NCAA Volleyball: Sun rises, but season sets on NU

The Badgers have had Nebraska’s number in 2019. In October, Wisconsin came to Lincoln and swept the Huskers. The Badgers’ hitting percentage that night was the highest Nebraska had allowed since 2011. And it was the first time the Huskers were swept at home since 2014. Seven weeks later, Wisconsin swept NU again — this time in Madison — to all but wrap up the Big Ten title. So the Huskers got their third shot Saturday at trying to figure out Wisconsin. And for the third time this season, they failed to take a set off the fourth-seeded Badgers. Nebraska managed to score 22 points in a set in all three matches, but couldn’t break that mark. UW has a five-match winning streak in the series and has beaten NU in six of their past eight meetings. This last defeat — 25-18, 25-22, 25-19 — in the regional final at UW Field House ended NU’s year at 28-5 while sending the Badgers to the Final Four. For the Huskers, their string of four straight Final Four appearances was snapped, but they are the only program to make the regional final each of the past eight years. Lexi Sun (pictured) had 11 kills for Nebraska, which hit .061 Saturday. “They have proven to us that they are the best team in the Big Ten this year, and so we wish them the best in the Final Four,” coach John Cook said. “I asked my team to come in here and compete and play with courage, and I couldn’t be more proud of the effort they gave tonight.”

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