On day one of the Husker Invite at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, the #4 Nebraska Cornhuskers Women’s Volleyball Team played host the the Central Michigan Chippewas, the Missouri State Bears and the New Mexico Lobos.
The Huskers took out the Chippewas first in the Friday matinee 25-18, 25-15, 25-11. The Huskers hit a spectacular .750 in the final set with 12 kills on 16 swings with no errors. The Huskers hit .347 for the match to .150 for the visitors. The leading attackers for the Big Red were Mikaela Foecke (.381) and Lauren Stivrins (.471) with nine kills apiece. Jazz Sweet hit .600 with seven kills on ten swings.
Nebraska absolutely smoked Central Michigan defensively with nine blocks to three for CMU, and 32 digs against 28. The Huskers’ leading blocker was Callie Schwarzenbach with two solo blocks and three block assists. Hayley Densberger, Kenzie Maloney, and Nicklin Hames each had seven digs.
The nightcap on Friday pitted the Huskers against the New Mexico Lobos. After getting swept by the Missouri State Bears, the Lobos rebounded and took set one from the Huskers before losing 3-1 (23-25, 25-12, 25-20, 25-11). This was Coach Cook’s 700th career win.
Callie Schwarzenbach was part of 13 of the 16.5 Husker blocks. You read both of those right. 13 out of 16.5. The freshman middle had 12 assisted blocks and one solo block. It ties the NCAA high for the season, but falls short of the Nebraska record of 16 by Melissa Elmer.
The New Mexico match also marked the Husker debut for Lexi Sun, Sophomore outside hitter who transferred from Texas. She had 13 kills for the night, tying her for the team lead with Mikaela Foecke. Sun hit .346 and Foecke hit .393. The Huskers hit .282 on the night.
The Huskers also had 41 digs against the Lobos, led by Kenzie Maloney’s 13.
Saturday night at 7:00 the Huskers take on the Missouri State Bears to conclude the Invite. The match will be available on BTNPlus and Husker Sports radio affiliates.