Nebraska Beats Pitt in Final Four

The volleyball team from Nebraska is one win away from a national title.


NU defeated Pittsburg 25–20, 23–17 on Thursday night in the national semifinals held in Tampa, Florida, thanks to a strong defensive performance. The Huskers have merited a berth in the eleventh national championship game.

With 13 kills, Harper Murray set a match record. Ally Bate horst and Merritt Beason came next, both with eight kills. Bekki Allick hit.571 during the game and led the team with seven blocks.

Pitt finishes 29-5 on the season. Texas will face Nebraska (33-1) in the national championship game on Sunday. The second semifinal on Thursday was won by the Longhorns (27-4) in four sets.

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transcripts and post-match presser video

Nebraska post-match notes

In his 24 seasons, John Cook has guided Nebraska to eight NCAA Finals. Along with Don Shaw (8 at Stanford) and Russ Rose (10 at Penn State), Cook is the third Division I coach to lead a single institution to eight NCAA Finals. Cook and Shaw are tied for third place with eight NCAA Final visits between them overall.all-time among coaches in Division I.

Nebraska’s season record now stands at 33-1 following the victory. The 33 victories are one less than the 34 wins recorded by the Huskers in 2000, and they tie for the second-most victories for Nebraska in the NCAA era (1981–present).
Nebraska’s record in the NCAA Tournament increased to 130-36 overall. The Huskers are one of just two Division I clubs with 130 NCAA Tournament victories, along with Stanford (138 victories).

NU’s record versus Pittsburgh increased to 14-0 overall, with a 5-0 record during the NCAA Tournament.
In the NCAA Tournament, the Huskers improved to 11-0 all-time versus ACC teams.
As Nebraska’s head coach, John Cook’s record in the NCAA Tournament rose to 89-19. Over his NCAA Tournament career, he improved to 97-24. Cook’s career NCAA Tournament ranking is second-best all-time. Triumphs and one school’s NCAA Tournament victories.
John Cook’s 850th career victory (including his seven seasons at Wisconsin) was celebrated tonight. In the history of NCAA Division I, Cook is just the 14th coach to win 850 games. Along with Chris Poole of Florida State (918) and Mary Wise of Florida (1,045), he is the only active Division I head coach with 850 career victories.

Taking a 2-0 lead, the Huskers defeated Pittsburgh in the first two sets to move to 101-1 in the NCAA Tournament. After winning the opening two sets of a postseason match, Nebraska has won 100 straight.
In the first set, Nebraska had eight blocks. That tally exceeded what the Huskers had amassed in 11 games this season.
On the fiftieth, the Huskers recorded their tenth block. The match’s rally. With 15 blocks in the end, NU recorded its 14th block of the season and its fourth straight game with double-digit kills.
Nebraska’s latest game against Arkansas saw them record 17 blocks in addition to the 15 they had against Pitt. For the first time since back-to-back games against Michigan (15) and Illinois (16) in November of 2014, the Huskers have registered 15 blocks in a row.

With an average of 3.1 blocks per set over her last two matches, Allice currently has 22 blocks.
Together, Allice and teammate middle Andi Jackson scored nine runs on sixteen error-free swings while hitting a combined.563 for the game.
Throughout the game, Merritt Beason had four service aces. Her career high of four aces was tied, her most as a Husker.
With 14 digs throughout the game, Lexi Rodriguez raised her career total to 1,418. On Nebraska’s all-time record of digs, Rodriguez moved up to sixth position by surpassing Kenzie Maloney (1,406) and Jordan Larson (1,410).


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