COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Nebraska sweeps Michigan State

COLLEGE VOLLEYBALL: Nebraska sweeps Michigan State


EAST LANSING, Mich. — The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team posted its first-ever sweep at Michigan State's Jenison Field House with a 25-20, 25-18, 25-23 win over the Spartans on Wednesday night.

The Huskers (21-3, 13-2 Big Ten) swept the Spartans for the first time in 10 matches, dating back to Nov. 15, 2013. Madi Kubik had 16 kills and hit .306 to lead the Big Red, which hit .296 and held Michigan State to .196 hitting for the match.

Lexi Sun added nine kills and nine digs, while Lauren Stivrins had seven kills on .667 hitting, and Jazz Sweet added five kills.

Nicklin Hames had 34 assists, 13 digs and a season-high four kills. Callie Schwarzenbach chipped in five kills on .444 hitting and a match-high six blocks.

Libero Kenzie Knuckles had a team-best 13 digs.

Nebraska held advantages in most of the major statistical categories, including kills (46-37), digs (51-42) and blocks (7-3). Aces were even at three apiece, though the Huskers committed two fewer errors than Michigan State.

MICHIGAN 3, IOWA 0: The University of Iowa volleyball team (9-17, 3-12) fell to No. 23 Michigan (18-7, 11-4) in three sets (25-16, 25-20, 25-18) on Wednesday night inside Cliff Keen Arena.

Junior Griere Hughes led Iowa with eight kills with freshman Kyndra Hansen and sophomore Courtney Buzzerio chipping in seven kills each. In her return to the lineup, junior Brie Orr tallied 16 assists and two kills. Junior Halle Johnston added 18 digs.

Sophomore Courtney Buzzerio opened the third set with two quick kills followed by a kill from freshman Grace Tubbs, but Michigan managed to gain the advantage 9-6. Michigan scored its 10th point, but an Iowa challenge erased the point as Iowa searched for momentum.

Michigan errors gave Iowa an opening and a 3-1 run by the Hawkeyes brought Iowa within three points at 19-16. However, the Wolverines responded with a strong effort to seal the third set and match.


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