It wasn’t easy, but Nebraska volleyball took down Missouri in four sets to advance to the Sweet 16. This was an intense match for the Huskers!
What a match and what a win by Nebraska volleyball, who were able to get past the Missouri Tigers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Missouri took the first set and kept it close throughout, but when push came to shove, the Huskers buckled down and rattled off three straight set victories.
The most dramatic set of the evening was easily the third set in which Nebraska had a four point lead and set point only to see it erased with the Tigers battling for set point themselves. Back and forth the two squads went, trading set points, but Nebraska finally took the set after getting to 32 points.
It was clear that Missouri was demoralized after dropping that hard fought set and they weren’t able to rebound in the fourth and final set. Hats off to the Tigers though, they were relentless in this match. Just when Husker fans would start to relax and feel comfortable with their lead, Missouri would battle back and make a match of it again.
Nebraska was fortunate that Missouri made plenty of errors in this one because they weren’t at their best on Saturday night. The broadcast mentioned that it was the first time this year in which the Huskers were able to win a match despite being outhit. They were previously 0-4 when the other team outhit them.
Missouri had double digit service errors compared to Nebraska’s three on the evening. It’s tough to win, especially somewhere like the Devaney Sports Center, when you can’t get the serve in. I understand being aggressive from the service line, but the most important thing is to just get the dang ball over the net.
Player wise, Jazz Sweet was the star in this match, notching 17 kills and hitting .438. Sweet was on point throughout the evening and helped lift the Huskers in the tough times in this match. Lexi Sun recorded 13 kills while Lauren Stivrins and Madi Kubik each had 11 kills.
Defensively, Kenzie Knuckles had 12 digs, which matched Nicklin Hames’ total. Megan Miller had 11 and Kubik had ten on the evening.
Nebraska’s season at the Devaney Sports Center has come to an end and they’ll now travel to Madison for the Regionals and will play the winner of Hawaii vs San Diego, which takes place late Saturday night.
This match was incredibly stressful, but it’ll hopefully help the team when the matches get tougher. They’ll have their work cut out for them in Madison no matter who they play in the next round, so let’s hope the girls learned something from that 32 point win in the third set vs Missouri.
It might not have been the prettiest of wins, but a win is a win and in the NCAA Tournament, that’s all that matters. Onto the next one!
Go Big Red!