January 30, 2023

Dawson County Journal

Dawson County, Nebraska

Huskers Roll to Sweep at Illinois

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team continued to roll with its sixth Big Ten sweep in a row – a 25-14, 25-16, 25-22 win at Illinois in front of a sold-out crowd of 4,152 at Huff Hall on Saturday night. 

The Huskers (18-1, 10-0 Big Ten) have swept six Big Ten matches in a row for the first time since joining the conference in 2011. Overall, the Huskers have won 11 matches in a row, their longest win streak since 2018. 

Nebraska was once again balanced offensively with five players posting at least five kills, led by Whitney Lauenstein’s 13 kills on .346 hitting. As a team, Nebraska hit .320 and limited Illinois to .161. 

Madi Kubik had 10 kills on .421 hitting, and Bekka Allick followed up her career-best performance on Wednesday at Purdue with seven kills on .462 hitting. Ally Batenhorst had five kills and hit .286, and Lindsay Krause finished with five kills. 

Nicklin Hames had 20 assists and 13 digs. Hames became Nebraska’s school-record holder for career assists, passing Fiona Nepo’s mark of 4,824, set from 1995-98. Hames now has 4,835 career assists at Nebraska. 

The Huskers had a 44-30 advantage in kills and served five aces to three for Illinois, and NU committed five fewer service errors. Blocks were even at 6-6 with Kaitlyn Hord leading the way with four and Lauenstein adding three. 

Nebraska outdug Illinois, 44-29. Lexi Rodriguez posted nine assists and nine digs. Anni Evans added six assists and four digs, and Kenzie Knuckles had four digs. 

Illinois (9-11, 4-6 Big Ten) was led by 13 kills by Raina Terry. 

Up Next: The Huskers begin the second half of the Big Ten slate at No. 5 Wisconsin on Wednesday. The rematch of the 2021 NCAA Championship will begin at 8 p.m. (CT).

Source: Regional Sports