Huskers sweep Washington State, advance to Sweet 16

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LINCOLN, Neb. -- The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team put on a dominating display to win its NCAA Tournament second-round match against Washington State, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-18), on Saturday night.

In front of a soldout crowd of 8,103 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the Huskers (28-4) shut down the Washington State attack, holding the Cougars (18-16) to .033 hitting in the match, WSU's second-lowest attacking percentage of the season. The Huskers limited Washington State to a season-low 20 kills, eight fewer than the Cougars had in any other match in 2017.

Nebraska got 11 kills and three blocks from senior Briana Holman, and with the win the Huskers advance to an NCAA Regional for the 23rd time in 24 years. Nebraska will head to Lexington, Kentucky next week and will face the winner of Baylor/Colorado in the regional semifinal. The other pairing in the regional will be fourth-seeded Kentucky and the winner of BYU/Oregon.

Holman set the tone for the Huskers from the get-go with a pair of early kills, and she finished with a .421 hitting percentage in the match. Annika Albrecht had nine kills and six digs, and Mikaela Foecke chipped in everywhere with seven kills, nine digs, four blocks - including three solo stuffs - and two service aces. Jazz Sweet tacked on five kills on only 10 swings.

Kelly Hunter had 35 assists and nine digs. Kenzie Maloney was the third Husker to total nine digs, as Nebraska nearly doubled up Washington State in the digs category, out-digging the Cougars, 49-25.
Taylor Mims led Washington State with nine kills, but the Huskers held her to a .043 hitting percentage.