Husker Offense Overpowers Cyclones
Lincoln - 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.
Junior 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 added four.
Nebraska 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.
Set 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.
The 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.
The 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 NU Coliseum.
Tickets 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.