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Nebraska Volleyball vs Stanford National Championship Thread

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Let’s cheer on the Huskers as they go for their third title in four years

Jon Johnston

Game time: 8:00 pm (central)
Location: Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
TV: ESPN2 with Paul Sunderland, Karch Kiraly and Holly Rowe
Video Streaming: Watchespn.com
Audio Streaming: Huskers.com
Radio: Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha; ohn Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary
Coaches

  • John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (560-75); 26th year overall (721-148)
  • Kevin Hambly, Stanford: 2nd year at Stanford (63-5); 9th year overall (241-91)

The Huskers are aiming for back-to-back titles as they take on the #1 seeded Stanford Cardinal. NU rallied from an 0-2 deficit against Illinois for the first time ever in an NCAA Semifinal or Final. The Huskers had been 0-4 in NCAA Semifinals when losing the first two sets and 0-3 in NCAA Finals when losing the first two sets. The Huskers became the first team to rally from an 0-2 deficit in an NCAA Semifinal or Final since Penn State came back to defeat Texas in the 2009 NCAA Final. The last time a team rallied from an 0-2 hole in an NCAA Semifinal match was in 2008, when Stanford defeated Texas.

Nebraska’s two seniors who have been with the program all four years – Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney – improved to 21-1 in their NCAA Tournament careers. The duo has won more postseason matches than any other players in Husker history.

Foecke had 19 kills in the match, giving her 102 career kills in the NCAA Semifinals/Finals. She became just the 10th player in NCAA history to have 100 kills in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches. Foecke also had two aces, giving her eight in her career in NCAA Semifinals/Finals matches, which ties for the 10th-most in NCAA history. Her two aces also moved her up to seventh on Nebraska’s all-time list with 134.

Maloney had a team-high 20 digs against Illinois to give her 519 digs this season. She became just the fourth Husker to have 500 digs in a season, and her 519 digs rank fifth in school history, one behind current assistant coach Kayla Banwarth (520).

Scouting Stanford

No. 1 Stanford is 33-1 and has won 31 straight matches since a 3-2 loss at BYU on Aug. 31. The Cardinal swept BYU in Thursday’s NCAA Semifinal, 25-15, 25-15, 25-18.

The Cardinal are led by two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer, who is averaging 4.74 kills per set and 2.32 digs per set. Second-team All-American Audriana Fitzmorris adds 2.85 kills per set on .343 hitting.

Setter Jenna Gray, an AVCA First-Team All-American, coordinates the attack with 12.31 assist per set. Middle blocker Tami Alade, a second-team All-American, ranks first nationally with 1.88 blocks per set. The Cardinal as a team lead the nation with 3.45 blocks per set. Libero Morgan Hentz, an AVCA First-Team All-American, averages 4.82 digs per set.