Tempe, Ariz. – The Nebraska volleyball team opened the spring schedule with a four-set split at Arizona State Saturday afternoon. The Huskers won the second and fourth sets with scores of 25-19 and 25-21, while the Sun Devils won the first and third sets with scores of 25-13, 25-23, respectively.
“We started off shaky, but got better as the match went on,” Assistant Coach Lizzy Stemke said. “After the first game where we made too many errors, we started getting into a rhythm and played some good volleyball. After the first set, we did a nice job of distributing in our offense and spacing out our attack.”
The Huskers mixed and matched their lineup throughout the match, allowing players to get extensive time in roles. No stats were kept and the match and the teams agreed to play four sets prior to the match.
All 14 Huskers who made the trip saw action, as Lauren Cook did not travel because of illness. Freshman Morgan Broekhuis, who enrolled at NU in January, and redshirt freshman Hayley Thramer both made their competition debuts for the Big Red against the Sun Devils.
“For us, that was the biggest thing, allowing some of our younger players to get an opportunity in a match against an experienced team,” Stemke said. “We have seen what they can do in practice, and tonight allowed us a chance to see what they can do in game situations.”
The Huskers will return home for their only home contest of the spring when they host Illinois next Saturday, April 17, at 7 p.m. at the NU Coliseum. Tickets are still available by visiting Huskers.com or by calling 800-8-BIGRED. Over 3,500 tickets have been sold for the match, which caps a busy Saturday on the Nebraska campus.