No. 1 Nebraska Volleyball Team Stages Epic Comeback to Defeat No. 16 Penn State
By Sports Correspondent
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – In a thrilling match that had fans on the edge of their seats, the No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team fought back from an 0-2 deficit to defeat No. 16 Penn State 3-2 at Rec Hall on Friday night. The victory keeps the Huskers’ unbeaten record intact and extends their winning streak against Penn State to seven matches.
The atmosphere was electric as the Huskers took on the Nittany Lions in front of a record-breaking crowd of 6,645, the largest home crowd for Penn State in 20 years. Despite dropping the first two sets by scores of 25-15 and 25-23, Nebraska showed incredible resilience and determination to turn the match around.
Nebraska dominated sets three and four, winning 25-18 and 25-20 respectively, setting the stage for a thrilling fifth set. The Huskers took an early lead of 8-3, but Penn State fought back to tie the score at 13-13. It was then that Harper Murray and Merritt Beason stepped up with back-to-back kills to secure the victory for the Huskers.
Beason had a career-high 27 kills on .426 hitting, along with five digs and three blocks. Her performance tied Mikaela Foecke’s record of 27 kills in 2018 as the most by a Husker since 2013. Murray also had an outstanding game, finishing with 15 kills and 14 digs.
Bekka Allick contributed to the Huskers’ success with a season-high 11 kills and a team-high five blocks. Andi Jackson provided nine kills and three blocks, while Ally Batenhorst finished with seven kills and four blocks. Bergen Reilly set the Huskers to a .288 hitting percentage with 52 assists and 13 digs.
Despite Penn State’s strong performance, with Jezz Mruzik recording 21 kills, the Huskers outperformed them in key areas. Nebraska had 12 more kills (71-59) and six more digs (56-50), and served two aces without being aced by the Nittany Lions. Both teams had 12 service errors, but it was the Huskers’ resilience and determination that ultimately secured the victory.
This comeback victory marks the first time the Huskers have come back from an 0-2 deficit to win in five sets since March 12, 2021. It is also the first time they have achieved this feat in a true road match since September 6, 2018.
The Huskers will now turn their attention to their upcoming match against Rutgers on Sunday at Noon (CT). With their unbeaten record still intact, the team will be looking to continue their winning streak and maintain their position as the No. 1 team in the nation.
– No. 1 Nebraska volleyball team stages epic comeback to defeat No. 16 Penn State 3-2
– Largest Penn State home crowd in 20 years witnesses thrilling match
– Huskers fight back from 0-2 deficit to win sets three and four
– Harper Murray and Merritt Beason record back-to-back kills to secure victory
– Beason’s career-high 27 kills ties Husker record
– Bergen Reilly sets Huskers to .288 hitting percentage with 52 assists
– Huskers outperform Penn State in kills and digs
– Victory marks first 0-2 comeback win since 2021 and first in a true road match since 2018
– Huskers remain unbeaten with 22-0 record
– Next match against Rutgers on Sunday at Noon (CT)