The Fort Hays State volleyball team has shown an ability to defeat ranked teams this season, but that wasnít the case Tuesday in Kearney.

The Tigers swept No. 7 Washburn earlier in September but had no such luck with the No. 16 Lopers.

Nebraska-Kearney (14-4, 4-2) used its home court advantage to sweep the Tigers (10-8, 2-4).

FHSU had its best showing in the first set, establishing an early lead before falling 25-17.

A 25-10 loss followed in the second set, and Nebraska-Kearney ended the match with a 25-14 win in the third.

The UNK offense put down 50 kills compared to 21 for the Tigers. The Lopersí Kaitlynn Thomas and Annie Wolfe combined for 24 kills in the match. As a team, FHSU hit just .026.

Junior Crystal Whitten and senior Mallory Flagor led the Tigers with six kills apiece, while setter Hannah Wagy dished out 16 assists. Flagor also led the squad with eight digs.

The Tigers are now 1-3 against ranked opponents on the season, including a pair of losses to the Lopers.

UNK has won 20 consecutive matches against Fort Hays State.

FHSU will look to get back on track Friday on their home court when they host Emporia State inside Gross Memorial Coliseum at 6 p.m.