LINCOLN, Neb.- The University of Northern Iowa volleyball team fell to the No. 4 Nebraska Cornhuskers 3-0 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament in Lincoln, Nebraska, on Friday night. This was the final match ever to be played at the historic NU Coliseum.
Macy Ubben led the Panthers with 8 kills and had a .318 attack percentage. Molly Turk had 29 assists, and Candice Burke recorded 11 digs for the Panthers.
UNI started off strong in the first set. The Panthers jumped out to an early 5-3 lead over the Huskers. Kills by Amy Braun and Macy Ubben helped the Panthers go on a 4-1 run to increase their lead to 9-5 at the first timeout of the set. Nebraska slowly started to creep back and eventually tied the set up at 16-16. A kill by Megan Lehman gave UNI the 17-16 lead, but a Nebraska kill in the next play tied it up at 17-17. An attack error by UNI gave the Huskers the 18-17 lead, their first lead of the set. Nebraska increased its lead to 20-17, and even though UNI brought the score to within one at 21-20, the Panthers could not catch back up. Nebraska won the set 25-21.
Nebraska was the team to jump out to the early lead in the second set. The Huskers had the 8-5 lead at a UNI timeout. Nebraska then went on a 4-2 run to expand their lead to 12-7. The Panthers put up a fight, but the Huskers had the momentum in the set and held the lead for the rest of it. Nebraska won the set 25-16 and took the 2-0 match lead.
With the score tied at 6-6 in the third set, a kill by Nebraska gave them the 7-6 lead. A kill by Lehman in the next play helped UNI tie the set up at 7-7. Back-to-back attack errors by the Huskers gave the Panthers the 9-7 lead. From there, Nebraska went on a 6-0 run to take the 13-9 lead. Kills from four different Panthers helped them to bring the match to within one at 16-15. Nebraska answered this though with a 5-2 run to bring their lead to four at 21-17. UNI could not catch the Huskers after this and Nebraska won the set 25-21 and the match 3-0.