Top-ranked Texas had just enough to get past a spirited Nebraska volleyball team, as the Huskers lost 3-0 in the NCAA Lincoln Regional final in front of 8,343 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
In winning its school-record 10th consecutive postseason match, Texas handed the Huskers a home sweep (25-19, 25-22, 25-23) for the first time ever in the NCAA Tournament. Overall, Nebraska was swept in Lincoln for the first time in 24 years, dating back to a loss to No. 1 Hawaii on Oct. 2, 1989. Texas also became the first No. 1 team to win in Lincoln since Penn State in 1999.
With the win, Texas advanced to the NCAA Semifinals next weekend in Seattle. The Longhorns (27-2) will take a nation-leading 23-match winning streak into Thursday’s semifinal against 12th-seeded Wisconsin.
No. 8 Nebraska finished its season with a 26-7 record. The Huskers were led by an outstanding performance from Big Ten Player of the Year Kelsey Robinson. In her final match, Robinson delivered a match-high 21 kills, while adding 12 digs to produce her 19th double-double of the season. Kadie Rolfzen added her 13th double-double with 12 kills and 12 digs.
Nebraska Post-Match Notes
-The Huskers saw their season end in an NCAA Regional Final for the second straight year and for the third time in five seasons.
-Tonight marked Nebraska’s 200th consecutive home sellout with an attendance of 8,343 fans. The streak is the longest in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
-The Huskers dropped to 89-29 all-time in the NCAA Tournament. Nebraska ranks second in NCAA history in postseason wins.
-Kelsey Robinson ended her senior season with 530 kills. She produced the fifth-most kills by a Husker.
-Robinson also finished with 1,206 attacks this year, good for seventh on Nebraska’s all-time chart.
-Kadie Rolfzen finished her freshman year with 377 kills to rank second on the NU freshman kills list.