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Volleyball: #9 Nebraska vs Indiana

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A mid week match against a feisty Hoosier team

Jordan Opp

#9 Nebraska (12-3, 6-0 B1G) vs Indiana University (8-10, 2-4 B1G)
When: Wednesday, October 13, 2021, 8:00 pm (CT)
Where: Devaney Center
Video: ESPNU
Radio: Husker Sports Network - Lincoln (B107.3 FM); Omaha (AM 590); Huskers.com; Huskers App

This is a well coached Indiana team with a mixture of experienced players and newcomers. They use a flexible line up that doesn’t have a set seven that play every match. They have a senior and freshman setter that have both played large chunks thus far this season. Most recently, freshman Camryn Haworth received the nod at the setter position.

They also have a few transfer students from highly respected programs; Florida, Dayton and Creighton. Kari Zumach came from Creighton after her freshman season in Omaha, but suffered an injury and she has only played intermittently at outside hitter so far this season.

Paula Cerame is a defensive specialist that transferred from Florida this season, and stepped right into the libero role. She is a very good passer and defender. The Huskers should serve away from her as she will keep IU in system offensively.

Brooke Westbeld transferred to Indiana from Dayton last season. She was a steady and experienced player on a young team. She looks to be in competition for the setting position this season, but she hasn’t played in the last few matches.

The bulk of the kills come from senior Breana Edwards. She has a heavy arm and hits the ball hard on contact. She led the team with 18 kills against Penn State 11 days ago when Indiana took PSU to four sets. The other outside is, most often, freshman Mady Saris from Canada. She had 17 kills and a block against PSU.

The clear difference between Indiana and Nebraska is in the play in the middle. The Huskers will run the middles and block the Hoosiers’ attack to earn this win. Indiana averages 2.39 blocks as a set as a team while NU averages 2.53. While those numbers are close, IU has played a much less competitive schedule prior to conference play starting.

Nebraska is also a better serving team and can attack the serve receive formation of IU. Nebraska averages 1.52 aces per set while IU averages 1.28.

University of Nebraska (12-3)

#1 Nicklin Hames 5’10’’ SR Setter - 2.83 digs per set
#2 Kenzie Knuckles 5’8’’ JR DS - 1.83 digs per set, .963 reception %
#3 Kayla Caffey 6’0’’ SR MB - 2.34 kills per set, 1.11 blocks per set
#4 Anni Evans 5’9’’ SO Setter/Serving Specialist - .69 digs per set
#6 Keonilei Akana 5’9’’ SO DS - 2.21 digs per set, .937 reception %
#7 Rylee Gray 6’4’’ FR MB
#8 Lexi Rodriguez 5’5’’ FR Libero - 3.96 digs per set, .974 reception %
#9 Kennedi Orr 6’0’’ FR Setter
#10 Madi Kubik 6’3’’ JR OH - 3.00 kills per set, .45 blocks per set, .943 reception %
#11 Lexi Sun 6’2’’ SR OH- 2.36 kills per set, .50 blocks per set, .947 reception %
#13 Whitney Lauenstein 6’2’’ FR OH - 1.16 kills per set, .32 blocks per set
#14 Ally Batenhorst 6’4’’ FR OH - 1.93 kills per set, .33 blocks per set, .938 reception %
#20 Kalynn Meyer 6’3’’ SO MB -1.14 blocks per set
#22 Lindsay Krause 6’4’’ FR OH - 2.41 kills per set, .76 blocks per set, .864 reception %
#25 Callie Schwarzenbach 6’5’’ SR MB - 1.19 kills per set, 1.33 blocks per set
#26 Lauren Stivrins 6’4’’ SR MB - 2.46 kills per set, .69 blocks per set

Indiana University (8-10)

#1 Kari Zumach 6’3’’ SR OH - 1.58 kills per set, transfer from Creighton
#4 Mady Saris 6’1’’ FR OH - 2.91 kills per set
#7 Carly Mills 5’7’’ FR DS
#8 Brooke Westbeld 6’2’’ SR Setter
#10 Camryn Haworth 5’10 FR Setter
#11 Breana Edwards 6’3’’ SR OH - 3.34 kills per set
#14 Haley Armstrong 5’7’’ JR DS
#15 Savannah Kjolhede 6’3’’ SO MB - 1.54 kills per set, .9 blocks per set
#16 Morgan Geddes 6’2’’ SO OH - 1.51 kills per set
#17 Paula Cerame 5’8’’ JR L - Florida transfer, 4.30 digs per set
#18 Kaley Rammelsburg 6’1’’ JR MB - 2.11 kills per set, .89 blocks per set

Nebraska plays host to Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 16, with first serve set for 6 pm at the Devaney Center. The match will be televised on Nebraska Public Media — formerly known as NET — and streamed on Big Ten Network+. John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will also have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.