Huskers Sweep Kansas

Jordan Larson's double-double propelled the top-ranked Nebraska team to a 30-18, 30-24, 30-18 sweep of Kansas Wednesday evening. Larson totaled her sixth double-double of the season with a season-high 17 kills on .389 hitting, 11 digs and a trio of aces, as the Huskers improved to 11-0 overall and 4-0 in Big 12 action.

The Huskers, who have swept their last nine opponents and 10 of 11 foes on the year, relied on strong efforts from its outside hitters against Kansas, as Larson and Christina Houghtelling combined for 26 kills on .389 hitting.  Houghtelling, who totaled five of her nine kills in game three, also hit .389 while adding eight digs in the win.

Sarah Pavan joined Larson in double figures in kills with 12 kills and three blocks, as the Huskers eclipsed the .300 mark as a team for the ninth time in 11 matches..

Nebraska earned the win on the defensive end, out-blocking Kansas, 8-3, and holding Kansas to .073 hitting – the lowest by a Husker opponent this season. Tracy Stalls topped the Huskers with a season-high five blocks, as she became the 11th Husker to ever reach the 500-block plateau.

Game one was too much Pavan and too many miscues for Kansas, as the Huskers took the opener by a score of 30-18. Pavan totaled six kills on .455 hitting, as NU hit .333 as a team, while Kansas committed 10 hitting errors en route to hitting just .024.  The Huskers took control early behind the play of Pavan, who keyed the Huskers on an early 7-2 spurt, turning a 3-3 game into a 10-5 Husker lead. Pavan had two tips and a block in a three-play sequence to trigger the Husker run. KU fought back, pulling to within 12-9, but Nebraska took matters into its own hands with five unanswered points to take an eight point lead after Larson slammed down a Jayhawk overpass. The Huskers continued to extend their lead and cruised to a 12-point victory.

The second game was more of a battle, as the Huskers used a strong game from Larson to pull away late for a 30-24 victory. Larson totaled nine kills without an error on 13 swings, helping the Huskers hit .439 as a team. The Huskers found themselves down early, as KU won the first four rallies and built a 10-7 lead before Larson led Nebraska back, as NU tied the game at 12-all. KU eventually led 17-16 before a Pavan kill and two straight swings from Larson gave the Huskers their first lead. KU pulled to within 22-21 on a Jenna Kaiser kill before a Houghtelling kill and a Jayhawk attack error gave NU a three-point lead and forced a KU timeout. The Jayhawks got within 24-23 before a Stalls kill, a Pavan ace and a block by Rachel Holloway and Stalls pushed the margin to four points, helping the Huskers take a 2-0 lead into the locker room.

In the finale, the Huskers got a strong offensive performance from Houghtelling and strong serving from Larson in a 30-18 victory. NU held KU to .000 hitting, while Larson ran off spurts of 3-0 and 4-0 from the service line, highlighted by three consecutive aces. Houghtelling got the Huskers going with two straight kills before combining with Stalls on a block to put the Huskers up 8-5. The Jayhawks were within 11-8, but Nebraska took the suspense out of the contest by winning 10 of the next 11 points, including three kills and three aces from Larson that put NU ahead 21-9.

Jenna Kaiser led Kansas (9-6. 2-3 Big 12) with eight kills, while Natalie Uhart chipped in seven kills in her first action since the second weekend of the season.

The Huskers return home to begin a two-match homestand on Saturday, Sept. 29, when they host Baylor at the NU Coliseum. First serve is set for 7 p.m. and the match will be carried on B107.3 FM and on Huskers.com


                              Volleyball Box Score
                            The Automated ScoreBook
              Nebraska vs Kansas (Sep 26, 2007 at Lawrence, Kan.)



   Nebraska               |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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3  Houghtelling, Chris.  3|  9   2  18  .389|  0|  0   1|  0|  8| 0  2  0|  0
9  Pavan, Sarah........  3| 12   5  26  .269|  0|  1   3|  0|  2| 0  3  0|  0
10 Larson, Jordan......  3| 17   3  36  .389|  2|  3   3|  0| 11| 0  1  0|  0
11 Stalls, Tracy.......  3|  6   1  13  .385|  1|  0   0|  0|  2| 1  4  0|  0
12 Holloway, Rachel....  3|  3   1   7  .286| 38|  0   0|  0|  7| 0  1  0|  0
17 Gates, Amanda.......  3|  4   4  11  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  3  1|  0
1  Griffin, Maggie.....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  3|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
2  Banwarth, Kayla.....  1|  0   0   0  .000|  2|  0   1|  0|  5| 0  0  0|  0
4  Licht, Lindsey......  1|  1   0   3  .333|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
5  Schwartz, Rachel....  2|  1   0   1 1.000|  1|  0   1|  3|  7| 0  0  0|  0
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   Totals..............  3| 53  16 115  .322| 47|  4   9|  3| 44| 1 14  1|  0

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 8.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  14  2  36  .333   GAME SCORES               1  2  3  TEAM RECORDS
   2  21  6  43  .349   Nebraska............ (3) 30 30 30  11-0, 4-0 Big 12
   3  18  8  36  .278   Kansas.............. (0) 18 24 18  9-6, 2-3 Big 12

   Kansas                 |     ATTACK      |SET| SERVE |SRV|DEF|  BLOCK |GEN
## Name                 GP|  K   E  TA   PCT|  A| SA  SE| RE|DIG|BS BA BE|BHE
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2  Martincich, Katie...  3|  1   0   3  .333| 12|  0   0|  0| 11| 0  0  0|  1
7  Brown, Emily........  3|  6   4  19  .105| 16|  1   2|  0|  7| 0  0  0|  2
9  Uhart, Natalie......  3|  7   4  24  .125|  0|  1   2|  0|  2| 1  0  0|  0
11 Mahoney, Caitlin....  3|  1   2   4 -.250|  0|  0   0|  0|  1| 1  0  0|  0
12 Kaiser, Jenna.......  3|  8   4  24  .167|  0|  0   0|  0|  2| 0  0  0|  0
15 Garlington, Karina..  3|  4   3  16  .062|  1|  0   0|  2|  4| 0  0  0|  0
1  Manda, Melissa......  3|  0   1   2 -.500|  0|  1   1|  2|  4| 0  0  0|  0
4  Grieb, Melissa......  3|  1   1   2  .000|  0|  0   2|  0|  5| 0  0  0|  0
8  Mazour, Paige.......  1|  0   1   1-1.000|  1|  0   0|  0|  0| 0  0  0|  0
16 Lino, Flavia........  1|  0   0   3  .000|  0|  0   0|  0|  0| 1  0  0|  0
18 Noyes, Savannah.....  3|  3   3  11  .000|  1|  0   0|  0|  1| 0  0  0|  0
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   Totals..............  3| 31  23 109  .073| 31|  3   7|  4| 37| 3  0  0|  3

 TEAM ATTACK PER GAME                               TOTAL TEAM BLOCKS: 3.0
 Game  K  E  TA   Pct
   1  11 10  41  .024   Site: Lawrence, Kan. (Horejsi Arena)
   2  13  6  39  .179   Date: Sep 26, 2007   Attend: 1300   Time: 1:24
   3   7  7  29  .000   Referees:


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