Santa Monica, Calif. — The No. 9 Nebraska sand volleyball team earned its third straight win Thursday, edging No. 7 UCLA 3-2 at the Annenburg Community Beach House in Santa Monica, Calif.
Nebraska’s No. 1 duo of Kelsey Robinson and Alexa Strange started the afternoon with a win for the Huskers, beating Meg Norton and Kelly Reeves 21-15, 21-16. Hayley Thramer and Amber Rolfzen fell to ZoŽ Nightingale and Becca Strehlow 21-17, 21-19.
The Huskers rebounded with consecutive wins, as Morgan Broekhuis and Kadie Rolfzen topped Bojana Todorovic and Megan Moenoa 21-13, 19-21, 15-7, followed by Alicia Ostrander and Kelsey Fien beating Karly Drolson and Karsta Lowe 21-19, 21-23, 15-13.
Sherida Zarda and Meghan Haggerty fell to the Bruins’ Rachel Inouye and Maddy Klineman 21-19, 21-19 in the No. 5 match.
The Huskers head to USC for a pair of matches Friday against No. 5 Hawaii at 1 p.m. and the No. 4 Trojans at 3 p.m. at Merle Norman Stadium.
Nebraska 3, UCLA 2
1. Kelsey Robinson/Alexa Strange, NU, def. Meg Norton/Kelly Reeves, 21-15, 21-16
2. ZoŽ Nightingale/Becca Strehlow def. Hayley Thramer/Amber Rolfzen, NU, 21-17, 21-19
3. Morgan Broekhuis/Kadie Rolfzen, NU, def. Bojana Todorovic/Megan Moenoa, 21-13, 19-21, 15-7
4. Alicia Ostrander/Kelsey Fien, NU def. Karly Drolson/Karsta Lowe, 21-19, 21-23, 15-13
5. Rachel Inouye/Maddy Klineman, NU def. Sheridan Zarda/Meghan Haggerty, 21-19, 21-19
6 non-scoring match (exhibition). Phelix Fincher/Mariana Aquino def. Alicia Ostrander/Cecilia Hall, NU, 21-19, 11-21, 15-11