OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt swept the Southeastern Conference regular-season and tournament titles, set the league record for wins, tied the record with 13 draft picks and lost back-to-back games just twice.
Now the Commodores are national champions.
Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts, Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann was knocked out in the fourth inning, and the Commodores won the College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 of the finals Wednesday night.
Vandy (59-12) won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since 2011. The other one came in 2014.
"I felt we were going to hit well, I felt we were going to play well. I thought this was going to be a nice night for the kids," coach Tim Corbin said.
Freshman Kumar Rocker, who was dominant in two CWS starts, was selected the Most Outstanding Player.
Hickman struck out 10 in six innings and limited the Wolverines (50-22) to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game. Kauffmann, making his third start in the CWS, struggled with his control, and Vandy broke open the game with three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth.
When Ako Thomas flew out to center to end the game, the Vandy dugout and bullpen emptied and catcher Philip Clarke sprinted to the mound to embrace Eder.
During the postgame celebration, Vandy players invited Teddy and Susan Everett to join them on the stage set up behind home plate. Their son, Donny Everett, was a star freshman pitcher on the 2016 team and drowned before the start of that year's NCAA Tournament. The seniors on this year's team were his teammate.
"Those two mean so much to this program and all the players and the seniors," shortstop Ethan Paul said. "To this day, every time I look at Teddy I think of Donny, and just being able to share that moment with them was something we all really wanted to do."
The loss ended a surprising postseason for Michigan, which went from being one of the last four teams picked for the 64-team NCAA Tournament to becoming the first Big Ten team to play in the finals since Ohio State in 1966. It was Michigan's first CWS since 1984.
"They have inspired future generations of Michigan baseball players with the belief that winning a national championship is possible," coach Erik Bakich said. "The only way you can have an Omaha program is to have an Omaha team. This is very much a tipping point for us."
Michigan staved off elimination in the first two rounds of the national tournament after squandering leads. The Wolverines knocked off No. 1 national seed UCLA to reach the CWS.
"We were hoping it would end in a better way," first baseman Jimmy Kerr said. "We'll look back — maybe not in a week or in a month — but down the road it will be fond memories."
Bakich was an assistant to Corbin from 2003-09 at Vanderbilt, and the two remain close friends.
"He's put together a remarkable year with those guys," Corbin said. "Where they came from ... they gave us everything we wanted and more."
Vandy is the sixth national champion from the SEC since 2009 and 12th overall, second only to the 18 won by the Pac-12 and its previous iterations. At No. 2, Vandy became the highest national seed to win it all since Miami in 2001.
Hickman gave up three straight singles to start the game, leading to Michigan's first run. He retired nine of the next 10, striking out six, and got out of trouble when the Wolverines loaded the bases in the fourth. He retired the last six he faced before turning the game over to Eder.
Hickman fanned nine or more in five of his final six starts and allowed one or fewer runs in nine of his last 13.
Though the Commodores brought to Omaha an offense ranked in the top five nationally in the major categories, it was pitching that carried them for most of their stay.
Vandy had eight runs on nine hits Wednesday, but its .221 average in six CWS games was the lowest for a national champion in the aluminum bat era that started in 1974.
Vandy got hits when it needed them in Game 3. Pat DeMarco sent Kauffmann's hanging slider 407 feet into the left-field bleachers — his seventh homer of the season and 100th for the Commodores — to tie it at 1 in the second.
The Commodores scored three runs with two outs in the third. Two walks and a single loaded the bases, and Kauffmann walked in the go-ahead run. Stephen Scott singled in two more.
Kauffmann tied a career high with five walks, and Jeff Criswell relieved him after Kauffman walked Ty Duval leading off the fourth, and JJ Bleday's single and Ethan Paul's sacrifice fly stretched the lead to 6-1.
Vandy pitchers combined for a 2.50 ERA over six CWS games. Hickman allowed one earned run and struck out 13 in 12 innings. Rocker, who threw the no-hitter in super regionals that already is part of college baseball lore, gave up two earned runs and fanned 17 in 12 1/3 innings. The staff averaged 10.1 strikeouts per nine innings.
"I know our offense was celebrated for a long period of time, but you look at what happened in this tournament, and it was pitching and defense, and certainly starting pitching," Corbin said. "We won this in 2014, it was relief pitching. In this tournament it was starting pitching."
Early Lead For Team Pollmann Pirates Seals Fate For Mets
Mets watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 6-3 loss to Team Pollmann Pirates on Wednesday. Team Pollmann Pirates scored on a groundout by Coleman Chism, a stolen base by Trenton Raile, and a single by Jadyn Fox in the first inning. Team Pollmann Pirates got on the board in the first inning when Coleman grounded out, scoring one run. Quentin Terry was on the pitcher's mound for Team Pollmann Pirates. He allowed one hit and one run over five innings, striking out ten. Landon Kmoch started the game for Mets. He went five innings, allowing six runs on nine hits, striking out nine and walking zero. Ethan Schmidt threw one inning in relief. Gabe Roberts led Mets with two hits in three at bats. Mets didn't commit a single error in the field. Tristan Campbell had eight chances in the field, the most on the team. Team Pollmann Pirates collected ten hits on the day. Quentin, Trenton, and Miles Pollman each managed multiple hits for Team Pollmann Pirates. Quentin went 4-for-4 at the plate to lead Team Pollmann Pirates in hits. Team Pollmann Pirates was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Trenton had the most chances in the field with ten.
First Central Bank Royals Claims Lead In Fourth Inning To Defeat Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals
First Central Bank Royals stole the lead late in the game in a 4-2 victory over Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals on Wednesday. The game was tied at two with First Central Bank Royals batting in the top of the fourth when Jalen Collicott singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run. First Central Bank Royals got things moving in the first inning. Reid Loop drove in one when he singled. First Central Bank Royals took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning. Collicott was on the pitcher's mound for First Central Bank Royals. He allowed two hits and two runs over five innings, striking out seven. Cason Waugh led things off on the pitcher's mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He surrendered three runs on seven hits over five and two-thirds innings, striking out ten and walking one. Cole Walter led First Central Bank Royals with two hits in three at bats. Walter led First Central Bank Royals with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 12 stolen bases. Josiah Wilkinson went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals in hits. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Jackson Siegfried made the most plays with 11. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals stole nine bases during the game as three players stole more than one. Reese Gillispie led the way with two.
Lincoln – The Big Red heads to Europe later this summer, as the Husker basketball team will travel to Italy from Aug. 3-13.
The Huskers will spend nine days in Italy, visiting Rome, Florence and Como while balancing sightseeing and basketball on the trip. Nebraska will play four games on the trip, facing Stella Azzurra Academy (Aug. 5) and Italian Select (Aug. 12), as well as two games against Silute BC, a club based out of Lithuania (Aug. 7-8).
For Nebraska Coach Fred Hoiberg, the trip has numerous benefits for the Huskers, who will be taking their first foreign trip since 2015.
“We are fortunate to have a foreign trip this year with the number of new faces we have in our program,” Hoiberg said. “It will be a valuable experience for our players because it helps to build chemistry both on and off the court. We will have a lot of team activities where they will have time to be together and learn more about each other. For our staff, the 10 practices before we leave will give us a head start on installing our system, and the chance to play four games provides an opportunity to experiment with different lineups and combinations.”
The trip begins with three days in Rome, where team will visit many of the main attractions, including Vatican City and the Colosseum before heading to Florence. While in Florence, the Huskers will visit the Accademia Gallery, which features sculptures of Michelangelo and other famous Italian artists, and other sights in the Tuscany region, including the cities of Lucca and Pisa. The trip concludes with a visit to the Ferrari Museum and three days in Como, including a boat tour of Lake Como and a guided tour of Lugano, Switzerland.
To prepare for the trip, the Huskers will begin practice the week of July 15, and will have 10 practices prior to departing for Italy. The only member of the team that won’t be at practice will be incoming freshman Yvan Ouedraogo, who will be playing with the French U-18 team this summer at the European Championships.
The Huskers will look to replace all five starters, including All-Big Ten performer James Palmer Jr. and second-round NBA draft pick Isaiah Roby, from last year’s team that reached the second round of the NIT. In all, 12 of the 13 scholarship players have not played a game at Nebraska. The only returnee who saw playing time a year ago is junior Thorir Thorbjarnarson, who played in 25 games and made seven starts. The summer trip will also mark the Husker debut of Dachon Burke, who earned all-conference honors at Robert Morris in 2017-18 by averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game before sitting out last season.
Most of Hoiberg’s first recruiting class will make their debut on the Huskers’ Italian Tour. The group, which was NU’s second-highest recruiting class in the Big Ten era by 247Sports, features junior college guards Cam Mack and Jervay Green, who both were rated among the top 10 junior college players in the country by JUCOrecruiting.com, and senior grad transfers Haanif Cheatham and Matej Kavas. The incoming freshmen are led by Samari Curtis, who was Mr. Basketball in Ohio last year after averaging 34 points per game, Akol Arop, who was the Gatorade Player of the Year in Nebraska last season, and Kevin Cross, who was a two-time all-state performer in Arkansas.
Husker Basketball Italy Trip Game ScheduleDate Opponent
Mon., Aug. 5 Stella Azzurra Academy Rome (Arena Altero Felici)
Wed., Aug. 7 Silute BC (Lithuania) Ponte Buggianese (Palazzetto Sandro Pertini) 8 p.m. 1 p.m.
Thurs., Aug. 8 Silute BC (Lithuania) Ponte Buggianese (Palazzetto Sandro Pertini) 6 p.m. 11 a.m.
Mon, Aug. 12 Italian Select
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Vanderbilt's go-to guy throughout the postseason once again delivered a dominant performance.
Freshman Kumar Rocker struck out 11 while pitching 6 1/3 innings of three-hit ball, and Vanderbilt got to Michigan's shaky bullpen in a 4-1 win in Game 2 of the College World Series finals Tuesday night.
The Commodores (58-12), who set the Southeastern Conference single-season wins record, forced a winner-take-all Game 3 on Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park.
"We had the right guy on the mound," Vandy coach Tim Corbin said. "I haven't been around him that long, but I know the fibers of the kid. I know how he's directed. I know how he thinks. I know how he attacks."
Rocker (12-5), who pitched a no-hitter against Duke in the super regionals the last time the Commodores faced elimination, set the tone in another in a line of strong performances. Ten of the 6-foot-4, 255-pound Rocker's first 11 pitches were strikes.
Michigan (50-21) failed to score in the opening inning for the first time in its five CWS games, and five of its first six batters struck out.
"He's as advertised," Michigan coach Erik Bakich said. "He's got a special breaking ball that's tough to see. You try to sit on a fastball, and he throws enough of those breaking balls for strikes. You try to sit on the breaking ball, and he gets you with a 95-mph fastball."
Redshirt freshman Isaiah Paige (4-1), pitching for the first time since June 8 in regionals, drew the start for Michigan and worked four-plus innings.
The problems for the Wolverines started after Paige departed. The Commodores picked up an unearned run in the fifth and then Jack Weisenberger, who relieved Benjamin Keizer with two runners on in the sixth, let in two runs on wild pitches to back-to-back batters.
Philip Clarke's ninth homer, against Angelo Smith, made it 4-0.
Other than Jeff Criswell, a starter until the postseason, Michigan's bullpen hadn't been tested until Tuesday. The Wolverines used only three pitchers in winning their first four CWS games.
"I thought early we were squeezing it," Corbin said. "We settled in a little bit better as the game went along, and we took the runs that were given to us. But at the same time, I thought we hit the ball better from the fifth inning and on, after Clarkey hit that home run actually."
Rocker worked around two singles, two walks and two errors through six shutout innings. Jack Blomgren singled against him leading off the seventh and a balk put him on second. Rocker struck out Joe Donovan and then left to an ovation from the fans behind the Vanderbilt dugout.
"It's comforting as a team to have a freshman that can do what he does on a daily basis, on a weekly basis," said Clarke, Vandy's catcher. "It gives us the energy we need, especially on a day like today."
Michigan scored its only run when Ako Thomas greeted closer Tyler Brown with a base hit.
Rocker is 10-1 in his last 11 starts, and he's 4-0 in the NCAA Tournament with a 0.96 ERA, 44 strikeouts, five walks in 28 innings.
The Wolverines had two runners on base against him in three innings, including the fourth, when they stranded men at second and third.
"That was a big moment for me," Rocker said.
Michigan lost leadoff man and designated hitter Jordan Nwogu to a pulled left quad in the third inning. He was hurt running to first on a grounder and had to be helped off the field.
Dominic Clemente, a .200 hitter who hasn't had a hit since May 4, took Nwogu's place and struck out looking in his two at-bats. Bakich said Nwogu probably is out for Game 3 and that Riley Bertram, Miles Lewis or Clemente would be in the lineup.
Michigan is playing for its first national title since 1962, and Vanderbilt is trying for its first since 2014. The Wolverines will send Karl Kauffmann (12-6) to the mound against Mason Hickman (8-0) in Game 3.
Bakich said he isn't worried about how his team will react. The Wolverines have thrived in high-pressure situations. They avoided going 0-2 in the Big Ten Tournament with a walk-off win over Illinois that helped them secure one of the final four at-large bids in the NCAA Tournament. They also fought off elimination in the regionals and super regionals.
"I think it only seems fitting that our team would go to three games," Bakich said. "That's just kind of been our M.O. here in all these rounds. Just seems like we're very comfortable in that spot. After the game, just sensed a calmness of our team, and they're excited to play tomorrow."
Boutique Air Hot Rods Claws Back, But Falls Just Short Against My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts
Boutique Air Hot Rods's effort to come back from down ten runs in the third inning came up just short, as they fell 15-14 to My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts on Tuesday. Boutique Air Hot Rods tallied 12 runs in the failed comeback. Aiden Lauer, Brody Anthony, and Alec Vigneur powered the rally with RBIs. Boutique Air Hot Rods was right in it until My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts singled in the seventh inning. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts got things moving in the first inning, when Kooper Rakes singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Boutique Air Hot Rods evened things up at 13 in the bottom of the fifth inning. Anthony singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run. Boutique Air Hot Rods notched six runs in the third inning. The offensive onslaught by Boutique Air Hot Rods was led by Lauer, Anthony, and Vigneur, all driving in runs in the inning. Kooper led things off on the hill for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. He surrendered zero runs on three hits over five innings, striking out 13 and walking one. Lauer was on the pitcher's mound for Boutique Air Hot Rods. He lasted two-thirds of an inning, allowing one hit and five runs while striking out two. Anthony, James Henning, and Mason West each contributed in relief for Boutique Air Hot Rods. Boutique Air Hot Rods racked up nine hits. Anthony and Vigneur all managed multiple hits for Boutique Air Hot Rods. Anthony led Boutique Air Hot Rods with four hits in five at bats.Boutique Air Hot Rods tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Anthony led the way with three. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts collected eight hits on the day. Wyatt Benes and Kooper each racked up multiple hits for My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts. My Family Vision Clinic Lug Nuts stole 21 bases during the game as five players stole more than one. Kooper led the way with five.
Schlegel's Walk-Off Picture Perfect Ending In Mac's Drive In Marauders's Victory Over Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats
A walk-off single propelled Mac's Drive In Marauders to a decisive, dramatic victory over Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats, 3-2. The game was tied at two with Mac's Drive In Marauders batting in the bottom of the fifth when Bo Schlegel singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run. The pitching was strong on both sides. Mac's Drive In Marauders pitchers struck out 14, while Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats pitchers sat down 12. Schlegel was on the hill for Mac's Drive In Marauders. He allowed zero hits and zero runs over three innings, striking out eight and walking zero. Hayden Urling toed the rubber for Pinnacle Bank Mud Cats. He went three and a third innings, allowing two runs on one hit and striking out nine. Asher Wilson threw one and one-third innings in relief. Elijah Smith, Bo Schlegel, Joshua Lee Hit, and Vince Mashek each collected one hit to lead Mac's Drive In Marauders.
The Nebraska women's basketball team will take on Creighton in the annual meeting between the two schools on Sunday, Nov. 24 at Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln.
The traditional clash with the Jays becomes the second announced game on Nebraska's 2019-20 season schedule, joining the Huskers' home game with Duke at Pinnacle Bank Arena in the B1G/ACC Challenge on Wednesday, Dec. 4, which was announced last week.
Nebraska returns all but one player from its 2019-20 roster, including four freshmen who combined for 893 points last season. It was the most points scored by a Husker freshman class since 1981-82, while the quartet (Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Kayla Mershon, Ashtyn Veerbeek) played the third-most minutes (2,222) of any freshman class in Nebraska women's basketball history.
The Huskers also return two-time All-Big Ten guard Hannah Whitish. The senior from Barneveld, Wis., needs just 34 points to become the 33rd 1,000-point scorer in Nebraska history. Fellow senior and three-year starter Nicea Eliely will add more experience for the Big Red, along with seniors Grace Mitchell and Kristian Hudson and juniors Taylor Kissinger and Kate Cain. Kissinger (Minden, Neb.) finished fourth in the nation by knocking down 45.6 percent (62-136) of her three-point attempts last season.
Incoming freshmen Isabelle Bourne, Trinity Brady and Makenzie Helms are also set to help the Huskers in 2019-20.
Creighton finished with a 15-16 overall record in 2018-19 that included an 8-10 BIG EAST Conference mark. The Jays will lose two-time first-team All-BIG EAST forward Audrey Faber to graduation. A four-year starter, Faber led the Jays in scoring (16.4 ppg), assists (86), blocks (55), three-pointers (65), free throws made and attempted (74-95) while ranking second on the team with 5.0 rebounds per game.
Creighton also loses senior Jade Owens (4.4 ppg, 3.8 rpg) and Brooke Kissinger, the older sister of Husker junior-to-be Taylor Kissinger. Brooke Kissinger (15) and Owens (19) combined for 34 starts last season.
Despite the losses of three seniors, Creighton will feature talented returners in senior Jaylyn Agnew (11.8 ppg, 6.6 rpg) and junior Temi Carda (10.1 ppg, 4.7 rpg), who both averaged double-figure points in 2018-19. Agnew earned a spot on the BIG EAST All-Tournament team as a junior, after earning second-team All-BIG EAST honors as a sophomore in 2017-18. She was the 2016-17 BIG EAST Freshman of the Year.
Senior Olivia Elger (7.3 ppg, 2.9 rpg) and junior Tatum Rembao (5.5 ppg, 2.6 rpg) add experience and production for the Jays.
Nebraska leads the all-time series with Creighton 30-14, dating back to the first meeting between the two teams on Jan. 31, 1975 - one of the first games in Husker history.
Nebraska fans can mark Thursday, Aug. 1 on their calendar as the date to meet their favorite Huskers at Nebraska Football Fan Day presented by U.S. Cellular.
The annual event will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium. Fan Day is annually the best opportunity to meet and greet the Nebraska football players, coaches and staff before the start of the football season.
Fans should be aware of a couple changes to this year’s Fan Day. In order to manage the intense demand for Head Coach Scott Frost’s autograph line, only Nebraska JV Team members will be allowed in the Frost autograph line. The Nebraska JV team is the official kids’ club of the Huskers and is open to all kids in the eighth grade and below.
Those interested in joining the Nebraska JV team can do so beginning on July 1, by visiting Huskers.com/JVTeam.
The Coach Frost autograph line will be limited to a pre-determined number of Nebraska JV Team members on a first-come, first-served basis. The JV team members will check in at 4:30 p.m. at the Hawks Championship Center entrance.
Each JV team member may be accompanied in the line by one adult and can have one item signed. The JV team member will also be able to take a picture with Coach Frost, who will be stationed inside the Osborne Athletic Complex similar to last year’s setup. More information on Fan Day will be sent to JV Team members as Fan Day nears.
All Nebraska players and assistant coaches will be on the Memorial Stadium field, seated in similar locations as last year near the West sideline. All Husker fans are welcome to access any of the position group lines on the field, and are asked to limit their autograph requests to one item per player or coach.
More information on fan entrances and exits, parking, concessions, restrooms and other Fan Day details will be forthcoming.
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — Jimmy Kerr homered for the third time in the College World Series, and Michigan beat Vanderbilt 7-4 in Game 1 of the best-of-three finals. The Wolverines, who barely got into the NCAA Tournament after a poor finish to the regular season, are seeking the school's first baseball championship since 1962. Ohio State is the last Big Ten school to take home the title, winning it all in 1966.
Mets Runs Away With Early Lead In Victory
First Central Bank Royals fell behind early and couldn't come back in an 8-3 loss to Mets on Monday. Mets scored on a double by Tristan Campbell, a double by Gabe Roberts, and a double by Noah Mashek in the first inning. First Central Bank Royals lost despite out-hitting Mets ten to four.
Landon Kmoch got the start for Mets. He allowed three hits and one run over three innings, striking out four and walking one. Reid Loop led things off
on the hill for First Central Bank Royals. He went two innings, allowing five runs on three hits and striking out five. Nathan Haddix threw two innings
in relief out of the bullpen. First Central Bank Royals tallied ten hits on the day. Cole Walter, Jalen Collicott, Beckett Heskett, and Loop each had
multiple hits for First Central Bank Royals. Loop, Heskett,
CrossFit McCook White Sox Falls To Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals got on the board in the first inning when Cason Waugh grounded out, scoring one run. CrossFit McCook White Sox knotted the game up at one in the bottom of the first inning, when CrossFit McCook White Sox scored one run on a stolen base. After Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored two runs in the top of the third, CrossFit McCook White Sox answered with two of their own. CrossFit McCook White Sox then answered when Jude Schmick singled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring one run. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals pulled away for good with one run in the second inning. In the second Ryan Werkmeister drew a walk, scoring one run. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals scored three runs in the fifth inning. The big inning for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals came thanks to a triple by Bryson Gullion and a single by Cason. Josiah Wilkinson led things off on the pitcher's mound for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. He went five and two-thirds innings, allowing four runs on five hits and striking out eight. Zach Hinze was on the hill for CrossFit McCook White Sox. He lasted four innings, allowing four hits and five runs while striking out ten. Schmick threw two innings out of the bullpen. CrossFit McCook White Sox collected five hits. Hinze and Schmick each managed multiple hits for CrossFit McCook White Sox. Schmick and Hinze each collected two hits to lead CrossFit McCook White Sox. Espn Hall led CrossFit McCook White Sox with four stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with 11 stolen bases. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals racked up nine hits in the game. Bryson, Cason, and Josiah all had multiple hits for Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals. Bryson went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals in hits. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals stole 13 bases during the game as four players stole more than one. Jackson Siegfried led the way with four. Carpenter Breland Funeral Home Cardinals was sure-handed in the field and didn't commit a single error. Jackson had the most chances in the field with 11.
The Nebraska volleyball team opened its stay in China on Monday with a five-set victory over Shanghai Bright Ubest, 25-23, 25-17, 20-25, 21-25, 15-11. Shanghai finished in third place in the Chinese Super League in 2018-19.
Capri Davis led the Huskers, now 3-2 on their Asia trip, with 14 kills. Madi Kubik had 13 kills. Lauren Stivrins added seven kills on .600 hitting, and Callie Schwarzenbach had five kills while hitting .571.
"I believe this is the first time we’ve ever won at the Shanghai gym," Head Coach John Cook said. "Everybody played in the match, and it was a great team effort. Nicklin Hames set the first two sets, and then Nicole Drewnick set the last three. We were really solid in every area to win the match."
The Huskers had a 12-6 advantage in blocks. Stivrins had six, Schwarzenbach had five and Riley Zuhn had four. NU also served 10 aces with just seven errors.
"Kenzie Knuckles and Megan Miller did an exceptional job digging balls," Cook said. "They made several big plays to keep rallies alive, and we won some big rallies."
The teams will play again on Tuesday.