Huskers Fight Past Spartans for 3-1 Win; Alicia Ostrander (Oglala-Lakota) with 12 Kills for Nebraska

#10 Alicia Ostrander (Oglala-Lakota)/ File Photo
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East Lansing, Mich. – The No. 8 Nebraska volleyball team battled in a difficult environment to a 3-1 (25-20, 25-18, 22-25, 25-23) win over Michigan State at Jenison Field House on Friday night.

The Huskers improved to 10-4 on the season and 4-1 in the Big Ten with their third road win this season in as many tries. Michigan State dropped to 9-7 on the season and 2-3 in Big Ten play.

The win was the 1,200th in school history for the Huskers and also snapped a two-match losing streak to the Spartans in East Lansing. Nebraska last won in East Lansing in 2011.

Kadie Rolfzen had her fourth double-double of the season with 16 kills and 12 digs. Alicia Ostrander added 12 kills, and Amber Rolfzen had 10 kills. Meghan Haggerty had five kills and four blocks, and Kira Larson had a career-high four kills and three blocks in her first career start. Mary Pollmiller had 43 assists, her most since Sept. 6 against Bakersfield, and Justine Wong-Orantes led four Huskers in double-digit digs with 19.

Nebraska hit .190 for the match but held Michigan State to a .152 clip. The Huskers outblocked the Spartans 8-6 and outdug them 66-61. The Huskers had eight service aces, their second-best output this season.

The Huskers finish their Michigan road trip in Ann Arbor against Michigan on Sunday at Noon (CT).