Nebraska Volleyball Sweeps Iowa State

The No. 11 ranked Nebraska volleyball team took on Iowa State at the Devaney Center last evening and came out with a sweep. The Nebraska volleyball team saw a season high crowd of 6,142 in the yearly one match at the Devaney Center. The fans got to see their Huskers beat ISU 30-17, 30-18, 30-28. Nebraska is now 17-3 overall and 9-2 in the Big 12 Conference as they improved to 64-0 all time against ISU, as Iowa State falls to 10-12 overall and 2-9 in Big 12 play.

Nebraska dominated the match both offensively and defensively, hitting .307 as a team from the floor and slammed 58 kills along with 69 digs. The Huskers committed 19 hitting errors on 127 attacks, with 12 of those errors coming in game two. The Iowa State Cyclones were limited to 22 kills, a .016 hitting percentage as a team and 47 defensive digs. Iowa State's team hitting percentage was the second-lowest mark by an NU opponent this season. The Cyclones had six block assists and one solo block on the night compared to Nebraska's 18 block assists and one solo block.

Freshman middle blocker, Christina Houghtelling, is out with a stress fracture in her leg and won't return for several weeks and is hoped to be healthy to play by mid November. Senior middle blocker, Sara Westling started in her place and did a great job. Westling had four blocks, four defensive digs and 7 kills for .294 hitting. Junior outside hitter, Ally Rebholz, also was out for the night as she has been battling illness all week and so freshman outside hitter, Dani Mancuso of Omaha Gross got her third start of the season and ended her day with 3 blocks, 2 digs and 11 kills for a hitting percentage of .292. Jenea Dowling, senior libero and co-captain of the team started out in game one with four defensive digs but towards the end of the match was struggling, so Coach John Cook put freshman Amanda McCormick in and she played in games two and three and had 11 digs for the night.

Two Iowa State outside hitters led the team for kills for the night, senior Renae Pruess had eight digs and seven kills for a team high hitting percentage of .138, while junior outside hitter, Brittany Dalager added in 14 digs and 6 kills on 33 attempts. Dalager leads Iowa State in both kills and digs per game averaging 3.24 kills per game and 3.49 digs while Pruess averages 3.19 kills. Iowa State's senior libero, Dana Koziol is second on the team with 3.44 digs per game and had 8 digs against Nebraska. Dana is the sister of former Husker Denise Koziol.

It was great to see the hitting percentages back up for the team as Jennifer Saleaumua, sophomore outside hitter, led the way for Nebraska as she got her ninth double-double of the season with 14 kills, 15 digs and one block with a hitting percentage of .429. Another very bright spot of the night was seeing Dani Busboom, freshman setter, connecting on her jump serve as she has been struggling with that lately. Busboom led the team with service aces with five for the night and 20 set assists. Busboom made a huge difference going on a roll for five straight points in game one and in game two had seven straight points.

The Huskers were on fire in game one with 19 kills and only two attack errors for a .531 team mark compared to ISU 7 kills and 6 errors on 35 attempts, ending the game with .029 team hitting percentage. Kelsey Fautsch got back-to back kills to win game one 30-17. Dani Mancuso, Jennifer Saleaumua, Melissa Elmer and Kelsey Fautsch all had at least three kills and hit .800 or higher. Nebraska has been starting slow in game one, so this was great to see them come out and just dominate a team.

In game two Nebraska only connected on 17 kills of 53 attempts for .094 hitting, while holding ISU to 3 kills on 52 attempts for a -.115 hitting percentage. Dani Mancuso made a huge save in a long rally in game two, WOW! I couldn't believe she got that. Kelsey Fautsch got the final kill for win number two with a score of 30-18. Fautsch tied her career-best having 10 kills for .438 hitting mark for the night.

In the first two games, Iowa State really struggled with their ball handling but pulled it together for game three and played a solid game. They hit .175 from the floor and pounded 12 kills on 40 attempts, but Nebraska proved to be too much, hitting .405 from the floor and hitting 22 kills on 42 attempts with only 5 errors and went on to win game three, 30-28, and the match, 3-0. The score was 27-20 with Nebraska leading and then with some errors on NU's side let ISU sneak up on them but ended up getting a kill from Sara Westling to take game three 30-28 and the sweep against the Cyclones.

The next match for the Huskers is on Wednesday October 29th as they take on Texas Tech at Lubbock with game time starting at 7 p.m.


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