Nebraska swept Washington 25-14, 25-21, 25-23 Friday night at the CenturyLinkCenter to advance to the NCAA Volleyball Tournament Omaha Regional final against Oregon.
The Ducks (28-4) defeated BYU 3-1 (25-23, 25-21, 22-25, 25-12) in the other semifinal earlier Friday. They'll take on fourth-seeded Nebraska (26-6) at 5:30 p.m. Saturday.
Setter Lauren Cook led a balanced Husker attack that featured four players with at least seven kills. Nebraska, which hit .233 in the sweep, was led by Omaha native Gina Mancuso’s match-high 14 kills. Morgan Broekhuis and Hannah Werth added nine kills apiece and each hit at least .300 while Meghan Haggerty produced seven kills on 18 swings. Defensively, Werth produced 21 digs while libero Lara Dykstra added 14 digs.
The Huskies (25-7) were led by Krista Vansant’s 10 kills while Kylin Munoz added seven kills. Defensively, Washington was out-dug 55-33 by Nebraska, but the Huskies out-blocked the Huskers 11-4, including a 10-0 advantage after the first set. Offensively, the Huskies hit .130, their fourth-lowest percentage of the season.