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The University of Iowa volleyball attempted a late comeback in its Big Ten opener at No. 8 Nebraska but the Cornhuskers withstood the Hawkeyes’ push to record a 25-18, 25-13, 31-29 victory Wednesday in Lincoln, Neb.

Iowa fell to 8-4 overall and 0-1 in conference play, while Nebraska is 7-3 and 1-0.

“We just had one rotation that got us in the first set,” Iowa coach Bond Shymansky said. “Our side-out efficiency was really high and we hit .344. Then our group went flat in the second set and we can’t afford to do that. I loved what we showed in the third set.”

Michelle Fugarino served up a 5-0 run midway through the third set to give Iowa a 16-15 advantage. The teams fought back and forth through 13 ties before the Cornhuskers closed out the set, 31-29. Alessandra Dietz posted five kills and a .667 attack percentage, and Alex Lovell also contributed five kills in the final set.

Lovell finished with nine kills and three digs for the Hawkeyes, Dietz had eight kills and two digs, Alyssa Klostermann had 19 assists, Kaylee Smith had 12 assists, and Michelle Fugarino had 11 digs.