Nebraska Volleyball struggles early against Omaha and Georgia but remains undefeated

Huskers defeated Bulldogs in four sets after a five set thriller with Mavericks
Nebraska Volleyball Struggles Early Against Omaha And Georgia But Remains Undefeated

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No. 4 Huskers Withstand Challenge From Omaha, 3-2

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team withstood a challenge from neighboring Omaha Friday afternoon at the Ameritas Players Challenge, defeating the Mavericks 3-2 (16-25, 25-14, 16-25, 25-13, 15-7) at the Devaney Center. With their third straight win, the Huskers improve to 3-0 (0-0 Big Ten), while Omaha drops to 1-2 (0-0 Summit League).

Madi Kubik led the match with a season-best 16 kills on .394 hitting, adding seven digs and two blocks.

Lindsay Krause and Nicklin Hames both tallied their first double-doubles of the season. Krause finished with 12 kills, a season-high 10 blocks and seven digs, and Hames — who made her season debut — had 40 assists, 13 digs and a block.

Lexi Sun also posted a double-figure effort with 10 kills and added nine digs, a block, three assists and two service aces. Lexi Rodriguez had a season-best 24 digs to lead the match.

Kayla Caffey, who played in only the fourth and fifth sets, provided a boost off the bench with season highs of six kills and seven blocks.

Omaha was led by 16 kills with nine digs from Rachel Fairbanks and another 11 kills with three blocks from Sadie Limback. Sami Clarkson had 40 assists with 12 digs for a double-double, and Claire Mountjoy (18), Shayla McCormick (18) and Jaiden Centeno (13) also put up double-figure dig performances.

As a team, Nebraska outhit Omaha .191 to .083 and outblocked the Mavericks 15-8.

Set 1

Omaha hit .571 with three kills and a block from Limback to start, jumping out 8-2 before the Huskers took a timeout. Back-to-back Meyer/Krause stuff blocks eventually cut the Maverick advantage to three. Omaha pushed its lead to 18-11 before another NU timeout, then stretched to as many as 10 at 23-13. A Rylee Marshall kill brought it to set point, and another by Fairbanks sealed it at 25-16 for Omaha.

Krause had three kills and two blocks for Nebraska, and Kubik added three more kills. Limback had four kills and two blocks for Omaha, and Fairbanks had another four kills in the set.

Set 2

Nebraska hit an improved .270 in the second and was bolstered by seven kills from Kubik on .500 hitting. NU trailed to start the second set, tied it three times and finally took the lead at 8-7 on a Kubik kill. It was part of a 7-1 Husker run, with consecutive Sun kills and a Meyer/Sun block putting NU ahead 13-8. NU eventually built to 20-12 edge after a Krause kill down the line started a string of four straight Husker kills. NU finished the set on a 9-2 run, punctuated by Kubik’s 10th kill of the match to win 25-14.

Set 3

The Mavericks hit .297 and limited NU to .069 in the third set. They led by as many as six and took the game 25-16 for a 2-1 match lead.

Set 4

Caffey entered the match in the fourth set and immediately helped NU rally, totaling four blocks and a pair of kills. Krause added five kills on .455 hitting and matched Caffey with four more stops. The Huskers hit .290 to UNO’s .000 and had a 6-0 blocking advantage.

Three kills from Sun, Krause and Caffey and a Maverick attack error spurred NU to a 7-2 advantage early in the set. Leading 11-8, Nebraska went on a 6-0 run with three kills and a Schwarzenbach/Lauenstein block to create a nine-point lead. Following a Maverick service error, a Krause/Schwarzenblock stop and a Krause kill finished it off at 25-13.

Set 5

Caffey had four kills on five swings with no errors and chipped in three more blocks in the deciding set as NU hit .400 as a team with just one attacking miscue and outblocked Omaha 4-0.

After a 2-2 tie, NU built to an 8-3 lead. Two late Caffey kills helped to seal it, with her final one putting it away at 15-7.

Noting Today’s Match

-Nebraska improves to 17-1 in the all-time series with Omaha, including 2-0 in the John Cook era.

-As a team, the Huskers have 15 or more blocks in two of their last three matches.


No. 4 Nebraska Tops Georgia, 3-1

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team remained undefeated with the nightcap of the Ameritas Players Challenge Friday night, defeating Georgia 3-1 (19-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-16) at the Devaney Center. The Huskers’ win improved them to 4-0 (0-0 Big Ten) on the season, while the Bulldogs drop to 2-2 (0-0 SEC).

Madi Kubik was Nebraska’s leader in kills for the third straight match, finishing with 15 alongside five digs and three blocks. Kayla Caffey followed with nine kills and five blocks, and Lexi Sun had another nine kills with three aces, two digs and a block.

Nicklin Hames collected her second double-double of the day with a match-high 39 assists, 10 digs and two blocks.

Whitney Lauenstein provided a spark off the bench, tallying eight kills at a .429 clip with two blocks and three digs. Callie Schwarzenbach added six blocks and five kills for the night.

Lexi Rodriguez also chipped in 10 digs and a season-high nine assists with a service ace.

Georgia was led by 16 kills from Kacie Evans, and Amber Stivrins added 11 more. The duo registered two blocks and a pair of aces apiece. Clara Brower finished with 33 assists, and Phoebe Awoleye, Kayla Rivera and Mackenzie Norris had five blocks each.

As a team, Nebraska hit .231 to Georgia’s .162 and had a 12-10 advantage at the net.

Set 1

Two NU blocks and a kill by Hames helped the Huskers to an early 4-0 run that pushed them to a 6-4 lead. With Nebraska up one, Sun put down a kill and consecutive ace serves to extend the Husker advantage to 9-5. Georgia later broke through a 13-13 tie and went up five by 20-15. The Bulldogs had two short 3-0 runs late in the set, each halted by a Lauenstein kill. But Georgia got late kills from Awoleye and Stivrins to finish it, 25-19.

The Bulldogs hit .296 with five kills from Evans and three blocks from Awoleye, while Nebraska was limited to .036 hitting as a team. UGA had a 5-2 advantage on the block.

Set 2

Georgia had six kills on its first 10 attempts of the set with no errors. Trailing 11-7, the Huskers rattled off four straight points on three kills from Sun and Schwarzenbach and a Schwarzenbach/Lauenstein block to lock it at 11-all and prompt a Bulldog timeout. Neither team could gain a foothold as the match tied 10 more times up to 21-21, and kills from Caffey and Kubik put the Huskers in front by one. A four-hit violation then made it 23-21, and a Caffey/Kubik stuff block brought it to set point. Kubik’s final kill down the line clinched it at 25-21 for NU, which hit .353 for the set. Akana served the last four points as the Huskers ended on a 5-0 run.


Set 3

The Huskers took the first three points of the third set. After Georgia tied it at 4-4, kills by Lauenstein and Kubik coupled with a Rodriguez ace serve created a three-point edge. The Bulldogs grabbed a brief lead at 14-13, but a kill apiece from Caffey and Kubik quickly brought the momentum back to the Huskers, who went up 16-14. Another Kubik kill, followed by a Bulldog attack error, pushed it to 22-19 before a Georgia timeout. Kubik’s seventh kill of the set and two more Georgia attack errors then closed it at 25-22 to put NU up 2-1 in the match.

Set 4

Nebraska had found its rhythm by the fourth set, hitting a blistering .625 to Georgia’s -.087, and five Huskers had at least two kills. NU got three kills and three blocks from Caffey, who helped them outblock UGA 5-0.

The Huskers put together a 4-0 run with the help of a Kubik kill, a backrow kill from Kenzie Knuckles and another strike by Lauenstein to gain a 6-2 advantage. Back-to-back tallies by Caffey and Sun made it a six-point lead at 10-4, and the Huskers matched that again with a kill and a solo block courtesy of Schwarzenbach. By that point, NU had eight kills on 10 swings while hitting .700, and a pair of Georgia attack errors stretched it to 15-7.

The Huskers took their largest lead of 12 after two UGA attack errors brought it to set point, and they finished it off with one final kill from Kubik to win 25-16.

Noting Tonight’s Match

-Nebraska remains undefeated in the all-time series with Georgia, 6-0, including 3-0 in the John Cook era.

-The Huskers have 10 or more blocks as a team in three of their last four matches.

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