The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell 3-2 (22-25, 25-11, 26-24, 23-25, 9-15) to No. 9 Penn State at Rec Hall on Saturday night.
The Huskers (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) suffered their first loss to the Nittany Lions (15-3, 6-2 Big Ten) in eight matches dating back to 2014. Penn State won its 21st straight match at home dating back to its Sept. 22, 2017 sweep at the hands of the Huskers.
Lexi Sun had 20 kills, her most in a Husker uniform, to go with nine digs. Mikaela Foecke added 17 kills and 18 digs. With her 17 kills, Foecke moved past Virginia Stahr to No. 8 on Nebraska’s all-time career kills chart with 1,412.
Jazz Sweet had 10 kills, and Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills and five blocks while Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills and seven blocks. Nicklin Hames put up 49 assists with 18 digs for her fourth straight double-double.
Kenzie Maloney had 23 digs to move to No. 9 on Nebraska’s career digs chart, passing current director of operations Lindsay (Wischmeier) Peterson with 1,127.
Nebraska had a .210 to .172 edge in hitting percentage. The Huskers also out-blocked Penn State 13-10, reaching double-digit blocks for the fifth straight match.
Nia Reed led the Nittany Lions with 20 kills, though the Huskers held her to .171 hitting. Taylor Leath had 10 kills and hit .087.
The Huskers are off until next Friday when they visit Madison, Wisconsin for an 8 p.m. match against the eighth-ranked Badgers. NU will then play at No. 3 Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m.