The fourth-seeded Nebraska volleyball team is in Omaha for regional play as the Huskers will meet the 13th-seeded Washington Huskies tonight at 6 p.m. (CT) at the CenturyLink Center. The winner between Nebraska and Washington will advance to Saturday’s 5:30 p.m. (CT) regional final against BYU or Oregon.
The Huskers advanced to regionals after sweeps over Maryland-Eastern Shore and Northern Iowa in the first two rounds of the NCAA tournament, in Lincoln last weekend.
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The Huskers have been playing some of their best volleyball of late as they have posted four sweeps in the last five matches. In the first two NCAA tournament matches of the year, the Huskers have been attacking efficiently, hitting at a .455 clip against UMES and a .371 clip against Northern Iowa. Nebraska is making its 28th appearance in the regional round.
Washington is making its 11th consecutive NCAA tournament appearance, and opened the NCAA tournament by knocking off Central Arkansas in straight sets. The following night Washington came back to defeat Hawaii in five sets.
Tonight’s match will be the fifth meeting between Nebraska and Washington. The all-time series is tied at two sets apiece, as the two teams last met in 2010 at the Seattle Regional, with UW getting the 3-1 win.
The winner of tonight’s match, will face the winner of BYU-Oregon on Saturday at 5:30 CT.