For the second straight weekend, the No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team held a 2-1 lead on the road against a top-10 foe but came up short as No. 9 Wisconsin posted a 3-2 (25-20, 19-25, 17-25, 25-17, 15-8) win over the Huskers in front of 7,052 at the UW Field House.
The Huskers (15-4, 6-3 Big Ten) had a .087 hitting percentage, the lowest mark in the John Cook era at Nebraska. However, they nearly were victorious by holding the Badgers to a season-low .114 hitting percentage.
Mikaela Foecke had 15 kills and 14 digs for the Huskers, and Lexi Sun had 10 kills, 13 digs and two aces. Lauren Stivrins had six kills and a season-best seven blocks. Nicklin Hames put up 28 assists, 17 digs and four blocks. Kenzie Maloney had 20 digs, a career-high nine set assists and a pair of kills.
NU had 13.5 blocks, reaching double digits for the sixth straight match. Both teams had six aces, but Wisconsin out-dug the Huskers, 94-77.
Madison Duello had 15 kills for Wisconsin (13-4, 6-3 Big Ten). Dana Rettke had 12 kills and 10 blocks.
Nebraska heads to Minnesota to play the third-ranked Golden Gophers at 7 p.m. on Saturday.