MINNEAPOLIS – With a dominating start to the match, and then a shocking finish, Nebraska sweeps Kentucky in the NCAA Sweet 16 on Friday.
Nebraska rallied from an 18-11 deficit in the third set, storming back for the win. Mekela Foecke
Foecke led the Huskers in the 25-17, 25-20, 25-23 victory. Nebraska won the final two points of the match. She had 14 kills with a .303 hitting percentage.
Nebraska ends Kentucky's season and its 23-match winning streak while Nebraska's winning streak reached 1
Nebraska wants to play the winner of the Oregon-Minnesota match at the Elite Eight at 5 pm on Saturday. The match is on TV on ESPNU.
In the first set, Nebraska took the lead for good when Foecke served a 4-0 run for an 11-7 lead.
Nebraska maintains its lead with good serving, getting four Kentucky's best player, Leah Edmond, has been hit for 10 attempts.
Before Nebraska reached 20 points, three different Nebraska players – Lexi Sun, Foecke and Kenzie Maloney had served aces .
Foecke's first two kills of the match were on back-row kills,
In the second set, Nebraska had another good start, sprinting out to an 8-2 lead. Nebraska in the set, but it lasts to maintain the lead both times. Late in the set, Kentucky got its deficit down to 17-15. But Lauren Stivrins had back-to-back kills on the slide attack to surge ahead. Nebraska finished off the set and the 2-0 match lead by winning three of the final four rallies. Foecke had a block on set point.