Lincoln, Neb. – The No. 13 Nebraska volleyball team (4-1) took down the Georgia Bulldogs 3-0 (25-21, 25-23, 25-14) on Saturday afternoon at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. In front of 8,265 fans, the Huskers were led by freshman Kadie Rolfzen for the second consecutive match as she posted 14 kills on 31 swings.
Kelsey Robinson recorded nine kills on 21 swings for NU, notching a .333 hitting clip. Mary Pollmiller paced the Husker offense with 31 assists, while also adding 10 digs. Justine Wong-Orantes posted 13 digs, while Cecilia Hall tallied six blocks.
Nebraska hit .290 for the match, while Georgia was held to a .181 hitting percentage. Both teams had eight team blocks and the Huskers out-dug the Bulldogs 41-35.
The Huskers opened up the first set with a 3-0 lead on a kill from Meghan Haggerty. The two teams exchanged leads and tied six times, until the Huskers went up 12-10 on a kill by Kadie Rolfzen. Georgia’s block continued to be a problem as the Bulldogs went up 19-14. Brenna Lyles then came to the service line and spurred the Huskers on a 7-0 run to close the set and bring NU back to earn the 25-21 win.
Kadie Rolfzen had six kills in the first set, while Mary Pollmiller, Haggerty and Robinson all recorded two kills. NU hit .111 for the set, while Georgia hit .088.
The Husker offense began clicking in the second set as Nebraska came out to a 5-4 lead in the on a kill by Kadie Rolfzen. Georgia took the lead, but Robinson punched in a kill to tie the set at 9-9. Alexa Ethridge then notched her first ace of the match to put the Huskers up 14-10. Another kill from Kadie Rolfzen made it 16-11, NU, while a kill from Haggerty put the Huskers up 20-15. Nebraska gained a 21-17 advantage on a kill by Robinson, but the Bulldogs fought back to cut NU’s lead to 22-20. NU would hold on to take the second set 25-23.
Haggerty led the Huskers in the second set with five kills, while Kadie Rolfzen notched four kills. The Huskers hit .343 for the set, while Georgia hit .353.
A block by Hall gave the Huskers a 8-5 lead in the third set. A 5-0 run that included two service aces by Amber Rolfzen and a big kill from Robinson put NU up 13-6. The Huskers would open up the lead to 21-10 on an error by the Bulldogs and would stifle the Georgia offense, taking the third set 25-14.
Nebraska hit .448 in the third set, while Georgia was held to a .108 hitting percentage. Both Kadie Rolfzen and Robinson had four kills in the set, while Hall recorded three blocks. Nebraska out-dug Georgia 13-10 and out-blocked the Bulldogs 4-0.
The Huskers will now prepare for the Ameritas Players Challenge next weekend at the Devaney Center as they will take on Saint Mary’s on Thursday, Sept. 12 at 7 p.m., Dayton on Friday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. and Iowa State on Saturday, Sept. 14 at 7 p.m.