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U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Practice, 6.1

Former Husker Kelsey Robinson spikes the ball during the first U.S. women's national volleyball team practice Saturday at Pinnacle Bank Arena. Team USA will compete in the FIVB Volleyball Nations League on Tuesday through Thursday. 

Ex-Husker Kelsey Robinson had another good all-around match to help lead the United States women’s national volleyball team to a five-set win against the Netherlands on Wednesday.

The Americans saved two match points in the fourth set and rallied to win 25-21, 23-25, 22-25, 28-26, 15-9 in the second-to-last FIVB Volleyball Nations League preliminary round match in Ekaterinburg, Russia.

The Americans, ranked third in the world, are 11-3 in the VNL with 32 points. Team USA closes out the preliminary round Thursday against Thailand.

Opposite hitter Annie Drews scored 24 points with 20 kills on 41 attacks and four blocks for Team USA.

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Robinson was back starting at outside hitter after playing libero one day earlier. She had five ace serves, including two in the deciding fifth set. Robinson totaled 14 points in the match, with eight kills, five aces and one block. She also had 12 digs.

Mikaela Foecke, who graduated from Nebraska last month, also started at outside hitter and had 18 kills on 41 attacks. Foecke handled 43 of the team’s 92 serve receptions and added 14 digs.

Foecke was not originally on the roster for this week, but was added when libero Mary Lake was dropped from the Week 5 roster for an undisclosed reason.

Wednesday, Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, who was the 2018 VNL most valuable player as an outside hitter and seeing spot duty at opposite, played her first-ever international match at libero.

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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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