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Sports News

Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and its TV partners announced a pair of start times for Husker basketball home games which had been listed as TBA.

The Nov. 14 Gavitt Games matchup with Seton Hall will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN, while the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 will tip at 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN.

With today’s announcement, the Huskers will make a minimum of 18 appearances on BTN during the 2018-19 season and start times for every regular-season game, except for the Jan. 6 game at Iowa, have been set.

Date Opponent TV Tipoff Nov. 14 Seton Hall (Gavitt Games) BTN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Michigan State FS1 7 p.m.





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TORRINGTON – The 11th-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team needed four sets, but the Cougars claimed two wins at the EWC triangular Tuesday night in Torrington, Wyoming.

WNCC opened the triangular with a 25-17, 25-14, 17-25, 25-13 win over North Platte Community College before taking down Eastern Wyoming College behind Enna Masaki’s 17 kills 23-25, 25-15, 25-12, 25-22 to improve to 8-4 on the season.

North Platte went 1-1 in the triangular, topping Eastern Wyoming College in four sets 25-15, 25-22, 20-25, and 25-20 to open the triangular.

In the first match against North Platte, Masaki recorded a double-double in the four-set win. The sophomore form Hawaii finished with 12 kills and 10 digs. Masaki also had six points and a solo block.

Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina tallied nine kills in the win against the Knights while Amryi-Grace Paris had seven kills.

Also for the Cougars, Jayme Commins had 36 set assists, seven points, and five digs; Gabi Canavati had five kills; Cami Esselin had 10 points and three digs; Kaile Tuisamatatele had five kills, five points, four digs, and two solo  blocks; Logan Belford had four kills; Santana Monroe had a solo block; Ana Costas had 19 digs and five points; Adia Sherbeyn had tw0 points; and Terri Takita-Robins had two digs and two points.

The Eastern Wyoming match was a battle. EWC squeaked out the first set win 25-23 before WNCC came back and took the second set 25-22 as WNCC used strong serving by Esselin, Sherbeyn, and Costas for the 25-15.

WNCC used strong serving in the third set to roll to the 25-12 win behind Masaki serving the final seven points. The fourth set saw WNCC bolt to a 1-15 lead and led 24-17 before winning 25-22.

Masaki had a triple-double in the win with 17 kills, 10 digs, and 23 points. Masaki also had three aces.

Canavati and Mamai-Lagafuaina each had eight kills while Tuisamatatele had seven kills. Paris had five kills while Belford had two. Mamai-Lagafuaina had four solo blocks.

Also for the Cougars, Commins had 35 set assists, four points, four digs, and two aces; Sherbeyn had nine digs, 14 points, and three aces; Esselin had four digs and eight points; Tuisamatatele had four points and a solo block; Costas finished with 12 digs and six points; and Aloni Jordan a solo block.

WNCC, 8-4, will next be in action this weekend when they head to a tournament in Las Vegas, Nevada, Friday and Saturday. The Cougars will battle Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Utah State-Eastern on Friday before taking on Arizona Western and Salt Lake Community College on Saturday.




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It will be a busy week for Cougar Athletics with plenty of activities going on.

It all starts Tuesday night when the No. 11 WNCC volleyball team takes to the road for a triangular in Torrington, Wyoming, when they face North Platte Community College at 5 p.m. and Eastern Wyoming College at 7 p.m. The triangular will recognize all area veterans with free admission as well as free admission with a non-perishable food item.

The volleyball team will then take off Wednesday afternoon for Las Vegas, Nevada, for a tournament on Friday and Saturday where they will face Chandler-Gilbert Community College and Utah State-Eastern on Friday and then Salt Lake Community College and Arizona Western on Saturday.

The men’s and women’s soccer teams will have two matches this week. On Wednesday, the two teams will battle Region IX South opponent Northeastern Junior College in Sterling, Colorado. The women’s match is slated for 11 a.m. with the men to follow.

After the NJC match, the Cougar soccer teams will have their home openers on Saturday at the Landers Soccer Complex when Gillette College comes to town. The women’s game is slated for 1 p.m. followed by the men’s contest at 3 p.m. WNCC and Gillette already faced each other this season last weekend. The Gillette women topped the Cougar women 2-0 while the Cougar men won 3-0.

There will also be softball and baseball games, or scrimmages, on tap Saturday and Sunday.

The Cougar baseball team will be holding a WNCC Cougar alumni doubleheader on Saturday beginning at noon at Cleveland Field. WNCC head coach Mike Jones said there are plenty of former baseball players coming back for the alumni game doubleheader.

While action will be hot and heavy at Cleveland Field with the alumni game, Volunteer Field will be full of action with the WNCC softball team holding its Cougar Classic Tourney. WNCC will play four games on Saturday and three games on Sunday. Saturday’s schedule has WNCC facing Utah Rampage at 9:30 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. and then Chadron State College at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday’s action has WNCC facing Rampage at 10 a.m., North Platte at 2:15 p.m., and Wyoming Club at 4:15 p.m.




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NEBRASKA vs. TROY

SEPT. 15, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS

Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0

TROJANS
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Rankings: NR
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0

The Matchup

Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.

Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.

Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.

This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.

7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.

87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.

Nebraska-Troy Series

Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.

  • The four previous meetings have all been played in Lincoln between 2001 and 2006.
  • Nebraska won each of the first four meetings by 15 or more points, including a pair of shutouts in the most recent meetings in 2003 and 2006.
  • DeJuan Groce returned two punts for touchdowns in the 2002 victory in Lincoln, setting a Nebraska record.
  • Huskers vs. Sun Belt

    Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.

  • In addition to a 4-0 record against Troy, Nebraska is 3-0 against Arkansas State and 1-0 against both Louisiana-Lafayette and South Alabama.
  • In addition to Saturday's game, Nebraska has future games scheduled against South Alabama (2019) and Georgia Southern (2022).
  • Huskers Elect Four Captains

    Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.

    2018 Nebraska Team Captains
    Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
    Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
    Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
    Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.

  • This marks the second straight season Nebraska has had three Nebraska natives as captains. Prior to last season Nebraska had not had three homegrown captains since 2001.
  • This marks the 13th straight season at least one native Nebraskan has been elected as a captain.
  • Foster and Gifford were teammates at Lincoln Southeast High School. This marks the first time high school teammates have served as captains in the same year since Jerry Tagge and Jim Anderson in 1971. Tagge and Anderson both went to high school at Green Bay West in Wisconsin. Foster and Gifford are the first pair on in-state high school teammates to serve as captains together.
  • Foster is serving as a captain for the second straight season, and becomes just the 11th two-time team captain in NU history. This marks the sixth straight season an offensive lineman has served as a captain.
  • Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska

    True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.

  • The 117 rushing yards by Martinez were the most rushing yards by a Nebraska quarterback since Tommy Armstrong Jr. rushed for 132 yards at Northwestern in 2016. It marked the most rushing yards for a quarterback in a season opener since Taylor Martinez ran for 135 yards against Chattanooga in 2011.
  • The 41-yard touchdown run by Martinez was the longest rush by a Husker quarterback since Armstrong had a 42-yard run against McNeese State in 2014.
  • Martinez accounted for 302 yards of total offense, just the third 300-yard total offense game by a Nebraska freshman. It was also the first-ever 300-yard total offense game by a true freshman quarterback.
  • Martinez became the first true freshman quarterback in NU history to start a season opener. He was just the second freshman quarterback to start an opener, joining Taylor Martinez who started as a redshirt freshman in 2010.
  • Martinez joined Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009) as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback in Husker history.
  • Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. 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.
    • Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
  • Nebraska had a pair of runs of 40 yards or more in the game–a 41-yard touchdown by Martinez and a 45-yard rush by Bell. That was the first time Nebraska had two runs of at least 40 yards in a game since a 2014 win at Fresno State.
  • High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One

    Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.

  • Nebraska posted 565 yards of total offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 through the air.
  • The 565 yards marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016.
  • The total offense output was the best by Nebraska in 35 games, dating back to a 610-yard effort against Southern Miss in 2015.
  • Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver

    After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.

    Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 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 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.

  • 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 produced his first five career 100-yard receiving efforts in 2017, leading the Big Ten in that category.
  • Morgan posted 185 receiving yards at No. 13 Penn State, the second-highest total in school history.
  • He had at least three catches in every game last season. Morgan had five catches in the opener with Colorado, extending his streak to 27 consecutive games with a reception, the fifth-longest streak in Husker history
  • Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener

    The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.

  • Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most for the Huskers since also recording seven at Michigan in 2013–a span of 56 games. The last time Nebraska had more than seven sacks was in the 2009 Big 12 title game against Texas, when the Huskers had nine sacks.
  • The seven sacks on Saturday represented half of Nebraska's 2017 season team sack total. The Huskers finished 2017 with 14 sacks for 85 yards.
  • Nebraska limited Colorado to 44 rushing yards, including just 12 first-half rushing yards. The 44 yards rushing are the fewest by a Nebraska opponent since Maryland rushed for 11 yards in 2016.




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    The Big Ten Conference announced Monday morning that Nebraska’s Sept. 22 game at Michigan will kick off at 11 a.m. CT (Noon local in Ann Arbor). The game will be televised by FS1





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    Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday.

    Foecke averaged 4.25 kills and 2.5 digs per set to lead the Huskers to wins over No. 14 Creighton and Iowa State last week. Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four aces to guide the Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win at Creighton. The Husker co-captain followed that performance with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a sweep of Iowa State.

    Foecke earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and she is the first Husker to garner a weekly honor since she was named player of the week for the first time on Oct. 30, 2017. The other co-player of the week was Illinois' Megan Cooney.

    Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 10, 2018)
    Co-Player of the Week: Megan Cooney, So., ILL
    Co- Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
    Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU
    Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL
    Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU





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    Lincoln – In a thrilling game that hearkened back to memorable Nebraska-Colorado conference contests of old, the Buffaloes capitalized on Husker miscues to escape from Memorial Stadium with a 33-28 win on Saturday afternoon.

    The Buffaloes improved to 2-0, while Nebraska lost its season opener in the closing minutes of Scott Frost’s official debut as the Husker head coach, which came in front of the 362nd consecutive sellout at Memorial Stadium.

    Although miscues, including three turnovers, 11 penalties and several mistakes on special teams hurt Nebraska, the Big Red fought hard together for 60 minutes and had two shots into the end zone by quarterback Andrew Bunch from inside 25 yards in the closing seconds that would have given NU the victory.

    Nebraska put up 565 total yards on Colorado, including 329 rushing yards, as true freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez (117) and newcomer Greg Bell (104) both reached the century mark on the day. It marked the first double-100-yard game by the Huskers since Ameer Abdullah (208) and Imani Cross (109) accomplished the feat against Illinois in 2014.

    Martinez added 187 yards on 15-of-20 passing in his collegiate debut to finish with 304 yards of total offense. Bunch completed 4-of-9 passes for 49 yards with the game on the line in the fourth quarter to give Nebraska a chance to come back and win.

    First-quarter fumbles by Martinez and Bell helped the Buffs to a 14-0 lead. Martinez added an interception in the fourth quarter, and then was knocked out of the game with an injury on Nebraska’s second-to-last offensive possession. He left with the Huskers clinging to a 28-27 lead.

    The Blackshirts held Colorado to just 44 rushing yards, while recording seven sacks of CU quarterback Steven Montez – the most by the Nebraska defense in five seasons.

    But Montez answered with 351 yards on 33-of-50 passing with three scores, including a 40-yard touchdown strike to Laviska Shenault on CU’s final offensive play of the game with 1:06 left to put Colorado up 33-28.

    Shenault keyed the Buff offense with 10 receptions for 177 yards and added a touchdown run.

    The Blackshirts were poised to secure the win before the late connection between Montez and Shenault, forcing CU into third-and-24 from its own 45. But a personal foul in the secondary on an uncatchable pass from Montez over the middle kept the Buff offense on the field.

    The Husker defense was unable to force a CU turnover on the day, but the Buffs made early-season mistakes of their own as place-kicker James Stefanou missed a pair of fourth-quarter field goals wide left that could have given Colorado leads earlier in the final quarter.

    In addition to the 100-yard rushing games by Martinez and Bell, Devine Ozigbo rushed 14 times for 60 yards and a score and added two receptions for 17 yards. Maurice Washington added eight carries for 34 yards as a freshman running back for the Big Red.

    Senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. led the Huskers with five receptions for 75 yards, while JD Spielman added three catches for 67 yards. Junior transfer Mike Williams pitched in three receptions for 40 yards in his Husker debut.

    Defensively, Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 12 tackles, while fellow senior linebacker Luke Gifford contributed 11 stops, including 1.5 sacks.

    Nebraska’s offense got off to a quick start sprinting 62 yards on its opening drive before Buff defensive end Mustafa Johnson forced a fumble by Bell with a big hit that was recovered by linebacker Davion Taylor to stop the Big Red’s opening drive of the season at the CU 14.

    The Buffaloes answered with an eight-play, 86-yard drive capped by Jay MacIntyre’s three-yard touchdown catch from Montez to give Colorado a 7-0 lead six minutes into the game.

    Another turnover stopped Nebraska’s second drive, as Martinez fumbled on his way to the ground deep inside Husker territory, setting up the Buffs with a short field. CU capitalized again with a four-play, 24-yard drive that ended with a three-yard scoring run from Shenault to give the visitors a 14-0 lead with 6:47 left in the opening quarter.

    The rest of the first half belonged to the Big Red.

    Martinez atoned for his early miscue by sprinting 41 yards to paydirt on Nebraska’s next drive to cap an eight-play, 75-yard march to pull the Huskers within 14-7 with 3:47 left in the quarter.

    At the end of the first quarter, Nebraska owned 189 total yards, including 138 rushing yards on 18 carries, while Colorado managed 103 total yards, including 21 rushing yards on four carries.

    By halftime, Nebraska carried a 21-17 lead after scoring three consecutive touchdowns before a late field goal in the final 30 seconds ended Colorado’s scoring draught.

    In the second quarter, the Huskers outgained Colorado 140-36, including 105-(-12) on the ground, to carry a 329-139 edge in total yards for the half despite managing just a 21-17 halftime lead.

    Martinez accounted for 86 rushing yards on eight carries with two touchdowns in the half, including his three-yard touchdown run with 2:24 left in the first half to give Nebraska its first lead of the game at 21-14. His second scoring run of the day capped an eight-play, 79-yard march for the Big Red. Martinez also completed 9-of-11 first-half passes for 86 yards.

    Bell added 80 rushing yards on nine first-half carries, including a 45-yard gallop to set up Nebraska’s go-ahead score. The long first-half runs by both Martinez and Bell surpassed NU’s longest run of the entire 2017 season (40, JD Spielman vs Northwestern).

    Nebraska’s 243 yards rushing in the half outdistanced the 2017 season best of 225 yards for the entire game in last year’s season opener against Arkansas State. Ozigbo added 45 first-half yards on 10 carries, including an eight-yard touchdown run with 10:15 left in the second quarter to tie the game at 14.

    Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium next Saturday to take on Troy. Kick-off is set for 11 a.m. with live television coverage on BTN. The Huskers will honor members of its 2018 Nebraska Football Hall of Fame class, including Mike Rucker, Kyle Larson, Dan Schmidt and Bob Sledge, along with Chadron State alumni Danny Woodhead and Casey Beran.




    Frost post game press conference after CU

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    OMAHA, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 hole to topple No. 14 Creighton, 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-10), Thursday night in front of a crowd of 14,022 at CHI Health Center Omaha. It was an NCAA record for a women's volleyball regular-season match.

    Mikaela Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four service aces to ignite the Huskers (5-1) after a tough start to the match. Freshman Capri Davis had a career-high 18 kills, and Jazz Sweet added 12 kills on .323 hitting for the Big Red.

    Creighton (4-3) won the first set for the third time in the last four meetings between the teams. Unlike the other two times, though, the Bluejays won the second set as well to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.

    The Huskers were sharp in set three, leading throughout to earn a 25-18 win and extend the match. NU used an early run to gain separation in set four and held off the Jays for a 25-22 win. In set five, Foecke accounted for nine of NU's 15 points, and she ended the match with her new career high in kills, 25, the most by a Husker since Kelsey Robinson in 2013.

    After dropping the first two sets, the Huskers only trailed for one rally the rest of the match. Nebraska won 3-2 over a top-15 opponent on the road after trailing 0-2 for the first time since at No. 1 Penn State on Oct. 2, 2015.

    Freshman setter Nicklin Hames had a career-best 56 assists with 11 digs, and Kenzie Maloney had a career-high 25 digs.

    Nebraska had a .258 to .207 edge in hitting and out-aced the Jays, 10-6. Megan Miller had three aces to go with Foecke's four. Maloney also had a pair of aces.

    Set 1: Davis posted three early kills, but Creighton got six kills on its first seven swings to go ahead 7-6. Callie Schwarzenbach got a kill and then set Foecke for a kill on her first swing of the night to make it 8-7 Huskers. A stuff by Schwarzenbach and Sweet, followed by another kill by Davis and back-to-back Creighton errors gave the Huskers a 13-9 lead. Creighton strung together a three-point spurt to pull within 14-13, and the Bluejays took a 17-16 lead after an ace by Kloth and kill by Jaela Zimmerman. Foecke sided out for the Huskers, but the Jays scored the next two to go up 19-17. Sweet terminated to pull NU within one, but a service error restored Creighton's two-point advantage. Sweet got another kill, and Davis added her fifth to even the score at 20-20. The Jays held tough, though, scoring the next two points to regain a 22-20 lead. After a timeout, Sweet connected again from the right side, but the Bluejays gained set point at 24-22 and clinched the set on the next rally as Kloth connected for the eighth time on 10 swings.

    Set 2: Creighton claimed the early advantage with a 4-1 start to set two. Foecke got the Huskers back in it with a pair of kills and an ace. But the Jays rattled off a 3-0 run to make it 7-4. The Bluejays later went on a 7-0 run to go up 15-7. Creighton built its lead to 19-11 before a Davis kill, a Maloney ace and a Sweet kill trimmed the lead to five at 19-14. The closest the Huskers could get the rest of the way was four points, as Creighton took the 2-0 lead with a 25-19 win.

    Set 3: Miller sparked the Huskers with a pair of ace serves to help NU to a 4-0 lead. Creighton took a timeout as the Huskers went ahead 6-1 for their biggest lead of the match to that point. Creighton got within three at 10-7, but back-to-back blocks by the Huskers put NU back up by five, 12-7. The teams traded sideouts for four rallies before a CU hitting error and solo block by Foecke made it 16-9 Huskers. Another block by the Big Red, this one by Foecke and Schwarzenbach, increased the lead to 17-9. Davis' 12th kill of the night capped a long rally, and Foecke blasted out of the back row before Sweet tipped a kill to the floor to make it 21-13. After the Jays scored twice, Sweet and Foecke produced kills for a 23-15 lead, and a Miller ace - her third of the set - ended it at 25-18. The Huskers limited Creighton to .023 hitting in set three.

    Set 4: A pair of kills by Foecke and one by Sweet, combined with back-to-back CU hitting errors lifted Nebraska to an 8-3 lead. The Bluejays chipped away to within 11-9, but the Huskers answered with the next two points and went up 16-10 after a Lauren Stivrins ace. The Bluejays sliced the deficit to three at 17-14, forcing a Husker timeout. After the timeout, Creighton served long and then hit into the net, and Foecke served the Huskers' seventh ace to restore a six-point lead, 20-14. But Creighton came right back with another 3-0 run of its own before Davis ended the run with a kill to make it 21-17. The lead shrunk to two, 21-19, before Davis sided out once again to keep NU ahead by three. With a 22-20 lead, a huge dig by Davis, followed by the freshman's 16th kill of the night, made it 23-20. Foecke followed on the next rally with her 19th kill for set point at 24-20. The Jays fought off two set points, but Foecke sealed the 25-22 win with her 20th kill, setting up the first-ever fifth set between the schools.

    Set 5: Foecke tooled a block to begin the set, and her next kill made it 3-1 Big Red. Davis connected twice more to boost the Huskers to a 5-3 advantage. Hames saved a ball from going into the scorer's table, and Foecke and Stivrins finished that rally with a block before Foecke's career-high 23rd kill gave NU an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides. After the break, Foecke and Schwarzenbach stuffed a Creighton attack to make it 9-5. The Jays fought back to within one, 10-9, after a block, but Foecke's 25th kill made it 11-9. The All-American then served back-to-back aces for a 13-9 Husker advantage. Creighton went into the net to give NU four match points at 14-10, but they only needed one as Maloney served an ace to clinch the match.

    Up Next: The Huskers are back at home on Sunday to face Iowa State at 1 p.m. NU will retire Sarah Pavan's jersey after the match.





    Western Nebraska Community College’s Enna Masaki pounded down 17 kills and the Western Nebraska Community College and Eastern Wyoming College volleyball teams heated up the Highway 26 border war Wednesday night as the Cougars swept past the Lancers 25-11, 25-23, 25-22.

    The win was the NJCAA 11th-ranked Cougars sixth victory of the season.

    Both coaches said that their teams could have played better as there were too many unforced errors in the contest.

    “We were up and down. We need to hold our composure for a longer period of time,” WNCC head coach Binny Canales said. “But, I think it will get better. We tried some new lineups today and it worked for a while. Then they started making mistakes. We just have to play consistent.”

    WNCC looked really strong in the opening set, holding a 12-2 lead behind a 4-point service run by Ana Costas and then 3-point service runs by Cami Esselin and two from Masaki. WNCC also received a 6-point service run by Adia Sherbeyn to help the Cougars win the set 25-11.

    “We were serving tough on them and doing more things efficiently in the first set,” Canales said. “After that we started making some errors.”

    EWC head coach Julie Sherbeyn said after the first set, her team settled in but they still make errors at the most crucial times.

    “We are still making errors at pivotal moments like an error on game point when it is that tight in the second game,” she said. “We had some other errors, too. We just have to learn to take care of business and try not to do too much. We just have to take care of our jobs.”

    After the opening set, both teams were going back and forth with neither team enjoying more than a four point lead.

    The second set saw EWC vault out to a 12-8 lead behind three points from Alexis Trowbridge. WNCC came back to tie the second set at 13 and zoom to a 17-13 lead on seven straight Costas points.

    WNCC ked 19-15 after a Masaki kill and looked in control. The Lancers had other ideas as Mallori Campbell ran off four points to put the Lancers in front 20-19.

    Both teams exchanged point. With the score knotted at 23, WNCC put the game away on an Adia Sherbeyn service point and Masaki kill.

    The third set was similar to the second. EWC led 7-4 after back-to-back aces from Kelcy Strohschein. WNCC tied the set on two Costas points and took a 12-10 lead on a Logan Belford point. WNCC pushed the lead to 19-15 on two Adia Sherbeyn points.

    EWC fought back. Trailing 22-19, the Lancers’ Nadia Montalban El-Hiriche had three points to close the set to within one, 23-22. A sideout gave WNCC match point and Masaki served the final point.

    Costas led the Cougars with a double-double of 14 points and 18 digs.

    Sherbeyn also had a nice match, finishing with nine points and 13 digs.

    Masaki, to go along with her match-high 17 points, finished with nine digs, four blocks, and one solo block.

    Also for WNCC, Jayme Commins had 35 set assists; Esseliln had five points and two digs; Amryi-Grace Paris had five kills; Kaile Tuisamatatele had four kills, two solo blocks, and three points; Belford had two points and two digs; Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina had four kills.

    EWC was led by Dawson Sherman with eight kills followed by Shaniah Freeseman with seven kills.

    Also for the Lancers, Campbell had six points and 10 assists; Trowbridge had five points and 15 assists; and Strohschein had two aces.

    Both teams will have the weekend off and will return to action next Tuesday when they will face each other in Torrington, Wyoming, in a triangular. EWC and North Platte opens the triangular at 3 p.m. followed by WNCC and North Platte at 5 p.m. The two Highway 26 teams will then battle at 7 p.m.

    Coach Sherbeyn said next Tuesday will be a special day as all veterans will get in free for the triangular. She added the American Government classes are holding a food drive as a community service project.




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