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Nebraska Volleyball goes 2-0 on first day of Ameritas Players Challenge | KTIC Radio

Nebraska Volleyball goes 2-0 on first day of Ameritas Players Challenge

Nebraska Volleyball goes 2-0 on first day of Ameritas Players Challenge
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LINCOLN, Neb. – The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team swept Ohio, 25-17, 25-14, 25-17, on Friday afternoon in its first match of the Ameritas Players Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Mikaela Foecke pounded 17 kills with just one error for a .593 hitting percentage, and Lauren Stivrins had nine kills, five blocks and served a career-high four aces to lift the Huskers (2-1).

Nebraska was sharp offensively, hitting a season-best .349, and produced nine blocks defensively. Jazz Sweet had six kills and three blocks, while Sami Slaughter added five kills. Callie Schwarzenbach had four blocks with a pair of kills. Nicklin Hames had 28 assists and five digs, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-best 11 digs. 

The Huskers out-aced Ohio, 7-2, and had a 38-27 advantage in digs. 

The win was the 694th career win for head coach John Cook, tying him with Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list.

Ohio fell to 1-3 on the season. Lizzie Stephens led the Bobcats with seven kills. 

Set 1: The Huskers went on an 8-1 run to take a 14-8 lead. Hames and Foecke each had two kills, and Stivrins served three aces during the spurt. The Bobcats got back within 16-14 after four straight points, but Foecke earned sideout for the Huskers with a kill, then placed a back-row shot to the middle of the court and followed with an ace serve to begin a 6-0 run and restore a 22-14 lead. A Sami Slaughter kill ended the set at 25-17. NU hit .423 in the first set and held Ohio to .143.

Set 2: Foecke again sparked the Huskers with three early kills, and Stivrins added two blocks and a kill to boost NU to a 9-2 lead. The Huskers continued to hammer away, taking a 14-4 lead after Foecke’s ninth kill on her 14th swing. Nebraska pulled away to the 25-14 win, hitting .355 with six blocks. Stivrins, Schwarzenbach and Sweet each had three blocks in the set. 

Set 3: Nebraska used a 10-0 run to gain separation at 14-7. Foecke had four more kills and Megan Miller served the Huskers’ sixth ace. NU closed out the sweep, 25-17, with Foecke terminating seven times on eight swings in the set.

LINCOLN, Neb. – The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team dominated Wake Forest, 25-14, 25-11, 25-9, on Friday night in front of a crowd of 8,067 at the Ameritas Players Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. 

Jazz Sweet had 11 kills on an error-free night as she finished with a .579 hitting percentage to lead the Huskers to a .341 hitting percentage as a team. Lauren Stivrins had eight kills on .700 hitting and added three blocks, as NU dominated the blocks category, 8-1. 

Nebraska (3-1) never trailed in the match, holding Wake Forest to -.033 hitting on the night. Callie Schwarzenbach had a match-high five blocks with five kills, while Sweet added three blocks to her 11 kills. Mikaela Foecke chipped in five kills, seven digs and a season-high four aces. Sami Slaughter added five kills and five digs.

Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs, and setter Nicklin Hames had 11 digs along with 26 assists and three service aces. The Huskers more than doubled up the Demon Deacons in kills (37-18) and had an 8-0 advantage in service aces. NU also out-dug Wake Forest, 43-36.

Caroline Rassenfoss had six kills for the Demon Deacons (0-5). 

Set 1: The Huskers bolted to a 5-1 lead with kills by Foecke and Sweet and an ace serve by Foecke. Stivrins connected on three kills to make it 10-6 Huskers, and NU pulled ahead 18-8 at the media timeout after Hames served a 7-0 Husker run. The Huskers finished off the 25-14 win on a Megan Miller ace.

Set 2: A kill and block by Schwarzenbach got the Huskers off on the right foot as they took a 3-0 lead. The advantage ballooned to 10-2 after the Huskers went on a 6-0 run on Maloney’s serve. A pair of blocks and a kill by Schwarzenbach, as well as an ace by Foecke, increased the Huskers’ lead to 21-8 on their way to the 25-11 win. The Huskers stifled the Demon Deacons in set two, holding them to -.143 hitting. 

Set 3: Nebraska’s hot starts continued as it took a 9-1 lead with Hames serving the first five points, which included two kills by Sweet. Mari Kurkova checked in at setter midway through the set and assisted on a Schwarzenbach kill. The Huskers pulled away while rotating in players off the bench. NU finished off the sweep with a 25-9 win.

Up Next: The Huskers finish the Ameritas Players Challenge on Saturday at 2 p.m. against Santa Clara, who went 2-0 on Friday with a sweep of Ohio and a 3-1 win over Wake Forest.

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