Huskers take down Aggies in three

After coming off of an unexpected away game sweep of Iowa State last Saturday, the ninth ranked Nebraska Volleyball team faced the Texas A&M Aggies Friday night at the Coliseum.

It took Nebraska a few points before they looked like they were ready to play tough volleyball against A&M. Libero, Kayla Banwarth, started out with slow feet against the Aggie attackers and the Huskers were quickly down by two. A quick-set kill from Kori Cooper and a right side attack from Lindsey Licht brought Nebraska back on top. Two service errors broke the Huskers' point streak and A&M began picking up their hustle. Players on both sides went running into the announcer's table and the sidelines in a great effort to save shanked passes. Brooke Delano got revenge when she followed an attack into the net with a cross-court kill starting the back and forth point exchange between the Huskers and the Aggies. In an attempt to break the tie, Licht hit two consecutive attacks and eventually won the point with an aggressive block giving Nebraska an 11-10 lead. The Huskers continued to struggle holding the lead and Head Coach John Cook was forced to call a time-out at 16-18 when Nebraska began looking tired and unable to get any points headed their way. The end of the game took on a life of its own and the match went on for over six extra plays as Nebraska struggled to get the final point. A down the line kill from Licht and a hitting error from A&M would give the set to the Huskers, 29-27.

Outstanding Player: Kori Cooper, Brooke Delano


Set 2

           Nebraska started off the second set by losing the first two points but those lost points seemed to be what the Huskers needed to get themselves back into a winning mindset. A double-bock from Delano and Cooper followed by many errors from A&M's offense sent Nebraska to a 7-3 lead. The Aggie time-out that followed didn't seem to affect the Huskers' play and their lead extended to 11-5 after a Delano kill and block. Even though A&M's score didn't show it, their defense forced Nebraska to work hard for each point they earned. One of the best plays came at 15-8 when the Huskers tried to put the ball down past the Aggies' outstanding back row defense and after four attacking attempts during that one point, Delano was finally able to get past for the point. Hannah Werth showed some of her most forceful hitting as her attacks were not only accurate but seemed to be fueled with more power than usual. The Huskers easily took the set, 25-17. Cooper lead the team with a .750 attacking percentage followed by Delano at .643 and Licht at .583. Nebraska totaled seven total blocks compared to A&M's three.       

Outstanding Player: Kori Cooper, Brooke Delano, Hannah Werth

Set 3

            Nebraska took an early lead as Licht and Cooper controlled the net. The Huskers tried tipping the ball to get some easy points but the Aggies were prepared and weren't easily fooled by Nebraska's sudden lack of attacks. Instead of changing the pace, the Huskers continued to push the tips and lost points when the Aggies began to bring out strong attacking. Kills from Licht, Werth and Cooper sent A&M into a time-out at 12-7. Licht would follow with a huge, in front of the ten foot line kill and a Gina Mancuso ace put the Huskers up 19-11. Another Texas A&M time-out wouldn't keep the Huskers from coming out and dominating the second half of the third set. Mancuso earned her second service ace of the night increasing the lead to 21-11. Sydney Anderson got her chance to take a swing at the ball and sent it flying down the line for a kill. A tip from Werth ended the quick third set with a Husker win, 25-15.  

Outstanding Player: Brook Delano, Lindsey Licht

Outstanding Off-Bench Player: Gina Mancuso


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