The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team rebounded from its season-opening loss to No. 7 Florida with a 25-21, 25-21, 26-24 sweep of No. 18 Oregon at the VERT Challenge in front of a crowd of 8,135 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night.
Mikaela Foecke had 15 kills and hit .375 on an error-free night to lead the Huskers. Foecke had a double-double with 11 digs and was an all-tournament team selection. The Huskers rallied from deficits of 6-1 and 20-17 in the first set to win 25-21 and pulled away midway through set two for a second straight 25-21 win. After a strong start in set three, the Huskers still found themselves down 21-18 late but came up clutch to tie the set at 22-22 and eventually win 26-24.
Foecke was one of three Husker attackers without an error on the night. Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills on .667 hitting with no errors. Sami Slaughter had four kills without an error on 15 swings. Jazz Sweet added eight kills, and Lauren Stivrins had five kills and a key ace late in the third set.
Nicklin Hames put up 35 assists with nine digs and an ace, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-high 16 digs. Nebraska hit .246 for the match and held Oregon to .176. The Huskers committed just 12 attacking errors one day after committing 30.