Husker women’s volleyball dominates Spartans at home

By Maggy Lehmicke

The Huskers took down the Michigan State Spartans in volleyball at home Wednesday evening.

Having already played Michigan State earlier in the season, the Huskers had an idea of what to expect.

“The thought process is to go in with the mindset that we’re on the same level,” said junior Cecilia Hall, a middle blocker for the Huskers.

“If we would underestimate them just because we won last time, we would assure ourselves of having a rough game,” she said. “We’ve been very up and down this season, but the last two games have looked different, so we’re hoping on keeping that up today.”

The Huskers were off to a shaky start with a few preventable misses and a lack of offense at the net early on. After losing the first set 25-20, the momentum began to shift.

“It never really felt like we were down,” said senior setter Mary Pollmiller. “We had the mindset we were going to win.”

Off to another slow start in the second, the Huskers quickly recovered to 6-6. Several long volleys and a few controversial calls kept the set tight, but the team seemed unfazed.

“It is frustrating, especially when we are home,” Pollmiller said in regard to the questionable calls. “But it’s almost motivating. We know that we have to do it on our own.”

Pollmiller said the key to coming back was taking it one point at a time. By the middle of the second set, the game began to swing in favor of the Huskers. Dominating at the net, Nebraska took the next two sets to bring the game to 2-1.

From then on, Nebraska didn’t let down. The Spartans briefly closed the gap in the fourth set before the Huskers finished them off 25-23.

Hall said that the main goal was to stay consistent. Even after losing a couple key players, she said, the team looks like it’s back on track.

“We finally came together,” said Pollmiller. “We needed everyone to get the result we wanted.”

Nebraska was ranked No. 11 going into the match and Michigan State was No. 50. The next match for the Huskers is Nov. 16 at 2 p.m. against Maryland.

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