Volleyball falls to Nebraska in four sets for third consecutive loss
It’s like a nightmare that just won’t end for the women’s volleyball team.
The Spartans (13-13 overall, 6-9 Big Ten) dropped its third straight game on Wednesday night on the road against No. 11 Nebraska (17-7 overall, 11-4 Big Ten), 3-1 (25-20, 21-25, 22-25, 23-25).
The loss was yet another in a season filled with close contests but nothing to show for it.
Nebraska defeated the Spartans by the same score earlier in the season on Oct. 10.
After a promising start, where MSU led by as many as nine points the Cornhuskers went on a run of its own in the first set. Nebraska's 8-1 run, cut the Spartans lead to 13-11.
It seemed as if it would be another disappointing set in a season of disappointments, but MSU was able to withstand the Cornhuskers’ onslaught, winning the first set 25-20.
The set loss was the first for Nebraska in four games, the Cornhuskers had swept its last four matchups.
MSU picked up where they left off in the previous set, winning the first three points of the second set.
However, like the first set MSU allowed Nebraska to climb back into the second set.
When the score was tied at 18, The Cornhuskers went on a 7-3 run and won the set, 25-21.
It was another heartbreakingly close loss in the third set for the Spartans, who despite hanging around the entire set could not finish the job.
A kill by Nebraska freshman outside hitter Annika Albrecht won the third set, 25-22.
MSU started the fourth set strong as they raced to a 12-3 advantage.
But yet again the Cornhuskers responded to the challenge and with the help of junior outside hitter Kelsey Fien. Nebraska won the set 25-23.
Fien totaled four kills in the fourth set and had a game-high 17 kills.
Sophomore outside hitter Chloe Reinig led MSU with 13 kills.
Middle blockers, Allyssah Fitterer and Alyssa Garvelink also had double digit kills with 12 and 10 respectively.
MSU is back in action Saturday at Jenison Field House against Indiana (15-12 overall, 6-9 Big Ten) at 7 p.m.
The Hoosiers swept Rutgers on Wednesday night, 3-0 (25-20, 27-25, 25-15).
In their last matchup on Sept. 26, Indiana defeated MSU in four sets, 3-1 (25-17, 25-18, 22-25, 25-21).