No.4 Nebraska resists Omaha challenge, 3-2
Nebraska’s No. 4 volleyball team withstood a challenge from neighbor Omaha on Friday afternoon in the Ameritas Players Challenge, beating 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 game with a season record 16 kills on 0.394 kills, adding seven digs and two blocks.
Lindsay krause and Nicklin Hames both achieved their first double-double of the season. Krause finished with 12 kills, a 10-block high and seven digs, and Hames – who made his season debut – tallied 40 assists, 13 digs and one block.
Lexi Sun also posted a double-digit effort with 10 kills and added nine digs, one block, three assists and two aces on serve. Lexi rodriguez had a season-high 24 digs to lead the game.
Kayla Cafe, who only played in the fourth and fifth sets, gave the bench a boost with season highs of six kills and seven blocks.
Omaha was led by 16 kills with nine digs from Rachel Fairbanks and 11 more kills with three blocks from Sadie Limback. Sami Clarkson had 40 assists with 12 recoveries for a double-double, and Claire Mountjoy (18), Shayla McCormick (18) and Jaiden Centeno (13) also delivered double-digit recovery performances.
As a team, Nebraska defeated Omaha .191 to .083 and outscored the Mavericks 15-8.
Omaha hit 0.571 with three kills and a Limback block to start, jumping 8-2 before the Huskers took a time out. The back-to-back Meyer / Krause stuff blocks ultimately reduced Maverick’s advantage to three. Omaha pushed his lead to 18-11 before another NU time-out, then extended to 10 at 23-13. A kill from Rylee Marshall got him to set point, and another from Fairbanks sealed him 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 recorded four more kills in the set.
Nebraska managed a .270 improvement in the second and was bolstered by seven kills from Kubik on a .500 strike. NU trailed to start the second set, equalized three times and finally took the lead at 8-7 on a kill by Kubik. It was part of a 7-1 Husker race, with back-to-back wins in the Sun and a Meyer / Sun block giving NU a 13-8 lead. NU eventually reached a 20-12 advantage after a Krause kill at the line sparked a four-game winning streak with Husker. NU finished the set 9-2, punctuated by Kubik’s 10th kill of the game to win 25-14.
The Mavericks hit 0.297 and limited NU to 0.069 in the third set. They were leading up to six and won the game 25-16 to a 2-1 lead.
Caffey entered the game in the fourth set and immediately helped NU rally, totaling four blocks and a pair of kills. Krause added five kills on .455 shots and tied Caffey with four more saves. The Huskers reached .290 against .000 for UNO and had a 6-0 blocking advantage.
Three kills from Sun, Krause and Caffey and one attacking error from Maverick gave NU a 7-2 advantage early in the set. Leading 11-8, Nebraska posted a 6-0 streak with three kills and a Schwarzenbach / Lauenstein block to create a nine-point lead. Following a Maverick serve error, a Krause / Schwarzenblock stop and a Krause kill ended him at 25-13.
Caffey had four kills in five clear swings and made three more blocks in the deciding set as NU hit 0.400 as a team with a single attacking error and beat Omaha 4-0.
After a 2-2 tie, NU took an 8-3 lead. Two late eliminations from Caffey helped seal him, his latest putting him at 15-7.
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-Nebraska improves to 17-1 in all-time streak with Omaha, including 2-0 in the John cook time.
-As a team, the Huskers have got 15 or more blocks in two of their last three games.
Nebraska continues to play the Ameritas Players Challenge tonight, against Georgia at 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center. The game will be televised on Big Ten Network and broadcast via its digital extension with Larry Punteney and Salima Rockwell on call, and John Baylor and Lauren Cook West will have the radio call on Huskers Radio Network.