NCAA Volleyball Championship: Live Updates, Scores, Video
The No. 10 Nebraska Huskers are heading to the national championship, and we have a final every Big Ten on Saturday night. The Huskers will face Wisconsin for the third time this season for the trophy. Nebraska’s historic victory ended another historic season for an ACC team as Pitt was eliminated. Hats off to the Panthers for a remarkable season and tournament.
The Huskers are HOT at the right time, and that got them all the way to the national title game. This Nebraska team has been through so much adversity this season, changes in roster and then other changes, loss after loss, and now they are in the top two teams in the NCAA with three freshmen in their rotation. . Lauren Stivrins came back from injury and came back to play last season for this reason.
After a slow first set for Nebraska, they lit the jets to win the next three and advance in four sets. The name of the Huskers’ game tonight was blocking, defense and serve. They only hit .246 in the game, but that’s pretty typical for Nebraska this season… they do it in other ways. The Huskers had 10 blocks and six aces on the serve, and put pressure on the Panthers all night from the serve line. In doing so, they slowed down Pitt’s quick attack and controlled Leketor Member-Meneh’s play a bit.
Madi Kubik led with 13 kills on .226 hits and 13 digs, followed by Kayla Caffey, who added 10 kills and four blocks. Lindsay Krause ended up having a great night with nine kills at a .368 clip, then Stivrins, the heart of that team, posted nine on .529 hitting and six blocks. She was so impressive and woke up late in the game to make sure her team got on with it.
Nebraska controlled most of the fourth set, but Pitt managed to tie it at 20. The Panthers were within one when Stivrins had two back-to-back kills to give Nebraska game point. Then we had another game that ended as it should, as Stivrins picked up the winning block.
Member-Meneh and Serena Gray led the Panthers with 13 and 11 kills, respectively.
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– Husker Volleyball (@Huskervball) December 17, 2021