It was a very well rounded offensive unit today with middle blocker Melissa Elmer on her campaign to earning All-American honors this year. Elmer will probably be up for another tournament MVP if she keeps this play up tomorrow against Georgia Tech. Melissa has been named MVP of both tournaments in which Nebraska has played so far this season.
Elmer had 11 kills for .364 hitting percentage along with 2 blocks and two service aces. Right now, Melissa is leading the Big 12 with 2.00 blocks per game.
Senior Outside Hitter, Anna Schrad also got 11 kills for .280 hits, nine digs and 3 blocks. Coach John Cook has said that Jennifer Saleaumua is the teams best solid all-around player and she proved that once again today as she had a great performance with 10 kills for .273 hits, 12 digs and three service aces. Ally Rebholz, junior outside hitter, got 10 kills for a .333 hitting percentage. Rebholz ranks second in the Big 12 with 1.42 blocks per game.
Sara Westling has had a great weekend and during the first two games had 6 kills for a .750 hitting percentage and one service ace and then Coach Cook put in Christina Houghtelling as she got in two key kills and she slammed in a total of 3 kills and one block in game three.
Nebraska is featuring the 6-2 (two-setter) offense, a look that Husker fans haven't seen since the 1999 season. In the 6-2 system, the setter always comes from the back row, which allows the Huskers to have three hitters in the front row at all times. We have both first year starting sophomore, Michelle Lynch who had 27 set assists in today's game, 7 digs and two service aces and true freshman Dani Busboom who had 20 set assists against Michigan State today. The two setters have combined for 14.53 assists per game so far this season.
Now for the big test tomorrow as the Huskers face #10 ranked Georgia Tech at 3pm and it will be televised statewide live on NETV. The game with the Georgia Tech Yellowjackets will be the first ever meeting for the two teams. Georgia Tech is 7-0 going into tomorrow's game and like Nebraska before this tournament was relatively untested. With jumping from the #12 rank in the USA Today/AVCA Poll this week to #10, the Yellowjackets have gained the highest ranking in school history and also the highest ever by an ACC team.
If there is one thing that Nebraska needs to do tomorrow is to find a way to contain Kansas native Jayme Gergen, as she leads the nation with a .525 hitting percentage.