One noteworthy statistical element of the match was that Nebraska outblocked Penn State, 11 to 9. The Nittany Lions very rarely get outblocked.
The Huskers also outhit the Lions, .229-.182. Many times on this blog, I've plotted players' hitting percentages by how many spike attempts they've taken, the idea being that a team presumably would want players with high hitting percentages (which makes the bars in the graph higher) to also be taking a lot of attempts (which makes the bars wider). Previously, however, I've only plotted one team per graph (example from last year).
For last night's Penn State-Nebraska match, I thought it would be interesting to view the two teams together, with the bars arranged left-to-right from highest to lowest player hitting percentages (you may click on the graph to enlarge it).
For whatever it's worth, Nebraska (red bars) seemed to have a core of players who took a lot of spike attempts and hit in the high .200s. Penn State's hitting, in contrast, was concentrated among some players who hit really well and others who didn't.