UCLA women’s volleyball has trounced nearly every opponent it’s faced in 2017.
But the No. 11 Bruins (5-1) finished Friday’s matchup against the Nebraska Cornhuskers (4-2) on the other side of the spectrum after getting swept 3-0 (25-15, 25-21, 25-20). With the victory, Nebraska is 38-3 since 2015.
UCLA fell into a 6-2 hole early in the first set before rebounding strong to decrease the deficit to 12-11. But a flurry of errors cost the Bruins a chance at stealing the set. The Cornhuskers earned nine points from attack or service errors.
The script flipped in the second set.
Nebraska had three quick errors, allowing UCLA to take an early 10-5 lead. Then a pair of kills and Bruin mishits permitted the Cornhuskers to work it back to 10-9.
UCLA’s pin hitters added four more points across the next six sequences, putting coach Michael Sealy’s squad up 14-11. But then Nebraska went on a torrid stretch, claiming the next eight points.
The Bruins fought back after two errors, but they couldn’t match the Cornhuskers’ versatility on offense. Four different players earned kills in their final five points to take the set.
Another mid-set run pushed Nebraska ahead of UCLA 11-7 as a result of three errors from freshman pin hitter Mac May and a pair of kills from outside hitter Annika Albrecht. The two teams engaged in back-and-forth rallies before the Cornhuskers shut down any chance of a comeback by taking three of the last five points.
The Bruins struggled offensively, boasting a .097 hitting percentage. They compiled just 32 kills overall compared to 20 errors.
Nebraska was more consistent, garnering a .230 hit percentage, even while recording 19 errors overall.
UCLA will attempt to split the series before heading back to Los Angeles.
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