Oct. 15, 2009

Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

WACO, Texas - Hannah Werth’s 13 kills led three Huskers in double figures, as the No. 7 Nebraska rolled to a 3-0 win (28-26, 25-17, 25-17) over No. 19 Baylor Wednesday night at the Ferrell Center.

The Huskers put together one of its best efforts of the season, hitting .320 on the night against a Baylor squad that was holding opponents to a .140 hitting percentage entering Wednesday.

Werth led the Huskers with a match-high 13 kills on .379 hitting and 12 digs for her sixth double-double of the year. Brooke Delano added 10 kills on .500 hitting and four blocks, while Kori Cooper added 10 kills for Nebraska (13-4, 5-2 Big 12).  Lindsey Licht (nine kills and five blocks) and Tara Mueller (eight kills and five digs) all had at least eight kills, as Nebraska became only the second team to knock off the Bears in Waco this season.  Anderson dished out 39 digs and added 10 digs for her 10th double-double of the year.

Nebraska showed resiliency, fighting off three set points to pull out a 28-26 victory in an offensive first set. Both teams hit well over .300 as Lindsey Licht had six kills and two blocks for the Huskers, while Hannah Werth had five kills on .625 hitting and six digs. Baylor out-hit NU, .333-.326, as Anna Breyfogle had five kills on as many swings, while Katie Sanders had six kills. The Huskers got off to a slow start, as Baylor ran off the first four points on a pair of aces by Caitlyn Thrice and a pair of kills by Breyfogle. Nebraska chipped away at the lead, pulling to within 9-8 on a Werth kill, but Baylor ran off three straight points to take a 12-8 lead on a Breyfogle kill and forced NU to take a timeout. The Bears eventually pushed the lead to six points, at 16-10, and led 18-13 before the Huskers made a charge. A Brooke Delano kill started a 4-1 run to pull the Huskers within 19-17 after two straight Werth kills. Trailing 20-18, a Werth kill and a Baylor attack error tied the score before Licht found the floor to put the Huskers up 21-20 and force the Bears’ final timeout. Nebraska eventually took a 22-21 lead on a Licht kill, but a Breyfogle kill and sparked a 3-0 spurt to take a 24-22 lead. Licht’s kill helped NU fight off one set point before she combined with Delano to tie the score at 24-all. Baylor had one final chance to win the set, leading 25-24, but a Mueller kill and an ace from Gina Mancuso gave the Huskers their first chance to win the set. With the score tied at 26, Anderson found the floor with a perfect shot before Baylor’s fourth hitting error of the set gave NU a two-point win.

Nebraska used a decisive run midway through the second set, using an 11-3 spurt to take a 25-17 win and head into the locker room up 2-0.  Cooper turned in a strong set, drilling five kills on seven swings, while Werth continued to swing well, adding six kill on .385 hitting, as the Huskers out-hit Baylor .317.071.  The teams traded points for the early part of the set, as neither team led by more than a point through the first 15 rallies before the Huskers ran off four straight points, taking an 11-8 lead after a Cooper kill.  Nebraska continued to build the lead after Baylor got to within 12-10, as Delano had three kills and a block in a 5-2 spurt that helped the Huskers take an 18-11 lead after two straight kills by the sophomore middle blocker. Baylor got to within 20-14, but two straight Cooper kills made it an eight-point margin and put the set out of reach.

In the finale, Nebraska took control early, using a 6-0 run to build a lead and posted a 25-17 victory to complete the sweep.  Nebraska hit over .300 in the finale, as Delano and Cooper combined for seven of the Huskers’ 15 kills.  With the score tied at six, the Huskers used a 6-0 spurt, as Werth and Licht got the Huskers rolling while Gina Mancuso’s serve kept them at bay, as NU built a 13-6 lead on a Delano kill.  Leading 15-8, Anderson’s kill triggered a 4-0 spurt, as the Huskers built their largest lead of the set at 19-8 after a Bear miscue.

Katie Sanders’ 12 kill led Baylor (17-3, 6-3 Big 12) as the Bears were held to .169 hitting.

The Huskers wrap up the two-match road trip, as they travel to Missouri Saturday, Oct. 17. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network Stations, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on the Internet at Huskers.com.The Huskers wrap up the two-match road trip, as they travel to Missouri Saturday, Oct. 17. First serve is set for 6:30 p.m. and will be carried on selected Husker Sports Network Stations, including B107.3 FM in Lincoln and Twister 93.3 FM in Omaha, and on the Internet at Huskers.com.