Huskers fall in five set thriller to Ohio State
Nebraska couldn't pull through in a nail-bitting fifth set to beat the No. 11 Buckeyes.
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN/Nebraska Athletics) – After dropping the first set 25-20, No. 4 Nebraska rallied to win two straight (25-22, 25-21), giving the Huskers 3-1 edge.
But tonight it was No. 11 Ohio State who forced a fifth set after taking the fourth, 25-21. The final set was back-and-forth nail-bitter than ended with the Buckeyes on top 15-13, splitting the series with the Huskers.
Lexi Sun led the Huskers with 22 kills, followed buy Lauren Stivrins with 16.
The Huskers next game is this Wednesday at Iowa at 7 p.m.
Set 1: Stivrins had the Huskers’ first four kills of the set, but Ohio State built a 10-6 lead to start the match. A kill and ace by Sun cut it to 10-8, but the Buckeyes extended the lead to five at 14-9 after a 4-1 spurt. Zuhn and Kubik had kills, and Kubik teamed with Stivrins for a block to cut it to one at 14-13. Sun tallied another kill and an ace on consecutive rallies to keep the deficit at one, 19-18, but Ohio State answered again to go back up 22-18 and closed out the set with a 25-20 win. The Buckeyes hit .483, while NU hit .258.
Set 2: Stivrins dominated the early part of the set once again with two blocks and two kills to spark a 5-1 Husker start. Caffey terminated twice to make it 8-4, but Ohio State used a pair of kills and an ace by Gabby Gonzales to rally to tie the set at 13-13. A service error and attacking error by the Buckeyes restored a 15-13 Husker advantage at the media break. The Buckeyes tied the set again at 17-17, but Stivrins and Sun posted kills to make it 19-17 Nebraska. Ohio State pulled within 22-21 before Caffey came up with two huge kills for the Big Red to make it 23-20. The Huskers then earned set point off an Ohio State hitting error before the Buckeyes cut it to 24-22. But Caffey put the set away at 25-22 with her seventh kill. Nebraska hit .189 in set two but was much better defensively, holding OSU to .100.
Set 3: Sun opened the set with back-to-back kills and the Huskers never surrendered the lead the rest of the set. Kubik had a pair of kills to push the lead to 11-6, and she tacked on two more before Hames dumped a kill to the floor to put NU ahead by six, 21-15. After Ohio State scored three points in a row, Stivrins sided out for the Huskers to make it 22-18. The Buckeyes continued their comeback attempt with two more kills to cut it to 22-20, but Kubik’s fifth kill of the set made it 23-20 and Ohio State hit into the net for set point for the Big Red. Sun’s 13th kill was the set winner, 25-21. The Huskers hit .395, and OSU hit .294 in set three.
Set 4: Ohio State claimed a 10-4 lead as the Huskers were blocked four times early on. An ace by Knuckles cut it to 11-8, but Ohio State extended the lead back to five at 16-11. The Huskers got no closer than three points the rest of the set as Ohio State extended the match to five sets with a 25-21 win.
Set 5: Ohio State claimed an 8-6 lead at the media timeout after back-to-back kills by Bukilic. The Buckeyes came out of the break with a block to go up 9-6, but Kubik earned sideout for the Big Red. Bukilic answered to make it 10-7, but Sweet and Kubik pounded back-to-back-to-back kills to tie the score at 10-10. Then Stivrins terminated on the slide for an 11-10 Husker lead, and Ohio State took a timeout to try and stop the Huskers’ 4-0 run. Bukilic did just that with a kill, but Kubik came up huge for the Big Red again with her fourth kill of the set. Lauren Witte tied the set for Ohio State, but Stivrins made it 13-12 on the slide again. Londot struck back for the Buckeyes for a 13-13 tie, and the Huskers hit long to give Ohio State match point. The Buckeyes completed the win at 15-13 on a kill by Rader.