Madison, Wis.- The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team made quick work of the Wisconsin Badgers on Sunday afternoon, sweeping UW 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-18) at the UW Fieldhouse. The win marked the Huskers first sweep since taking down Illinois in three sets on Oct. 17.
Hannah Werth led Nebraska on the day with 15 kills and a .407 hitting percentage, while Morgan Broekhuis recorded 12 kills and had a .440 hitting percentage. Lara Dykstra led NU defensive with a season-high 27 digs, just one shy of her career-high mark. Lauren Cook recorded 44 assists.
Nebraska hit .351 in the match, as the Badgers hit .145. Wisconsin recorded nine team blocks, while the Huskers had five. The Husker out-dug Wisconsin 49-46.
Nebraska went up 6-2 early in the first set on a kill by Werth, while a kill from Haggerty made it 13-7. A 6-0 run by the Badgers, cut NU’s lead to one at 14-13, but a kill by Broekhuis propelled the Huskers and stretched NU’s lead to 21-15. The Huskers closed out the Buckeyes in the first set 21-17, leading the match 1-0.
Broekhuis and Haggerty both notched four kills in the first set, while Cook had 15 assists, pacing the Huskers to a .412 hitting percentage. Wisconsin hit .171 in the first set, but out-blocked Nebraska 2-1.
The Badgers used a 4-0 run in the second set to take a 6-1 lead on Nebraska. A kill by Cook, cut UW’s lead to 8-4, but Wisconsin responded and went up 10-4. Four consecutive points by the Huskers made it 13-10, Badgers, as a service ace from Mancuso ensued at the next point and catapulted NU to a 14-13 lead on a kill by Broekhuis. A kill by Werth made it 20-15, Huskers, and NU did not look back, winning the second set 25-20.
Werth tallied five kills in the second set, as Broekhuis and Haggerty both had three. Cook tabbed 11 assists, pushing NU to a .375 hitting percentage. Wisconsin recorded a .171 team hitting percentage and both squads recorded three team blocks.
The Badgers took a 5-2 lead in the third set, while kills from Broekhuis and Mancuso, aided by an error from the Badgers, tied the set at 10-10. The two teams tied at 13-13 and again at 15-15 on a kill by Thramer, as a pair of errors by Wisconsin then put NU up 18-16. The Huskers went on to win the third set 25-18, completing the sweep.
Werth posted seven kills in the third set, while Broekhuis had five. Cook notched 18 assists for NU, while the Huskers hit .292. Wisconsin recorded a .100 hitting percentage in the set.
The Huskers conclude the regular season this week as they host the Iowa Hawkeyes on Wednesday, Nov. 21 and the Northwestern Wildcats on Saturday, Nov. 24.