KANSAS CITY, Mo. – All Husker fans are invited to celebrate the National Championship and welcome the team back to Lincoln with a special event Sunday, December 17 at 11:30 a.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Hear from players and coaches and relive the Huskers' remarkable 2017 season.
Doors open at 11 a.m. for this free event. Parking will be available in Lot 58 free of charge.
Mikaela Foecke had a match-high 20 kills and Kelly Hunter had eight kills and 37 assists as the Nebraska volleyball team beat Florida in four sets to win the national championship Saturday night.
The Huskers were seeking their fifth title in program history, while the Gators, the tournament's No. 2 overall seed, were looking for their first.
Nebraska held Florida to a .141 hitting percentage in the match.
Annika Albrecht got the Huskers on the board first, but Nebraska had some early struggles. Florida took their first lead at 10-9 and held it for some time, but the Huskers charged back with a 7-0 run to retake the lead. After 10 aces against Penn St., the Huskers had two more in the first set. Mikaela Foecke got the kill to finish off the set, and the Huskers took Set 1, 25-22 over Florida.
The Huskers jumped out to a 3-0 lead in Set 2, and before the Gators knew it, it was a 16-9 Nebraska lead as the Huskers cruised to a Set 2 win. Unlike in Set 1, where the Huskers hit just .081, Nebraska hit .417 in Set 2 and dominated the Gators to take a 2-0 lead into the break.
At the intermission, Mikaela Foecke led the Huskers with 10 kills, Briana Holman had five and Kelly Hunter had four kills to go with 4 digs and 18 assists. Meanwhile, Nebraska held Florida hitting to just .108 in Set 2 and .065 through the first two sets. Carli Snyder led the Gators with 6 kills at intermission.
Florida came out of the break aggressively. Nebraska actually took the lead early in Set 3, but the Gators fought back and built up a six point lead, which they wouldn't relinquish. Florida took advantage of eight Nebraska errors in the set and held the Huskers a .143 hitting percentage. The Gators, on the other hand, hit .308 and held off a small run by the Huskers near the end of the set to win 25-18.
The Huskers looked like they wanted a championship badly to start the fourth set. They jumped out to a 4-0 lead and quickly pushed that to 9-1. Kelly Hunter added her second ace of the night, the team's third of the match, and Nebraska held Florida to a negative hitting percentage during their run. The Gators didn't quit, though, and rallied to bring the score to 14-10, but the Huskers would answer with a small run of their own and wouldn't give Florida another chance to get back into it. The Huskers took the set 25-16 to win their 5th title in program history.
The Huskers hit .346 in the final set.