Spring match: Freshmen Kubik, Knuckles steal show in Huskers win over Colorado State

MCCOOK — Jazz Sweet led the Huskers with 17 kills, but freshmen Madi Kubik and Kenzie Knuckles stole the show in Nebraska’s win over Colorado State.

The early enrollees started the match for the Huskers as Kubik finished with 15 kills while Knuckles started at libero and provided solid defense in the Huskers 25-13, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12 win at Mid-Plains Community College’s Graff Event Center Saturday afternoon.

In the first set, Jazz Sweet came out firing with five kills early as NU jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Colorado State closed to 15-11, but NU finished with an 11-2 run. Kubik served the final five points, including an ace and a kill to close out the set.

Colorado State took a brief lead in the second set at 3-1, but NU scored five of the next six points. The Rams stayed close until a 10-3 NU run gave the Huskers a 22-13 lead. Lexi Sun led the way with Sweet added three more kills.

CSU started on top in the third set before a kill and two ace serves by Nicklin Hames tied it at 11-all. The Rams went back on top 16-13 after four straight points, which included three Husker errors. NU led 23-22, but the Rams responded with the final three points to force a fourth set.

Nicklin Hames helped break open the fourth set as she was at the service line during a 7-0 that gave NU a 17-8 lead. Kubik came alive late again as she recorded kills on three of the Huskers final five points.