KU volleyball tournament run ends with Final Four defeat at hands of Nebraska

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OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Kadie Rolfzen had 14 kills to lead a balanced Nebraska attack, and the Cornhuskers beat Kansas in four sets in the NCAA volleyball semifinals Thursday night.

The fourth-seeded Huskers (31-4) will take a 15-match winning streak into the final Saturday night against old Big 12 rival Texas.

Playing 50 miles from their Lincoln campus and fueled by the sellout crowd of 17,551 — the biggest in NCAA volleyball history — the Huskers beat a Kansas team much better than the ones they used to dominate in the Big Eight and Big 12. This was the first time the teams had met since 2010, the year before Nebraska joined the Big Ten, and Nebraska improved to 87-0-1 in the series.

Mikaela Foecke had 12 kills, Cecilia Hall added 10 and Kelsey Fien nine for Nebraska, which won 25-20, 25-21, 20-25, 25-16 despite hitting just .207.

All-American Kelsie Payne led the Jayhawks (30-3) with 22 kills, and Taylor Soucie and Ainise Havili had eight kills apiece.

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