Nebraska to open Big Ten play at home against Michigan

September 23, 2018

Since dropping the first two sets to Creighton during its comeback in Omaha two weeks ago, Nebraska has been on a roll, winning 15 of 16 sets.

The third-ranked Huskers bring that momentum into the opening weekend of Big Ten play, hosting No. 18 Michigan on Friday and Michigan State on Sunday.

Nebraska (9-1) will be put to the test. Its opponents are a combined 23-1 — Michigan is 11-0, Michigan State 12-1.

Michigan has lost one set all season. It won its first 32 before beating Notre Dame in four games the last time out.

The Wolverines are holding opponents to a .109 hitting percentage this season, second nationally behind Nebraska. Carly Skjodt leads Michigan with 3.65 kills per set while libero Jenna Lerg leads the conference in digs (5.53 a set).

Michigan State, which plays Iowa on Friday before coming to Lincoln, is on a 12-match winning streak after losing its opener to Tennessee.

Alyssa Chronowski leads the Spartans with 3.14 kills per set and her 20 aces rank second in the Big Ten. Naya Gros adds 2.58 kills per set and is second nationally with a .481 hitting percentage.

Nebraska is coming off three wins last weekend during the Husker Invitational. Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach averaged 2.70 blocks per set over the weekend and was named the Big Ten’s defensive player of the week.

Mickaela Foecke leads NU with 3.57 kills per game while outside hitter Lexi Sun made her Husker debut last week and is averaging 3.14 kills per set. Freshman Nicklin Hames averages 9.69 assists.

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