LINCOLN, Neb. - Defensive specialists Jenn Goehry (10 digs) and Jackie Vincent teamed up to provide a strong effort and 17 digs, (Vincent's seven was a season high) and sophomore outside hitter Amanda Dowdy pounded nine kills and added eight digs as well, but it wasn't enough as No. 8 Nebraska (8-2, 1-0) beat Texas Tech (2-8, 0-1) in straight sets in the Big 12 opener for both squads.
Junior middle blocker Barbara Conceicao collected two block solos and two block assists on the evening and junior Caroline Courtney took advantage of the start at the outside hitter position and had seven kills in the effort.
The Red Raiders got off to a good start in the first set with the match being a back-and-forth affair through the first half until the Huskers rattled off five consecutive serves to take the lead, 18-14. But, it was the second set that had Tech faithful on the edge of their seats as the team was knotted with Nebraska at 23. It had been since 2003 that a Red Raider volleyball team took a set off the perennial contenders and since 1996 that a Tech team has stolen a set in Lincoln. But, the Huskers got strong serving and finished out the win, 25-23. The Huskers dominated the third set to finish out the match in front of 4,041 faithful at NU Coliseum.
Texas Tech hosts its first home match of the season on Saturday, Sept. 19 at 2 p.m., playing host to Texas A&M.