Dog Fight with No. 4 Nebraska Ends in Heart Break
Oct. 6, 2012
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. - Indiana Volleyball (8-10, 0-6) fell to No. 4 Nebraska (13-2, 5-1) in a five-set knock-down drag-out (23-25, 25-18, 25-20, 17-25, 15-10). The Hoosiers had four players in double-figures, two players with double-doubles and bettered the Huskers in kills, digs and assists in the match.
Jordan Haverly scored her 10th double-double of the year with 24 kills and 12 digs. Whitney Granado had a career-high 62 assists and added 13 digs for her second double-double of the year. Kelci Marschall added 16 kills, Samantha Thrower had 13 kills and Morgan Leach had 12. Four Hoosiers had double-digit digs in the match, as Courtney Harnish added 20, Granado had 13, Haverly had 12 and Caitlin Hansen had 10.
The first set was back and forth, with Nebraska pulling out a 25-23 win. Haverly, Marschall and Thrower all had four kills in the set.
The Hoosiers took control in the second set with Haverly and Leach leading the way, winning 25-18. Up 18-12, IU saw a Husker rally get the lead down to 19-17, but the Hoosiers went on a 6-1 run of their own to close it out 25-18. Leach had six kills in the set and Haverly had five. Granado and Harnish both had six digs in the frame.
The third set saw Nebraska charge out of the locker room and storm to a 8-4 lead. Indiana responded to come back to a 14-14 tie before taking the lead and never giving it back en route to a 25-20 set victory, punctuated by a pair of kills from Thrower. Marschall had six kills in the set and Jade Henderson had five of her nine kills in the frame. Harnish had six digs and Granado had 16 assists.
Things looked good for IU in the fourth as they led 12-8 midway through, but the Nebraska offense started clicking and the comeback was on. Nebraska went on a furious run, taking 17 of the next 23 points to force a fifth set. Haverly had six kills in the set.
The fifth set saw one of Nebraska's four All-Americans, Gina Mancuso, put the team on her back, as she tallied six kills and an ace in the race to 15. Nebraska got four kills from Alexa Strange in the set as well. Haverly killed five for IU and Thrower put three balls on the floor, but the Hoosier rally fell short, and Nebraska closed it out 15-10.
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