49 Assists From Kelly Hunter Leads #5 Nebraska to Road Win Over O.S.U.

  0 Brandon Johnson | November 20th, 2017 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Info

  • #5 Nebraska at Ohio State (Big Ten Match)
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Nebraska improves to 23-4 (16-1) ; Ohio State falls to 14-14 (7-10)
  • Attendance: 3001
  • Box Score

It took four sets, but the fifth-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers pulled out a road victory over the host Ohio State Buckeyes Friday night in Columbus. Set scores were 25-23, 25-12, 22-25, and 25-23. Setter Kelly Hunter handed out 47 assists, leading the Huskers to a .341 hitting percentage, compared to just a .200 hitting clip for the hosts. Mikaela Foecke led the offense with 15 kills while Lauren Stivrins and Annika Albrecht chipped in 12 and 11 kills respectively. Four Nebraska players collected double digit digs with Sydney Townsend leading the pack with 14.

Nebraska dominated the match across the board, leading in kills 60-49, assists 55-44, digs 59-51, and aces 6-5. Both teams tallied 5 blocks. With the win, the Huskers improved to 23-4 (16-1 Big Ten) and will return to the court on Saturday, November 18th when they travel to face Maryland.

Ashley Wenz and Luisa Schirmer each posted a double-double for the Buckeyes in defeat. Wenz collected 11 kills and 10 digs while Schirmer totalled 10 kills and 13 digs. It was a milestone night for Schirmer as the 10 kills gave her exactly 1,000 for her career. Becca Mauer dished out 39 assists.

With the loss, the Buckeyes dropped to 14-14 (7-10 Big Ten) and will return to action on Saturday, November 18th to host Iowa.

Press Release:

Courtesy of Ohio State Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio — The Ohio State women’s volleyball team put up a tough fight but it wasn’t enough against No. 5 Nebraska as the Buckeyes were bested in four (25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23) on Friday night at St. John Arena. The Scarlet & Gray drop to 14-14 (7-10 B1G) and the Huskers improve to 23-4 (16-1 B1G).

Senior outside hitter Luisa Schirmer joined the exclusive 1,000-kill club thanks to 10 daggers on the night. She combined it with 13 digs for her eighth double-double of the season. Ashley Wenz had a double-double of her own (11 kills, 10 digs). Madison Smeathers hit .400 (9-1-20) and Lauren Witte converted at a .375 clip (8-2-16). Becca Mauer dished 39 assists and dug eight balls. Hannah Gruensfelder tallied 12 digs while Schirmer posted two solo blocks. Wenz also had two block assists.

SET 1: The Buckeyes and Huskers tied the score 13 times in a heated opening set. A Witte-Wenz block sent Nebraska to its bench as Ohio State went ahead 12-10. Back on the floor, the two teams traded points but the Buckeyes held a 23-22 edge. Unfortunately, the Huskers had the last three tallies to take the set, 25-23

SET 2: Nebraska raced out of the gates to the tune of a 15-10 upper hand. The visitors closed the second set on a 10-2 sprint for a 25-12 win.

SET 3: Ohio State went on an 8-1 run, which forced Nebraska to call a timeout as it trailed 9-4 in the third. The Huskers battled back to knot the score at 18-all. The pair went point-for-point until kills from Ana Beatriz Franklin and Wenz clinched the set for OSU, 25-22.

SET 4: The fourth proved to be another tightly contested stanza with 12 ties. The set was evenly matched until the Scarlet & Gray got behind, 22-20. Kills from Witte and Mauer along with an ace by Franklin locked the score at 23-all. The Husker responded with two kills for a 25-23 triumph.

The Buckeyes are back in action on Saturday when they take on Iowa. First serve is marked for 8 p.m. ET.


Press Release:

Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

COLUMBUS, Ohio – The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team extended its win streak to 10 matches with a 3-1 (25-23, 25-12, 22-25, 25-23) win at Ohio State in front of a crowd of 3,001 at St. John Arena on Friday night.

Mikaela Foecke had a match-high 15 kills to go with 11 digs, and Lauren Stivrins had a career-high 12 kills on .455 hitting to help keep the Huskers (23-4, 16-1 Big Ten) tied atop the Big Ten standings. Annika Albrecht had 11 kills and eight digs, and Jazz Sweet had nine kills. Briana Holman finished with eight kills and five blocks.

Kelly Hunter dished out 47 assists and had 12 digs. Her 47 assists moved her into third all-time at Nebraska in career assists with 3,802, passing Nikki Stricker (3,786).

Nebraska outhit Ohio State .341 to .200. The Huskers overcame a season-high 14 service errors and battled from behind to win the first and fourth sets.

Sydney Townsend led the Huskers with 14 digs and served three of NU’s six aces on the night. Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs, as Nebraska outdug the Buckeyes, 59-51.

Ashley Wenz had 11 kills for Ohio State (14-14, 7-10 Big Ten).

Set 1: Ohio State posted three blocks and held the Husker attack in check while taking a 12-10 lead. After a timeout, Stivrins terminated and the Buckeyes hit wide to even the score at 12-12. The Buckeyes regained a 17-14 lead before a 3-0 Husker run with Sweet and Albrecht pounding kills, and Holman and Albrecht getting a block. The teams traded sideouts until OSU went back up by two, 21-19, with its fourth block. A kill by Foecke and a Buckeye hitting error leveled the score again before Foecke smashed her fourth kill for a 22-21 lead, the Huskers’ first since it was 9-8. But the Buckeyes answered with back-to-back kills by Wenz to reclaim a 23-22 lead. Stivrins posted a kill out of a timeout for the second time in the set to make it 23-23. Hunter Atherton came in to serve, and Holman terminated the ensuing rally with a kill for set point. The Huskers took the set, 25-23, on a block by Holman and Hunter.

Set 2: Nebraska controlled the second set from start to finish. A kill by Sweet and ace by Hunter helped the Huskers to a 4-1 start. The Husker offense continued to click early in the set after Holman, Sweet, Albrecht and Stivrins added kills to boost NU to a 9-3 lead. Nebraska continued to lead by six at 15-9 after a pair of Buckeye attack errors. Foecke served a 5-0 Husker run that put them ahead 20-10, and a Sweet kill made it 22-11 Huskers. NU finished the set at 25-12 with back-to-back aces by Townsend. NU hit .346 in the set and had four ace serves.

Set 3: Ohio State used a 5-0 run to go ahead 6-3, as the Huskers misfired on three straight swings. After a kill by Foecke, the Buckeyes reeled off the next three points to go up 9-4. The Huskers trailed 12-8 before winning a challenge review that a shot by Foecke was, in fact, in. That was part of a 4-0 run that pulled the Huskers within 12-11. But Ohio State remained in the lead and pushed it back to four at 18-14. The Huskers got kills from Albrecht and Holman after an OSU service error to cut the deficit to 18-17. After a Buckeye timeout, Albrecht and Holman stuffed an OSU attack to tie the set at 18-18. The teams then traded sideouts for seven rallies, but the Buckeyes held serve with a kill by Bia Franklin for a 23-21 lead. Nebraska turned to Stivrins out of a timeout and she delivered a kill, but the Buckeyes scored the next two to win 25-22.

Set 4: Four early service errors hindered the Huskers as Ohio State claimed a 13-11 lead. But Townsend sparked the Huskers with her third ace of the night, and a dump by Hunter and kill by Albrecht gave the Huskers a 15-13 edge. Ohio State tied the score at 15-15, but Albrecht restored the Husker lead with a kill and Stivrins terminated for a 17-15 lead. But after another Husker service error and a Buckeye ace, the score was tied again at 18-18. After a Husker timeout, Foecke posted her 14th kill and Holman won a scramble at the net for a 20-18 Husker advantage. Holman kept the Huskers up by two at 22-20 with another kill, but the Buckeyes got a kill and an ace to draw even, 22-22, and force a Husker timeout. Sweet produced a kill to make it 23-22, but OSU tied it 23-23 with a dump kill. Stivrins’ 12th kill of the night gave the Huskers match point, and Foecke finished it off with her 15th and final kill.

Up Next: Nebraska travels to play Maryland on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) at XFINITY Center Pavilion in College Park, Maryland. The match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription and will air on Husker Sports Network affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha

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