Huskers over come slow start, down Gophers

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team used a balanced and gritty effort Wednesday night to overcome the No. 19 Minnesota Gophers 3-1 (17-25, 25-18, 25-15, 25-16) in front of 4,166 fans at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers saw three players tally double-digit kills on the night.

SLOW START: It was a slow start for the Huskers, as they went down 7-10 quickly to Gophers, momentum was not on Nebraska's side. Hayley Thramer tried to get the Huskers back in the game, as she powered head coach John Cook's squad to take an 11-10 lead. But when momentum appeared to be in Nebraska's favor, there was just too much Minnesota. The Huskers were out of sync and lacked communication throughout the first set.

Libero Lara Dykstra was over powered and over matched which helped lead the Minnesota charge. Despite kill after kill from Hannah Werth, the Gophers would be too much and would go on to win the first set, 25-17.

RE-ENERGIZED: The second set was a complete momentum shirt favoring the Huskers. A block by Hannah Werth making the score 5-2 Huskers, energized the crowd and a vicious spike also by Hannah Werth would blow the top off the Coliseum. But the real story of the second set was the constant errors by Minnesota. Serving errors and missed spots on kills doomed the Gophers in the second set. Nebraska would go on to win the second match off of a Morgan Broekhuis kill.

ALL HUSKERS: There wasn't much to say about the third set other than, where was Minnesota? Coming out of the break the Gophers seemed tired and out of sync right off the bat. The Huskers biggest lead of the set was 11 points and would go on to win the third set 25-15.

GAME, POINT, MATCH: The match was all but over right from the fourth set, as Minnesota continued to struggle. The Huskers biggest lead of the half was 23-15 and would win the set 25-15 - and the match, 3-1.

DELANO ABSENT: You wouldn't have known that Brooke Delano started the game as she seemed virtually non-existent. Instead, it was senior Jordan Wilberger who received most of the playing time. But Delano would step up big in the fourth set along with Wilberger, teaming for key blocks and kills for the Huskers.

DYKSTRA OVER-POWERED: Right from the beginning it seemed that the experienced front line of Minnesota was attacking the freshman Libero, Lara Dykstra. Minnesota may have exposed a weakness for the Huskers, as she had no answer for the power of Tori Dixon.

The Huskers take on the Wisconsin Badgers (15-13) on Saturday night. It will be the last home match of the season and senior night.

- Edited by Josh Harvey -

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