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Alliance, NE - The Class B Sub District 8 volleyball tournament will take place in Alliance on Tuesday night as the road to Lincoln will begin for four teams. The first match up will put Scottsbluff (7-26) vs Alliance (26-5) at 4:00pm followed by Gering (16-18) vs Sidney (25-7) at 5:30pm. The winners of those two matches will play at approximately 7:00pm for the championship to advance on to Saturday's district final round. 

Scottsbluff Bearcats volleyball matches can be heard live on Wild Country 106.9 & khyyfm.com. Gering Bulldogs can be found on Sunny 99.3 and kettfm.com.




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Lincoln – University of Nebraska Coach Tim Miles announced Tuesday afternoon that sophomore forward Dedoch Chan (pronounced DEE Doe-ch)has decided to transfer and continue his college career at another institution following the fall semester.

 

Chan, a 6-foot-8, 210-pound forward from Rochester, Minn., joined the program in late August after spending his freshman year at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. He did not play in the Huskers’ closed scrimmage at Iowa State on Oct. 21.

Despite Chan’s departure, the Huskers returned three of its top four frontcourt players in Isaac Copeland Jr., who earned All-Big Ten honors in 2017-18, junior Isaiah Roby and senior Tanner Borchardt. NU also added freshman Brady Heiman in the offseason.

The Huskers take the court for the first time this season on Thursday night, as they play host to Wayne State. Tipoff from Pinnacle Bank Arena is set for 7 p.m., and will be carried on the Husker Sports Radio Network and available online on BTN+.





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The Western Nebraska Community College men’s basketball team will enter the season with plenty of people watching after the NJCAA men’s basketball pre-season polls were released Monday.

The Cougars, who captured the Region IX title a year ago and went 1-1 at the national tournament, enter the season ranked 14th in the nation.

WNCC will open the season this week when they travel to Riverton, Wyoming, for games on Thursday and Friday. WNCC opens Thursday against Central Wyoming College before facing No. 3 College of Southern Idaho on Friday.

WNCC head coach Cory Fehringer said his team is ready, somewhat.

“We have not put a whole of stock in either team,” he said. “We are focused on what our team has to do offensively and defensively in transition with communication. It is for them to go out and enjoy themselves and play hard is the key as they compete for Western Nebraska.”

Last season WNCC finished with a 27-8 record and were 14-1 at home while averaging 95.6 points a game.

Fehrninger said he doesn’t know what it will take to win back-to-back regional titles considering he is focused on getting his team ready for the season.

“We are trying to beat Central Wyoming right now; I have no idea what it will take to repeat,” Fehringer said. “We don’t know what the league has to offer and how talented the other teams are. We just know that we have a few pieces that no other team has. I think that gives us confidence to say it is us against you.”

When WNCC opens the season Thursday, they will see a November slate of games field with competitive teams. Most of those games will be at home, too. WNCC will face No. 3 College of Southern Idaho twice on Friday and then against on Nov. 10 at Cougar Palace. They will also face No. 12 Indian Hills in a home and away series with Indian Hills making a trip to Cougar Palace on Nov. 23 and 24 for the Thanksgiving Classic.

WNCC will battle No. 8 Salt Lake Community College at Cougar Palace on Nov. 9 as well as facing No. 20-Division II ranked Iowa Lakes Community College on the road.

"If there was a time to face adversity, I would say doing it at home is a lot better than doing it on the road,” Fehringer said. “These boys will at least have a chance to have the support at Cougar Palace, the community of Scottsbluff which always gives us a little extra juice when we are in the Palace.”

Northwest Florida State, who defeated the Cougars at the national tournament 109-91 a year ago, is the pre-season No. 1 ranked team followed by South Plains, Southern Idaho, Coffeyville Kansas, and Eastern Florida State.

The top 10 is rounded out with Vincennes at No. 6 followed by Odessa, Salt Lake, Hutchinson, and Florida Southwestern State. Holmes Community College, who the Cougars beat in the first-round of nationals last year 87-73, is 13th in the nation, just one slot ahead of WNCC on the pre-season ladder. 

The first regular season poll will be released December 4. By then the Cougars will have played 11 games. WNCC opens the home season Wednesday, Nov. 7 against Colby Community College at 6 p.m.




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It was a battle of two top 20 ranked teams and the action on the court didn’t disappoint the spectators in the crowd as No. 5 Iowa Western Community College topped No. 18 Western Nebraska Community College in five sets 28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 17-25, 16-14 in the Cougars final regular season home match.

WNCC drops to 24-9 on the season as it prepares for the Region IX tournament that begins on Halloween in Cheyenne, Wyoming, at Storey Gym. The Cougars will play at 1 p.m. Oct. 31 against the winner of the North 4/South 5 winner.

Sarena Bartley, who finished with 16 kills and one of the six sophomores that played their final game at Cougar Palace, said despite the loss, WNCC played one of its best games.

"I thought we played well together. I think this was probably the best match that we all played together for a couple of games,” Bartley said. “Especially since we were playing a No. 5-ranked team, we played very well and competed with them.”

WNCC showed plenty of fight after Iowa Western grabbed the first two sets, winning the first 28-26 after WNCC had two set points at 25-24 and 26-25. The second set The Reivers led 20-12 at one time before WNCC made a comeback behind six Kaile Tuisamatatele service points before losing 25-23.

WNCC came back to grab the next two sets. Bartley said the key was blocking and playing together.

“The difference in the third and fourth set was we were determined about losing in our home,” she said. “We didn’t want to get swept at our home and we were determined to fight to win this game. But the ending had to happen like that.”

The third set was the turning point as the Cougars stayed strong in a set that neither team led by more than three points. WNCC a 10-9 lead from Iowa Western off a Logan Belford service point. Iowa Western led late 17-16 and 19-18 but WNCC took a 22-20 lead on a Amryi-Grace Paris kill and Camille Esselin point. Adia Sherbeyn then served the final two points for the 25-21 win.

WNCC built off that win into the fourth set leading 6-2 on four Esselin points. Iowa Western sliced the lead to two points a couple of times, but WNCC never wavered and went up 21-15 on two service points and then won the set 25-17 to force a fifth set.

The fifth set was classic between two ranked teams that battled and fought to the end. Iowa Western led 8-5 and 11-8 in the deciding set. WNCC came back to tie the set at 11 on two Enna Masaki service points. Both teams were tied at 13-13, 14-14, and 15-15 before Iowa Western Managed the final two points for the 17-15 win.

WNCC finished with 56 kills in the match. Paris led the way with 17 kills with three solo blocks while Bartley hammered down 16 kills. Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina had 11.

Masaki and Esselin each finished with double-doubles in the match. Masaki tallied 17 digs and 39 set assists. She also had seven points, two aces, and two kills. Esselin had 19 digs and 12 points.

Ana Costas finished with 30 digs to go along with her six points, two aces, and four set assists.

Also for the Cougars, Jayme Commins had 14 set assists and six digs; Tuisamatatele had eight kills, seven digs, and four solo blocks; Sherbeyn had eight digs and eight points, and Belford had four digs and five points.

Bartley said they can build off of this match heading into regionals next week.

“I think we just have to play hard,” she said. “I think we just have to practice hard and we have practice tomorrow [Saturday]. We are going to sharpen up and get ready for regionals.”

Bartley she enjoyed her time at WNCC even though they lost the final time playing at Cougar Palace. But, it was how they played that she can live with.

“It kind of sucks that we lost but I think this is the best we played together all season,” she said. “We did not let down on ourselves. We did not lose energy. It was great to play here for two years. I am going to miss this gym and playing inside it.”




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NEBRASKA at OHIO STATE
NOV. 3, 2018 | OHIO STADIUM
COLUMBUS, OHIO | 11 A.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO
TV - FOX (Joe Davis, Brady Quinn, Bruce Feldman)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 108, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS
Record: 2-6, 1-4 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Bethune-Cookman, 45-9
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 21-13 (3rd Year)/2-6 (1st Year) 
vs. Ohio State: 0-0

BUCKEYES
Record: 7-1, 4-1 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Purdue, 49-20
Rankings: AP-8, Coaches-8
Coach: Urban Meyer
Career/OSU Record: 181-32 (17th Year)/77-9 (7th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 3-0

The Matchup
Nebraska returns to Big Ten action on Saturday with a difficult road test at eighth-ranked and defending Big Ten champion Ohio State. The matchup between two of college football's top all-time programs will kick off shortly after Noon ET (11 a.m. CT) in Columbus. The game will be televised on FOX and can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska enters the game at 2-6 overall and 1-4 in Big Ten play, following a 45-9 non-conference victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday in Lincoln. Nebraska used a fast start to pick up its second straight victory at Memorial Stadium. The Huskers opened a 28-3 edge after the first quarter, scoring on their first three offensive possessions, and led 38-3 at halftime. .

Ohio State comes into the game with a 7-1 overall record, including a 4-1 mark in Big Ten Conference play, and did not play last weekend. Ohio State rose to No. 8 in both national polls this week. OSU was ranked among the top five in the nation each week before a loss at Purdue on Oct. 20. Ohio State features one of the nation's most explosive offensive attacks, averaging 555.5 yards and 43.0 points per game, with both figures leading the Big Ten.

Saturday's game at Ohio State will mark the Huskers' third Big Ten road game of the season against a ranked opponent.

This Week's Numbers
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 Nebraska and Ohio State have combined for 1,800 all-time victories entering Saturday's matchup. Ohio State is second all-time with 905 victories, while Nebraska's 895 wins ranks fifth in college football history.

50 - Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman is just the third player in school history with a pair of 50-catch seasons, including 53 receptions in 2018. Senior Stanley Morgan Jr. could join the group with six receptions on Saturday against Ohio State.

1 - Devine Ozigbo has carried the ball 67 times in the past five games for a total of 620 yards. Ozigbo has been stopped for a loss on just one of the 67 carries in those five games. Ozigbo is averaging 124.0 yards per game and 9.3 yards per carry while starting the past five games.

Nebraska-Ohio State Series
• Nebraska and Ohio State are meeting for the third straight year and will meet each season through the 2021 campaign.• Nebraska and Ohio State are meeting for the third straight year and will meet each season through the 2021 campaign.

• The schools have met four times since Nebraska joined the Big Ten. After the Huskers won the first meeting in 2011, Ohio State has captured the past three games. 

• With Ohio State ranked No. 8 in this week's AP poll, the Buckeyes have been ranked no lower than 12th for the five NU-OSU matchups in Columbus. 

Huskers to Face Anouther Ranked Opponent on the Road
The game at Ohio State will be Nebraska's third 2018 road game against a ranked opponent. The Huskers lost at then-No. 19 Michigan on Sept. 22 in their Big Ten opener, and at then-No. 16 Wisconsin on Oct. 6.

Ohio State enters Saturday's matchup ranked eighth by the Associated Press and is also No. 8 in the USA Today Coaches Poll.Nebraska has a potential fourth road game against a ranked opponent to conclude the regular season at Iowa.  

• Nebraska will be looking for its first win over a ranked opponent since a win over No. 22 Oregon in Lincoln in 2016. It would also be the highest ranked team Nebraska has defeated since a 39-38 win over No. 6 Michigan State in 2015. 

• The Huskers' last road win over a ranked opponent was a 17-14 win at No. 12 Penn State in 2011. 

• Head Coach Scott Frost led UCF to three consecutive wins against ranked teams to complete the 2017 season, capping the perfect campaign with a win over No. 7 Auburn in the Peach Bowl. Frost was 3-1 overall against ranked opponents at UCF.

Husker-Buckeye Matchup Pits Two Top Programs
Saturday's matchup features two of the historically great programs in college football.

• In looking at the most wins in college football over the past 30, 40, 50 or 60 years, Nebraska and Ohio State each rank in the top four in all of those categories. 

• The schools have combined to win 11 national championships and 82 conference crowns, including five national championships and 46 conference titles by Nebraska. 

Offense Hopes to Sustian Strong Momentum
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. In the past five games, Frost's Nebraska offense has posted numbers among the nation's best units.

Nebraska opened the year with 565 yards of total offense against Colorado, and has since posted three more games with better than 500 yards. NU had a season-high 659 yards against Minnesota, after posting 582 yards against Purdue and 518 yards at No. 16 Wisconsin.

The Huskers gained 364 yards of offense before halftime against Bethune-Cookman before finishing with 468 yards.

• Nebraska averages 471.3 yards of total offense to rank third in the Big Ten and 18th nationally.

• Nebraska's 659 yards of offense against Minnesota was its highest since gaining 787 yards against FAU in the 2014 season opener.

• The total offense output against Minnesota was Nebraska's largest in a Big Ten Conference game (since 2011). It was NU's highest total offense in a conference game since having 710 yards against Kansas State in 2007. 

• Nebraska has four 500-yard offensive games this season. NU has not had five 500-yard total offense games in a season since 2000. 

• Nebraska has gained better than 450 yards in each of the past five games. The last time NU had five straight games with more than 450 yards was a five-game stretch in the middle of the 2001 season. 

• The consecutive 500-yard games against Purdue and Wisconsin marked the first time NU had back-to-back 500-yard outputs in Big Ten games. It was the first time NU had consecutive 500-yard games in conference play since the final two Big 12 games in 2007. • The 565 yards against Colorado in the opener marked the first 500-yard total offense game for the Huskers since posting 556 yards at Northwestern in 2016. Nebraska has since topped 500 yards three more times.

• 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.

Frost and Staff Guiding Another Offensive Revival
After helping turn Central Florida into the nation’s most improved offense in 2017, Nebraska head coach Scott Frost and his five offensive assistants - all of whom were on Frost’s UCF staff last season - are producing an encore performance this season in Lincoln.

• Nebraska is averaging 86.3 more total yards this season than it did last year, helping the Huskers climb 69 spots in the national rankings from 87th in 2017 to 18th this season.

• NU is averaging 113.1 more rushing yards in 2018 than it did in 2017, helping the Huskers climb 90 spots in the national rankings from 119th in 2017 to 29th this season.

• Nebraska’s offensive turnaround is led largely by underclassmen, who have produced 80.2 percent of the Huskers’ total offensive yards. In fact, NU’s freshmen and sophomores have combined to average 336.1 yards of total offense per game.

• In its second season at UCF in 2017, the staff helped the Knights increase their offense by 179.7 yards per game from the 2016 season, as the Knights climbed from 113th nationally in total offense in 2016 to fifth in 2017.

Huskers Passing Game Stressing Opposing Defenses
Nebraska has featured a high-powered passing attack over the past five games. The Huskers threw for 323 yards againt Purdue, had a season-high 407 passing yards at Wisconsin, before also topping 250 yards at Northwestern and against Minnesota.

• Nebraska's consecutive 300-yard passing games were its first since doing so against Minnesota and Penn State in 2017.

• Quarterback Adrian Martinez threw for at least 250 yards in four straight games from Purdue through Minnesota. That was the first time an NU quarterback has done that since Tommy Armstrong Jr. passed for better than 250 yards in the first four games of 2015. Martinez's streak ended against Bethune-Cookman, when he threw for 213 yards in the first half, and did not play after halftime.

• The Huskers are averaging 250.6 passing yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten.  

NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska has shown the ability to run the ball throughout the season, highlighted by its effort against Minnesota on Oct. 20. Nebraska rushed for a season-high 383 yards, with a trio of Huskers surpassing the century mark.

• The 383 rushing yards by Nebraska were its most since pounding out 458 yards vs. Illinois in 2014. Nebraska gained 274 yards in the first half alone against Minnesota.

• Devine Ozigbo (152), Adrian Martinez (125) and Maurice Washington (109) each surpassed 100 rushing yards in the game. It marked the fifth time in school history Nebraska has had three or more players rush for 100 yards in the same game. It was the first time NU accomplished that feat since a 2010 victory at Washington.

• Nebraska is averaging 220.6 yards per game to rank fifth in the Big Ten. NU has rushed for at least 180 yards six times in eighth games.

• Nebraska has a total of 1,765 rushing yards in eight games in 2018. Last year Nebraska rushed for 1,290 yards in 12 games. 

• Nebraska set the tone in the rushing game in the opener, rushing for 329 yards against Colorado. NU had 243 rushing yards in the first half against the Buffs, bettering the Huskers' season high of 2017 (225 yards).

• The effort against Colorado marked NU's first 300-yard rushing game since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.

• Prior to the three 100-yard rushers against Minnesota, 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 has a total of eight 100-yard rushing games this season, including four by Devine Ozigbo and two by Adrian Martinez.  

• Ozigbo has topped 150 yards in three of the past four Big Ten games. His career-high 170 rushing yards against Purdue were the most by a Husker in a Big Ten game since Ameer Abdullah had 225 rushing yards against Rutgers in 2014. Ozigbo also topped the century mark against Bethune-Cookman with 110 yards on 11 carries before halftime.

Record Setting 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 duo is once again helping provide an explosive offense for Nebraska in 2018, and is on track to produce bigger numbers this fall.

• In eight games in 2018, the duo has combined for 97 receptions for 1,324 yards and 12 touchdowns. Those totals put them ahead of their combined pace in the 2017 season.

• Spielman and Morgan are one of eight pass-catching duos in the nation to each have more than 600 receiving yards in 2018.

Morgan Aimes to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leaving 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 163 career receptions, which ranks fourth on NU’s all-time list. He needs 18 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart, and just five catches to move into second place. Morgan has 2,381 career receiving yards to rank fifth on NU’s all-time list. Morgan needs 308 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 had his best game of 2018 against Minnesota. He caught a career-high 10 passes for a season-high 163 yards and two touchdowns. The 163 yards tied for the sixth-best single-game effort in school history.

• Morgan helped seal the victory with two second-half touchdowns of 35 and 67 yards against Minnesota. In the game, Morgan became the fourth Husker player to top 150 career receptions.

• Morgan added two touchdowns as part of a seven-catch effort against Bethune-Cookman. His two touchdowns gave him 20 career receiving scores, good for fourth on the NU charts.

• Morgan has a streak of 34 consecutive games with a reception, the third-longest streak in Husker history. He has had at least three catches in 19 of the past 20 games. 

• 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. 

• 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.





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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 9 Nebraska volleyball team dropped a 3-1 (29-27, 19-25, 25-27, 22-25) match to No. 6 Illinois on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 8,343 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

Playing at home for the first time in 17 days, the Huskers won a thrilling opening set before heading into the intermission tied 1-1. Illinois made key plays down the stretch in both sets three and four to earn its first win over the Huskers since 2014. Nebraska dropped to 16-6 overall and 7-5 in the Big Ten. The Fighting Illini improved to 20-3 overall and 9-3 in the Big Ten.

The Huskers set a four-set school record for digs in the rally scoring era with 99. Three players recorded at least 20 digs with Kenzie Maloney leading the way with 24. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 23 to go with 45 assists, and Lexi Sun had a career-high 20 digs to go with 15 kills. Megan Miller added a career-high 14 digs.

Mikaela Foecke paced the Huskers with 17 kills and added 14 digs. Lauren Stivrins had nine kills and five blocks, and Jazz Sweet had five kills and three blocks. Callie Schwarzenbach led the Big Red in blocks with seven to go with four kills.

Illinois out-hit the Big Red, .187 to .099. Jacqueline Quade had 23 kills and 13 digs, and Ali Bastianelli had 10 kills. Jordyn Poulter had 49 assists and 18 digs.

The Huskers had an edge in aces with eight to Illinois' five. Hames had four aces, a career high. Sun had two. But Illinois had 61 kills compared to the Huskers' 50, and the Big Red committed six more attacking errors.

Nebraska celebrated the "Weekend of Champions" at intermission, recognizing the 1998 and 2008 Big 12 champion and NCAA semifinalist teams.

Set 1: Hames opened the match with an ace, and the Huskers claimed a 5-3 lead after an ace by Maloney. Stivrins smashed an overpass to increase the lead to 7-4, but the Illini came back and tied the set at 7-7. A block by Hames and Stivrins sparked a 5-1 Husker run that put them up 12-8. Stivrins and Sun had kills, and Sun combined with Schwarzenbach for a block during that stretch. Illinois wouldn't go away though, scoring three straight to tie the score at 14-14. After a string of sideouts, Nebraska got a kill by Schwarzenbach and an Illinois hitting error to go up 21-19. But a Husker hitting error and a kill by Quade had the set knotted once again, this time at 21-21. Illinois then went ahead 22-21 after a block by Bastianelli and Poulter, but Foecke and Schwarzenbach came right back with a block of their own, and the Huskers won a long rally after an Illini hitting error to go up 23-22. Stivrins won a joust at the net to earn set point for the Huskers, but Illinois got a kill from Quade and an ace from Poulter to tie the score at 24-24. Stivrins terminated three times and Schwarzenbach also had a kill to give NU four more set point chances before a block by Schwarzenbach and Sweet finally ended it at 29-27.

Set 2: The Huskers got out to a 4-1 lead, but Illinois tied the set by 5-5. A kill by Sun and a pair of Illinois hitting errors gave NU an 8-6 lead, but Illinois bounced back with back-to-back blocks to key a 5-0 run that put the Illini in front, 11-8. Illinois built the lead to five, 17-12, after an ace serve capped a 3-0 spurt, and Illinois eventually increased its lead to seven at 21-14. Hames served back-to-back aces and Sun connected on a kill to pull the Big Red within 21-18 after a 4-0 run, but Illinois held off the Husker comeback attempt and evened the match with a 25-19 win.

Set 3: Nebraska fell behind 4-1 before Sun brought the Huskers back to a 4-4 tie with back-to-back aces after a kill by Sweet. Illinois ran off a 4-0 spurt to take a 9-6 lead, but after a timeout the Huskers rallied back to take a 12-10 lead with a 5-0 run, keyed by two kills and an ace from Foecke and two kills by Sun. Later, two more kills by Sun put the Big Red up 14-11 to make it a 7-1 run. The Huskers led 17-14 when Illinois charged back with a 7-1 run to go ahead 21-18. Stivrins and Sun swung the Huskers back within one, 22-21, and another kill by Sun leveled the set at 23-23 before Hames served her fourth ace of the match to grab set point for the Huskers at 24-23. But Illinois fought off two Husker set points and went on to win the set, 27-25, scoring the final two points on kills by Quade.

Set 4: The Huskers bounced back from the disappointing end to set three by taking an 8-3 lead in set four with Schwarzenbach combining on back-to-back blocks. But Illinois roared back and took a 14-11 lead after a 7-0 run. Back-to-back kills by Stivrins closed the gap to 17-16, and NU tied the set at 18-18 after a kill by Foecke and a block by Sun and Stivrins. The Illini went back ahead 22-19 after a couple of Husker hitting errors and a kill by Prince. Sun got sideout for the Huskers and Illinois hit wide before a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach tied the score at 22-22. The Huskers committed a service error to give Illinois a 23-22 lead, and two Illini blocks gave them the 25-22 win.

Up Next: Nebraska hosts No. 4 Penn State next Friday at 7 p.m. The Huskers will turn around and play Rutgers on Saturday night at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center.





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Quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 15-of-22 passes for 213 yards and two touchdowns, JD Spielman returned a punt for 77 yards and a touchdown, and Nebraska built an early lead en route to a 45-9 victory over Bethune-Cookman on Saturday.

A Memorial Stadium crowd of 88,735 saw Nebraska (2-6, 1-4 Big Ten) improve to 12-0 all-time against FCS foes in a make-up game for the season opener against Akron that was cancelled because of severe weather.

Martinez, a true freshman from Fresno, California, increased his season total to 1,656 passing yards, setting a Nebraska freshman record. The previous record was 1,632 yards by Taylor Martinez in 2010.

Nebraska built a 28-3 lead after one quarter and led 38-3 at halftime, its biggest halftime lead since 2012.

“We needed that to happen,” Nebraska coach Scott Frost said of the fast start. “We needed to go out and get the game secured early. I’ve said it a bunch, 12 weeks in a row is a long time, 13 weeks of practice in a row of practice is a long time without any break. It isn’t just the physical, it’s the grind of it. It takes a toll on you emotionally, especially with what these guys have been through this season.”

With Nebraska already ahead 7-0, Spielman returned his punt for a touchdown, the longest punt return by a Husker since De’Mornay Pierson-El returned one 80 yards against Iowa in 2014.

“We blocked everybody on that play,” Frost said. “Our special teams did get better; I think they have been improving. Confused special teams plays probably cost us a couple games this year, and it was good to see us finally get one on special teams. You score on defense or special teams, you’re going to win most games. We haven’t had one yet, so it was good to see us break the ice.”

Senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. then caught first-quarter touchdowns of 3 and 27 yards to give Nebraska a comfortable lead. He caught seven passes for 82 yards, all in the first half. It marked the second straight game Morgan has had two touchdown catches, and gives him 20 career touchdown receptions.

Transfer quarterback Noah Vedral, a native of Wahoo, saw his first action of the season beginning in the second half. He had a 20-yard rush for a touchdown and completed two passes for 29 yards.

“It was good seeing him get in the end zone,” Frost said. “I know growing up here, when I was little, that was all I could think about was scoring as a Husker, and it's been kind of a weird path for him to get there, but it was great to see him dive into the end zone at Memorial Stadium.”

Senior running back Devine Ozigbo rushed 11 times for 110 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown to begin the game. Ozigbo did not play in the second half. It marked the fourth time in the past five games Ozigbo has topped 100 yards, and his seventh career 100-yard rushing game.

Punter Isaac Armstrong had a 73-yard punt in the third quarter, tying for the seventh-longest punt in school history. It is the longest punt by a Husker since Alex Henery had a 76-yard punt at Virginia Tech in 2009.

Safety Deontai Williams had two takeaways, recovering a fumble in the second quarter and picking off a BCU pass in the third quarter. Nebraska forced three turnovers, a season high. Senior linebacker Luke Gifford had a sack to increase his season total to 5.5, a team high.

Defensive lineman Peyton Newell had an interception in the second quarter, the first of his career. It was the first interception by a Nebraska defensive lineman since defensive end Randy Gregory, Jason Ankrah and Avery Moss each had an interception in 2013.

Since beginning the season 0-6, the Huskers have won two straight games as they prepare for a Big Ten Conference road game at Ohio State on Saturday.

“Hopefully the last two (wins) means we're going to be more of a confident team,” Frost said. “We've got to go on the road to a tough place to play a very good team. We know what we're in for, we're going to get their best shot.”





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Allen 60, Emerson-Hubbard 26
Arcadia-Loup City 28, Elm Creek 18
Bloomfield 38, Meridian 14
Burwell 63, Palmer 26
Clearwater-Orchard 54, Brady 20
Creighton 82, Southern 28
Dundy County-Stratton 30, Cambridge 29
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 60, East Butler 24
Falls City Sacred Heart 42, Wynot 0
Fullerton 40, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 34 (OT)
Garden County 50, Medicine Valley 8
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 48, Thayer Central 14
Hartington-Newcastle 62, Clarkson/Leigh 34
Hemingford 60, Arapahoe 14
Howells-Dodge 52, Cross County 12
Humphrey St. Francis 54, Wausa 12
Johnson-Brock 82, Pender 3
Kenesaw 62, Twin Loup 18
Lawrence-Nelson 38, Wauneta-Palisade 8
Lutheran High Northeast 68, Elmwood-Murdock 24
Mullen 47, Paxton 18
Nebraska Christian 76, Ainsworth 40
North Central 60, Neligh-Oakdale 26
Osceola-High Plains 34, BDS 22
Osmond 40, Diller-Odell 30
Overton 42, Giltner 34
Randolph 30, Plainview 20
Riverside 40, Central Valley 0
Sandhills/Thedford 48, Bertrand 26
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 38, Ansley-Litchfield 0
Sutherland 40, Amherst 34
Wisner-Pilger 42, Lourdes Central Catholic 6




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It was a team performance Thursday night as the No. 18 Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team swept past Sheridan College 25-17, 25-11, 25-16 for the team’s 24th victory of the season.

The win, which moved the Cougars to 24-8, was special for the sophomores who were recognized before the game. All six sophomores started against Sheridan and everyone contributed in some fashion in the contest.

Aloni Jordan, one of those sophomores who finished the contest with seven kills and two solo blocks, said they played well from start to finish, something they haven’t been doing recently.

“I think we did really well. We executed and we played from start to finish. We didn’t have any hiccups or anything,” Jordan said. “That is all it is about. Usually we get down five or six points, but tonight we did well.”

Starting strong and staying strong is something they will need to do Friday evening when No. 5 Iowa Western Community College comes to Cougar Palace for a 7:30 first serve start. Jordan said they need to play even better Friday.

“Especially tomorrow [Friday] we have a big game ahead of us with Iowa Western and hopefully we play better than we did today even harder,” Jordan said. “But, to carry it over to Iowa Western, we should play start to finish and don’t let them get a lead.”

Sheridan led early at 6-3 in the first set before Adia Sherbeyn ran off eight straight points for a 12-6 lead from there the Cougars stayed strong as Logan Belford served out the set with an ace for the 25-17 win.

The second set saw all the freshmen play and they did well. Sherbeyn had two points to push the lead to 11-6 and then Ana Costas served up three more points for a 15-9 lead. Cami Esselin also had a strong serving streak with six straight for a 22-10 lead.

Terri Takita-Robins finished off the set with two points and the 25-11 win.

The third set saw everyone on the roster see action. WNCC held a slim 6-3 lead before Kaile Tuisamatatele had a 6-point service run for a 13-3 lead which included two ace serves and three kills from Armyi-Grace Paris.

WNCC stayed strong leading 17-6 after a Santana Monroe kill. Sheridan cut the lead to 18-13, but WNCC pushed the lead to 24-6 after two Jayme Commins points and two Paris kills. Jordan sealed the win with a kill 25-11.

Tuisamatatele and Paris led the team with 14 points while Jordan had seven, Monroe had five, and Sarena Bartley, Esselin, and Gaby Canavati each had three.

Enna Masaki finished with 18 set assists, five points, and two kills, while Commins had a double-double of 11 set assists, 11 digs, and three points.

Also for the Cougars, Belford had three digs, two points, and an ace; Esselin had seven points and five digs; Ana Costas had 14 digs, seven points, two aces, and two set assists; Takita-Robins ahd five digs and six points; and Sherbeyn had five digs, 11 points, and three aces.

All six sophomores, Commins, Masaki, Jordan, Tuisamatatele, Bartley, and Belford were recognized before the game and Jordan said it is special to know that this week will be the last time they will be playing on the floor of Cougar Palace.

“It is very bittersweet. It is sad,” Jordan said. “I remember by very first home game and I remember the jitters and how nervous I was. Tomorrow [Friday] will be our last home game and it is bittersweet and I don’t want it to end, but I had a very nice time here at WNCC. It will have to end sooner or later.




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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – The No.18 Western Nebraska Community College fought back from a 2-0 deficit only to come up short in a heartbreaking loss to Laramie County Community College in five sets 25-13, 25-20, 17-25, 17-25, 16-14 Tuesday evening in Cheyenne.

The lose drops the Cougars to 23-8 on the season and snaps a 9-match winning streak, while the Golden Eagles move to 23-7 and push their win streak to 12 matches.

WNCC will have two more regular season matches before next week’s regional tournament this week at home. On Thursday, in sophomore recognition night, the Cougars host Sheridan College at 7 p.m. followed by a Friday night encounter against No. 5 Iowa Western Community College at 7:30 p.m. in homecoming festivities after the match.

Tuesday’s match with LCCC, however, started exactly how it the first meeting between the two squads started with the Golden Eagles grabbing the first set 25-13 and the second set 25-20 for a 2-0 lead.

Just like the August meeting, WNCC responded back grabbing the third set 25-17 and then rolling to the fourth set 25-17 behind strong serving.

That set up a crucial fifth set just like the first meeting. WNCC led 8-7 in the fifth on two Enna Masaki points only to watch LCCC come back for a 10-8 lead.

From there the fifth set became intense as WNCC tied set at 11-11 on an Amryi-Grace Paris kill and Kaile Tuisamatatele points. WNCC led 13-12 after a Jayme Commins service point and it looked as if WNCC was going to pull out the fifth set like they did in the first meeting.

LCCC, however, came back to lead 14-13 and was one point from the match. WNCC forced extra points on a Masaki kill, tying the set at 14. LCCC responded back in claiming the final two points for the win.

WNCC had three players led the team with nine kills each in Masaki, Paris, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina.

Commins had a double-double with 15 digs and 39 set assists. Commins also had four digs.

Several players had near double-doubles. Masaki had nine digs, six points, three aces and three solo blocks to go with her nine kills, while Adia Sherbeyn finished with 10 digs and eight points.

Also for the Cougars, Tuisamatatele tallied seven kills, six points, two solo blocks, and 12 points; Ana Costas had 15 digs, nine points, and three set assists; Camille Esselin had eight digs and two points; Gaby Canavati had seven kills and three digs; Mamai-Lagafuaina had five solo blocks; and Sarena Bartley had four kills.

After this week, WNCC will be back in Cheyenne for the Region IX tournament that begins on Halloween. WNCC, who earned the No. 1 seed from the South Sub-region will play at 1 p.m. on Oct. 31 against the winner of the North 4 and South 5 winner that will be played earlier on Halloween. The Region IX tournament will be held at Storey Gym in Cheyenne with the top two teams from the regional tournament qualifying for the national tournament later in November.




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