Huskers fall at No. 5 Wisconsin


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29-10-2022 | 7:30 pm


Oct 29 (Sat) / 7:30 PM


MADISON, Wisconsin – The Nebraska volleyball team’s 11-game winning streak came to an end after losing 25-23, 25-23 and 25-18 to No. 5 Wisconsin on Wednesday night to 7,229 at the UW Field House.

The highest-ranking Huskers (18-2, 10-1 Big Ten) fell for the first time since Sept. 13. Bekka Allick had 13 kills high in his career, hitting .647 to lead the Huskers in the game. Whitney Lauenstein had seven kills and Madi Kubik had seven kills. Ally Batenhorst had four kills to go with five blocks. Kaitlyn Hord had three kills and seven blocks, and Lindsay Krause also had three kills.

Wisconsin (16-3, 10-1 Big Ten) outhit Nebraska by .205 to .164. Wisconsin had the advantage in kills (44-37), aces (6-1) and counts (52-46). Blocks even stood at 9-9.

Nicklin Hamed had 15 assists and 14 counts for her second double-double in a row. Lexi Rodriguez had 12 digs. Anni Evans added 12 assists. Sarah Franklin had 21 kills on .381 to speed up the Badgers. Devyn Robinson registered nine murders and six blocks.

Set 1: Nebraska jumped out to a 7-3 lead with three early kills by Lauenstein, but Wisconsin put together a 9-3 run to lead 12-10. Krause earned a sideout for the Huskers with a kill and a Badger error made it 12-12. However, the Badgers scored the next three runs when the Huskers struggled to receive the serve to move up 15-12. The Huskers made it to one at 15-14, but three Wisconsin kills saw the Badgers come back with four, 18-14. Wisconsin led 20-16 when Krause and Allick went on strike for kills and Allick blocked an attack in Wisconsin to reduce it to 20-19. After a time out in Wisconsin, a Husker service foul made it 21-19 Badgers. But Nebraska sidetracked thanks to another Allick kill. Wisconsin answered with a kill, and a Husker batting error made it 23-20 Badgers. The Huskers put up a wall at the net for a block and a sideout, but Wisconsin answered for the set point and then claimed a 25-23 win.

Set 2: Wisconsin controlled the start of the set, leading 7-3 and building the lead to 17-7 after a 7-0 run. The Badgers were up 22-12 before the Huskers finally got some momentum. Krause and Hord started a run with a block, then Hord and Batenhorst teamed up for a block. With Hames serving, Hord added a kill and then another block with Lauenstein to get inside 22-16. Back-to-back kills by Batenhorst and Hord, followed by another block by that duo, suddenly had the Huskers inside 22-19 and Wisconsin used its second timeout to try and stop the Huskers’ 7-0 run . A Wisconsin flyover was knocked down by Hord to make it 22-20, but Wisconsin ended the run at 8-0 with a kill by Jade Demps, making it 23-20. Batenhorst stopped to return the serve to the Huskers, and Kenzie Knuckles served an ace to get the Huskers inside one, 23-22. An attack in Wisconsin was tipped to the ground by Lauenstein and Hord to make it 23-23, but the Badgers answered with a block to earn set point at 24-23, and another Badger block closed out the set 25-23, thwarting the set. the Huskers’ furious comeback attempt.

Set 3: The Huskers were up 8-7 on a kill by Allick, but a service foul was followed by two receiving errors as Wisconsin went up 10-8. After a service foul in Wisconsin, the Badgers made a 6-0 run with four kills and a block to make it 16-9. A service error ended the run, but Wisconsin immediately came back with the next three runs to take control 19-10. The match ended 25-18.

Following: The Huskers return home Saturday at 7:30 p.m. to welcome Maryland to the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Saturday’s game will be Nebraska volleyball’s Title IX celebration. Nebraska volleyball will honor the 1974-75 Huskers between sets two and three.

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