The Nebraska volleyball team opened the season with a 25-20, 25-17, 25-17 sweep of Utah State in front of 8,436 fans at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Friday night, the first day of the Ameritas Players Challenge.
The fifth-ranked Huskers hit .286 and held Utah State to .061, thanks in part to 11 blocks. Bekka Allick had seven blocks to go with five kills, and Harper Murray had five blocks with a team-high nine kills, as the Huskers won their fifth straight season opener.
Merritt Beason also had nine kills, while Lindsay Krause added six kills and a pair of service aces. Bergen Reilly had 26 assists, seven digs and four kills in her first collegiate match. Lexi Rodriguez had a team-high nine digs and is now just three away from 1,000 for her career. Maggie Mendelson added three kills and three blocks.
Shelby Capllonch led the Aggies with nine kills.