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Hofstra vs. Nebraska, 11.30

Nebraska’s Kenzie Maloney (11) digs out a shot in the second set against Hofstra on Friday during the NCAA volleyball first round at Devaney Sports Center. The defense helped lead the Huskers to a 3-set sweep over the Pride. 

Missouri (24-7) at Nebraska (25-6)

For the first time since 2010, former conference foes Nebraska and Missouri will meet on the volleyball court. Missouri looked really good Friday in sweeping No. 23 Arizona, and doing so with an impressive .412 hitting percentage.

The Tigers had success attacking with their middle blockers in the first round, with Alyssa Munlyn and Tyanna Omazic combining for 17 kills on a .653 hitting percentage.

Nebraska’s serving has been a strength this season, though, which may cut down on the Tigers’ ability to get the ball to its middle blockers.

Nebraska coach John Cook said Missouri will be more like the teams Nebraska plays in the Big Ten Conference.

“They've got a very physical left side in (Kylie Deberg), and I’ve been watching that one middle, Munlyn, for four years. She’s a load,” Cook said.

Brent C. Wagner

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Brent has worked at the Journal Star for 14 years. His beats include Nebraska volleyball, women's basketball and high school soccer and cross country.

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