LINCOLN, Neb. - After getting swept in Michigan last weekend, the No. 9 Nebraska Cornhuskers bounced back to beat the Indiana Hoosiers, 3-1, Friday night at the Coliseum.
BALANCED ATTACK POWERS HUSKERS
No one player stood out for the Huskers, instead it was a handful of players that led them to the 3-1 victory. Gina Mancuso, Morgan Broekhuis, Hayley Thramer, Hannah Werth and Meghan Haggerty were all outstanding for the Huskers, overpowering the Hoosiers in the first, third and fourth sets.
When asked about the team breaking away late, head coach John Cook responded by saying.
“I think we needed something like that to jump start us.”
HUSKER BLOCK TOO MUCH FOR HOOSIERS
The first set was dominated by the Nebraska block. Registering eight, compared to the Hoosiers one. The Huskers found a weakness up front from Indiana, and took advantage. Nebraska would total 17 blocks in the match, to Indiana's eight total. The block was a struggle last weekend for the Huskers, so tonight was a nice turnaround for Cook's squad.
“I think were more rested and we were prepared well,” said Cook. “I just think we followed the game plan well and that’s why they only hit -.167,” (in the first set).
The last time the Huskers and Hoosiers matched up, it went all five matches, led by the Indiana attack. Nebraska knew they had to change up the game plan against Indiana.
“When we played their (Indiana) they hit the highest they had hit all year against us,” said Broekhuis. “Our goal was just too suffocate them with our defense.”
*The Huskers held the Hoosiers to a negative hitting percentage two out of the four sets.
*The Nebraska block held Indiana’s best hitter to a .021 hitting percentage.
The Huskers have a quick turnaround as they take on the Purdue Boilermakers tomorrow night at the Coliseum.