Nebraska 3 vs Iowa 0 - 25-21, 25-21, 25-25
A large portion of the Iowa ‘blackout” crowd was dressed in red, as Husker fans showed up in force in Iowa City, IA to watch Nebraska beat Iowa in three sets and take home the Big Ten Champion trophy for Nebraska.
Nebraska Volleyball 2023 Big Ten Champions
Iowa gave Nebraska their best match today and made the first two sets close. Coach Cook was visibly frustrated at times during the match. He looks to see his team execute at a high level at this point in the season and understands that misses, small or large, can make the difference in close sets.
Nebraska hit .233 as a team and spread the ball around to all five hitters in a balanced offense. There were smooth connections that went quickly from Bergen Reilly’s hands to the hitters hand. There were also some misses specifically with Reilly and Andi Jackson. Jackson had seven kills and most were spectacular, but there were misses too.
Bekka Allick was a hot hand today with nine kills hitting .571. She also had three blocks in the effort. Allick is impressive in many facets of the game but when she turns and sets a ball or dives to the floor to save a ball, she is playing in a way that very few middles play.
Nebraska again plays Friday, November 24th at 3 pm CT on BTN in the highly anticipated rematch against Wisconsin, this time in Madison. The Badgers have three losses in conference but remain a fierce team with the ability to beat anyone in the country.
The October meeting between these teams was a phenomenal match. Both teams were so competitive. This Friday’s match should be no different. Find a way to watch this match; it will be high level volleyball with so much talent and desire to win, it is certain to be a great show.
Wisconsin will want to prove to the NCAA tournament committee that they deserve one of the four #1 seeds in the post season bracket. Nebraska, who is all but assured a #1 seed, will want to keep the momentum going into the post season, as well as finishing out an undefeated season. Coach Cook said after the Iowa match “we still have to play to get better. We saw us start to hum in the second half of set three today.” GBR!