Kearney, Neb. — Fifth-ranked Nebraska-Kearney hit .471 in a sweep of New Mexico Highlands (-8, -17, -9) Thursday night in Las Vegas.
Playing the first of three matches in three days, the Lopers improve to 10-0 while the Cowgirls fall to 5-4.
UNK smashed home 46 kills while having just six errors in 85 swings. The .471 efficiency ranks seventh highest in school history. The record of .533 was set three years ago at CSU-Pueblo.
On the other side of the court, Highlands hit -.043 as they had 18 kills and 22 errors among 92 attempts. They are the third team this year to hit below zero against the Lopers.
UNK was pushed in the second set as things were all tied at 14 after a kill from the Cowgirls Kelsey Groff. The Lopers finally got some breathing room when junior setter Jenna Rouzee recorded back-to-back solo blocks to make it a 19-15 UNK lead and force HU to call timeout.
Rouzee finished the night with 33 assists, three blocks, three digs and four kills in five swings (.800 attack pct.).
Leading the Loper offense was Lincoln sophomore outside Ashley Leitner, who had 13 kills and a .462 attack pct. She also had eight digs on defense.
Five others had between four and eight kills, including Ewing junior outside Abbey Schueth (four, .429 attack pct.).