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Nebraska Volleyball vs Michigan State Open Thread

Join us as the Huskers take on their 3rd top 15 opponents in row!

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The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball turns its attention to another top-15 opponent as No. 14 Michigan State visits the Devaney Center.

The Huskers (11-3, 4-0 Big Ten) are coming off two top-10 victories as they swept No. 3 Minnesota before coming back from 0-2 down to beat No. 7 Wisconsin over the weekend. Those wins came one week after Nebraska swept road matches at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in program history that the Huskers beat three top-10 teams in a span of nine days during the regular season.

The schedule doesn’t get easier for the Huskers, though, as they face the only other unbeaten team in conference play in Michigan State. The Spartans (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) own road wins at both Minnesota and Wisconsin and have won six straight matches.

About the Huskers

• Nebraska is 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.48. • Nebraska ranks 13th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .150, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten.

• The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 14 opponents under .250 hitting for the first time since 2013.

• Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.25 kills per set and is averaging 2.60 digs per set. The junior has five double-doubles this season.

• Annika Albrecht is averaging 3.15 kills per set and 2.75 digs per set. In Big Ten matches only, Albrecht ranks fourth in the Big Ten in kills at 4.29 per set. • Albrecht has 115 career service aces, which ranks 10th in NU career history. With two more aces, she will move into a tie for ninth.

• Jazz Sweet adds 2.38 kills per set.

• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.64 assists per set and 2.54 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks sixth in school history with 3,296 career assists at NU and is seven away from fifth place, currently held by Val Novak.

• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.53 kills and 1.09 blocks per set with a team-high .331 hitting percentage. Holman’s hitting percentage of .429 in Big Ten matches only ranks fifth in the conference.

• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.23 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.

• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.27 kills and 0.96 blocks per set for the Huskers.