No. 10 Nebraska Sweeps No. 8 Iowa State, 3-0
Nov. 8, 2009
Ames, Iowa - Behind a balanced performance, No. 10 Nebraska spoiled a record night, sweeping the eighth-ranked Cyclones, 3-0 (25-16, 25-22, 25-23) in front of a record crowd of 10,203 at Hilton Coliseum Saturday night.
Sydney Anderson guided a balanced attack, dishing out 39 assists and adding a season-high three aces and four kills, as Nebraska hit .327 against a Cyclone team that was holding opponents to a Big 12-low .156 hitting percentage. Prior to Saturday, Iowa State (20-4, 12-3 Big 12) had held its last 33 foes to under .300 hitting before the Huskers eclipsed the mark.
Kori Cooper, Lindsey Licht and Hannah Werth totaled nine kills apiece, as all five primary hitters totaled at least eight kills. NU out-blocked Iowa State, 6-2, as Cooper came up with three blocks, including a pair of solo stops, while NU held Iowa State to .278 hitting in the sweep, snapping Iowa State's 11-match win streak.
Nebraska used a strong all-around effort in taking the first set 25-16. Nebraska hit .375 in the set, as Sydney Anderson dished out 11 assists and added a pair of service aces and three kills. Four attackers had at least three kills, including four from Werth and three from Licht and Cooper. The teams traded points early on until the Big Red used a Cooper kill and a Cyclone error to take a 10-8 lead. Nebraska then took over the set on outstanding serving from Tara Mueller, who had seven straight points as part of a decisive 8-0 run. The Huskers led 13-12 before an Anderson kill and a Cyclone hitting error gave NU a three-point lead and forced a Cyclone timeout. NU continued the momentum after the timeout, as three straight ISU attack errors, and a solo block and kill from Werth gave the Huskers a 20-12 lead. The Cyclones got to within 21-15, but an error and two straight aces by Anderson put the set out of reach.
In the second set, the Nebraska built a commanding lead and held off a late charge from Iowa State to take a 25-22 victory. Nebraska out-hit ISU, .229-.129, as Cooper and Delano combined for eight kills and a pair of blocks. Delano keyed an early Husker spurt with two kills and a block as part of an 8-1 spurt to build a 13-5 advantage. The Huskers kept building on the lead, eventually pushing it to 19-10 after a Licht kill before the Cyclones fought back. The Cyclones ran off four of the next five points to pull within 20-15 before a Mueller kill and a Cyclone error pushed the margin to seven. Nebraska eventually lead 24-18 after a Werth kill, but ISU fought off four set points before Cooper was the beneficiary of the Cyclones into the net call to sent NU to the locker room up 2-0.
ISU came out of the break quickly, running off the first four points and took a 7-3 lead to force Nebraska to take an early timeout. The Huskers chipped away at the lead, scoring seven of the next 11 points to pull within 11-10 and eventually ran off three straight points after kills from Delano and Mueller and a Cyclone error to take a 15-14 lead. Iowa State came right back, winning the next three rallies to take a 17-15 lead after a Debbie Stadick kill. Trailing 20-18, Nebraska fought back, as Cooper had a kill and combined with Licht with a block to tie the score at 20 apiece before a pair of miscues put NU ahead 22-20. The Huskers eventually took a 23-21 lead on great play from Licht before ISU used kills from Kelsey Petersen and Rachel Hockaday to pull even. Nebraska regained the lead at 24-23 on a Delano kill before Mueller closed out the sweep with a kill, sending the Huskers into a celebration on the court.
Petersen led ISU with 10 kills, as the Huskers avenged a five-set loss to the Cyclones last month.