Nebraska‘s Briana Holman is coming back from an ankle injury suffered against Omaha last week but is starting for the Huskers tonight against Penn State on the road. This is the opening match of Big Ten Conference play for both teams.
Holman has slowly been rejoining the team on the court this week following the injury, doing what she could. The status of Holman returning to the court was uncertain just yesterday but is seeing the court tonight. Freshman Chesney McClellan replaced Holman when she went down with the injury, not registering any stats in the remainder of the match, but was a ready option for the Huskers.
To start the match, Holman is looking primped and ready to go, not losing a beat. Mid-second set, Holman has 10 kills on 11 sets dominating at the net for the Huskers, keeping them in the match against the #2 ranked Nittany Lions.
Back-to-back kills by Bri!
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— Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) September 23, 2017
John Cook was going to take his time returning Holman to the court but the decision to have her play tonight is helping the Huskers tremendously. Up to the first media timeout of the first set, Holman has put down four of the Huskers last five points to help Nebraska to the 15-13 lead. Prior to the start of the Penn State match, Holman had slammed down 77 kills on a .295 hitting clip while also blocking 40 balls, which is a team-best.
You can watch the Nebraska/Penn State match on the Big Ten Network (BTN).