The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team reeled off its 10th straight sweep with a 3-0 (25-10, 25-17, 25-15) win over the Auburn Tigers on Friday night at the NU Coliseum to punch its ticket to the Seattle Regional next weekend. The Huskers will be making their 27th straight appearance in the regional round as Nebraska has advanced to every regional since 1984.
Hannah Werth and Kayla Banwarth anchored the NU defense with 11 and 10 digs, respectively, while Jordan Wilberger had eight block assists against the Tiger attack. The Huskers out-dug the Tigers 43-25 and out-blocked them 11-2 to hold them to -.011 hitting, the lowest hitting percentage by Husker opponent in the NCAA Tournament since Alabama A&M hit -.072 in the first round of the 2005 tournament.
Nebraska’s offense was clicking all night as Morgan Broekhuis’ match-high eight kills led five Huskers who had at least four kills, including seven from Tara Mueller, six from Wilberger and four each from Brooke Delano and Werth. Senior Sydney Anderson paced the Huskers with 14 assists, added a kill and put away three aces as NU hit .321 as a team.
Nebraska will now head to Seattle, Wash., where it will play on Friday, Dec. 10 against the winner of tonight’s match between Hawaii and Washington. The Huskers have had quite a history in Seattle as two years ago they came back from a 0-2 deficit to beat Washington in five sets and earn a spot in the 2008 Final Four.