Set 1: Oregon State went up 6-1 to begin the match, but kills by Malloy and Amber Rolfzen cut it to 6-4.
After a Malloy kill, the Huskers seemed to settle down a bit. A trio of Amber Rolfzen kills increased the lead to 22-11, and Hunter hammered an overpass to finish the match, 25-12.
Kadie Rolfzen had three of Nebraska's four aces, and the Huskers recorded runs of at least five straight points in each set. Hunter took the attack into her own hands, dumping for a kill to earn Nebraska their first lead of the day. The initial call was and attack error by the outside hitter, but Beaver Head Coach Mark Barnard challenged the call believing that Kadie Rolfzen had touched it. Foecke then killed four in a row for the Huskers, and a Holman and Kadie Rolfzen block made it 15-6. The Huskers' first lead in the set did not occur until 10-9. Boender finished with two kills on four attempts. Nebraska used their first timeout of the day to stop the run.
Nebraska opened its volleyball season with victories over both Florida and Texas out in Eugene, Oregon.
It was Mmch of the same in the third set as the Huskers extended not only their winning streak, but their set winning streak as well. Frankly, she looked great in the match as well.
Nebraska chipped away, going to the first intermission with a 15-12 lead.
But Nebraska won nine of the final 10 rallies of the set.
OR state never got to within eight the rest of the set and the Huskers took the set 25-12. Kelly Hunter had the best hitting percentage of the night, with.857. Mikaela Foecke had five of her seven kills in Game 3 and hit.545.
The Huskers far outdug the Beavers, 43-29. Libero Justine Wong-Orantes had 12 digs with Kelly Hunter recording 10.
From there, the Huskers started to turn their defense into offense. While nine is not a gaudy block number, not numerous Oregon State attacks passed the net without being touched. It seemed that the Husker block was getting in the Beaver attackers' heads as in the third set, Oregon State's middle blocker Serena Bruin had an unblocked swing, but missed deep out of bounds.
The Huskers' serving was much improved on Saturday as well.
The battle for the outside hitter position opposite Foecke could get interesting.
It is certain the Huskers will face tougher tests once the B1G schedule starts but as the late Beano Cook would say, Nebraska will remain number one "until beaten". Right now, the Huskers are the prohibitive favorite to bring home the National Title again.