Coming off a postponed weekend series, the No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team will again look to make its debut at the Bob Devaney Sports Center this weekend when the Maryland Terrapins visit for matches on Friday and Saturday. Friday’s match begins at 6 p.m. The match will be broadcast on KBBN 95.3 FM with coverage on the Huskers Sports Network scheduled to begin at 5:30.
Nebraska began the season with a pair of sweeps at Indiana before last weekend’s series against Northwestern was postponed due to COVID issues within the Northwestern program. The last time the Huskers opened a season with consecutive sweeps was in 2015.
The Huskers led the Big Ten in defense last season and picked up where they left off, holding Indiana to .089 hitting in the first weekend. That mark leads the Big Ten this season. The Huskers return every starter from last year’s 28-5 squad that reached the NCAA Regional Final against eventual national runner-up Wisconsin.
Maryland is off to an 0-4 start to the season with losses at Ohio State and at home against No. 7 Minnesota. Maryland was swept twice by the Golden Gophers, but they took the Buckeyes to five sets in both defeats. Maryland ranks third in the Big Ten with 2.75 blocks per set. But the Terrapins have allowed a league-high 43 service aces through four matches. Erika Pritchard leads Maryland with 2.88 kills per set.
Nebraska is 13-0 all-time against Maryland and swept both matches last year. The Huskers have won six straight matches by sweep against the Terrapins.