Big Red Recap: Nebraska vs Kansas St

Lincoln - Nebraska swept Kansas State Saturday night at the Coliseum. Some of the Huskers broke personal records and others earned some of their highest attacking and blocking stats of the season.

Set 1

            Nebraska couldn't get more than a two point lead at the beginning of the first set. Lindsey Licht and Kori Cooper had some great kills for the Huskers but the team was unable to consistently get the points. The streak was broken when Sydney Anderson earned her first ace of the night at 9-7 and Lindsey Licht and Kori Cooper had a double-block for one more point. This seemed to be the turning point for Nebraska and they continued to dominate the rest of the match. Two kills in front of the ten foot line from Licht and Cooper were only a few of the highlights of this set. The Huskers may have caused some physical damage to the KSU back row when Mueller and then Brooke Delano smashed kills into the faces of the Wildcats' defense. Cooper finished the match with a .857 attacking percentage followed by Delano at .500 and Mueller at .333. The set ended quickly with at Husker win, 25-1

OutstandingPlayers: Kori Cooper, Lindsey Licht

. Set 2

            Running on the adrenaline and momentum of the previous set, Nebraska came out and immediately scored four points. Kills from Cooper and Hannah Werth and another double-block from Cooper and Licht, gave the Huskers the lead. The Wildcats' time-out at 4-0 seemed to knock the Huskers out of sync. A service error from Werth and a lack of coverage from Nebraska brought KSU even at 6-6. Nebraska quickly solved their problems and pulled into the lead once more, leading by six points in the middle of the set. The Huskers had nine blocks, many of them coming from double-blocks by Cooper and Licht. Allison McNeal came off the bench and blocked a KSU attack for the game at 25-19. Cooper led again in attacking with a .545 percentage and tallied four blocking attempts and nine points.

            Outstanding Players: Kori Cooper, Lindsey Licht, Brooke Delano

                                                           

Set 3

            An early ace from Werth would set the tone of the final match. The Huskers' easy five point lead at 7-2 forced the Wildcats to take a time-out. This time, the break didn't affect Nebraska's play and they seemed to come out of the huddle even stronger. Gina Mancuso's aces put Nebraska up 10-4 and only after that, were the Wildcats able to break the six point run. Trying to find a way to turn the game around, KSU began to use short tips to catch the Huskers off guard as they prepared for an attack. The tips combined with service and hitting errors, diminished the Huskers lead to only one at 13-12. Nebraska wouldn't let KSU get any closer and kills from Mueller, Licht, and Werth followed by more double-blocks sent the Huskers to a 22-15 lead. A solo block from Delano put Nebraska up for set point and Werth ended the match with a kill, 25-18.

Outstanding Players:  Lindsey Licht, Hannah Werth, Tara Mueller

Outstanding Off-Bench Player: Gina Mancuso

Overall

          Nebraska's blocks were better in this game than they have been the entire season. Double-blocks from Licht, Delano, Cooper, and Mueller put new intensity in the play of the entire team. The Huskers' front row defense seemed to be reading the Wildcats' plays and stopping their attackers at the net. Licht, who usually has consistent stats, blew Kansas State away as she seemed to be swinging much stronger and more accurately. 

Serving is a usual problem area for the Huskers but that was not the case tonight.  In the first two sets, Nebraska had seven service aces compared to KSU's zero. Mancuso earned a personal best with four service aces, doubling her previous best of two earlier in the season.

Nebraska will take on 17th ranked Baylor in Texas this Wednesday at 7:00.  

 


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