LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 20 Ohio State Buckeyes started out hot in the first set, and never looked back, defeating the No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team 3-1 on Friday night.
Led by Mari Hole, who registered six kills in the first set for the Buckeyes, Ohio State would take the first set 25-22. Despite 13 kills from Huskers Morgan Broekhuis, Gina Mancuso and Hannah Werth.
“Tipped the balls, missed serves, we just didn’t play very good volleyball tonight,” said head coach John Cook. “Were out of sync, we made the game tough tonight.”
In the second set everything seemed to be going the Huskers way. The big three of Mancuso, Werth and Broekhuis combined for 13 kills to keep Nebraska ahead most of the set. But an 8-2 run by the Buckeyes midway through the set would prove deadly for the Huskers. Mari Hole would add six more kills for the Buckeyes and Ohio State would take the match 26-24, on a Broekhuis kill that went long.
“We made bad decisions, poor decisions, we weren’t passing very well, that takes us out of it a little bit,” said Cook.
The Nebraska Cornhusker volleyball team has not been swept at home since 1988, when they lost to Texas. After going down 0-2 against the Buckeyes, the 24-year streak of not getting swept at home would continue as the Huskers powered their way to a 25-19 win in the third set.
In the fourth and final set, the Huskers were simply just over powered by the No. 20 Buckeyes. Ohio State had four players with double digit kills, which was a problem all night for the Huskers. Hole played about as good as you can, registering 20 kills for the Buckeyes. Ohio State would take the set 25-23 and the match 3-1.
The Huskers take on No. 1 ranked Penn State Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. CT at the Coliseum.
“I don’t think Penn State’s going to feel sorry for us, they’re going to come ready to play,” said Cook.
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