|Number 4 Husker women advance in NCAA volleyball tourney|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Wednesday, 10 December 2008 00:00|
By the Associated Press
Nebraska never wavered on Saturday, beating Alabama-Birmingham in straights sets in the second round of the NCAA Division I women’s volleyball tournament.
In the process, the Cornhuskers tied the NCAA Division I record for consecutive home wins and advanced to play Michigan in the Seattle Regional on Friday. It will be the Huskers’ (29-2) 15th consecutive NCAA Regional, the longest active streak in the nation.
Against UAB, Jordan Larson had 15 kills and 10 digs for Nebraska, which grabbed a share of the NCAA record with its 87th straight home win. Penn State also won 87 straight home matches between 1995 and 2000.
“I think it’s an unbelievable accomplishment,” Cook said. “It’s not like we played in a weak conference or played patsies here. We took on everybody, and that is just an incredible accomplishment in my opinion.”
Larson’s double-double was the ninth in her last 10 matches and her sixth in the NCAA tournament.
Nebraska took the opening set 25-14 and had little trouble the rest of the way, winning the last two sets 25-15 and 25-12. It trailed only three times and never by more than one point.
The Huskers hitting percentage increased as the match wore on, finishing at a .467 attack percentage. That was just .019 points shy of their NCAA Tournament record for attack percentage in a three-set match. The Huskers’ five hitting errors was a season low. Lindsey Licht had 12 kills and Amanda Gates seven kills and three blocks for the Huskers (29-2).
UAB scored its fewest points of the season. It had only 30 kills and a .105 hitting percentage. The Blazers also had 19 hitting errors. The Blazers finish with a 27-8 record.
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