For the second straight weekend, the Nebraska volleyball team knocked a Big Ten team from the ranks of the unbeaten as the Huskers defeated No. 7 Illinois, 3-1 (25-14, 19-25, 25-17, 25-19), in front of a crowd of 3,569 at Huff Hall on Saturday night.
The third-ranked Huskers (13-1, 4-0 Big Ten) extended their win streak to 13 matches and have won a nation-leading 10 straight matches on the road. Nebraska has won 18 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season, and Saturday’s win came against the previously unbeaten Illini, now 14-1 overall and 3-1 in the Big Ten. Last week, Nebraska beat then-undefeated Michigan.
Mikaela Foecke had 13 kills and 11 digs while hitting .321 to lead the Huskers. Callie Schwarzenbach had a career-high nine kills on 11 swings (.818) with eight blocks. Lexi Sun also had nine kills with four blocks. Jazz Sweet and Lauren Stivrins both had eight kills. Sweet had five blocks, and Stivrins had four blocks and three aces. Nicklin Hames coordinated the balanced attack with 42 assists. Kenzie Maloney led NU with 13 digs.
The Huskers hit .271 and their nation-leading defense held Illinois to a season-low .157 hitting percentage. NU out-blocked Illinois 14-7 and had a big advantage at the service line with eight aces and five errors compared to two aces and eight errors for the Illini.
Jacqueline Quade led Illinois with 22 kills. Beth Prince added 12.
The Huskers are back home for three straight Big Ten home matches, beginning with Iowa on Wednesday at 6 p.m.