Lincoln, Neb. – The No. 12 Nebraska volleyball team (7-1) used a spirited and gutsy performance to beat the No. 17 Iowa State Cyclones 3-0 (25-13, 25-22, 27-25) on Saturday evening.
In front of 8,293 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Huskers saw Amber Rolfzen honored as the 2013 Ameritas Players Challenge MVP. Kelsey Robinson and Mary Pollmiller were also selected to the all-tournament team.
Robinson and Kadie Rolfzen led NU on the night with 16 kills each, hitting at a clip of .424 and .312, respectively. Amber Rolfzen recorded a double-double for the Huskers with 10 kills and 19 digs, while Pollmiller handed out 36 assists. Meghan Haggerty and Pollmiller both aided NU at the net as they had four blocks each.
Nebraska hit .293 for the match and held Iowa State to a .139 hitting percentage. NU out-blocked ISU 9-4.5, but was out-dug 41-46.
The Huskers opened the match on fire, going up 7-2 on a double-stuff block by Amber Rolfzen and Meghan Haggerty. A string of runs helped NU to a 19-10 lead, while the Huskers closed out the set on a 3-0 run to take it 25-13.
The Husker left side hitters led NU in the first set with nine total kills, as Kadie Rolfzen had five kills and Roinson notched four. The Huskers hit .240 for the set, while Iowa State hit -.148.
Iowa State took an early lead in the second set, but three-straight hitting errors from the Cyclones tied the set at 7-7. The Huskers couldn’t put together a lead as Iowa State went up 12-9. Amber Rolfzen stepped up for NU with a kill and ace to make it 18-16, Nebraska, and force Iowa State to call a timeout. Nebraska went up 21-18 on a double-block from Pollmiller and Haggerty and held on to win the set 25-22.
Amber and Kadie Rolfzen both had five kills in the set, while Robinson posted four kills. Pollmiller dished out 12 assists as the Huskers hit .234 as a team. Iowa State hit at a clip of .212.
The Huskers trailed Iowa State in the opening points of the third set as a hitting error by NU made it 12-9, Cyclones. ISU kept an edge on the Huskers as they went up 16-14, but Nebraska came back to tie the set at 17-17 on a kill by Ostrander. The Huskers gained a 21-18 advantage on a kill by Kadie Rolfzen, as NU fought off the Cyclones to earn the third set win at 27-25.
Robinson posted eight kills in the final set, while Kadie Rolfzen had six. Nebraska hit .386 in the set, while Iowa State hit .268.
The Huskers hit the road next weekend as they travel to Austin, Texas to face the Texas Longhorns on Sunday, Sept. 22 at 1 p.m.
Ameritas Players Challenge All-Tournament Team
Amber Rolfzen, Nebraska- MVP
Kelsey Robinson- Nebraska
Kristen Hahn- Iowa State
Janna Krafka- Dayton
Sarah Reams- Saint Mary’s