BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team continued its winning ways on the road with a 25-16, 25-16, 25-11 sweep at Indiana at University Gym on Saturday night.
The Huskers (24-1, 15-1 Big Ten) won their 16th straight road match and 23rd straight match away from the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Nebraska’s 15-1 Big Ten record is its best record through 16 conference matches since joining the Big Ten in 2011. The Huskers remain one match ahead of Wisconsin in the standings heading into the final two weeks of the season.
Nebraska was sharp throughout the match, outhitting the Hoosiers (16-13, 5-11 Big Ten) .365 to .055. It marked the ninth straight match the Huskers have held their opponent below .180. Mikaela Foecke led all players with 12 kills on .385 hitting. Kadie Rolfzen added eight kills on .615 hitting, and Andie Malloy had six kills. Briana Holman had four kills and seven blocks, leading the Huskers to a 9-2 blocks advantage in the match. Amber Rolfzen also had four kills and a pair of blocks.
Kelly Hunter had 26 assists, five digs, four kills and four blocks. Justine Wong-Orantes tallied nine digs, and Annika Albrecht had six.
Set 1: Nebraska took a 9-6 lead after a stuff block by Holman and Hunter. In fact, Holman was in on three blocks early and had two kills as the Huskers added to their lead at 13-8. Nebraska pulled away to a 17-11 lead with a pair of kills by Malloy and Kadie Rolfzen. An ace by Albrecht increased the lead to 19-13. Foecke put down her third kill to make it 23-16, and the Huskers took the 25-16 win, hitting .448 and holding Indiana to .185. NU had four blocks in the set and was not blocked once.
Set 2: The Huskers got off to a 4-1 start with a Malloy kill and block by Holman and Kadie Rolfzen. A kill by Kadie Rolfzen, a block by Hunter and Amber Rolfzen and a dump by Hunter put the Huskers in front 10-3. Indiana chipped away at the deficit and eventually pulled within 15-14 before an Amber Rolfzen kill kept the Huskers in the lead at 16-14. After IU got within 16-15, a kill by Malloy and another ace by Albrecht made it 18-15. After an IU timeout with the Huskers up 19-15, Hunter knocked down an overpass and Indiana committed back-to-back errors to make it 22-15 and push the Husker run to 6-0. Kills by Albrecht and Foecke closed out the 25-16 win, as the Huskers ended the set on a 9-1 run.
Set 3: The third set was the Huskers’ best of the night. Albrecht served an 8-0 run that put the Huskers ahead 11-3 and NU never let up. Foecke unleashed four straight kills to build the lead to 19-6. Nebraska finished the set on top, 25-11, with a .423 hitting percentage and limited the Hoosiers to -.065.
Up Next: Nebraska returns home to host No. 10 Penn State next Wednesday at 8 p.m.