LINCOLN, Neb. – The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team opened Friday night’s Big Ten Conference game with a 25-15, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of the state of Michigan in front of 8,282 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
With Nebraska’s win, head coach John Cook celebrated his 800th career victory. He became the 19th coach in NCAA Division I Volleyball history to have 800 career wins and the sixth active coach to do so.
The Huskers (9-1, 1-0 B1G) trailed just twice in the game, falling behind early in the first and third set. It marked their eighth sweep of the season and their 13th straight win over the Spartans.
Nebraska batted .224 and held Michigan State at .170. The Huskers had advantages in kills (43-27), assists (39-25), digs (43-37), and made five fewer service errors than MSU. The Spartans blocked the Huskers 9-6.
Madi Kubik pace Nebraska with 14 kills, her seventh double-digit effort of the season. Lindsay Krause scored six kills on .429 hitting. Bekka Allick, Kaitlyn Hordo and Maggie Mendelson also counted six kills and added two blocks each. Hord hit .455 for the Big Red, while Allick hit .308.
Whitney Lauenstein recorded five homicides with a few blocks to complete the attack in Nebraska.
Anni Evans led the Husker offense with 18 assists. Kennedy Orr Added 14 assists and eight counts. Lexi Rodriguez was all over the field with 13 digs and six assists.
Evie Doezema led Michigan State (9-3, 0-1 B1G) with eight kills.
Series 1: Nebraska went up 10-4 early in set one with six kills on nine swings. Kubik had three to get the Huskers off on the right foot. The Huskers were up eight, 16-8, after kills by Hord and Lauenstein. After MSU narrowed it to 16-10, Kubik and Allick placed kills to gain a 19-11 advantage for the Big Red. The Huskers finished with a 25-15 win and batted .379 while Michigan State batted .167.
Series 2: Kubik, Lauenstein, Allick and Mendelson have all committed kills to help the Huskers gain an 8-3 lead. The Spartans timed out after Nebraska rose by six, 12-6, via kills from Mendelson, Krause and Hord and a block from Hord and Lauenstein. The Spartans came in 16-13 before a service foul, a kill by Lauenstein and a kill by Krause brought the Huskers back to a 20-14 lead. Michigan State, however, would not disappear. The Spartans scored three in a row to narrow the lead to 20-17. But the Huskers held back the comeback attempt as kills by Kubik and Allick restored a 23-18 lead. Allick finished another kill before the set point and she teamed up with Mendelson for the winning block, 25-18.
Series 3: Allick and Kubik each had kills and teamed up for a block as Nebraska claimed a 6-2 lead. But the Spartans sprinted 5-3 to come in 9-7. Kubik put in three consecutive kills to make it 14-10, and she added another one before Krause made her sixth kill for a 16-11 lead. Hord and Mendelson blocked a Spartan attack, taking NU’s lead to 19-12. The Huskers led 22-16 when Michigan State tore a 6-0 run to make it 22-22. Evans came in to bet from the front row and assisted Allick on a kill. She then assisted Mendelson for a kill and match point at 24-22, and the Huskers won 25-23 on Kubik’s 14th kill.
Next one: The Huskers will host the No. 7 Ohio State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center.