Nebraska Sweeps Baylor

The ninth ranked Husker Volleyball team battled against the Baylor Bears Wednesday night at the Coliseum in one of two home matches remaining for the 2009 season.

Set 1

          Lindsey Licht got the Huskers started with an early kill to tie the score after a missed first point. A double block from Tara Mueller and Brooke Delano increased Nebraska's lead but two service errors from Hannah Werth and Mueller would hurt their three point lead. Libero, Kayla Banwarth, was all over the floor defending the Huskers' court from Baylor's strong senior attackers. Had Banwarth not been on her game with a total of nine digs, Nebraska would have found their back row an open target for Baylor kills. Fundamental mistakes in the middle of the set sent the Huskers up by only one but the red and white quickly regained control by pushing all the way to an eight point lead. Nebraska was alert at the net and their attacks and blocking looked very solid as Baylor took two time-outs within just a few points. The Huskers didn't let up and easily took the set at 25-16 with a solo block from Kori Cooper and a game point illegal hit from the Bears.       

Outstanding Player: Kayla Banwarth

 

Set 2

            The momentum didn't fail the Huskers in set two as Cooper and Licht controlled the attacking for the first three points. An ace from Werth and the Bears' inability to get anything passed Banwarth only made things easier for Nebraska. A long and well deserved Husker point came at 12-8 as both teams scrambled to save the ball and Banwarth again sacrificed herself to get a hand under the ball leading to a Nebraska kill and the point. Following an ace from Banwarth, the Huskers began to let go of their lead as Baylor senior setter and outstanding jump server, Taylor Barnes, made Nebraska pay. Head Coach John Cook took a time-out at 19-16 to try and break Barnes' serving streak and put the fire back into his players. Nebraska broke the huddle and came out to win the set little by little at 25-21 but weren't able to dominate the last half like they had throughout the night's earlier play. The stats for the second set showed the Huskers' struggle as they earned only one more block than the Bears and their attacking percentages were much lower than the first set's.

Outstanding Player: Kayla Banwarth, Lindsey Licht

Set 3

            Both the Huskers and the Bears came out in the third set ready to play their best volleyball of the night. The first point was possibly one of the longest of the match and a kill from Licht gave it to Nebraska. The Huskers began to run away with the set once again and kills from Licht and Werth forced Baylor to take a time-out at 5-1. Nebraska would lose their four point lead just as quickly as they got it and Baylor would go on top for the first time since the first set at 9-10. Nebraska wasn't able to fully recover and led by no more than four points until the set was over. Banwarth went back to serve for the set but the Bears weren't ready to give up and Nebraska had to fight for another chance at set point. Delano went up strong on the right side and sent her kill flying off the hands of the Baylor blocker for the set at 25-20.  

Outstanding Player: Kayla Banwarth, Tara Mueller

 

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