LINCOLN, Neb.— The No. 4 volleyball team from Nebraska won 25-16, 25-17, 25-7 in their 300th straight sellout of the regular season in front of 8,207 people at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday night.
The Huskers improved to 22-2 (14-1 Big Ten) while Iowa fell to 7-19 (1-14 Big Ten). Nebraska has now won its last five home games in conference play.
The Nebraska defense put in a strong performance, keeping Iowa in the game to just 17 kills, a feat by a Husker opponent with the fewest this season. The Hawkeyes finished with a -070 batting average, the lowest batting average by a Husker opponent since 2013 and the best defensive performance by the Huskers in Big Ten play since they joined the conference in 2011.
Meanwhile, the Huskers batted .305 led by 25 assists Nicklin Hames. Madi Kubik had 12 kills to speed up the Nebraska with a .400 hit rate while Whitney Lauenstein reached a season high of .500 with 11 kills. Ally Batenhorst finished with eight kills at .316 hitting, including five kills in the final set. Lindsay Krause added five kills.
Kaitlyn Hord had match-high seven blocks and helped Nebraska outplay the Hawkeyes 9-4. Batenhorst had five blocks. The Huskers also passed Iowa, 45-36, as Lexi Rodríguez led the back row with 17 trenches. The second libero also served two of Nebraska’s five aces. Kenzie Knuckles, Maisie Bösiger and Kubik also served an ace each.
Delaney McSweeney led the Hawkeyes with six kills that night.
Set 1: Nebraska went 5-1 after kills from Lauenstein, Hord, Kubik and a block from Hord and Lauenstein. Another kill from Lauenstein and two Iowa misses increased the lead to 9-3. Batenhorst pulled off a kill and a solo block, and Lauenstein blasted another kill for a 14-6 lead. Two more kills from Kubik put it at 16-8, and the senior served an ace for a 19-10 advantage. Krause pulled off a kill to help NU take a 22-13 lead. After Iowa scored three straight goals, Lauenstein finished and Knuckles served an ace, and Kubik finished the set with a kill at 25-16. NU hit .294 and held Iowa at .028.
Set 2: Back-to-back kills from Lauenstein helped Nebraska rebound from 3-2 to 6-3. Kubik added two kills for a 9-5 lead and the Huskers led 15-10 at the media timeout after kills from Batenhorst and Lauenstein. After Iowa cut it to 15-12, cubic and Maggie Mendelson scored back-to-back kills, then combined for a block and an 18-12 advantage. After an Iowa timeout, Nebraska rolled on with another block from Mendelson and Lauenstein and an ace from Rodriguez as the lead was extended to 22:12 after the 7-0 run. Nebraska won the set 25-17, beating Iowa .265 to -.061.
Set 3: A solo block from Hord, a kill from Batenhorst and a block from this duo gave the Huskers a 5-0 lead. Lauenstein, Kubik and Hord then combined for four kills, and Rodriguez served an ace for a 10-2 lead. Krause put up three kills to put the Huskers at a 16-6 lead as they attempted to finish the sweep. Batenhorst went for three kills and a block with Hord as Big Red extended their 22-7 lead to 15. Nebraska finished Iowa 25-7 with a .370 percentage advantage to -.194 in the final set.
Next: The Huskers travel to play at the No. 6 Ohio State to play.