LINCOLN, Neb. - The fifth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team got back on the winning track with a 3-0 (25-13, 30-28, 25-11) win over Indiana in front of 8,243 fans on Wednesday night at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
The Huskers (15-2, 6-1 Big Ten) rebounded from their first Big Ten loss of the season to Minnesota on Saturday by stifling Indiana to .094 hitting in the match. Lexi Sun had 11 kills, nine digs and four blocks, and Jazz Sweet had 11 kills while hitting .435 with five blocks. Mikaela Foecke added 10 kills and nine digs.
Nebraska served seven aces on the night, including a career-high-tying four by Kenzie Maloney, who also had a match-high 11 digs. Sun had a pair of aces, and Nicklin Hames had one to go with her 31 assists and 10 digs.
The Huskers had a .301 hitting percentage for the match but were particularly sharp in the third and final set with a .593 clip. Nebraska had a big edge in blocks, 11-6. Callie Schwarzenbach led the way with nine, matching her best effort in a three-set match this season.
Indiana (11-7, 2-5 Big Ten) got seven kills each from Deyshia Lofton and Hayden Huybers. Kamryn Malloy had six kills.
Set 1: Nebraska cruised in the first set to a 25-13 win. The Huskers had three service aces and eight kills by five different players, led by Sun's three. NU led 11-6 before going on a 9-0 run to take a 20-6 lead. Nebraska held Indiana to .037 hitting in the set.
Set 2: Nebraska turned a 4-3 lead into an 11-5 lead with a 7-2 spurt, sparked by a Maloney ace and a block and a kill by Sun. The Huskers doubled up the Hoosiers, 16-8, after three blocks which Schwarzenbach was in on, two with Sweet and one with Sun. The Hoosiers got within 18-15 after a 6-1 run, and they then tied the set at 20-20 after four consecutive points to make the run 11-3. The teams traded sideouts for the next 10 rallies to a 25-25 tie. An ace serve by Indiana gave the Hoosiers set point at 26-25, but Sun terminated an out-of-system ball to tie the set at 26-26. A block by Hames then gave Nebraska set point at 27-26, but Indiana kept the set going with a kill by Malloy. A solo block by Malloy on the next rally made it 28-27 Hoosiers, but Sun answered with a clutch kill once again to level the score. After Indiana hit wide to put the Huskers back in front, Sweet finished the set with a kill to make it 30-28 Big Red. The set ended with nine ties and four lead changes and was the highest-scoring set the Huskers played since a 30-28 win on Nov. 4, 2015 at Purdue.
Set 3: Nebraska came out with a point to prove in set three, bolting to a 5-0 lead with three kills by Sweet and two blocks by Sweet and Schwarzenbach. After Indiana got on the board, kills by Sun, Sweet and Foecke and an ace by Sun made it 10-1 Huskers. Nebraska piled on the points and clinched the match with a 25-11 win.
Up Next: The Huskers begin a four-match road stretch at No. 9 Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m. (CT). It marks the first of three straight matches against top-10 opponents on the road.
NEBRASKA at NORTHWESTERN
OCT. 13, 2018 | RYAN FIELD
EVANSTON, ILL. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - ABC (Mark Jones, Dusty Dvoracek, Molly McGrath)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
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Record: 0-5, 0-3 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Wisconsin, 41-24
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-12 (3rd Year)/0-5 (1st Year)
vs. Northwestern: 0-0
Record: 2-3, 2-1 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Michigan State, 29-19
Coach: Pat Fitzgerlad
Career/Northwestern Record: 89-68 (13th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 3-4
Nebraska plays the second of back-to-back Big Ten West Division road games on Saturday, when the Huskers take on the Northwestern Wildcats. The contest from Northwestern's Ryan Field will kick off shortly after 11 am. CT. The game will be televised on ABC and can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska will come into the game looking to pick up its first victory of the 2018 campaign. The Huskers dropped a 41-24 decision at No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday night. Nebraska will take offensive momentum to Evanston after surpassing 500 yards of total offense for a second straight Big Ten game.
Saturday's matchup at Northwestern will mark the Huskers' third road game in four weeks to open Big Ten play. However it will come in a stadium that has been friendly to Nebraska. Following the Northwestern contest, Nebraska will play four of its next five games at home at Memorial Stadium.
Northwestern comes into the game with momentum following a 29-19 victory at No. 20 Michigan State last Saturday. The win improved Northwestern to 2-1 in Big Ten Conference play and 2-3 overall on the 2018 campaign. The Wildcats used a high-powered passing attack to key the victory, throwing for 373 yards. For the season, Northwestern ranks third in the Big Ten in passing, averaging 293.8 yards per contest.
This Week's Numbers
3 - Since joining the Big Ten Conference, Nebraska is 3-0 in matchups with Northwestern in Evanston. The Huskers most recently defeated the Wildcats at Ryan Field in 2016, picking up a 24-13 victory.
209 - Sophomore receiver JD Spielman caught nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown at Wisconsin. The 209 receiving yards set a Nebraska single-game record, surpassing his own 200-yard effort last season against Ohio State.
441 - Nebraska freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez accounted for 441 yards of total offense at Wisconsin to set a Nebraska freshman record. Martinez has topped 400 yards of total offense each of the past two weeks and ranks second nationally among freshmen in total offense per game.
• Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, five of the seven meetings between the schools have been decided by three or fewer points or in overtime.
• Nebraska rallied from a 12-point fourth-quarter deficit at Ryan Field in 2012 to win 29-28. The comeback equaled Nebraska's largest fourth-quarter rally for victory in school history..
Huskers Look to Continue Road Success in Series
Nebraska owns a 3-0 record at Northwestern since joining the Big Ten. Those wins include double-digit victories in the Huskers' two most recent visits to Evanston.
• The Nebraska-Nortwestern series has been largely dominated by the road team. In seven meetings as Big Ten foes, the visiting team holds a 6-1 record, including Northwestern's 3-1 mark at Memorial Stadium.
• Nebraska will be looking to defeat Northwestern for the fourth straight time on the Wildcats' home field. The last time Nebraska won four or more consecutive games in an opponent's stadium was four straight victories at Baylor spanning from 1997 to 2009.
Offense Hopes to Sustian Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.
Nebraska has posted back-to-back conference games with better than 500 yards of total offense, including a season-high 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at Wisconsin.
• Nebraska averages 432.2 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.
• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marks the first time NU has had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It is the first time NU has had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the air marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
• The total offense output against Colorado was the best at the time by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
Husker Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past two weeks against Purdue and Wisconsin. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue and then had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin.
• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games are its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State last season.
• The Huskers are averaging 247.2 passing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten. Nebraska will face a Northwestern pass defense that ranks 11th in the conference.
Nebraska Adds Game with Bethune-Cookman
Nebraska has added a game against Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was canceled due to severe storms in Lincoln.
Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-3 record in 2018. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.
• With the addition of the game against Bethune-Cookman, Nebraska will play 12 consecutive weeks and will not have a bye. The 2018 season will mark the first time in school history Nebraska has played 12 consecutive weeks. .
NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season.
• Nebraska had 259 rushing yards against Purdue on Sept. 29, marking the third time in 2018 the Huskers topped 180 rushing yards. NU is averaging 185.0 rushing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.
• The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
• Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
• Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers against Colorado. That marked the first time Nebraska had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
• Nebraska added a third 100-yard rushing game against Purdue when running back Devine Ozigbo churned out a career-high 170 yards.
• Ozigbo's 170 rushing yards were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014.
Record-Setting Receiving Duo Continues to Shine
In 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman combined for 1,816 receiving yards, the highest two-player total in Husker history.
Morgan set an NU record with 986 receiving yards in 2017. Spielman added 830 receiving yards, a total that ranked seventh in school history and was the most ever by a Husker freshman.
The pair of game-breakers is once again helping provide an explosive offense for Nebraska in 2018.
• In five games in 2018, the duo has combined for 57 receptions for 823 yards and six touchdowns. Those totals put them ahead of their combined pace in the 2017 season.
Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. is challenging to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.
Morgan has 144 career receptions, which ranks fourth on NU’s all-time list. After his career-high tying eight catches at Wisconsin, Morgan needs 37 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 2,105 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Morgan needs 584 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.
The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017.
• Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
• He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
• Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
• He led the Big Ten with five 100-yard receiving games in 2017.
• Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the third-highest total in school history.
• He has had at least three catches in 17 straight games. Morgan has a streak of 31 consecutive games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in Husker history.
• Morgan surpassed 2,000 career receiving yards against Purdue and added 93 receiving yards at Wisconsin.
Speilman Building on Freshman All-American Season
JD Spielman emerged in 2017 as one of hte nation's most explosive freshmen, en route to freshman All-America accolades.
After five games in 2018, Spielman is well on his way to topping his receiving numbers from the 2017 campaign.
Last season, Spielman was named a freshman All-American by both USA Today and the Football Writers Association of America and was a third-team coaches' All-Big Ten pick. He also made the Big Ten Network’s All-Freshman team as both a wide receiver and kickoff returner.
He hauled in 55 receptions for 830 yards as a redshirt freshman in 2017, both of which were Nebraska freshman records. He also totaled 669 kickoff return yards to finish with 1,572 all-purpose yards, the most by a freshman in school history.
Spielman is off to an explosive start as the 2018 season reaches the midway point. He leads Nebraska in receptions (32), receiving yards (462) and receiving touchdowns (5).
• Spielman had a record-setting night against No. 16 Wisconsin. He hauled in nine passes for 209 yards and a touchdown. The 209 yards was a Nebraska single-game record, surpassing Speilman's own record of 200 yards last season against Ohio State.
• Spielman's effort at Wisconsin was his fourth career 100-yard game and his second straight. A week earlier he caught 10 passes for 135 yards and two touchdowns against Purdue. That was the first multiple TD reception game of his career.
• Spielman is just the second player in school history to surpass 130 receiving yards in back-to-back games. He joins Frosty Anderson who topped 130 yards in back-to-back 1973 non-conference games against Wisconsin and Minnesota.
• Spielman has surged up the receiving yardage charts in the past two weeks. Spielman eclipsed 1,000 career receiving yards against Purdue, reaching the milestone in 15 games, fewer than any player in NU history. His 209-yard effort at Wisconsin moved Spielman up nine spots to 14th on the career receiving yardage list at 1,291 yards. He is just 167 yards from the top 10 on the career receiving yardage list.
• Spielman's 75-yard touchdown reception at Wisconsin marked the seventh career play of 40 yards or longer for Spielman. He has three kickoff returns of that length, three receptions and one rush. Spielman has produced Nebraska's two longest plays from scrimmage this season, when adding his 57-yard TD catch against Colorado.
• Spielman's 10-catch effort against Purdue marked his second career double-figure receptions effort (11 vs. Ohio State, 2017). He joins Marlon Lucky as the only players in NU history with two double-digit catch games.
• Spielman led all FBS freshmen in receiving yards (830) in 2017. Spielman also ranked second among all freshmen nationally in kickoff return yards (669) and catches per game (5.0), was third in all-purpose yards (1,572) and fifth with 55 total receptions.
• Among all FBS players, Spielman ranked 13th nationally in all-purpose yards and was one of only five players in the country to total 1,500 all-purpose yards in fewer than 90 attempts in 2017. He also led all FBS players in fourth-down receptions (7) and receiving yards (89).
• Spielman led the Big Ten in kickoff return yards and kick return average and was third in all-purpose yards and receiving yards per game. He also led the league with 88.1 receiving yards per game in conference play.
• An explosive playmaker, Spielman posted Nebraska’s longest return in 2017 (a 99-yard kickoff return vs. Arkansas State), the Huskers’ longest rush (40 yards vs. Northwestern) and the team’s second-longest reception (77 yards vs. No. 9 Ohio State).
• Spielman had 11 catches for a then-school-record 200 yards against No. 9 Ohio State. Spielman’s 11 catches were the most ever by a Husker freshman and ranked third overall in program history.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team fell to No. 5 Minnesota, 3-1 (20-25, 25-23, 14-25, 21-25) on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,420 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center, the second-largest crowd of the season.
The loss dropped the Huskers to 14-2 overall and 5-1 in the Big Ten and snapped NU's 14-match win streak. Minnesota improved to 12-2 and 6-0 in the Big Ten and is now the only unbeaten team in the Big Ten.
Mikaela Foecke had a team-high 16 kills, while Lexi Sun had 12 kills and 15 digs for her second straight double-double. Jazz Sweet added 13 kills, while Lauren Stivrins contributed 10 kills and hit .450. Nicklin Hames had 44 assists and 18 digs, while Kenzie Maloney chipped in 18 digs.
Minnesota out-hit the Huskers .280 to .194. The Huskers had an 11-7 edge in blocks with Stivrins leading the way with five. But Minnesota had four aces to Nebraska's one and out-dug the Huskers, 77-63.
Adanna Rollins had 17 kills to lead the Golden Gophers. Taylor Morgan added 13 kills.
Set 1: Minnesota jumped out to a 7-2 lead, but the Huskers worked back to within 8-6 after a pair of kills by Stivrins. The Golden Gophers pushed their lead back to four at 13-9, but a solo block and a kill by Sweet drew NU within one, 13-12. Minnesota maintained its lead though after a slew of Husker hitting errors made it 17-12 Gophers. Sun struck for three kills to help the Huskers pull within 20-18, but NU could get no closer than two as Minnesota won 25-20.
Set 2: The Huskers went on a 6-1 run to take a 7-3 lead. Foecke and Sun recorded kills, and a solo block by Sun made it 10-5 Huskers. The Golden Gophers chipped away and took a 17-16 lead after a three-point run. After four sideouts, Minnesota went up 20-18 on an Alexis Hart kill. The Gophers led 21-19 when back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach - one with Sweet and one with Sun - tied the score at 21-21. After a timeout, the Huskers won a long rally when Minnesota hit long, but Taylor Morgan answered for the Gophers. Foecke put the Huskers back in front 23-22 with her 10th kill, and a block by Stivrins and Sweet gave NU set point at 24-22. After a service error made it 24-23, Sweet put the set away with a kill.
Set 3: The teams went back and forth throughout the beginning of the set, but Minnesota went on an 11-0 run to stake a 23-11 lead. The Gophers went on to win 25-14 to go up 2-1 in the match.
Set 4: Minnesota pulled away to an 11-6 lead after a 7-2 spurt and maintained its five-point lead at the media timeout, 15-10. Minnesota led 18-11 when Stivrins posted a kill and an ace around a Sun kill to cut it to 18-14. NU cut it to three, 19-16, on a block by Sun and Schwarzenbach, but the Gophers never let Nebraska get closer than three and clinched the match with a 25-21 win.
Up Next: The Huskers host Indiana on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Wednesday's match will be the Huskers' annual "Pink Night" for breast cancer awareness.
Madison, Wis. - Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez and sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman produced record-setting performances, but the Nebraska football team came up short in a 41-24 loss at No. 16 Wisconsin on Saturday night in Camp Randall Stadium.
Martinez amassed a Nebraska freshman-record 441 yards of total offense, including a career-high and Husker freshman-record 384 passing yards. He completed 24-of-42 passes and threw two touchdown strikes. He added 57 yards rushing on 13 attempts to give him the fourth-best single-game offensive total in Husker history. It marked his second straight game with more than 400 yards of total offense.
Spielman's record-setting night made an all-time dent in the Big Red record book, as he hauled in nine receptions for a school-record 209 yards, surpassing his 200-yard receiving game against Ohio State as a freshman last season. His 75-yard touchdown reception to open the third quarter was Nebraska's longest play of the season and pulled the Huskers to within 20-10 after trailing by 17 points at the half. Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history.
Less than halfway through his sophomore season, Spielman has already climbed to No. 14 on Nebraska's career receiving yardage list with 1,291 yards.
Husker senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. just missed a 100-yard receiving game, hauling in a career-high-matching eight receptions for 93 yards, giving him 17 straight games with three or more catches.
As a team, Nebraska rolled up more than 500 total yards as a team for the third time in five games this season. The Huskers finished with 518 total yards, including 407 passing. However, Nebraska could not contain the Wisconsin running game, as the Badgers rolled up 370 yards on the ground on their way to 533 total yards. Wisconsin improved to 4-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten, while Nebraska slipped to 0-5 and 0-3 in the conference.
Jonathan Taylor led the Badgers with 221 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries, including an 88-yard touchdown to cap the scoring for Wisconsin early in the fourth quarter. Taiwan Deal added 74 yards on 10 carries with another score, and Garrett Groshek pitched in 73 yards on nine carries. Alex Hornibrook added 163 yards on 13-of-24 passing. Tight end Jake Ferguson hauled in four receptions for 47 yards and a touchdown, while AJ Taylor added three catches for a team-high 60 receiving yards.
Nebraska's defense bent but didn't break in a low-scoring first quarter, holding Wisconsin to just a field goal on its opening drive. The Badgers controlled the ball in the first quarter, but went to the second quarter with just a 3-0 lead.
Wisconsin added a second short Rafael Gaglianone field goal early in the second quarter to take a 6-0 lead, before Nebraska marched into scoring position on its next drive. The Huskers went 61 yards in 10 plays but were unable to punch the ball across the goal line and settled for a 31-yard Barret Pickering field goal to cut the Badger lead to 6-3 with 9:55 left in the first half.
Wisconsin answered with a six-play, 64-yard drive that was capped by Taylor's three-yard plunge to push the margin to 13-3 with 6:51 left in the half.
On the ensuing drive, Martinez moved the Huskers to the Wisconsin 31, but a pair of penalties and a sack sent the Huskers back, and a 4th-and-11 pass from Martinez to Maurice Washington fell incomplete to give the Badgers the ball back with 2:13 left in the half. Wisconsin capitalized on the opportunity and Hornibrook's 14-yard pass to Jake Ferguson sent the Badgers to halftime with a 20-3 lead.
At the half, Wisconsin held an 18:59-11:01 time of possession edge, and the Badgers ran 41 plays compared to 30 for the Huskers.
But Nebraska showed it was not going away quietly, as Martinez threw a strike to a streaking Spielman down the seam on the second play of the second half for a 75-yard touchdown. Pickering's PAT pulled the Huskers within 20-10 with nearly the entire second half remaining.
Taylor continued to carry the load for Wisconsin on the opening drive of its second half, rushing four times for 41 yards, including a 21-yard dash to push the UW lead back to 17 with 11:04 left in the third quarter.
The two teams exchanged touchdowns the rest of the way, as the Huskers played the Badgers even on the scoreboard in the second half and produced 64 more total offense yards than Wisconsin after halftime.
Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action next week at Northwestern. Kickoff between the Huskers and the Wildcats is set for 11 a.m. (CT) with live national television coverage on ABC.
No. 16 Wisconsin 41, Nebraska 24
Saturday, Oct. 6, 2018
Madison, Wis. (Camp Randall Stadium)
7:08 - WIS - Rafael Gaglianone 30 FG, 15 plays, 53 yards, 7:52, WIS 3-0
12:58 - WIS - Gaglianone 28 FG, 9 plays, 41 yards, 4:12, WIS 6-0
9:55 - NEB - Barret Pickering 31 FG, 10 plays, 61 yards, 3:03, WIS 6-3
6:51 - WIS - Jonathan Taylor 3 run (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 64 yards, 2:55, WIS 13-3
0:42 - WIS - Jake Ferguson 14 pass from Alex Hornibrook (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 63 yards, 1:31, WIS 20-3
14:13 - NEB - JD Spielman 75 pass from Adrian Martinez (Pickering kick), 2 plays, 75 yards, 0:47, WIS 20-10
11:04 - WIS - Taylor 21 run (Gaglianone kick), 7 plays, 71 yards, 3:02, WIS 27-10
6:50 - WIS - Taiwan Deal 20 run (Gaglianone kick), 6 plays, 59 yards, 2:56, WIS 34-10
4:20 - NEB - Jack Stoll 12 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 8 plays, 75 yards, 2:30, WIS 34-17
12:50 - WIS - Taylor 88 run (Gaglianone kick), 1 play, 88 yards, 0:13, WIS 41-17
9:11 - NEB - Martinez 7 run (Pickering kick), 7 plays, 95 yards, 3:26, WIS 41-24
Kickoff Time: 6:40 p.m.
Time of Game: 3:35
The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team will play its first top-five opponent of the season when it meets Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on NET and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.
• The Huskers and Golden Gophers will also air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
About the Huskers
• Nebraska enters the match at 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 14 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 33 of its last 34 matches.
• Nebraska has won 18 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season. It’s the second-longest current win streak in the nation of any power five conference team (Texas has 22 straight Big 12 wins).
• Saturday’s match marks the beginning of a very tough stretch in the Huskers’ Big Ten schedule. Six of Nebraska’s next eight matches are against teams ranked in the AVCA top 10.
• The Huskers are tied with Minnesota with perfect 5-0 Big Ten records.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .110.
• Nebraska’s 2.84 blocks per set ranks 10th nationally.
• Nebraska leads the Big Ten and ranks fifth nationally with 1.93 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.69 kills per set and adds 2.44 digs per set and 24 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .338 and is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 3.80 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with 1.63 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach had 13 blocks in a 3-1 win over New Mexico on Sept. 14, the most in the NCAA in a four-set match this season.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.12 kills per set and 2.42 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has nine double-doubles through 15 matches and is averaging 10.07 assists and 2.93 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.72 kills per set on .293 hitting.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.04 kills on a team-best .388 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. Stivrins was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after becoming the third Husker in program history to achieve a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills. She had 10 kills on 10 swings at Northwestern.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (545-70); 26th year overall (706-143)
• Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota: 7th year at Minnesota (173-45); 18th year overall (same)
• Nebraska is 34-7 all-time against Minnesota, including a 3-0 sweep on Sept. 29 last year in the only meeting between the teams. The Golden Gophers won the previous match-up, 3-2, on Nov. 23, 2016. Since joining the Big Ten, Nebraska is 8-3 against Minnesota.
• Minnesota is 11-2 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten after a 3-0 win at Northwestern on Wednesday.
• The Golden Gophers already own Big Ten wins against Penn State (3-0) and Wisconsin (3-0). In fact, all five of their league wins have been sweeps, and they haven’t dropped a set since Sept. 9 at Stanford in a 3-1 loss.
• Senior setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson leads the Gophers, as the AVCA All-American is averaging 11.17 assists per set and 2.86 digs per set. Stephanie Samedy is putting up 3.84 kills per set.
• Minnesota has the top hitting percentage (.305) in the Big Ten and is second in digs per set (16.05).
Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke ranks 10th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,369, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 113 career aces are fourth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 3.80 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,075 career digs, ninth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.04 kills per set on a team-best .388 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is fourth on the team with 16 aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Stivrins picked up her first-career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after becoming the third Husker in school history to post a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills when she went 10-for-10 in a sweep of Northwestern on Sept. 28.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.72 and is hitting .293. Sweet also has 48 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.
Sun Shining for Huskers
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.12 kills and 2.42 digs per set.
Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has nine double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 10.07 assists and 2.93 digs per set. Her 22 service aces are second-most on the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.63 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks first in the Big Ten and second nationally in blocking.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 11 matches and is providing 1.30 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.
Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in six matches, recording six assists and one ace.
Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.
Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 246 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.
Huskers Ranked No. 3 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 477 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 532 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Cook Adds to Legacy; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 706 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .886 win percentage in that time (545-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.
Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).
Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches. with her 1.60 blocks per set.
Foecke Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
• Thirty NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes, including Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, were selected on Oct. 1 as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
• A native of West Point, Iowa, Foecke carries a 3.649 GPA majoring in animal science and is a two-time NCAA Championship most outstanding player, making her one of only four volleyball players in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Foecke was an AVCA second-team All-American in 2017 after leading the Huskers to their second NCAA Championship in three years. Foecke has excelled both on and off the court in her four years at Nebraska, as she is a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has received Nebraska’s high honors (silver) academic medallion twice.
Nebraska Volleyball Retires Jersey of Sarah Pavan
• Nebraska volleyball retired the jersey of one of the most decorated student-athletes in NCAA history, Sarah Pavan, on Sept. 9 after the Huskers’ win over Iowa State. She became the ninth volleyball player in school history to have her jersey retired. Pavan was also inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame that weekend.
• The Kitchener, Ontario native is NU’s all-time leader in kills (2,008) and kills per match (4.56). She is one of five players in NCAA history to be named a four-time first-team AVCA All-American, and she helped lead the Huskers win the 2006 NCAA Championship.
• Pavan was the AVCA National Player of the Year, a three-time Big 12 Player of the Year, a two-time ESPN The Magazine Academic All-American of the Year and the Honda Broderick Cup winner, given to the best female student-athlete in the country. She earned a 4.0 GPA majoring in biochemistry. Pavan went on to compete in the 2016 Olympics in Brazil, representing Canada in beach volleyball.
The Nebraska women's basketball team was previewed as the No. 34 team in the College Sports Madness Top 44 Women's Basketball rankings on Thursday, Oct. 4, as the website does its day-by-day reveal of its top teams entering the 2018-19 season.
The Huskers, who are the No. 5 team in the 14-team Big Ten Conference according to College Sports Madness, were credited with producing one of the nation's top turnarounds under Big Ten Coach of the Year Amy Williams in 2017-18, while bringing their top five scorers back from a year ago.
Nebraska tied for third in the final Big Ten standings and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament before earning a trip to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers finished with a 21-11 overall record that included an 11-5 mark.
Second-team All-Big Ten point guard Hannah Whitish returns to lead the Big Red on the court after averaging 12.6 points and 4.7 assists per game as a sophomore. Center Kate Cain, who earned Big Ten All-Freshman and Big Ten All-Defensive honors, also returns after shattering Nebraska's single-season block record with 100. She averaged 9.9 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks as a freshman. Senior Maddie Simon (10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and junior Nicea Eliely (8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) also return to Nebraska's starting lineup, while sophomore Taylor Kissinger was one of the Huskers' top players off the bench as a freshman, averaging 10.0 points per game.
Two-year contributor Grace Mitchell is joined by graduate transfer point guard Kristian Hudson to provide the Huskers with more leadership and experience in 2018-19.
The Huskers also will feature a freshman class that was ranked among the top 20 in the nation by ESPN. Leigha Brown (Auburn, Ind.), Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.), Kayla Mershon (Chanhassen, Minn.) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (Sioux Center, Iowa) will try to help the Huskers continue climbing the ladder in both the Big Ten and national rankings this season.
Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale right now at Huskers.com. Nebraska fans can get their first look at the 2018-19 Huskers at an open practice that is free to the public at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team posted a 3 -1 (25-10, 23-25, 25-15, 25-11) win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in front of 8,097 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday night.
Mikaela Foecke had 20 kills and nine digs while hitting .459, Jazz Sweet had 15 kills and Lexi Sun added 13 kills and 13 digs on .385 hitting as the Huskers won their 14th straight match to improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa dropped to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten.
Nebraska had a .373 to .071 hitting advantage, and freshman setter Nicklin Hames had 47 assists and 11 digs.
Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs as the Huskers posted nine more than the Hawkeyes, 50-41. Nebraska served 11 aces, including three by Sun and Maloney, and two each by Maloney, Hayley Densberger and Lauren Stivrins. Callie Schwarzenbach and Stivrins led the team with five blocks each.
Set 1: The Huskers went up 13-7 after a 4-0 run served by Hames, which included an ace. Six players combined for the Huskers' first nine kills. The lead went to 10 at 18-8 after Sun served an ace and tipped home her fourth kill for a 9-1 Husker run. Densberger served back-to-back aces to end the set at 25-10, giving the Huskers five aces in the set. NU hit a season-best .789 in set one with 15 kills and no errors on 19 attacks.
Set 2: Iowa got off to a quick start in the second set, taking a 5-2 lead. The Huskers trailed 11-6 before Stivrins started a comeback attempt with a solo block and an ace. Sweet and Sun terminated to make it 12-11 Hawkeyes. Sweet recorded two more kills to keep the Huskers within striking distance, and a Foecke blast tied the score at 14-14. Nebraska reclaimed the lead briefly at 16-15 on a tip by Foecke, but Iowa answered with a 4-0 run to go up 19-16. Nebraska trailed 23-20 before a pair of Iowa errors and a Schwarzenbach and Sweet block tied the set at 23-23. A service error by the Huskers gave Iowa set point, and the Hawkeyes won the set 25-23 after a Husker hitting error.
Set 3: Nebraska never trailed in set three, going ahead 15-6 after a 5-0 run sparked by a kill and block by Hames and two blocks by Schwarzenbach. Kills by Sweet and Foecke and a block by Stivrins and Hames made it 21-11 Huskers. Nebraska went on to win 25-15, hitting .333 and holding Iowa to -.026.
Set 4: After Iowa scored the first point, Nebraska reeled off a 7-0 run to take control. Sun served two aces, and Schwarzenbach, Foecke and Sweet all had kills. Iowa pulled within 14-9, but Nebraska went on an 11-2 run to win 25-11 with Foecke contributing two kills and Stivrins posting back-to-back blocks.
Up Next: Nebraska hosts No. 5 Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on NET and will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.