No. 2 Penn State women’s volleyball (10-1) dropped its first contest of the season Friday night, as No. 14 Nebraska upset the Nittany Lions 26-24, 25-19, 25-20 in front of a White Out crowd.
Annika Albrecht and Briana Holman led the way offensively for the Cornhuskers, tallying a combined 32 kills in the victory.
How It Happened
Penn State battled back and forth with the Huskers (8-3) to open the match, as Simone Lee and Ali Frantti were clinic-like on both ends of the court to help them reach a third set point, but the Huskers prevailed 26-24. John Cook’s squad built up an early lead over the Nittany Lions in the second, holding off another charge to take a 2-0 advantage into the locker room.
With their backs against the wall, the Nittany Lions hoped to extend the match to a fourth set, but it wasn’t in the cards on a poor hitting night for the blue and white. Nebraska posted a solid .347 clip as a team to Penn State’s meager .227. Lee paced the Nittany Lions with 15 kills and a match-high 13 digs, while Frantti added nine kills of her own and seven digs.
Player Of The Match
Annika Albrecht | Senior | Outside hitter
Albrecht’s match-high 19 kills were instrumental in Nebraska’s commanding win to begin conference play.
The Nittany Lions host Iowa Saturday at 4 p.m. before the football team takes on the Hawkeyes in Iowa City later that night.