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Sand Volleyball - Wed, Mar. 8, 2017

ST. LOUIS – After a seven hour road trip, Nebraska welcomed Missouri Baptist to Lincoln, Neb., with a lot of firepower. The Cornhuskers levied five big wins on the visitors in sand volleyball play and shut-out the Spartans 5-0 on Wednesday.

Missouri Baptist (2-3) brought the big guns to Lincoln, but the highly efficient Cornhuskers team, made-up mainly of one of the top indoor programs in all of college volleyball, posted five wins and sent the Spartans home empty.

Hannah Carey and Jen Brendel dropped the first match to Justine Wong-Orantes and Andie Malloy, two of the best college volleyball players in the nation. Wong-Orantes, the starting libero for John Cook's indoor squad was an AVCA First Team All-American and, sided with Malloy who was a two-time First Team All Big 12 selection while at Baylor, handed Missouri Baptist its first loss 21-8 and 21-10.

Mallory Dillon and Marion Couraud took over the No. 2 spot, but could not get any momentum going against Olivia Boender and Annika Albrecht. The Spartans fell in straight sets 21-9, 21-12.

Missouri Baptist's Kamden Maas and Cate Cigarini dropped their match at No. 3, 21-14, 21-12 as Marija Tosic and Kristina Medanovic suffered a loss at No. 4, 21-10, 21-12.

Rounding out play on Wednesday was the No. 5 team of Kelly Wilson and Sarah Bolton, who dropped their match against Brooke Smith and Tiana Reeves, 21-12, 21-9.

In exhibition play, Carey and Maas teamed-up and made things interesting. The duo pushed Hunter Atherton and Sydney Townsend in both sets and nearly pulled it out in the first, but the Husker team was simply too strong. Nebraska went on to claim victory 22-20, 21-18.

The Spartans will head to Elsah, Ill., to take-on Principia (Ill.) on Tuesday in their next action on the sand. First serve is scheduled for 4:00 p.m.