Invincible Nebraska Volleyball Obliterates Michigan in Spectacular Homecoming to Improve Unbeaten Streak to 16–0

Published 10/14/2023, 6:20 AM EDT

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The Nebraska Cornhuskers team has set the gold standard in college volleyball for decades. But even by their lofty standards, the women Huskers are currently on an unprecedented level of excellence. They have been an absolute juggernaut this volleyball season, bulldozing through their schedule on an undefeated rampage. Ranked #2 nationally, Nebraska has dominated opponents with ruthless efficiency, showcasing their talent and determination to recapture a national title.

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This past weekend, the Huskers welcomed the Michigan State team to Lincoln. Playing in front of a raucous home crowd, Nebraska put on a supreme display of volleyball excellence to remain unblemished in the year. From thunderous kills to defensive hustle plays, the Huskers brought their A-game and never let up. But just how did Nebraska continue its reign of dominance over yet another over-matched conference foe? Read on for a breakdown of the Huskers’ flawless performance as they improved to 16-0 and showed why they are the team to beat this season in college volleyball.

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The #2 Nebraska volleyball team continued their flawless season with a dominant 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 22-25, 25-15) victory over Michigan State on Friday night. Led by stellar offensive performances from outside hitters Merritt Beason and Andi Jackson, the Huskers overwhelmed the Spartans in front of a thrilled home crowd of 8,539 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

 

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Nebraska’s Beason and Jackson led the Huskers to victory. Beason recorded a match-high 13 kills and hit an efficient .423, while Jackson notched 13 kills as well, a new career-high for the freshman middle blocker. She did so on a blistering .524 hitting percentage.

Lindsay Krause chipped in eight kills, and Ally Batenhorst and Bekka Allick terminated balls at key moments. The Huskers hit a remarkable .302 as a team, while Michigan State hit a paltry .097 for the match. Nebraska’s blistering, diverse offensive attack was far too much for Michigan State to handle.

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While Nebraska’s offense stole the show, the Huskers’ stifling defense proved vital in shutting down the Spartans’ hitters all night long. Anchored by libero Lexi Rodriguez’s 16 digs, Nebraska kept rallies alive and denied Michigan State any rhythm. The Huskers were also dominant at the net, recording 11 team blocks to Michigan State’s 6. Bekka Allick and others came up with key stuff throughout the match. In the pivotal fourth set, the Huskers put together a flawless defensive performance, holding Michigan State to just .059 hitting after the Spartans threatened late in set three.

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It was a complete team performance that showed why the Huskers are undefeated in the season. Nebraska continues to demonstrate they are invincible against any opponent. With their impenetrable defense and diverse, dynamic offense, the Huskers have all the pieces needed to make a deep postseason run and capture another national championship.

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The Huskers will put their perfect 16-0 record on the line again on October 14, 2023, when they host No. 13 Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

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