The No. 12 Nebraska volleyball team swept Iowa 3-0 (25-17, 26-24, 25-21) Saturday afternoon at the Devaney Center, picking up its second straight conference win. The Huskers are now 8-3 (2-0 Big Ten) on the season, while the Hawkeyes drop to 2-10 (0-2).
Madi Kubik led the match with 15 kills and 14 digs alongside three blocks and a service ace for her first double-double of the season. Lindsay Krause joined her in double figures with 12 kills on .500 hitting.
Nicklin Hames had a match-high 40 assists with six digs and two aces.
Iowa was led by 13 kills from Courtney Buzzerio and 11 more from Addie VanderWeide. Hannah Clayton put up a match-high six blocks with five kills.
Nebraska outhit Iowa .267 to .216 and also had the advantage in digs (51-41), aces (5-2) and assists (47-38). Both teams finished with six blocks on the day.
Kills by four different players and a pair of Caffey blocks spurred the Huskers to an 8-2 opening lead. A 5-0 run with two Schwarzenbach blocks, an Ally Batenhorst kill and a Hames service ace pushed it to 14-5. NU matched that as its largest lead when a Batenhorst kill extended it to 23-14, and a Schwarzenbach kill put away the set at 25-17. The Huskers hit .265 with the help of five kills on .556 hitting from Krause and held Iowa to .029 as a team.
The Hawkeyes swung at a .533 clip (8-of-15 with no errors) to start and led 3-1 early with kills from Buzzerio and VanderWeide and an Amiya Jones ace. NU quickly rebounded as a 4-0 run put them ahead 6-4, and Iowa answered with a 5-1 spurt. The Huskers, however, got kills from Kubik and Batenhorst, a Hames ace and a Kubik/Schwarzenbach block to regain the lead at 13-12 and held at 15-14 advantage by the media timeout. NU held to its narrow lead, and Kubik and Krause both terminated to push it to 20-17.
Clayton singlehandedly put Iowa back in it, tying the set at 23-23 on a kill and a solo block to prompt a timeout. It stalled again at 24-24 before a Kubik kill and a tip from Hames gave NU the win at 26-24. The Huskers weathered .310 Hawkeye hitting in the game to take a two-set lead.
Iowa again took an early edge at 5-2 and led until back-to-back kills by Krause and Kubik and a Caffey/Kubik stop locked it at 10-10. Two more kills between Krause and Kubik accompanied a Keonilei Akana ace for a 13-11 lead and a Hawkeye timeout. Kubik came through down the stretch, as three straight kills from the junior spotted Nebraska a 24-20 advantage. A service error sealed the set, 25-21, and the match sweep.
Noting Today’s Match
-Nebraska now leads the all-time series with Iowa 34-0, including 21-0 in the John Cook era.
-The Huskers remain undefeated (18-0) against Iowa when playing in Lincoln.
-NU has swept three straight from the Hawkeyes and five of the last six meetings.
–Lindsay Krause has hit .500 in back-to-back Big Ten matches.
Nebraska continues its three-match home stand with Michigan on Friday, Oct. 1. First serve is set for 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center.