MINNEAPOLIS – The unlikely season of Nebraska is extended by two days after the Huskers with Cough # 7 lost the first two sets and the No. 3 Illinois 22-25, 16-25, 25-23, 25 lost -20, 15-11 at the Target Center on Thursday night.
Mikaela Foecke and Lexi Sun each had 19 kills to increase NU's streak of 13 games in a row. The Huskers are playing Stanford's No. 1 Saturday night, while NU are seeking the sixth NCAA championship and third title in the last four seasons. This is a rematch of the 2006 NCAA final that won Nebraska 3-1
Jacqueline Quade had a 25-time matchkill for Illinois, but the Illini could not hold their own and won their 17-match win
Senior Libero Kenzie Maloney and freshman Nicklin Hames each had a double-double for Nebraska. Maloney had 20 digs and 10 assists, while Hames had 46 assists and 19 digs.
Game 1: It was Nipp and Tuck by the media timeout. Nebraska never found a way to find room for an early breath 4: 1 lead.
Illinois fought back to tie it 7: 7, and after Lexi Sun's ace NU gave them a 14:11 lead, Illinois scored the next three points before a junk block from Jazz Sweet. 14 on media timeout.
Quade swept a kill and ace from the break to give Illinois the first lead at 16-15, and Ashlyn Fleming's crossover hit made a 7-2 run in Illinois to bring the Illini to 18 -16.
The Huskers took the lead after killing Foecke and Sun 3-0, followed by Hames, who narrowly missed the opener for the third time. But Illinois provided the last rise of the set when Nebraska's death broke apart.
Beth-Prince back-and-forth kills brought a 6-1 run to seal the fate of the Huskers. Sun shot into the distance with two consecutive turns and gave Illinois a 24-21 lead, and after killing the next rally, Quade's ninth kill of Game 1 gave the Illinois 25-22.
Illinois out of the race NU .269-.255 in the first set with 18 kills on the Huskers # 16;
Game 2: It was a nightmarish start for the Huskers in the second set. Jordyn Poulter landed two aces in front of Kenzie Maloney and Sun finished a pair of mistakes to put the Huskers in an early 4-0 hole.
Cook's both break times had passed two rallies later when Poulter played her third Ace set to make it 6-0. The lead increased to eight when Ali Bastianelli blocked Hames to bring Illinois to 12: 4.
NU finally found his legs in a 5-1 run, each consisting of two Sun and Foecke killings and a Stivrins shot. But Illinois responded with their own 5-1 draw at 18:10, and the Huskers never reduced the deficit to less than 4.
Quade added six more kills in Game 2, and middle blocker Ali Bastianelli scored a 5 : 0 Illinois ran with a block and a kill to finish the set.
Nebraska hit Set 129 with seven missed hits when the Huskers got confused. NU added three serving errors.
Game 3: Serving mistakes continue to hurt Nebraska at the beginning of the third century, as Hames, Sun and Miller each have helped to help Illinois tie from 5 to 5.
Stivrins' tip and Foecke's ass gave Nebraska the next two points, and the Huskers extended their lead to 13: 9 as Jazz Sweet shot out and scored a 4-0 run.
The Illini drew 14-13 Quade landed an ace-short, but NU dropped again in two Foecke kills plus four from Hames and Sweet.
Foecke and Sun announced the leadership of Nebraska with an out-of-system kill until 20-14, but NU's shaky passing left Illinois behind. The Illini forced a Husker timeout with three points, which reduced the lead of NU to 21-19. The Illini would take the next two points while Quade's kill had to tie 21-21.
The Illini took the lead after a Hames serve mistake and a wide attack from Capri Davis from 23-22, but Foecke did not let it end so early. After Callie Schwarzenbach's best momentum of the night in 23-23 drew, Foecke struck out of the system and downed an overpass to give NU the final three points of the set and force Game 4 on.
Foecke's eight kills in Game 3 helped the Husker hit .298. Illinois hit .200, led by four Quade killings.
Game # 4: Nebraska went to the top with 7: 5 (4: 0) by freshman Megan Miller (7: 5), but Illinois responded with a 6-2 sprint with three Husker victories. Errors that gave the Illini a 12: 11 lead.
NU took on 15-14 on media timeout thanks to a pair of Illinois bugs, but Quade added two more kills at 17 -17.
Lauren Stivrins broke a 18:18 draw on the slide in the crossover, and at the next rally, Sun shot down a transitional momentum to bring NU onto the 20:18 lead. The Illini shortened the lead to 21-20 before Poulter went into the net, followed by Hames & # 39; s ace on 23-20 Nebraska.
The Huskers excluded Sun's last six kills. NU beat .206 and stopped Illinois .156. The Huskers won Game 4 without a single Foecke murder in the set.
Game 5: The teams exchanged nine straight sideouts, with Illinois giving three points to service errors at the beginning of the final NU. Kills by Stivrins and Sun brought Nebraska to 8-7 as the teams danced with the dealers, but after a Foecke kill from the back row, Illinois scored three of the next four and missed Ashley Fleming 10-10.
The Teams It seemed like the next four side outs were traded, but NU still had a critical video review challenge. John Cook challenged an Illinois player to get a fingertip on Foecke's swing that sailed far, and the officers agreed. The kill brought the Huskers to 13:11 and Maloney landed an ace on the subsequent serve round to give Nebraska three match points.
You would only need one. After Illinois absorbed Foecke's initial momentum in the rally, the ball found Stivrins sending a blast in the air. Foecke's second sweep of the rally found the ground for a 15-11 win and ended with a 4-0 run in Nebraska.
7 Nebraska (29-6) … …… 22 16 25 25 15
No. 3 Illinois (32-4) … …… ….. 25 25 23 20 11
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