Nebraska sweeps Purdue behind Madi Kubik’s big day

Nebraska senior outside hitter Madi Kubik had a season-high 17 kills to lead the No. 6 Huskers to a 25-22, 25-20, 25-11 win over No. 19 Purdue on Sunday at the Devaney Sports Center.

Lindsay Krause and Ally Batenhorst each added seven kills.

Sunday’s victory marks a grand conclusion to the season as Nebraska controls its own destiny to win at least a share of the Big Ten title if it can win its final two conference games against No. 3 Wisconsin and No. 9 Minnesota.

Nebraska must end a nine-game losing streak against Wisconsin.

The Nebraska defense kept Purdue at a .016 hit percentage, with the Boilers joining a long list of teams who had their worst-scoring game of the season against Nebraska.

Bekka Allick and Kaitlyn Hord each had four blocks. Lexi Rodriguez had 17 digs.

Nebraska again slowed Purdue star freshman outside hitter Eva Hudson. She ended up with just six kills from 42 attempts, down 0.071 hit percent.

She has only had a negative batting average twice this season, both against Nebraska.

Nebraska struggled a little late in the first set as Purdue won four straight points for a 22-20 lead.

But the Boilers didn’t gain another point as Nebraska chained a 5-0 run to win the set 25-22.

It was Kubik that made it big. First, she blasted a shot through two blockers for a kill. Then she had a kill in the middle of the court to help Nebraska win a really long volley and lead 25-22. The rally lasted approximately 45 seconds, with each team having six batting attempts.

The set point went quickly, however, when Lauenstein served an ace into the back corner.

In the second set, Nebraska played great in the second half of the set. Trailing 12-6, the Huskers won 13 of the last 21 rallies of the set, winning 25-20.

Kubik put on an eight-kill show throughout the set while using all shots – cross-court kills and shots from the blockers.

Allick was good in that set as well, with a big block and back-to-back kills to give Nebraska their first lead of the set.

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