LINCOLN, Neb. – For a moment, it looked like Illinois could do it. Go into the home of the No. 1 team in the nation and force a fifth set, maybe even win.
Everything seemed to click. The blockers got up. Spikes found their spot. It was never going to be an easy one against the Nebraska Cornhuskers, and Illinois needed to be at their best.
An argument could be made that they were at their best, but only after a slow start. Illinois would lose in four sets, 3-1 (14-25, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25), on Sunday.
Illinois falls to 14-12 (9-7 Big Ten), while the undefeated Nebraska Cornhuskers move to 25-0 (16-0 Big Ten)
HOW IT HAPPENED
Through the first two sets, the match felt like a repeat of Illinois’ loss last week at Wisconsin. The same could be said about previous three-set losses to ranked teams like Purdue and Penn State.
Sophomore middle blocker Bekka Allick paced the hosts in kills with 12, and was one of four players in red with double digits. The Cornhuskers were out of the…
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