Huskers Finish Up Ameritas Players Challenge

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Story Courtesy: Nebraska Athletics
Lincoln – The 11th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dominated from start to finish in a 3-0 sweep (25-9, 25-12, 25-15) over Colgate to wrap up the Ameritas Players Challenge on Saturday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (5-2) posted the top record at the tournament, finishing 2-0 to run their win streak to five matches. Colgate dropped to 3-4.

Kadie Rolfzen paced the Huskers with 14 kills and five blocks and took home MVP honors. Justine Wong-Orantes, Kelsey Fien and Amber Rolfzen were also named to the All-Tournament Team. Amber Rolfzen had 11 kills against Colgate and hit .500, matching her career high.

As a team, Nebraska hit a season-high .450 on the night, surpassing its previous best of .398 against Eastern Kentucky last Saturday. Defensively, the Huskers also put together their best all-around effort of the season, holding the Raiders to a .035 hitting percentage, a season low for a Husker opponent. Diane Seely led Colgate with 11 kills on 20 attacks for a .500 hitting percentage. The rest of her team hit -.108 combined.

The Huskers rolled to a 25-9 win in set one, turning a 5-4 lead into a 14-4 lead with a 9-0 spurt keyed by a pair of kills each from Kadie Rolfzen and Meghan Haggerty and great defensive play from Wong-Orantes. A double-block by Haggerty and Amber Rolfzen finished the set, as the Huskers held an opponent to single digits in a set for the third time this year, matching last year’s total. NU hit a season-best .593 in the set, connecting for 17 kills on 27 attacks with just one error. Meanwhile, the Huskers held Colgate to a -.077 hitting percentage.

In set two, the Big Red went up 4-0 and blew open a 12-3 lead on a Kadie Rolfzen kill. From there, the Huskers cruised to the 25-12 win on back-to-back kills by Mary Pollmiller and Kadie Rolfzen to end the set. Through two sets, the Huskers had Colgate hitting at a -.039 clip while hitting .479 themselves.

The Huskers rolled out some fresh legs in the third set, as three players made their first appearances in the match. Still, the Huskers were in control and posted the 10-point victory to finish strong. Wong-Orantes keyed the Husker defense all night, tallying a season-high 19 digs. The Huskers outblocked the Raiders 9-0. In addition to Kadie Rolfzen’s career-high five blocks, Haggerty had three and Kira Larson had two in the third set.

Nebraska is back home on Wednesday to host Creighton at 7 p.m.

Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament Team
Kadie Rolfzen, Nebraska (MVP)
Justine Wong-Orantes, Nebraska
Amber Rolfzen, Nebraska
Kelsey Fien, Nebraska
Ruth Okoye, Denver
Bailey Karst, Denver
Diane Seeley, Colgate