Nebraska 3 vs Indiana 0 - 25-13, 25-15, 25-15
Nebraska was dominate in all aspects of the game against Indiana. The only concern is Kayla Caffey continues to not feel well and did not attend the match. She played against Penn State on Friday and was on the bench against Rutgers on Sunday. Coach Cook said she felt unwell all week but has tested negative for COVID along with mono.
Everything else was good news for Nebraska tonight. Madi Kubik hit every shot in the book as she and Lindsay Krause dismantled the Indiana defense. Kubik had 16 kills and hit .308 for the match. Krause had 10 kills and hit .400.
Kenzie Knuckle was instrumental on the service line. Nebraska was able to stay in a strong rotation with Kubik, Krause and Stivrins in the front row while Knuckles served. Indiana targeted her on serve and she responded with passes right on top of Nicklin Hames’ head. She passes well to keep the offense fast. Knuckles added 2 kills and 14 digs to the effort.
Callie Schwarzenbach started in place of Caffey and was a great blocker. She made four blocks and had 3 kills. Schwarzenbach, and the rest of the team’s blocking held IU to a .057 hitting percentage while Nebraska hit a successful .367. Nebraska had twice as many kills as Indiana; 46 vs 23. That is a dominant win.
Nebraska also played great defense in the backrow. We talked about Knuckles but as a team Nebraska had 58 digs, 22 MORE than Indiana. Hames had 10 digs, Keonilei Akana had 10 and Lexi Rodriguez had 9. Nebraska covers the court really well and there are very few balls that drop on their side of the court. That can really frustrate opponents and force them into errors when they try to earn a kill.
Krause only had 2 digs tonight but it is worth noting that she covers the tips over the top of the block, as the off blocker, really well. Next game, keep an eye on her when she isn’t blocking, you’ll see that she comes off the net and is responsible for a sharp driven cross ball as well as a tip over the top of the opposite block. She covers both of these opponent shots well.
The competition continues to improve Saturday as Illinois comes to town. They brought a ton of experience back to this season along with a former assistant coach from Nebraska as their head coach in his eight season, Chris Tamas. They have played Purdue twice and beat them once. Illinois comes to play.
Nebraska plays host to Illinois on Saturday, Oct. 16, with first serve set for 6 p.m. 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.