Nebraska Volleyball Sweeps Illinois

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball team won its third straight sweep with a 26-24, 30-28, 25-17 win over Illinois at Huff Hall on Saturday night.

The Huskers (9-1) swept the Fighting Illini for the second night in a row, fighting off set points in the first two sets to win deuce games before taking control late in set three.

The Huskers hit .245 and held Illinois to .136 for the match. Although Illinois had two more kills (41-39) the Huskers committed 11 fewer attacking errors (14-25). Illinois had six aces but 11 service errors, while the Huskers had four aces with eight service errors. NU had a 7-4 edge in blocks in the match.

Lexi Sun once again led the Big Red with 14 kills to go with three digs and two blocks. Lauren Stivrins had 11 kills on .625 hitting with three blocks, and Kayla Caffey had eight kills and three blocks while hitting .583. The Husker middle blockers combined for 19 kills on .607 hitting for the match.

Nicklin Hames had 33 assists, three digs and three kills. Kenzie Knuckles had a team-best 13 digs, and Keonilei Akana had 12.

Raina Terry paced Illinois (2-8) for the second straight night with 13 kills on .320 hitting.

Nebraska hosts undefeated No. 19 Ohio State next Friday and Saturday at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.