- The Nebraska
volleyball team moved to 2-0 in the 2011 spring season with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-22,
25-17) sweep of the Iowa State Cyclones in front of 3,931 fans at the NU
Coliseum on Saturday night. Gina Mancuso produced a double-double with 12 kills
and 13 digs, while Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth tied for the match high in
kills with 13 apiece.
setter Lauren Cook fueled a Husker offense that hit .404 (51-7-109) on the
night, while NU's defense held Iowa State to .202 hitting. Nebraska out-blocked
the Cyclones, 8-2, as Broekhuis had five blocks assists and Jordan Wilberger
cruised to a 25-17 win in set one as the Huskers attack was on fire with a .485
hitting percentage. Seven Huskers had at least two kills, including six from
junior Werth, while Cook put up 11 assists. The Husker defense was nearly as
dominant as they held the Cyclones to .190 hitting with just two blocks. Mancuso
led the Huskers in digs with six, while a total of four Huskers charted at
least three digs.
two was a back-and-forth battle, but the Huskers held on 25-22 to take a 2-0
lead in the match. The key point in the set came at 16-16, when NU went on a 5-0
run that included four straight points with Broekhuis serving. NU's attack
cooled off and they hit .292 while the Cyclones improved with a .295 hitting
percentage. Broekhuis, Mancuso and Werth combined for 15 of the Huskers' 17
kills in the set, while Mancuso notched her 10th dig of the match during the
set. After neither team recorded an ace in the first stanza, both Mancuso and Broekhuis
notched aces for the Huskers, while Hannah Willms put one away for Iowa State.
Huskers were firing on all cylinders in the final set as Cook put up 14 assists
to help NU hit .500 in the set. Four Huskers had at least three kills,
including four each from Broekhuis and Mancuso. Broekhuis also added her second
ace of the match. NU's defense kept the Cyclone offense in check as ISU hit a
match-low .091, even though Kelsey Petersen hit .714 with five kills on seven
swings. Broekhuis led NU's defense with three blocks, while Allison McNeal
chipped in two.
Huskers will finish their spring schedule next Saturday with a 7 p.m. match
against Tianjin Bridgestone, one of the top professional team in China, at the
for the Tianjin match are currently on sale at Huskers.com, by calling the NU
Ticket Office at 800-8BIGRED or by visiting the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office
in person weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Reserved tickets are $10 with
GA tickets set at $8. All currently enrolled UNL students are eligible to
receive one free ticket to each match, but must secure a ticket in advance
either online at Huskers.com, by phone at 472-3111 or in person at the Athletic
Ticket Office located just west of Memorial Stadium, while supplies last.