Nebraska came up a set short of its sixth national title on Saturday in Columbus, Ohio, falling to Wisconsin 25-22, 29-31, 23-25, 25-23, 12-15.
The fourth-seeded Badgers held 10-seed Nebraska to .141 hitting while hitting .183. Nebraska looked to have control of the match early, winning the first set and jumping out to a 4-1 lead in the second before Wisconsin battled back. The Badgers took the upper hand with a two-point win in the second, a margin that would be repeated in the third set.
Wisconsin has now won eight straight matches over the Huskers, including nine-of-12 this season. Nebraska went 1-6 this season in sets decided by two points in 2021.
The win gave Wisconsin its first national title in four appearances in the championship game. Nebraska was making its 10th appearance in a national championship match. It was also Coach John Cook’s 100th NCAA Tournament match.
Hear what the Huskers and Cook had to say following the 3-2 loss below.