Huskers look to bounce back at Iowa

The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team will play its only home-and-home series of the season against the Iowa Hawkeyes this week.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN/Husker Athletics) — The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team will play its only home-and-home series of the season against the Iowa Hawkeyes this week. NU and Iowa will face off at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City on Wednesday at 7 p.m. on BTN (FoxSports stream). The teams will make the return trip to Lincoln to play at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday on NET (BTN+ stream).

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the Husker action this week on HSN radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and the Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 27th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

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About the Huskers
• The Huskers led the Big Ten in defense last season and so far this season have picked up where they left off,  holding opponents to .173 hitting to rank second in the conference behind only Wisconsin (.122).
• Nebraska’s .258 season hitting percentage ranks third in the Big Ten behind Wisconsin (.351) and Ohio State (.264).
• Nebraska ranks second in the conference in kills (14.09 per set), assists (12.77 per set) and third in digs (14.77 per set).
• Senior outside hitter Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 3.93 kills per set with a team-high 14 service aces as well as 2.07 digs per set. She ranks fifth in the Big Ten in kills per set. Sun was named the Big Ten Player of the Week one week ago after averaging 5.17 kills per set on .315 hitting in the two wins at Illinois.
• Senior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is putting up 3.42 kills per set on a team-high .471 hitting percentage, which ranks first in the Big Ten Conference.
• Sophomore outside hitter Madi Kubik adds 2.81 kills per set and 2.53 digs per set.
• Junior setter Nicklin Hames paces the Husker attack with 11.12 assists per set – most in the Big Ten – and she chips in 3.00 digs per set with nine service aces.
• Junior middle blocker Kayla Caffey has stepped in for the Huskers and contributed 1.83 kills per set on .336 hitting with 1.00 blocks per set.

Scouting Iowa
• Iowa brings a 3-11 record into the match. The Hawkeyes’ Big Ten wins came against Indiana, Rutgers and Northwestern. Iowa is coming off 3-1 and 3-0 losses at Maryland over the weekend.
• Courtney Buzzerio leads Iowa in kills (2.58 per set), assists (4.51 per set) and aces (15). The Hawkeyes rank 11th in the Big Ten in hitting (.183) and 12th in opponent hitting (.267).

Series History
• Nebraska leads the all-time series with Iowa, 31-0. Iowa did hold a 2-1 lead when the teams last played in Lincoln on Nov. 16, 2019, before the Huskers rallied to remain unbeaten against the Hawkeyes. It was the first-ever five-set match between the teams.

Coaches
• John Cook: 21st year at Nebraska (598-83); 28th year overall (759-156)
• Vicki Brown: 2nd year at Iowa (13-32); 3rd year overall (17-59)

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