Oct. 4, 2017
Box Score | PDF Box: Nebraska 3, MSU 1
No. 14 Michigan State had its six-match winning streak snapped on Wednesday night by No. 4 in Nebraska, 3-1 (19-25, 15-25, 25-21, 19- 25)
MSU is now 11-3 overall and 4-1 in Big Ten action, while the Huskers are now 12-4 and the league's only unbeaten team in Conference play, 5-0.
The match was a showdown between the Big Ten's two last unbeaten teams in Conference play: the teams entered the game with identical 4-0 Big Ten records. The teams engaged in lengthy rallies with entertaining defensive battles, as each team had just over 163 attempts. MSU hit just .147 in the match, coming on stronger as the match went on after committing 16 errors in the first two sets combined.
THe Huskers dialed up five service aces in the match, while MSU was held without one but had nine service errors on the night. Nebraska also held an 11-7 edge in blocks .217
MSU attempted a comeback down 2-0, taking the third set 25-22 after trailing by as many as six points.
The Spartans are back in action on Saturday at Jenision Field House, hosting No. 7 Wisconsin in a rematch of an opening-night 3-2 MSU victory in Madison.
Autumn Bailey had 11 kills and added 18 digs, her ninth double-digit dig performance of the season and fourth double-double. She also led MSU with a .200 hitting percentage.
Holly Toliver had 11 kills and finished with 14 digs for her second double-double in 2017.
Brooke Kranda had 16 kills .
STATS AND STORYLINES
MSU had a six-match winning streak snapped, dating back to the end of non-conference play.
The match was the 1,000th in the head coaching career of Cathy George
The win was the seventh straight for the Huskers in the series. MSU trails by a 2-18-2 margin all-time.
The last two meetings were 3-2 battles going the way of the Huskers in extra points in the fifth set.
GAME REPLAY SET ONE: A 4-0 run by the Huskers broke open a 5-5 deadlock in the first set, but Brooke Kranda responded with back-to-back kills to trim it back to a two-point deficit at 10-8. MSU called a timeout trailing 12-8, but Nebraska came up with three straight points out of the break to pull ahead 15-8. The Spartans rallied for three straight points to trim it back to four at 15-11, at which point the Huskers called their first time out. A Foecke attempt long and a kill by Kranda got MSU back within two at 15-13, but the home team countered with a 4-0 run to push it back to six at 19-13. Another kill by Sweet made it 23-16, the largest lead of the frame for the Huskers, who then got set point on a kill by Albrecht. A kill by Bailey started off a 3-0 run to fend off set point, but a kill by Albrecht sealed the six-point win for the home team. Albrecht had five kills to lead her team, while Brooke Kranda had four kills and Autumn Bailey and Holly Toliver each had three. Nebraska hit .175, while MSU hit .098 (12-7-51). Nebraska finished the frame with 26 digs, while the Spartans had 19, led by Bailey's seven.
SET TWO: The teams were engaged in a point-for-point battle in the second and tied at 7-7, entertaining the capacity crowd with entertaining rallies. Foecke gave the Huskers their first two-point edge of the frame, and followed by a Spartan hitting error, MSU called a timeout trailing 10-7. A 6-2 run for the home team allowed them to pull ahead by six, 18-12. The Huskers won the race to 20 on a service ace by Albrecht, and MSU called time out. Nebraska kept its foot on the gas and got to set point at 24-13, but a block and a kill by Garvelink held off the Nebraksa win before a kill by Foecke closed it out. MSU committed nine errors against 11 kills in the frame to hit .047, and got three kills each from Bailey, Kranda, and Toliver.
SET THREE: MSU went on a 3-0 run to tie up the third set at 8-8, on a Toliver service run. The Huskers countered with a 6-0 run to build a six-point advantage at 14-8, and with the home team holding a 17-12 edge, MSU went on a 5-2 run to trim it to a two-point game, using a pair of Toliver kills and a kill and a block from Garvelink. After a Nebraska time out, the Huskers committed back -to-back errors, tying the game at 19-all. The teams traded points to stand in a 21-21 tie, and the Spartans took their first lead with a kill from Kranda followed by a block by Garvelink and Minarick, making it 23-21. Nebraska called time out to regroup, and then won a lengthy rally to trim the MSU lead to 23-22. Kranda got MSU to set point on a nice roll shot that fell between four Huskers, and a Holman shot long gave MSU the third set 25-22. MSu turned around its fortunes by hitting .294 to the Huskers .095, and put three blocks on the board, all from Alyssa Garvelink. Kranda led MSU with five kills, while Bailey and Tolvier each had three .
SET FOUR: MSU went up 3-1 in the fourth, but the Huskers reeled off five straight to double up the visitors 6-3. The Husker lead reached five, 11-6, after back-to-back hitting errors for the Spartans, and the visitors called time out. A 5-0 Husker run turned a five-point edge into a seemingly insurmountable 10 at 18-8. Hitting better than .400 in the frame, Nebraska was energized by their home crowd. Despite a sizeable deficit, the Spartans refused to roll over, using a 6-2 run to make it 23-18 on a and a block each from Tompkins and Kranda to make it 23-16. Kranda terminated a second straight to trim it to five, at which point Nebraska called time out. A kill by Albrecht out of the break got match point for the Huskers, but Kranda came back for a tool off the block to once again keep MSU in the game. A sharp-angle shot by Albrecht ended the Spartan comeback effort to close out the Husker victory.