Nov. 15, 2013
Nebraska had three players with double-digit kills and hit .402 in sweeping Michigan State on Friday night in Lincoln (23-25, 13-25, 22-25). The teams split the season series, each winning on their home floor; MSU fall to 19-8, 8-7 Big Ten; Nebraska improves to 20-4, 13-3 in Conference games.
Nebraska's hitters were sharp, as three players - Kelsey Robinson (.429) Kadie Rolfzen (.455), Amber Rolfzen (.412) all hit better better than .400 and registered double-digit kills. Nebraska limited MSU to hitting just .225 on the night as a team, despite Lauren Wicinski (.293, 17-5-41) and Taylor Galloway (9-2-18) having fairly productive evenings. Galloway had nine kills, five digs, and tied with Autumn Christenson to lead the team in blocks on the night (3). Christenson also contributed five kills and hit .400. Wicinski's 17 kills lead all players in the match, and she also had two aces and five digs.
Nebraska had a 15-10 lead in the opening set, but MSU had more kills at that point (7) than the home team - the Huskers had six kills, but also had three blocks, and took advantage of MSU hitting just .118. MSU battled back to pull within a point at 19-18, but Nebraska extended its lead back to three on kills by Robinson and Amber Rolfzen. With the home team leading 24-20, the Spartans battled back to within a point at 24-23, on kills by Chloe Reinig and Allyssah Fitterer and a Nebraska hitting error that sailed long. However, the home team got off the hook with an MSU service error which gave Nebraska the opening-set victory. MSU's big early hole was a challenge to overcome, but the Spartans still had more kills (15) than their hosts (12), and hit .273 in the set. Nebraska hit .391 on 23 swings, and out-blocked MSU 3-2.
The home team opened up a 6-2 lead in the second set, and built to a ten-point advantage (17-7) on sharp hitting and big blocks, with four of Amber Rolfzen's five kills in the set came during the Huskers' 11-5 run. MSU tried to climb back into it, but the home team fed off the capacity crowd and pushed their lead to 12 points, 24-12. A Meghan Haggerty kill off a swing from the right side finished off the set for Nebraska, which hit
The third set was tight, as MSU had a two point-lead on five occasions, but the home team kept trimming it back to a one-point game, and tied it at 7-7 and 12-12. Nebraska took its first lead at 13-12, as an MSU attack sailed long. With the teams tied at 15, the Huskers used a four-point run - on two Kadie Rolfzen kills and a pair of MSU errors - to take a 19-15 lead and force the Spartans into a time out. Battled back to get within two, trailing 20-22 and 21-23; a long service error by MSU gave Nebraska match point, but Wicinski's 17th kill of the match extended MSU's life. However, a Kadie Rolfzen kill from the left side ended the match.
Michigan State will wrap up the weekend at Iowa on Saturday evening, and is looking to capture a season sweep of the Hawkeyes. Gametime is 8 p.m. CT.