On Friday night the Kansas State Wildcats pulled a monumental upset against the No. 1 seeded Nebraska Volleyball team in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, 3-2.
ROUGH START: From the beginning you could tell that the Wildcats looked like the dominant team. The Huskers actually had more kills and a better hitting percentage, but it wasn't enough. While the Huskers eventually fought back to make it close, Kansas State would go on to win the 1st set, 25-22.
ERRORS: Even though Nebraska had a hitting percentage better than the Wildcats, errors would doom John Cook's squad. Nebraska would commit 25 errors Friday night giving Kansas State the slight edge that they needed. Each set besides the last set was decided by three points or less, each team winning two of sets.
THE LAST DAGGER: As in almost all of the sets tonight, Kansas State would jump out to a quick 2-0 lead. In a set where the game is only to 15, a quick lead is the most important thing. Kansas State took advantage and never looked back. The game ended with an attack error by Gina Mancuso, fitting on how the game had progressed.
The Nebraska Cornhuskers will finish the season with a 24-5 record, including wins over teams like Illinois, Penn State, Purdue, and Minnesota. The Huskers took over as the No. 1 team in the nation for one week during the season - they never were worse then No. 11.
Nebraska will bring back tons of talent next year with the returns of Lauren Cook, Morgan Broekhuis, Hayley Thramer, Hannah Werth, Gina Mancuso, Paige Hubl and Lara Dykstra. One of the top recruits in the nation Alexa Strange will also be thrown into the mix.
John Cook Comments:
“Great match by Kansas State. They did everything the needed to do to win. They played great. They never let up on the gas. They won all the big points. The coaches did a great job and those players did a great job.”
On what concerned him in the first two sets
“We were just high-air. We were missing serves. We were in the net. We weren’t passing. We didn’t pass well all night. Our first contact was inconsistent. It was hard to get in a rhythm. We were relying on our athleticism, and taking way too many out of system swings. We just couldn’t put any pressure on Kansas State when we needed to. We couldn’t pressure them with our serve and we couldn’t pressure them with our block.”
On the bad serving
“It’s just a big match, hyped-up. We just made errors and sometimes that happens.”
- Edited by Josh Harvey -