KEARNEY, Neb. -- The Bellevue University volleyball team stepped out of NAIA play on Tuesday evening to take on University of Nebraska-Kearney and the Lopers took home a straight set victory by scores of 25-6, 25-12, 25-23.
UNK looked great in the early going, claiming convincing wins over the Bruins in the first two sets before Bellevue got going. After dropping the first two sets by a combined 32 points BU forced a tight third set before ultimately falling 25-23.
Coming into this match Nebraska-Kearney was ranked No. 16 in the latest NCAA Division II AVCA Coaches' Poll while Bellevue is receiving votes in the Tachikara-NAIA Coaches' Top 25 poll.
Senior Beth Walker was one of the bright spots for the Bruins, racking up 17 assists, five kills, and seven digs.
The Lopers hit at a .230 clip on the night while holding Bellevue to a -.039 attack effort. On defense Kearney out-dug the Bruins 51-39 and out-blocked the visitors by a 19-18 margin.
Bellevue (19-14) returns to action on Thursday, Oct. 22 when they host Briar Cliff at 7 p.m. at the Gordon Lozier Athletic Center.