In other Husker sports news on Saturday night, the #4 Nebraska Huskers Womens’ Volleyball team wrapped up a three-game run of road matches in West Lafayette, Indiana against the #16 Purdue Boilermakers. The Huskers returned home with a hard-fought 3-1 (25-16, 22-25, 25-14, 25-18) win.
The Huskers hit .287 for the match while holding the Boilermakers to .134. Mikaela Foecke led the Husker attack with 21 kills while committing just one error to hit .476. On the other side, Annika Albrecht had 13 kills and hit .321.
Interestingly, the Huskers hit the worst in the set they won most handily. In set three, a 25-14 Husker win, the Huskers hit .185, but held Purdue to .000 which is a convincing margin.
The teams matched one another in serving, with the Huskers and Boilermakers both recording three aces and seven errors. They also matched digs, with both teams having 49. Two Huskers were in the double digits, Kenzie Maloney and Kelly Hunter recorded 12 and 13 digs respectively.
Lauren Stivrins led the Huskers in blocks, part of four block assists. The Huskers had seven blocks in total, but were outpaced by ten from Purdue.
The stat that stands out the most, and accounts for the scoring difference, is the attacking. Nebraska had fourteen more kills, 57, than Purdue, 43, while Purdue had 26 errors and the Huskers committed only 18 on the attack.
Even after the loss to Wisconsin earlier this week, the Huskers control their own destiny in the conference. The Huskers are one of three teams with only one loss, but the Huskers have already beaten the other two, Penn State and Michigan State. While Nebraska travels to East Lansing later in the year to play Michigan State, the Huskers do not play the Nittany Lions again.
The Huskers return to the Devaney Center this week with two matches, both of which will be televised on NET and BTN2Go. Friday, October 20, the Northwestern Wildcats come to town, and then Saturday night it’s the Fighting Illini of Illinois. Both matches are scheduled for 7:00 PM Central time.