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Panther VB season ends with 3-0 loss at Nebraska

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LINCOLN, NEBRASKA (KWWL) -- The No. 20 University of Northern Iowa volleyball team's
season came to an end with a 3-0 loss at No. 7 Nebraska in the second
round of the NCAA Volleyball Championship Tournament Saturday night at
the NU Coliseum. Nebraska took the match by set scores of 25-14, 25-17
and 25-21.

UNI's lone senior Shannon Aschoff led the Panthers (31-3) with nine
kills and three blocks. Bre Payton finished with 22 assists, and Ellie
Blankenship finished with 11 digs.

Hannah Werth led Nebraska (25-6) with 13 kills, and Tara Mueller
finished with 12. Sydney Anderson tallied 44 assists, and Kayla Banwarth
finished with 19 digs.

UNI scored the first three points of the first set, but the Huskers
responded and tied the set at 5-5. Nebraska took its first lead at 7-6,
and a three-point run broke a 7-7 tie and gave NU a 10-7 advantage. The
Panthers were never able to cut the lead to less than two from that
point, falling 25-14 in the set. Nebraska hit .481 in the frame,
compared to a .061 hitting percentage for the Panthers.

In the second set, UNI scored back-to-back points to bring the score to
a 5-5 tie. Nebraska rattled off nine unanswered points to build a 14-5
lead. UNI was able to pull within seven points a handful of times, but
the Panthers could not narrow the gap any closer than that in the 25-17
loss.

The Panthers led most of the third set, building its largest lead of the
match at 16-12. Nebraska rallied and took its first lead, 19-18.
Trailing 22-19, the Panthers scored two straight points to pull within a
point, 22-21, but Nebraska scored the final three points of the set to
take a 25-21 win.

Nebraska outhit the Panthers, .343 to .113, the highest attack
percentage for a Panther opponent this season. Nebraska collected 50
digs to UNI's 34, and the Huskers outblocked the Panthers, 9.0 to 6.0.

The loss ended a 29-match win streak for the Panthers, who had not lost
since dropping a 3-1 contest to Iowa State on Sept. 2. It also ends
UNI's first 30-win season since 2002. The Huskers are the only team to
sweep the Panthers this season.

Online reporter Mark Woodley

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