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Volleyball: #3 Huskers Hold Serve, Knock off Michigan State

A Sunday matinee at the Devaney Center pitted the #3 Nebraska Volleyball team against the Michigan State Spartans.

Jon Johnston

For the second time this season, the Huskers played host to a Sunday afternoon match at the Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln, this time to the Michigan State Spartans. The #3 Huskers sent the visitors home with a loss, 3-1 (25-18, 25-9, 21-25, 25-16).

The Huskers handled the Spartans pretty well through the first two sets, including the decisive second set, but Michigan State’s adjustments at the intermission befuddled the Huskers in the third set, with their attack being more effective, and the defense keeping Husker balls off the floor. The final set again fell the Huskers’ way.

The stats don’t necessarily tell the story of this match. The Huskers’ worst hitting number was in the final set, where they hit a paltry .071. However, the Spartans hit -.062 in that set, so the Huskers earned the decisive set win. Overall, the Husker offense hit .224 while the defense held the Spartans to .047.

Sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun led the Huskers in kills with 15 and hit .250. Senior outside Mikaela Foecke hit .417 with 12 kills for the Big Red. Freshman middle Callie Schwarzenbach hit .400.

The Huskers again had very impressive blocking numbers. Only Lauren Stivrins had a solo block, but she also had six assisted blocks. Schwarzenbach and Jazz Sweet each recorded part of five blocks and the team had a total of 12, continuing the trend of being a force at the net that the other team has had trouble figuring out.

Both Freshman setter Nicklin Hames (16) and Senior libero Kenzie Maloney (17) cracked double-digits for digs on the night, a stat line where the Huskers far outpaced the opponents with 56 while Michigan State could only manage 34.

The team hits the road this weekend to Illinois, playing at Northwestern on Friday night at 7:00 PM Central and then playing Illinois on Saturday night at 7:00 PM Central. The Friday night match will be available on BTNPlus ($$) and the Saturday night match will be on BTN and BTN2Go. Radio broadcast will be on Husker Sports Network affiliate stations.