In an electrifying showdown, the No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team bested No. 5 Stanford with a 3-1 victory (25-23, 25-16, 19-25, 25-21) at Stanford’s home court, Maples Pavilion. This was a landmark victory for the Huskers, marking their first regular-season road win against a top-five team since their 2017 victory over No. 2 Penn State. The win also allowed Nebraska to maintain an undefeated record, improving to 8-0 for the first time since 2016, while Stanford dropped to 6-2 for the season.
Key Players and Stats
Merritt Beason was the star for the Huskers, leading with 15 kills. Harper Murray followed closely with 12 kills on .417 hitting and contributed four blocks and three aces. Andi Jackson and Bekka Allick also made significant contributions, with eight and seven kills respectively, while Lindsay Krause recorded seven kills. In terms of defense, Lexi Rodriguez showcased her skills with 12 digs, and Bergen Reilly recorded seven digs alongside 37 assists and three kills.
Overall, Nebraska outperformed Stanford in several key statistics. The Huskers had a hitting efficiency of .333 compared to Stanford’s .218. They also had three more blocks (11.5-8.5), four more kills (52-48), and eight more digs (38-30). Despite both teams having four aces, Nebraska made 17 service errors compared to Stanford’s 15.
In the first set, both teams fought tooth and nail for control. Although Stanford had an early 6-3 lead, Nebraska made a comeback thanks to kills from Beason and Krause, eventually taking the set 25-23.
The second set saw Nebraska dominate from the get-go, taking an early 7-2 lead and maintaining the momentum to close the set at 25-16. The Huskers hit an incredible .696 in this set, effectively seizing control of the match.
Stanford rallied back in the third set, showing their resilience by taking a 25-19 win, but not without Nebraska putting up a strong fight.
In the decisive fourth set, Nebraska regained their composure, with key kills from Beason and Murray. A strong defense led by Allick and Reilly was the nail in the coffin, as Nebraska closed the set at 25-21, thereby securing the match.
The Huskers will have a brief rest period before their next challenge against No. 21 Kentucky, which will take place on Sunday at 6:30 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
This victory against Stanford is not just another win for Nebraska; it’s a statement of intent for the season. It was a team performance where everyone played their part, and they’ll look to carry this momentum into their upcoming matches. The Huskers have set the bar high, and fans will be eager to see if they can continue this level of play for the rest of the season.
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