No. 9 Nebraska (20-6, 12-5) fell at No. 14 Minnesota Friday night 3-2 (12-25, 25-15, 25-22, 19-25, 19-21).
Gina Mancuso led the Huskers with 18 kills while Hannah Werth notched 16 kills and Meghan Haggerty put away 10. Lauren Cook paced the offense with 47 assists and Werth led the defense with 14 digs as Hayley Thramer recorded seven blocks.
Nebraska notched a .263 hitting percentage while the Gophers posted a .287 hitting percentage. The Huskers out-blocked Minnesota 11-10, but were out-dug 56-54.
Three hitting errors by the Gophers helped Nebraska to a 4-1 lead in the fifth set. A solo block by Werth put NU up 6-2, but Minnesota came inching back on a 5-0 run to tie the set at 7-7. Minnesota led 11-8, but Nebraska came back to tie the set at 12 after back-to-back kills by Mancuso. Both teams would not quit, but seven match points later Minnesota came out on top.