The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball turns its attention to another top-15 opponent as No. 14 Michigan State visits the Devaney Center for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday. NET will televise the match, and an online stream will be provided at BTN2GO.com.
The Huskers (11-3, 4-0 Big Ten) are coming off two top-10 victories as they swept No. 3 Minnesota before coming back from 0-2 down to beat No. 7 Wisconsin over the weekend. Those wins came one week after Nebraska swept road matches at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in program history that the Huskers beat three top-10 teams in a span of nine days during the regular season.
The schedule doesn’t get easier for the Huskers, though, as they face the only other unbeaten team in conference play in Michigan State. The Spartans (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) own road wins at both Minnesota and Wisconsin and have won six straight matches.
• Nebraska is 17-2-2 all-time against Michigan State and 9-2 in the Big Ten era. The Huskers won 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 16-14) in East Lansing last season, rallying from an 0-2 deficit for the comeback win. Although Nebraska has won six straight matches against the Spartans, the last two have been in five sets and the three matches before that went four sets. NU is 9-0 all-time against the Spartans in Lincoln.
Scouting Michigan State
• No. 14 Michigan State is the only Big Ten team other than Nebraska with a perfect conference record through the first four matches. The Spartans (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) have been impressive in conference play with road wins at then-No. 5 Wisconsin and then-No. 1 Minnesota. Their last three matches – at Minnesota and at home against Maryland and Ohio State – have all been sweeps.
• Michigan State is one of the most veteran teams in the Big Ten with seven seniors who earn the majority of the playing time. Middle blocker Alyssa Garvelink was a second-team AVCA All-American last year and is averaging 2.45 kills and a team-best 1.64 blocks per set with a .344 hitting percentage. Garvelink ranks third in the nation in blocks per set. Outside hitter Autumn Bailey is putting up 3.10 kills and 3.68 digs per set. Bailey received All-America honorable mention last year. Brooke Kranda leads the team with 3.28 kills per set and adds 0.95 blocks per set.
• MSU is one of the toughest serving teams in the Big Ten with a league-best 1.79 aces per set.