Nebraska Volleyball Sweeps Texas A&M

The No. 10 ranked Nebraska (20-3 overall, 11-2 in Big 12) Volleyball team traveled down to College Station Texas to take on No. 21 Texas A&M Aggies (17-5 overall, 9-3 in big 12). The Huskers ended the Aggies seven-match winning streak with a sweep of 30-22, 30-24, 30-19. The G. Rollie White Coliseum was very loud with a crowd of 2,766, with the fans and Texas A&M Athletic Director Bill Byrne rooting on their team.

The last time these two teams met at the Coliseum in Lincoln in September, the Aggies took the Husker's to five games before Nebraska pulled out the win.

Leading the way for the Husker's once again was sophomore outside hitter Jennifer Saleaumua as she got her 12th double-double of the season. Saleaumua had 13 kills on 32 swings for a .344 hitting percentage and had 12 digs and two blocks. Melissa Elmer had another impressive match with 9 kills on 16 swings for .375 hitting along with 10 blocks.

Early in game one the two teams traded points back and forth until Texas A&M went on a five point run to lead the Husker's 10-6 until Coach John Cook called a timeout. The Husker's came out with a kill by Saleaumua and then reeled off 3 points from Sara Westling's serving tying the game at 10-10. Then Aggie sophomore outside hitter Laura Jones got a kill. Jones led the Aggies for the night with 13 kills on 40 swings for a .200 mark. With Nebraska leading 23-22, the Husker's pulled away with seven unanswered points. Ally Rebholz got a kill and then Saleaumua served the last 6 points for the Husker's to take the first game 30-22. The Aggies finished the game with a season-low -.023 hitting percentage, while Nebraska ended the game with a .237 mark with 14 kills on 38 swings and five errors.

The Aggies went on a five point run early in game two to take the lead 4-9. Another kill by Westling pulled the Husker's within one of the Aggies 16-17. Dani Mancuso went to the service line and was able to reel off 6 straight points with blocks from Anna Schrad and Westling and kills from Schrad and Saleaumua. Along with some Aggie attack errors that put Nebraska in the lead 22-17. The Husker's finished the game when Schrad put down one of her seven kills of the match to end the game 30-24. Nebraska finished game two with 19 kills, and 5 errors for .269 hitting mark while Texas A&M had 15 kills on 56 swings for a .125 tally.

Michelle Lynch started game three with a service error to put the Aggies up 1-0. This would be their only lead in the game. The score was tied six different times until Westling got a kill for a 7-7 score, then the Husker's pulled away. A kill by Mancuso and then one by Elmer put Nebraska up 25-16. Schrad got a kill to make it match point 29-19 and the Husker's won with a service ace from Mancuso 30-19. Mancuso had 5 kills in game three, while Saleaumua had 6 in the final match. Nebraska had 20 kills in the third game for .459 hitting with only 3 errors, while keeping the Texas Aggies to .216 hitting.

Nebraska hit .315 for the match, which is the second straight game which they have hit .300 or better. The Texas Aggies had .102 hitting for the night. The most impressive thing about the Husker's play tonight was their passing and ball handling. This new line up that Coach Cook has tried seems to be the answer. Coach Cook was very happy with all aspects of his teams performance tonight and why shouldn't he be? Nebraska seems to have found it's groove and just in time, because the next two weeks is the brutal final part of the season, not to mention post season play.

Next up for the Husker's is Missouri, as they travel to Columbia for a 7pm match time on Saturday Nov. 8th. Missouri beat the Husker's in five game at the last match in Lincoln last month.


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