Huskers Sweep Billikens in Marcia E. Hamilton Classic Finale
St. Louis, Mo. – The No. 10 Nebraska volleyball team (2-1) made quick work of Saint Louis on Saturday night, sweeping the Billikens 3-0 (25-20, 25-16, 25-16) in front of 3,759 fans at Chaifetz Arena. Kelsey Robinson and Justine Wong-Orantes were named to the Marcia E. Hamilton Classic All-Tournament Team for their efforts over the weekend.
Amber Rolfzen and Kelsey Fien each had 10 kills for the Huskers, Fien recording just two errors for a .421 hitting percentage. Robinson had nine kills, while Cecilia Hall punched in seven hills and zero errors. Alicia Ostrander posted four kills, zero errors, a hitting percentage of .571 and six blocks to lead NU at the net.
Nebraska recorded a hitting percentage of .300 or better for the first time this season, chipping in a clip of .366. The Huskers held Saint Louis to a .139 hitting percentage. NU out-blocked the Billikens 7-5 and out-dug SLU 43-38.
The Huskers opened the first set with a 5-3 lead, aided by two quick kills from Amber Rolfzen. The two teams exchanged leads and posted 13 ties until a kill from Morgan Broekhuis gave NU a little separation at 22-20. Ostrander and Broekhuis teamed up for a block to give NU a 24-20 lead as the Huskers went on to take the first set 25-20.
Fien led NU in the first set with five kills, while Amber Rolfzen and Broekhuis all had three kills. Nebraska hit .371 for the set, while Saint Louis hit .273. Both teams had 12 blocks.
Hall and Broekhuis aided the Huskers early with two kills in the second set to give the Huskers a 9-5 lead. Hall continued to work for the Huskers, using two kills to bring Nebraska’s lead to 13-8. Hunter connected with Ostrander for a kill, making it 16-10, NU, pushing the Huskers to eventually take a 20-14 lead.
Amber Rolfzen, Hall and Ostrander each tallied four kills in the second set. Nebraska hit .452 for the set and held the Billikens to a hitting clip of .154.
The Huskers came out to a 5-4 lead in the third set with the help of a block from Ostrander. Robinson tallied back-to-back kills to spark NU and Amber Rolfzen punched in a kill to make it 12-8, Huskers. Ostrander kept coming with the block, giving Nebraska a 16-9 lead. The Huskers gained all the momentum and went ahead 20-13, going on to finish the third set with a 25-16 third-set win.
Nebraska returns home next weekend and will host Villanova on Friday, Sept. 6 at 7 p.m. and Georgia on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 1 p.m.
All Tournament Team
Marcela Araya, ULM
Megan Glibert, SLU
Justine Wong-Orantes, NU
Kelsey Robinson, NU
Camila Jersonsky, AUB
Sarah Wroblicky, AUB
MOP- Katherine, Culwell, AUB