Huskers advance to Elite 8, will play Oregon

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LINCOLN, Neb. — The Nebraska volleyball team advanced to the Elite 8 with a win over Kentucky Friday afternoon in the Sweet 16.

The Huskers swept No. 10 Kentucky (25-17, 25-20, 25-23) and will play Oregon on Saturday at 5 p.m. (CT) in the Elite 8 in Minneapolis.

That match will be aired on ESPNU.

Nebraska out-hit Kentucky .239 to .165, holding the Wildcats to a season-low hitting percentage. It marked the 13th time this season Nebraska has held an opponent to a season-low hitting percentage. Kentucky entered the match hitting .304 this season, the fourth-best mark in the nation, but Nebraska blocked the Wildcats eight times.

Mikaela Foecke had 14 kills and 10 digs while hitting .303, and Lexi Sun had 13 kills and seven digs. Lauren Stivrins added eight kills. Four different Huskers had at least three blocks, led by Callie Schwarzenbach's five and Jazz Sweet's four. Both players also had four kills. Foecke and Stivrins both tallied three blocks.

Nicklin Hames had 38 assists and 11 digs for her 22nd double-double of the season, which ties Jordan Larson for NU's most in a single season in the rally-scoring era.

Nebraska had two more aces (4-2) and four fewer service errors (5-9) than the Wildcats (26-5), who had their 23-match win streak snapped. The Huskers had a 55-49 edge in digs, with Kenzie Maloney, Megan Miller and Hames all posting 11 digs.

Three different Wildcats had seven kills.

Saturday's match will be Nebraska's seventh straight regional final appearance.