Andie Malloy’s 10 kills and .500 hitting percentage led the Huskers (5-0) to their 21st straight win, their longest win streak since the end of 2006 and beginning of 2007. Since dropping the opening set of the season to Florida, the Huskers have won 15 straight sets.
Kadie Rolfzen added nine kills, and Mikaela Foecke had seven. Amber Rolfzen and Briana Holman each had five kills.
Kelly Hunter put up 33 assists with four kills and seven digs. Justine Wong-Orantes had 10 digs to lead NU. The Huskers served five aces, four of which came from Annika Albrecht.
Nebraska outhit Arkansas .255 to .111. Danielle Harbin had nine kills for the Razorbacks (1-7).
Set 1: The Huskers started slowly with three services errors and a -.083 hitting percentage early as Arkansas went up 10-7. A kill by Foecke sparked a brief run that tied the set 11-11, but the Razorbacks rebuilt a 13-11 lead. Kills by Kadie Rolfzen and Malloy evened things up again, 13-13. But Arkansas seemed to have an answer each time the Huskers tied the set, pulling away to 16-14 after another Kadie Rolfzen kill had leveled the score at 14-14. After a timeout, the Huskers picked up their energy level and took the lead on kills by Hunter and Amber Rolfzen and an ace from Albrecht. A smash by Foecke and back-to-back Arkansas errors made it 20-17. Holman and Foecke hammered kills for a 22-18 lead, forcing Arkansas’ second timeout. Holman tacked on a kill and block with Malloy for set point, and the Huskers finished the set on an 11-3 run to win 25-19 after Malloy’s fourth kill.
Set 2: There was no slow start for the Huskers in set two as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead. NU continued to pile on as Hunter placed a kill to make it 8-2. Malloy’s sixth kill on her seventh swing added to the lead, 9-3. The Razorbacks closed the gap to 12-8 before Kadie Rolfzen pounded her fifth kill. A Hunter kill made it 16-11 and put Albrecht at the service line, and she served the Huskers to a 20-11 lead. A pair of kills by Foecke and Holman finished off the 25-15 victory. NU hit .303 in set two and held Arkansas to -.074.
Set 3: Nebraska broke free from a 6-6 tie with a kill by Malloy and ace by Albrecht. Arkansas came back to tie it 13-13, but a kill by Malloy and Arkansas error put NU back in front. A stuff by Hunter and Amber Rolfzen, followed by a kill by Amber Rolfzen put the Huskers up 18-14. Albrecht continued serving tough with a pair of aces, giving her four on the night and building the Huskers’ lead to 21-14. Kadie Rolfzen’s ninth kill put the match away, 25-21.
Up Next: The Huskers finish the Lobo Classic against host New Mexico on Saturday at 8:30 p.m. (CT). A free live stream by the Mountain West Network will be available here, and the match will be carried by the Huskers Sports Network (107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha).