Communications
Kadie (left) and Amber (right) Rolfzen combined for 18 kills and 12 blocks in the Huskers' sweep of TCU.

Although TCU saw its season come to an end with a 15-13 record, the Horned Frogs matched the best finish in school history by advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Ashley Smith narrowly missed a double-double in her final match, pacing TCU with nine kills while adding 10 digs. Natalie Gower added seven blocks for the Horned Frogs, while Jillian Bergeson tallied a TCU postseason-record 21 digs.

Set 1: Hunter served Nebraska to a 3-0 lead with an ace. After TCU cut it to 3-2, the Huskers put together a 5-0 run to go up 8-2, which included a pair of kills by Kadie Rolfzen. The spurt became 9-1 after the Huskers made it 12-3 with another kill by Kadie Rolfzen and one from Andie Malloy. The Horned Frogs strung together some successful attacks to get within 15-9, but the Huskers scored seven of the next 11 points, as kills by Foecke and Amber Rolfzen put NU up 22-13. However, TCU closed the gap to 23-20 with a 7-1 run, three of which came via blocks. After Foecke earned set point for the Huskers with a kill, Sarita Mikals got a kill for TCU and the Huskers committed another error to let TCU within two at 24-22. The Huskers won 25-22 after a TCU block on Kadie Rolfzen's swing ricocheted off her face and over the net for a kill. The teams combined for 17 attacking errors in the set, with the Huskers holding a narrow .082 to .064 hitting advantage. Wong-Orantes had 14 digs alone in set one.

Set 2: A long rally that ended with a Malloy kill, followed by a TCU error put the Huskers up 5-1. Holman and Kadie Rolfzen combined for a block, and Rolfzen followed with her seventh kill for an 11-6 lead. With a 12-8 lead, Nebraska completely took over the set behind the serve of Wong-Orantes. The Huskers went on an 11-0 run to grab a 23-8 lead. A Briana Holman kill, followed by a block by the Rolfzen twins started the run. Wong-Orantes served an ace to make it 17-8, and the Huskers tallied blocks on three consecutive rallies to go up 21-8, two of which came from Amber Rolfzen and two from Kadie Rolfzen. Kills by Kadie Rolfzen and Amber Rolfzen gave Nebraska set point at 24-9, and the Huskers eventually won 25-12 on a TCU service error. The Huskers hit .233 and were even better defensively in set two with five blocks to hold TCU to -.027 hitting.

Set 3: Nebraska asserted itself early once again, jumping out to a 4-0 lead with a block and two kills by Kadie Rolfzen and an ace by Hunter. The Horned Frogs rallied to tie the set at 5-5, then waged a sideout battle with the Huskers. A kill by Hunter put the Huskers in front 10-9, and Foecke blasted a pair of kills before a block by Hunter and Holman made it 13-9 Huskers. With Sydney Townsend still serving the run, Hunter and Foecke found the floor once again, followed by Holman after an outstanding defensive effort by the Huskers, and they led 16-9 after the 7-0 run. A block by Malloy and Amber Rolfzen gave NU match point at 24-15, and the Huskers clinched a berth in the regional at 25-16 on a Malloy kill.

Up Next: Nebraska will host a regional in Lincoln next Friday and Saturday for the first time since 2013. The Huskers will face 16th-seeded Penn State on Friday. A start time and broadcast information will be announced on Sunday. The other teams in the regional will be Arizona and the winner of Washington-Kentucky.

Nebraska Post-Match Notes

Nebraska improved to 29-2 on the season, including 16-1 at home. The Huskers have won their last 11 home matches.
NU will face No. 16 seed Penn State next Friday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center at a to-be-determined time.
The Huskers won their eighth straight NCAA Tournament match while improving to 100-30 all-time in postseason play, including a 22-1 record in second-round matches.
With its win over TCU, Nebraska joined Stanford as the only two programs to win 100 matches in the NCAA Tournament. The Cardinal own 110 NCAA Tournament victories heading into a second-round match with Boise State on Saturday night.
Nebraska advanced to an NCAA Regional for the 32nd time in the Huskers' 35 all-time NCAA Tournament appearances. Nebraska's 32 regional appearances are the most in NCAA history (Stanford can join Nebraska with 32 NCAA Regional appearances if the Cardinal when its match tonight against Boise State).
The Huskers have advanced to a regional in 22 of the last 23 seasons.
By virtue of its No. 1 seed, Nebraska will host next week's NCAA Regional in Lincoln. The Huskers will be hosting an NCAA Regional for the 15th time in program history, but for only the second time since 2003.
Nebraska improved to 68-6 all-time at home in the NCAA Tournament, including a 14-2 record at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers have won 46 of their last 49 home NCAA Tournament matches.
John Cook improved to 58-13 in NCAA Tournament play as Nebraska's head coach, including a 16-1 record in second-round matches.
Nebraska never trailed in the match, marking the fourth match this season where the Huskers never trailed (also vs. No. 4 Wisconsin, at Rutgers and at Indiana).
The Huskers held TCU to an .056 attack percentage, which tied for the Horned Frogs' lowest total this season (also hit .056 against Kansas on Oct. 19).
Senior libero Justine Wong-Orantes had 24 digs in the match - including 14 in the first set - to become Nebraska's all-time leader in postseason digs. Wong-Orantes has totaled 254 digs in 16 career NCAA Tournament matches, topping the record previously held by Kayla Banwarth (253 digs in 16 career NCAA Tournament matches).
Wong-Orantes' 24 digs also tied the Nebraska record for digs in a three-set NCAA Tournament match. Kayla Banwarth also had 24 digs in a three-set win over Coastal Carolina in the first round of the 2009 NCAA Tournament.
Junior setter Kelly Hunter had 28 assists and 10 digs to post her ninth double-double of the season and 20th of her career.

TCU Post-Match Notes (loss)

TCU ended its season with a 15-13 record. By advancing to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, the Horned Frogs matched the best finish in program history.
The Horned Frogs fell to 2-3 all-time in the NCAA Tournament, including 0-2 in second-round matches.
TCU ended the season with a 1-6 record against ranked opponents, including 1-5 vs. top-10 foes.
The Horned Frogs held Nebraska to a .205 attack percentage, the Huskers' fourth-lowest mark of the season.
Senior outside hitter Ashley Smith had nine kills and 10 digs in the match to finish her career with 1,073 kills and 1,033 digs. She is only the fifth player in TCU history with 1,000 digs and 1,000 kills.
Smith's 1,073 career kills rank eighth in TCU history.
Smith's 1,033 career digs rank 10th in school history.
Middle blocker Natalie Gower finished her senior season with a .359 attack percentage, the third-highest mark in TCU history.
Gower totaled seven blocks against Nebraska to finish her career with 396 blocks, the fourth-highest total in TCU history. In her final season, Gower tallied 139 blocks, the fifth-highest total in school history.
Senior Jillian Bergeson had 21 digs vs. Nebraska. She finished the season with 417 digs, the eighth-highest total in TCU history.
Bergeson's 21 digs were the most ever by a TCU player in an NCAA Tournament.

Source: University of Nebraska Athletic Dept.