Photo by Pat Radigan
25-8, 25-14, 25-13
Foecke – 14
Holman – 4.5
Albrecht – 10
Story by Pat Radigan
Nebraska holds Hoosiers to negative hitting mark
A blistering .393 hitting percentage guided No. 7 Nebraska to a lopsided sweep of Indiana and a 13-1 record in the Big Ten.
Nebraska added 12 blocks and 9 aces to its best night hitting so far in conference play, and left little for Indiana to do but wait for the onslaught to end. A .591 pace allowed Mikaela Foecke to rip off 14 kills over three sets. Briana Holman added 8 kills of her own on 15 swings. And it all combined into a perfect storm for the Huskers to smash the Hoosiers for NU’s 25th straight home win.
It didn’t take long for Nebraska to prove just how overmatched the Hoosiers were on Saturday night. Over the first 11 points, the Huskers had 5 kills, 3 blocks and posted a pair of service aces to race out to an 11-3 lead. And things didn’t get any easier as the set went on.
The Huskers finished the first set with a .667 hitting percentage (15 kills on 21 swings) and held Indiana to a -.087 mark.
Indiana nearly doubled its point total in the second set, but it was still far from competitive. The Hoosiers posted another negative hitting percentage in the set, and went into the break hitting -.100 after 13 errors and just 8 kills over the first two sets.
Foecke’s dominance guided Nebraska to the 2-0 lead, with the junior tallying 10 kills on 13 swings without an error. Foecke also notched back-to-back aces as part of a 6-0 run in the first set, and Hunter Atherton chipped in 2 aces of her own in the second set. Holman followed Foecke’s lead of picking up where she left off in last night’s win over Purdue. The senior middle blocker posted 7 kills, 2 solo stuffs and 3 block assists before the break.
That means that over the first two sets, Foecke had more kills than Indiana’s entire team, Holman outblocked the Hoosiers and both Foecke and Atherton doubled IU’s ace total.
The Hoosiers managed to avoid negative hitting for a third-straight set, but only made it back to .000 behind 6 kills and 6 errors in the final frame. That allowed Nebraska to ease its way to a 25-14 win in the set and put away the sweep without a hassle. Indiana finished with a -.062 hitting percentage.
Lauren Stivrins had 5 kills on 13 swings, and her .231 hitting percentage made her the only Husker hitter to dip below .300. Indiana had just one hitter in positive numbers, Kendall Beerman, who managed a .136 effort with 4 kills. Jazz Sweet added 6 kills, and Annika Albrecht had 5.
Freshman Sami Slaughter entered the match for the final few points, and registered her first collegiate kill on match point.