Nebraska 3 vs Rutgers 0 - 25-19, 25-9, 25-12
The first set was back and forth and the outcome was in doubt but the second and third sets were not competitive. Nebraska beat Rutgers in all areas of the match. Coach Cook subbed Lexi Sun into the match during set two for Ally Batenhorst. Sun had 2 kills, 1 block and 1 dig. Batenhorst had 4 kills and 4 errors and 1 dig.
The offense overall was not impressive but did the job today. The team hit .255 which is about .100 points lower than they should. This is due mainly to the number of hitting errors, 16. Coach Cook said “we got off to a slow start with 9 attack errors in the first set alone”.
Lindsay Krause was impressive offensively. She swung effectively on the left and right side. She finished with 9 kills, 1 error hitting .421. She also dug 4 balls. Madi Kubik was another standout performance today. She had a team high 11 kills with 4 errors for a .280 hitting percentage.
Another pivotal part of the Huskers play was their serving. As a team there were 10 aces and many many poor passes forced by the tough serves. Coach Cook said “the team did well all weekend with serving. Serving dictated the whole match today. Our served stressed them”
The first time Keonilei Akana served the ball she produced an ace. The second time she served it was a poor pass. She leads the team with 21 aces for the year. Kenzie Knuckles served 3 aces today, Anni Evans 2, Lexi Rodriguez 2. This is a really tough serving team and we can see why the coaching staff pushed to find a line up where all these servers are in the match. They make points.
Nebraska begins a two-match home stand on Wednesday, October 13, welcoming Indiana to the Devaney Center. First serve is set for 8 pm, and the match will be televised on ESPNU and streamed on WatchESPN. John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will also have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.