Nebraska Volleyball Sweeps Texas

The Huskers traveled to Austin Texas to take on the Longhorns on Saturday night for their second conference game of the season. Coach John Cook challenged his eighth ranked team before the match to attack with the serve. I'd say they took up his challenge and came out smelling like a rose in this game.

The Lady Huskers had a season high 16 service aces, which tied the school record for service aces in a three-game match as they went on to sweep Texas 30-20, 30-19, 30-19. The service ace total was NU's highest since Oct. 6, 1990, when it produced 16 aces against Missouri at the NU Coliseum. Nebraska's record is now 10-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big 12.

In game 1, Nebraska first got on the scoreboard on an attack error by Texas's All-American outside hitter Mira Topic to put the score at 3-1. Texas and NU traded a few points back and forth and then after a service error by Dani Busboom, a hitting error by Kelsey Fautsch and a couple of kills from Texas middle blocker Kathy Hahn and outside hitter Bethany Howden to put the score at 9-5 in Texas's favor, Coach Cook took a timeout. After a great block by Dani Busoom and Kelsey Fautsch, Christina Houghtelling went to the service line and reeled off three straight points, two which were aces, to tie the score at 10-10. The two teams once again traded points back and forth and after a service ace by Michelle Lynch to put NU in the lead at 20-19, Texas took a timeout. Nebraska completely took over as Jennifer Saleaumua got six straight points, with three service aces, to finish game one with a 30-20 win.

The Huskers ended game one with 8 service aces; one for Melissa Elmer, two each for Christina Houghtelling and Michelle Lynch and three from Jennifer Saleaumua. As for Nebraska‘s hitting in game one, the team had 10 kills for a .125 hitting percentage compared to Texas's .129. Ally Rebholz led the Huskers with 3 kills, along with two each from Melissa Elmer, Anna Schrad and Jennifer Saleaumua and one from Christina Houghtelling. As for blocks in game one, Melissa Elmer led the team with three, Jennifer Saleaumua had two, while Ally Rebholz, Kelsey Fautsch and Dani Busboom each had one.

In game two the Huskers took control from the start with immediately getting two kills from Jennifer Saleaumua and Anna Schrad. Texas had the game tied at 2-2 but that was only because of Nebraska errors, one from a service error by Michelle Lynch and the other from Anna Schrad on an attack error. From then on, Nebraska just pulled away and never looked back. NU had the lead at 14-9 and then strung together five straight points to move ahead 26-15. Texas managed its longest rally of the game, two points, to pull to 26-18, but Nebraska gets the final points of the game to take a 2-0 lead headed into the break. During game two, outside hitter Dariam Acevedo went down and ended up having to be carried off the court as it sounds like a problem with her left knee. Here's hoping that Dariam is ok, if Texas loses her for the season, it would be a big loss to the UT team.

Nebraska got their hitting game going, having 18 total team kills for a .233 percentage while keeping Texas to only 9 kills in game two for a .024 average. Jennifer Saleaumua had 5 kills and one service ace in the second game, while Melissa Elmer, Anna Schrad and Kelsey Fautsch each had three kills, Christina Houghtelling and Ally Rebholz each slammed in two kills. Elmer had three blocks, while Saleaumua had two and Rebholz, Houghtelling and Fautsch each one one block. Dani Busboom had one service ace in game two.

The Longhorns continued to have problems with their hitting in game three as the Huskers continued to pound away at Texas trying to get the sweep. The 6-3 lead that Texas had in game three was it's last of the game as the Huskers had two different runs of 4 points to take the score up to 13-9. Michelle Lynch had two of her three service aces of the game to make it 16-10. Nebraska then went on and reeled off five straight points to make it 28-18. NU took game three with the last two kills getting slammed from Ally Rebholz to make it 29-19 and then Jennifer Saleaumua pounded in one of her 6 kills of game three to win 30-19 and to get the sweep for the Huskers.

The Lady Huskers raised it's hitting percentage to .387 in the last match compared to UT's .179 mark. In game three, Ally Rebholz had three kills, Elmer and Fautsch each had two, while Christina Houghtelling and Anna Schrad both had one kill and one service ace each.

Here are the total stats for each player at last nights game:

Nebraska (Kills-aces-blocks)-(hitting percentage)

Jennifer Saleaumua, 13-4-5;(.407) Ally Rebholz, 8-0-2; (.375) Melissa Elmer, 7-1-7; (.267) Anna Schrad, 6-1-0; (.042) Kelsey Fautsch, 5-0-2; (.062) Christina Houghtelling, 4-4-1; (.375) Dani Busboom, 0-1-1; Michelle Lynch, 0-5-0; Totals 43-16-9.0.

(Assists) - Michelle Lynch, 20; Dani Busboom, 14.

(Dig leaders) - Jenae Dowling, 8; Dani Busboom, 7; Jennifer Saleaumua, 6

Nebraska's next game is on Wednesday, Sept. 24, when they face Iowa State at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. This game was originally scheduled to be played in Ames but will now be part of a doubleheader between Bellevue University and College of St. Mary's. The first match will begin at 5pm and the Nebraska-Iowa Sate game will follow, with the first serve for the second match set for approximately 7:30 p.m. Doors will open at 4pm.

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