Nebraska 0 vs Ohio State 3 - 25-27, 21-25, 23-25
Prior to the match, Coach Cook thought his team needed “to put together one of best defensive efforts of the year”, but that certainly didn’t happen. Nebraska passed poorly and that negatively impacted everything else.
Madi Kubik had 18 kills and hit .400. She was highly effective, but she was one dimensional. She received 33% of the sets across the match. Lexi Sun received the next most with 23. Sun had 7 kills and hit .173. Lindsay Krause received 21 sets, had 4 kills and hit .043. In other words, there was no other offense besides Kubik.
Nebraska made 11 blocks in tonight’s quick match, but it wasn’t enough to slow down the OSU offense. They scored in the middle with hard driven balls and on the outside with off speed shots. Nebraska was out-dug by the Buckeyes 50 NU vs 59 OSU.
Coach Cook wanted his team to “make OSU uncomfortable”, but the Buckeyes got into a groove early and sent Nebraska home in quick order. Callie Schwarzenbach started the third set in place of Kayla Caffey to get a bigger block in front of OSU Rylee Raider. Raider had 15 kills and hit .500.
The service errors by Nebraska exacerbated the poor passing and one dimensional offense. Huskers missed 11 serves and made only 2 aces. Inside of a volleyball match there is a smaller battle happening between the two teams; the serve and pass game.
OSU was clearly the winner of the serve and pass game, themselves serving 2 aces and 6 errors, but passing well with only 2 errors. They won serve and pass and that led to them winning the match.
That was hard to watch. This was no fun to write. I feel nervous to watch the next match.
Nebraska returns home to play host to Maryland on Friday, November 12th, with first serve set for 6 pm at the Devaney Center. The match will be televised statewide on Nebraska Public Media — formerly known as NET. John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will also have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.