The Husker volleyball team got a rare Saturday off, as they welcomed the Iowa Hawkeyes to the Devaney Center on Wednesday, and traveled to Columbus, Ohio to take on the #24 Ohio State Buckeyes on Friday.
The Huskers swept the Hawkeyes on Wednesday 25-19, 25-21, 25-8.
Melanie Keil played in place of Meghan Haggerty, who was nursing a sore ankle. She recorded a .500 hitting percentage on four attempts, and had one solo and three assisted blocks.
Kelsey Robinson and Kadie Rolfzen both had 11 kills on the night. Robinson hit .250 while Rolfzen hit .500 and added 12 digs to record a double-double.
Justine Wong-Orantes had 10 digs on the night. Cecilia Hall was the third Husker hitting at or above .500, hitting .583 on the night with seven attempts on twelve kills with no errors.
The Huskers hit .388 on the night and held the Hawkeyes to .110. The Huskers outblocked Iowa 11-3, and had six aces to Iowa’s two.
The Huskers committed no blocking errors on Wednesday, which is a great stat to see. The Huskers struggled early in the season, and this young team keeps getting better and better. The seven service errors are too many, but they are better now than they were early in the season.
The Huskers traveled to St. John Arena in Columbus on Friday night and defeated the 24th ranked Ohio State Buckeyes 3-1 (22-25, 25-12, 25-17, 25-19) in front of 2,273 fans.
The Huskers hit .319 to the Buckeyes .123. Even in the first set, the Huskers outhit Ohio State .308-.303. The second set was an enormous momentum swing for the Huskers, where they won the hitting battle .360 to a -.103 for the Buckeyes.
Robinson (.405, 19 kills) and Kadie Rolfzen (.419, 16 kills) led the way on the Husker attack.
Meghan Haggerty returned to the line up on Friday, and recorded two solo and three assisted blocks. The Huskers and the Buckeyes each had eight blocks.
Overall, it was a positive night for the Huskers. However, they did still have seven service errors and four blocking errors.
As this season goes along, it can be expected that the Huskers will lose another match or two. It’s a young team, and those losses will be great learning experiences going into the post-season. There’s no doubt that this team has as much talent as any team in the country, however we have to be mindful of the fact that the only upperclassmen getting regular reps are Robinson and Pollmiller.