Slow Start Dooms Huskers

Saturday night the top ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers volleyball team took on No. 6 Penn State. The Nittany Lions were hot from the beginning and never really looked back besides a third set loss. This was just the second loss for the Huskers this season, first within the Big Ten Conference.

In the first set it looked like Nebraska had a fighting chance, but it was all Penn State as it got deep into the set. Penn State superstar Deja McClendon started off hot and carried it all the way through the match. Penn State would go on to win the first set, 25-17.

In the second set, it was much of the same for Penn State. Consistent play from the Nittany Lions in all aspects would keep them in it throughout, while blocking miscues and back row play was shaky for the Huskers. It never seemed that Nebraska really had a chance in the second set as Penn State would take it 25-15.

There was signs of life for the Huskers as they seemed to have complete control over the third set. At one point, Nebraska led 18-9 and even though Penn State fought back, the Huskers would go on to win 25-17.

It was barely a week ago that Nebraska was down 2-0 to Minnesota and went on to win the next three sets and take the match. After dominating the third set, it seemed that it could happen again, as the fourth set was just about even half way through. After the set was 13-15 Penn State, the Lions gained momentum and slowly started running away with the match. Service errors and inconsistent back row play would doom the Huskers as Penn State would go on and take the set and match.

Many wondered how the Huskers would fare playing back to back road games and this was an early possible answer. After beating a ranked Ohio State team handily, the Huskers came out flat and just couldn't get anything going.

One of the main problems seemed to be the back row while Penn State was serving and on kills.

However, it is hard to be disappointed in a team that only has two losses on the season and just lost their first conference game of the year.

The Huskers return home next weekend to welcome Michigan to the NU Coliseum on Friday, Nov. 4 and Michigan State on Saturday, Nov. 5. Both matches are slated for 7 p.m. and can be seen on with a subscription.

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