The Nebraska volleyball team is finishing up the first part of its 17-day trip to Asia and had a 2-2 record in matches played against professional teams in Japan.

The Huskers will head to China on Saturday, where they will play four more matches against Chinese professional teams.

Nebraska and Toray played on Friday, one day after the Arrows swept the Huskers, who were playing a lineup comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores.

On Friday, the Huskers played their full lineup and got a three-set win. NU dropped the first set, 25-20, but rebounded to tie the match with a 25-21 win in set two. In the best-of-three match, Toray had three match points with a 24-21 lead in set three. The Huskers subbed in junior Anezka Szabo, who had three straight blocks to tie the set at 24. The Huskers ended up winning the set, 27-25, and the match.

"It was a really, really high-level match," Nebraska coach John Cook said in a news release. "The Huskers did a nice job of competing and playing some really good volleyball. Anezka was huge coming in that third set and stuffing three attempts."

Lauren Stivrins had 11 kills with a .364 hitting percentage, and Jazz Sweet had nine kills on .474 hitting. Kenzie Knuckles had 15 digs, and Lexi Sun had five blocks.

"She did really well," Cook said of Sun. "She was matched up against one of their best players (Mari Horikawa), a lefty who is very good."

The Huskers finished their stay in Japan with a 2-2 record playing against the country's top two professional teams: Hisamitsu Springs and Toray.

The team will depart on Saturday and head to Shanghai, where they will play four more matches against Shanghai Bright Ubest, Tianjin Bohai Bank and Beijing Baic Motor.

— Brent C. Wagner


Sports reporter

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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