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Husker volleyball sweeps Iowa

November 9, 2018

The Nebraska volleyball team moved to 29-0 all-time against Big Ten foe Iowa Wednesday night with a 25-15, 25-22, 25-13 road win.

After losing four of five matches at one point in October, the Huskers have responded with three straight wins in the Big Ten.

“This gym was a little quiet and in turn I thought our girls were a little mellow,” Nebraska coach John Cook said in a radio interview after the match at Carver-Hawkeye Arena in Iowa City, Iowa. “But we took care of business here, and didn’t make many errors.”

The the sixth-ranked Huskers made only eight attacking errors in the match, compared with Iowa’s 22.

Those 22 attacking errors played a large part in the Hawkeyes hitting a season-low .070. Iowa’s second-lowest hitting percentage this year was .071 against Nebraska in Lincoln.

Mickaela Foecke led the NU attack all night long, racking up a match-high 12 kills. Foecke also had eight digs, three blocks and an ace.

Foecke had five kills and four digs in the opening set.

Despite the hot start for Nebraska in the first set, Iowa responded in the second.

Iowa used a 5-0 scoring run to take a 17-12 lead. Reghan Coyle had three straight kills in that Hawkeye run. Coyle led the Hawkeyes with 11 kills in the match, but only hit .194.

The Hawkeye run brought a timeout by Cook, and the momentum was in favor of the Huskers from that point. Nebraska used an 11-3 scoring run and four straight kills from Lexi Sun to take a 23-20 lead and eventually win the set.

“We were making good digs, but we finally got a serving run,” Cook said, “then we got some transition kills and went on a run.”

Sun had six kills in the second set and ended up with 12 in the match.

“The Big Ten has been a learning experience for her, but she’s understanding how to play in our offense and learning how to get kills in this conference,” Cook said.

Nebraska fired out to a 9-4 lead early in the third set and it didn’t stop there.

Sun added to her impressive night in the third set with three kills as the Huskers swept Iowa for the 19th time in 20 matches.

Nebraska has now won eight sets in a row.

“We are in maintenance this week. We will have a rest day tomorrow with some yoga, then we’ll have two hours on Friday to prepare for Michigan,” Cook said.

The Huskers will travel to Ann Arbor, Michigan, for Saturday’s match. The 15th-ranked Wolverine were swept by unranked Maryland on Wednesday night after a road win over then-No. 5 Wisconsin on Sunday.

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