No. 1 Nebraska Dominates Michigan In Conference Opener

  0 Carly DeMarque | September 24th, 2016 | Big Ten, College - Women's Indoor, News

Match Stats

The Huskers remain No. 1 with the sweep against Michigan, the first time they have been swept in 20 matches.

Leading the way, Briana Holman had 11 kills, five blocks on a .556 hitting percentage for Nebraska. All-American Kadie Rolfzen put down 10 kills, eight digs and six blocks. Kelly Hunter picked up her third double-double of the year with 10 digs and 32 assists. Libero Justine Wong-Orantes picked up 12 digs.

Kelly Murphy took charge for the Wolverines with 10 kills, Abby Cole contributed nine and Claire Kieffer-Wright ended the match with a team-high .333 hitting percentage.

Press Release

Courtesy of Nebraska Athletics

ANN ARBOR, Mich. – The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team put in a dominating defensive effort in a 25-22, 25-20, 25-18 sweep of No. 22 Michigan to open Big Ten play on Friday at Cliff Keen Arena.

The Huskers (10-0, 1-0 Big Ten) tallied 13 blocks, including seven alone in set two, and stifled the Wolverines – the nation’s sixth-best hitting team entering the match at .301 – to a season-low .118 attack percentage.

Nebraska won its 26th straight match overall and 10th straight match against a ranked opponent. Michigan fell to 11-2 on the season, and it was the first time in 20 matches that the Wolverines were swept.

The Huskers hit .234 and were led by Briana Holman‘s 11 kills, five blocks and .556 hitting percentage. Kadie Rolfzen posted 10 kills, eight digs and six blocks. Mikaela Foecke had eight kills, and Andie Malloy had six. Amber Rolfzen had five blocks to go with three kills.

Kelly Hunter notched 32 assists and 10 digs for her third double-double of the season. She also had four kills and four blocks. Justine Wong-Orantes had a team-high 12 digs.

The Wolverines got 10 kills from Kelly Murphy. The Big Red held second-team All-American Abby Cole to nine kills on .259 hitting.

Set 1: Holman notched a pair of kills and a block with Kadie Rolfzen to help the Huskers to an 11-8 lead after Michigan had tied the set at 8-8. The Wolverines evened the set again with two kills by Cole, but NU held strong with a pair of Kadie Rolfzen kills to go back up 14-11. Michigan clawed back to make it 16-16 and then took an 18-17 lead on a kill by Adeja Lambert. But the Huskers answered. Holman tallied her fourth kill and Michigan hit in the net before Kadie Rolfzen and Holman combined for a stuff to put the Big Red ahead 20-18. After a UM timeout, Kadie Rolfzen pounded an overpass to make it 21-18, completing a 4-0 run. Holman continued to dominate the set, adding a kill and drawing a Michigan block error for a 23-19 lead. Malloy tipped home a kill for set point at 24-21, and Malloy clinched the win, 25-22, on NU’s second set point. Holman had five kills and three blocks on the set, while Kadie Rolfzen had four kills and two blocks.

Set 2: The Huskers staked an early lead after some great defense at the net, culminating with a solo stuff by Foecke on Cole. Holman blasted a kill to make it 3-0, and Kadie Rolfzen and Holman teamed up for another block for a 4-0 start. The blocks continued, with the Rolfzens combining for one and Amber Rolfzen and Malloy following up with another to make it 8-2 with four points off of blocks. The Wolverines put together a run to get within 11-8 before Amber Rolfzen killed a free ball that started a 7-4 Big Red run that put the Huskers up 18-12. After a timeout, Michigan scored three straight points to cut it to 18-15, but a UM error and solo stuff by Hunter, NU’s seventh of the set, made it 20-15. A kill and ace by Foecke on back-to-back rallies made it 24-19, and the Huskers put Michigan away, 25-20, on a Holman kill. NU finished with seven blocks and held Michigan to .000 hitting.

Set 3: The Huskers broke open the third set early with kills by Malloy, Kadie Rolfzen and back-to-back aces by Wong-Orantes for a 7-2 lead via a 5-0 run. Wong-Orantes’ third career kill forced a Michigan timeout at 15-9. The Big Red didn’t let up, taking a 19-11 lead on a block by the Rolfzens. Nebraska finished off the sweep, 25-18, on a Kadie Rolfzen kill.

Up Next: The Huskers will play at No. 20 Michigan State on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). The match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription, and Husker Sports Network will broadcast the match on HSN affiliaties, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha.

Press Release

Courtesy of Michigan Athletics

Site: Ann Arbor, Mich. (Cliff Keen Arena)

Score: #1 Nebraska 3, #22 Michigan 0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-18)

Records: U-M (11-2, 0-1 Big Ten), NEB (10-0, 1-0 Big Ten)

Next U-M Event: Saturday, Sept. 24 — vs. Iowa (Cliff Keen Arena), 7 p.m.

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — The No. 22-ranked University of Michigan volleyball team came up short in a 3-0 loss (25-22, 25-20, 25-18) to the defending national champions and No. 1-ranked Nebraska Cornhuskers on Friday (Sept. 23) inside Cliff Keen Arena.

The match, which signaled the start of 2016 Big Ten Conference play, marked Michigan’s first sellout crowd of the season.

Despite a full crowd donning Maize and Blue, Nebraska took the lead early in the first set on a Michigan attack error, pulling ahead 3-1. From there, the Wolverines fought back to tie the score at 8-8, but three straight Husker points forced Michigan to call a timeout. The Maize and Blue then rallied for three consecutive points on two kills from senior Abby Cole and a Nebraska attack error, tying the score again at 11-1. The following Michigan service error put Nebraska back on top, but a hard-fought Michigan offense tied the score again at 16-16 and 18-18. Eventually, however, it was the Huskers who took set one by a 25-22 score.

Trailing by one, the Wolverines got behind again early in the second set of the day as Nebraska jumped out to a 4-0 lead. A kill from senior Ally Davis finally got the Wolverines on the board, but Michigan took its first timeout of the set trailing 8-2. Following the stoppage in play, the Maize and Blue went on a 6-3 run to close the gap and force a Nebraska timeout at 11-8. Despite Michigan’s efforts, Nebraska stayed just a few paces ahead of the Wolverine offense in set two, taking the game, 25-20.

Down 2-0 for the first time this season, Michigan allowed Nebraska the first point of the third set, before a kill from Cole tied things up at 1-1, and a kill from senior Kelly Murphy put the game at 2-all. The point-for-point play was short lived, however, as the Huskers rattled off five straight points to put the momentum in their favor. The Wolverines trailed by as much as eight in the third set of the day but continued to work to close the gap. Despite their best efforts, a .122 attack average was not enough in set three as Michigan dropped its first three-set match of the season.

For just the second time this season and the fourth of her career, Murphy led Michigan in kills with 10 on the night. Cole also added nine, while Davis picked up seven, and junior Claire Kieffer-Wright ended the match with a team-high .333 attack average.

Defensively, the Wolverines recorded seven team blocks and 47 digs. Sophomore libero Jenna Lerg once again led the back row with 10 digs, while freshman Tiffany Clark and Murphy added nine digs apiece. From the net, freshman Cori Crocker led the Wolverines with three block assists, as Cole finished the day with two block assists and a solo block.

Overall, Michigan ended the match with a .118 kill percentage.


The No. 22-ranked Wolverines will look to pick up their first Big Ten victory on Saturday (Sept. 24) when they host the visiting Iowa Hawkeyes. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. inside Cliff Keen Arena. [ Tickets ]

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Carly DeMarque

Carly DeMarque has been involved with competitive volleyball for the majority of her life, playing competitively at the club and collegiate level for 15 years and coaching club for five. Now a retired Division I volleyball athlete out of McNeese State University, she continues her volleyball enthusiasm by stepping back into …

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