Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke just missed a 20-20 effort with 19 kills and 19 digs to pace No. 5 seed Nebraska to a five-set win over No. 1 Penn State and send the Huskers to Saturday’s national title match.
In a statistic not often kept but one that is noteworthy, Nebraska’s Kelly Hunter, Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney have an edge over their Final Four opponent, Penn State – never losing to them.
After a tough start to the 2017 season, the Huskers turned things around to make it to their third straight NCAA Tournament.
Scouting the National Semifinal between #1 Penn State and #5 Nebraska for a shot at the title.
Eleven schools were represented on the 14 member first team All-America team with Stanford earning three honors and Penn State notching two. Wisconsin’s Dana Rettke was named AVCA Freshman of the Year.
Nebraska makes their third straight NCAA Tournament Final Four appearance for the first time in program history as the Huskers took down Kentucky in four sets.
In a Regional Semifinal meeting of ex-Big 12 foes, Nebraska was led by Kelly Hunter in a sweep of Colorado to reach their 6th straight Elite 8.
There are just 16 teams left in the NCAA Division I Tournament and in the Lexington Region, there are just four teams left and three matches until the final team is standing in the region.
Six Big Ten volleyball programs remain on the hunt for a national championship. Illinois, Michigan State, Minnesota, Nebraska, Penn State and Wisconsin will all play in Sweet 16 matches on Friday.
The AVCA has formally announced their selections for Division I Region Players of the Year from the 10 different regions around the nation.