The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team (18-3, 10-2) took down the No. 1 Penn State Nittany Lions in a five-set (12-25, 32-30, 19-25, 25-23, 15-10) Coliseum thriller on Sunday afternoon. In front of a roaring 4,193 in attendance, Nebraska produced its third five-set win of the season. Gina Mancuso led Nebraska on the day with 16 kills and 17 digs. Morgan Broekhuis posted 13 kills and 13 digs, while Meghan Haggerty had 12 kills and seven blocks and Hannah Werth notched 11 kills and a career-high 27 digs. Lauren Cook paced the Husker offense with 52 assists, also contributing 18 digs. The Huskers posted a .171 hitting percentage in the match, while Penn State hit at a .237 clip. NU was out-blocked 14-11, but out-dug PSU 94-90.
The Huskers and Nittany Lions exchanged leads until a service ace by Werth tied the set at 7-7. Penn State then used an 8-0 run to go up 21-10. Nebraska’s offense could not get enough momentum as the Huskers dropped the first set 25-12. Back-to-back kills by Cook gave Nebraska 6-4 lead early in the second set, but Penn State went on a 3-0 run to take a 10-7 lead and force Nebraska to use a timeout. Trailing 18-10, the Huskers went on an 8-1 run to make it 19-18. A kill for Penn State put them up 24-22, but Nebraska came back to take a 26-25 lead on a kill from Broekhuis. The two teams battled back and forth at set point until Nebraska overpowered PSU for the 32-30 second-set win. Penn State jumped to a 16-9 in the third set, but NU battled back to make it 21-16, but the Huskers would not be able to capitalize as NU fell 25-19. The Nittany Lions went up 13-8 in the fourth, but a block from Megan Haggerty made it 17-15. Nebraska, led 21-18 and ended up winning the fourth, 25-23. Nebraska took a 4-3 lead on a kill by Werth in the fifth set and were up 11-7 and 13-8 before closing out the match, 15-10.
Next up the Huskers will travel to Michigan and Michigan State to take on the Wolverines on Friday and the Spartans on Saturday.