Oct. 27, 2001
Lincoln, Neb. -
The second-ranked Nebraska women's volleyball team looked every bit their national ranking on Saturday, as the Cornhuskers held Kansas State to a season-low .022 hitting percentage in a 30-24, 30-13, 30-23 victory before 4,211 fans at the Nebraska Coliseum.
With the win, Nebraska improves to 19-1 and 12-0 in Big 12 Conference play, while Kansas State falls to 12-7 and 8-5 in league action.
Nebraska dominated the statistics across the board, posting 18 more kills (50-32), 19 more digs (58-39) and nearly seven more blocks (12-5.5), while hitting at a higher percentage (.297-.022).
In game one, Kansas State battled second-ranked Nebraska point for point in the early going and even grabbed its first lead at 15-14. However, the Cornhuskers regained their composure and ran off eight straight points to take a convincing 22-15 lead. The Wildcats battled back to within four points at 23-19 and then again at 28-24 before the Huskers won on their first game point, 30-24. Senior Liz Wegner paced the team with five kills.
The teams again appeared ready for another battle, as Kansas State closed within 6-5 after Nebraska jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead. However, the Cornhuskers scored 21 of the next 23 points, including a run of eight straight at one point, to cruise to a 30-13 victory. The Wildcats were held to negative .029 hitting, while the Huskers posted an impressive .417 percentage.
On the strong serving of sophomore Cari Jensen, Kansas State jumped out to an early 5-0 lead in game three. Nebraska slowly cut the lead, tying the game on three occasions, before taking their first lead at 11-10. The teams exchanged the next points until the Cornhuskers broke a 22-all tie with five straight points en route to a 30-23 victory.
Wegner led the Wildcats with nine kills and five digs in the losing effort, while fellow senior co-captain Lisa Mimick posted eight kills and seven digs. With her seven-dig performance, Mimick became the sixth player in Kansas State history to tally 1,000 digs and the second this season following Wegner. Junior Jenny Pollard added a team-best eight digs and senior Jayne Christen tallied a team-high three blocks and four kills.
Senior Nancy Metcalf turned in a match-high 17 kills on sizzling .500 hitting to pace the Cornhuskers, while junior Amber Holmquist earned 11 kills on .474 hitting with a team-best seven blocks. Junior Laura Pilakowski added a team-high 13 digs to go with nine kills.
Kansas State continues its road trip on Wednesday, Oct. 31, as the Wildcats travel to Lawrence, Kan. to battle Kansas (13-10, 3-9 Big 12) at the Horejsi Family Athletic Center beginning at 7 p.m. The Wildcats will be looking to sweep the season series from the Jayhawks for the seventh straight season with a victory.