The No. 6 Nebraska volleyball team propelled itself over the No. 11 Purdue Boilermakers in a 3-1 (25-22, 20-25, 25-14, 25-22) win Friday night at the NU Coliseum. The Huskers, who remained undefeated in Big Ten Conference play, produced one of their most balanced efforts of the season, with five plays notching over 20 attacks for the match.
Gina Mancuso led NU on the night with 16 kills on 39 attacks. Morgan Broekhuis had 13 kills and three service aces, while Hayley Thramer had a career-high 12 kills for a .409 hitting percentage. Both Mancuso and Broekhuis tabbed double-doubles on the night, marking the seventh double-double for Mancuso and the third for Broekhuis.
Lauren Cook accumulated 51 assists, as the Huskers also had six team blocks. Defensively,Nebraskaout-dug Purdue 84-73, marking the most team digs for NU this season.
The Huskers and Boilermakers fought back and forth early on in the first set beforeNebraskapushed to a 10-6 lead on a kill by Mancuso. The Huskers used their momentum to propel them to a 16-13 lead on an error by Purdue.
The Boilermakers cut the score to 20-19 on an ace, butNebraskawould not let Purdue capitalize. The Huskers went on to a 25-22 first set win to lead the match 1-0.
Roles reversed in the second set as the Huskers and Boilermakers battled early on in set two until Purdue pulled away to lead 10-5. Purdue notched a 20-13 lead beforeNebraskastarted to make a run. The Huskers came as close as 22-18 and eventually 20-23, but could not secure the momentum to push ahead of Purdue.
The Boilermakers won the second set, 25-20 and tied the match at one set apiece.
Nebraskacame out hot in the third set stretching the lead to 10-5 on back-to-back service aces by Broekhuis. A kill by Hannah Werth made it 17-9Nebraskaand forced Purdue to call a timeout. Another kill by Werth put the Huskers in front 21-12.
NU only allowed Purdue two more points in the set, eventually winning the third set, 25-14 and leading the match 2-1.
Nebraskapushed ahead in the fourth set, taking an early 7-3 lead on a kill by Brooke Delano. Purdue tied the set at 13, but NU went ahead 20-17 on a kill by Mancuso. The Boilermakers came within one point of the Huskers two times, last at 22-21.
At that point NU closed out Purdue, taking the fourth set 25-22 on a kill by Werth and sealing the match win at 3-1.
Thramer had six kills for NU in the fourth set, with Broekhuis close behind at five. Cook notched 19 assists, whileNebraskahad 30 team digs.
Nebraskareturns to action this afternoon at the NU Coliseum as the Huskers host Indiana at 3:00. The match can be seen live on ESPN3.com and will air via tape delay on ESPN2 tomorrow at noon.
info courtesy of University of Nebraska