Huskers Sweep ISU Volleyball

LINCOLN, Neb.— Renae Pruess had eight kills and sophomore Brittany Dalager had a team-high nine digs, but No. 5 Nebraska proved to be too much as the Cornhuskers defeated Iowa State, 3-0, on Wednesday night at the Nebraska Coliseum. Senior setter Sara Stribe had 21 assists and seven digs to help the Cyclone cause on the night.

The loss drops Iowa State to 10-18 on the season and 1-15 in Big 12 play. Nebraska's Greichaly Cepero had 11 kills, six digs and 40 assists to lead the Cornhuskers. Nebraska improved to 23-1 overall and 15-0 in league play.

Nebraska hit a high .413 from the floor for the match, while holding Iowa State to -.051. NU had 55 kills to the Cyclones 22. ISU's Ashlie McWee had four kills and senior Mandi Harms added three.

Game one was all Nebraska as the Cornhuskers rattled off 13 straight points and led, 14-1, halfway through the match. The Cyclones scored their second point of the game on a huge Pruess kill. Two McWee kills and a Dalager kill followed, but Nebraska's offense kept coming as it scored nine unanswered points to make the score 24-6. ISU was held to five kills while NU had 17 and hit a sizzling .471 from the floor. The Cornhuskers defense was also on tonight as they had 18 digs to Iowa State's 11. Nebraska won game one, 30-9. McWee had two kills for the Cyclones, while Pruess, Dalager and Katie Kruenegel had one each.

Iowa State got back on track in game two and held small leads in the early part of the game and led 7-4 at one point and led again, 10-9, before Nebraska came back with six straight points to take a 14-10 lead. A Harms kill pulled ISU within in three at 14-11, but Nebraska's offense was too much for the Cyclones as NU had runs of 6-0 and 3-0 to win game two, 30-17. NU hit .414 from the floor and had 14 kills and just two errors, while holding ISU to seven kills on 31 attempts. Nebraska also had the advantage with the dig totals, 28-22. Iowa State headed to the locker room down two games.

In game three, Iowa State played a solid game and kept it close throughout the first half of the game. With the score tied, 8-8, and then again at 9-9, NU scored two quick points to make the score 12-10. Pruess had two solid kills to tie the score at 12. Nebraska then rattled off four unanswered points before Pruess had another kill to pull within 17-13. Pruess had four of her team-high eight kills in game three. As the match went on, Nebraska's experience proved to be too much for ISU as the closest the Cyclones could get was 20-16 on another Pruess kill. Nebraska went on to win game three, 30-19, and the match, 3-0.

"As the match went on, I thought we did a better job of playing more relaxed and more competitive," Head Coach Linda Crum said. "In game one, we played it a little too safe, I thought. But I thought we did a good job of going out and being competitive. Renae (Pruess) did a good job for us tonight. She went out and played a solid match and got some solid kills for us. She really stepped it up for us. Sara (Stribe) also did a good job of running the offense for us and played very competitively. Dana (Koziol), I thought, was another bright spot for us as the libero. She gave us some much-needed defense."

Iowa State will return home for a two-match home stand on Saturday, Nov. 16, when it takes on Missouri at Hilton Coliseum at 2 p.m.

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