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Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday inside the Hawks Championship Center in full pads and helmets.


Defensive Coordinator Erik Chinander addressed the media after practice, elaborating on the defensive side of the depth chart and some of the starting spot battles.


“A lot of the evaluations have been made, but the final evaluation will be how they perform under the lights,” Chinander said. "Sometimes we keep the ‘ors’ on to keep people happy, sometimes it's to out scheme people. Most of these really are ‘ors’ that we should be able to figure out by the end of this week or early next week."


Chinander was also asked about the work ethic and growth of junior outside linebacker Tyrin Ferguson, who is projected to start on Saturday night against Akron.


“You always hear a lot about guys when you get here, but with him the slate was wiped clean and he's just put his nose to the grindstone and got to work," Chinander said. ”He's done a great job. He's a really good practice player and he tries to get the guys fired up. I love his attitude."


Graduate transfer safety Tre Neal has also been a great addition to the team this summer and Chinander talked about what he brings to the defense.


“Some guys, they want to be with the coaches and hear them," Chinander said. "When you have a player that really knows what's going on, he can sit in a room with other players without a lot of pressure and teach them what's going on. Then out on the field, he can help the other guys out and make the call, just because he knows what's going on in the system. He's done a great job and he fits our system. I think the other guys really respect him."


When asked about Saturday's opponent, Akron, Chinander talked about the long hours in the film room the staff has spent to prepare for opening night.


“You have a year's worth of film to look at,” Chinander said. "Whether they do the same things they've done or change it up, I don't know. They got a really good quarterback that's going to run around and throw it, a really good receiver who can take the top off [of the defense] and a running back who is pretty good too. When you're playing a spread team, for us, there's not a lot people can do that we haven't seen. I think we'll be able to adjust pretty well just from going against our offense everyday in practice."


Chinander then commented on the Blackshirts tradition.


“We do have a little bit of a plan with those," Chinander said. "We talked about it as a staff. There's two contributing factors right now, number one being the ‘ors’ and the ‘ands’ on the depth chart. Some of those battles aren't won yet and are still being fought. We didn't feel like handing out Blackshirts to one of those guys who is an ‘or’ or an ‘and’ would be fair until we get a live evaluation. The other thing is, the last time we took the field, and I say ‘we’ because I am a part of this, was not a very great performance for the Blackshirts. So, we don't feel like anyone deserves one yet until we see what they do at Memorial Stadium."


With just three days left until game day, Chinander mentioned that he will only feel completely ready right before opening kickoff.


"I think for me, the hay is really never in the barn," Chinander said. "The kids will say, ‘Coach are you ready?’ and I'll say, ‘No.’ About five minutes before kickoff, I'll be ready. That doesn't mean we'll be installing any more stuff. I want these guys to play fast. As a play caller, you never feel ready, you're always watching more tape. At night, you're watching more film, you're trying to make sure your call sheet is right. You want to know the call sheet without looking at it. Do I feel like the staff and team is ready? I would say yes. But I won't be ready until a few minutes before kickoff.


The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Wednesday morning. Nebraska kicks off its season on Saturday, Sept. 1 against Akron at Memorial Stadium at 7 p.m., with FOX providing national TV coverage.






TV - FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Holly Sonders)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
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APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App


2017 Record: 4-8, 3-6 Big Ten
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-7 (3rd Year)/0-0 (1st Year)
vs. Akron: 0-0

2017 Record: 7-7, 6-2 MAC
Rankings: NR
Coach: Terry Bowden
Career/Akron Record: 171-106-2 (25th Year)/31-44 (7th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 3-5

The Matchup

Nebraska ushers in a new era on Saturday night when it plays host to Akron in a 7 p.m. CT contest at a sold-out Memorial Stadium. The prime-time matchup in Lincoln will be televised nationally on FOX and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The game will mark the Cornhuskers' first under Head Coach Scott Frost, the consensus National Coach of the Year in 2017. Frost came to Nebraska after a remarkable turnaround at UCF, where he guided the Knights to a perfect 2017 season. Frost has a championship pedigree as a player and a coach, quarterbacking the 1997 Huskers to a perfect 13-0 record and Big 12 and national titles.

The matchup between the Huskers and the Zips is the second all-time between the two schools. Ironically, the only other meeting occurred to open the 1997 season when Frost guided a Husker offense that amassed 644 yards of total offense en route to a 59-14 victory.

Akron is in its seventh season under Head Coach Terry Bowden, who is in his 25th season overall as a collegiate head coach. Last season the Zips posted a 7-7 overall record and captured the Mid-American Conference Eastern Division crown.

This Week's Numbers
13 - Scott Frost and his 10 assistant coaches - all of whom followed Frost from Central Florida to Nebraska - have won 13 consecutive games, the longest current winning streak of any head coach or coaching staff.

1 - Freshman quarterback Adrian Martinez will make his first career start in Saturday's game. Martinez is the first true freshman to start the season opener at quarterback for Nebraska and just the second freshman ever to start the season opener, joining Taylor Martinez in 2010.

129 - Saturday's game will kick off the 129th season in the history of the Nebraska Football program. The Huskers rank among the top five in all-time victories, conference championships and bowl appearances.

Nebraska-Iowa Series

Saturday's meeting is the second matchup between Nebraska and Akron. The Huskers also opened their 1997 season against the Zips, winning 59-14 at Memorial Stadium.

  • The previous meeting marked Scott Frost's opening game of his senior season. As the starting quarterback that day, Frost posted the first 100-yard rushing game of his career, gaining 123 yards on only 11 carries. He scored a pair of touchdowns on the ground and also completed 7-of-13 passes for 67 yards, leading Nebraska to 644 yards of total offense.
  • Nebraska is 5-1 all-time against members of the Mid-American Conference, with the lone loss coming last September to Northern Illinois, when the Huskies used two defensive touchdowns to post a 21-17 victory.
  • Martinez Set for Historic Start

    True freshman Adrian Martinez is expected to start Saturday's season opener with Akron.

  • Martinez is in line to be the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener in NU history. He would be just the second freshman quarterback to start a season opener, joining redshirt freshman Taylor Martinez in 2010.
  • Martinez would join Tommie Frazier (1992) and Cody Green (2009) as the only true freshmen to start at quarterback in Husker history.
  • Frost Set for First Season

    Scott Frost will lead his first Nebraska team as head coach this fall. Frost is in his third season overall as a head coach after guiding Central Florida to a 19-7 record the past two seasons.

  • Frost was the consensus 2017 national coach of the year after leading UCF to a 13-0 season. UCF was the only FBS unbeaten team in 2017.
  • In Orlando, Frost led the greatest two-year turnaround in college football history. He inherited an 0-12 team and led the Knights to a bowl game in his first season in 2016. That set the stage for Frost to become the first coach in FBS history to turn a winless team into an undefeated team in just two years.
  • Frost brought all nine of his UCF assistant coaches with him to Lincoln. Barrett Ruud also followed Frost to Lincoln after serving as a quality control administrator with the Knights. Ruud was promoted to inside linebackers coach in January, when the NCAA permitted schools to add a 10th assistant coach.
    • Before becoming UCF’s head coach in 2016, Frost spent seven seasons at Oregon (2009-15) and two years at Northern Iowa (2007-08). Included in those stops were stints as the Ducks’ offensive coordinator from 2013 to 2015 and as the Panthers’ defensive coordinator in 2008.
  • Dating back to Bob Devaney in 1962, Nebraska head coaches are 5-1 in their first game as Husker head coach.
  • Frost has been a proven winner in his coaching career. In 11 seasons as a full-time assistant or head coach, Frost’s teams have posted a 122-25 record, averaging more than 11 wins per season. Frost has been a part of seven conference championship teams in his 11 seasons and has twice coached in the national championship game.
  • Frost’s teams have been ranked in the top 15 in 10 of his 11 seasons, including eight top-10 final rankings and six top-five final rankings.
  • A Nebraska native, Frost is the fifth Husker player to return to Nebraska as head coach. His staff also features former Husker players Greg Austin (2003-06), Ryan Held (1993-96) and Barrett Ruud (2001-04).
  • Staff has Familiar, Fresh Faces

    All 11 members of Nebraska’s 2018 coaching staff are in their first season with the Huskers. None of the 11 had ever been a full-time coach at Nebraska before, but the staff still has plenty of Husker ties.

    Head Coach Scott Frost played for Nebraska from 1995 to 1997 and served as a graduate assistant coach during the Huskers’ preparations for the 2002 Independence Bowl. Running backs coach Ryan Held also played for Nebraska (1993-96) and was an undergraduate coach on Nebraska’s 1997 national championship team. Barrett Ruud (2001-04) and Greg Austin (2003-06) are also former Huskers, although neither had ever coached at Nebraska prior to this season.

    The fresh faces on staff are seven assistants who are Nebraska newcomers: defensive coordinator Erik Chinander, offensive coordinator Troy Walters, special teams coordinator and outside linebackers coach Jovan Dewitt, tight ends coach Sean Beckton, defensive line coach Mike Dawson, defensive backs coach Travis Fisher and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco.

    Although all 11 members of the staff will be coaching in the Big Ten for the first time this fall, the staff boasts plenty of big-time experience. The staff owns a collective 25 years of coaching experience at nine different Power Five programs. Austin, Chinander and Dawson also spent a combined five seasons coaching in the National Football League.

    • Scott Frost, Head Coach (1995-97)
    • Greg Austin, Assistant Coach (2003-06)
    • Ryan Held, Assistant Coach (1993-96)
    • Barrett Ruud, Assistant Coach (2001-04)

    Staff Aims for Another Offensive Turnaround

     Nebraska aims for an improved offense in Scott Frost's first season, after Frost and his staff orchestrated the greatest two-year offensive turnaround in NCAA history at Central Florida.

  • In two seasons in Orlando, Frost and his offensive staff helped UCF improve by an average of more than 27 points per game and by more than 270 yards of total offense per game.
  • The staff inherited a UCF offense that ranked 125th nationally in scoring and 127th in total offense in 2015. Two years later, the Knights led the nation in scoring and ranked fifth in total offense.
  • In 2017, Nebraska ranked 84th nationally in scoring while UCF led the nation. The Knights' averaged more than 48 points per game, while the Huskers' season high was 44 at Penn State.
  • Nebraska ranked 87th nationally in total offense in 2017, while UCF was fifth. The Knights averaged 530.5 yards per game, while the Huskers' high mark of the season was 471 yards at Purdue.
  • Staff Also Seeks Another Defensive TurnaroundNebraska's defense struggled in 2017, but hope that the Blackshirts can show dramatic improvement lies in the immediate turnaround Erik Chinander and his fellow defensive assistants orchestrated at UCF in 2016.

  • Chinander and his defensive staff inherited a UCF defense that ranked 113th in total defense in 2015 and 117th in scoring offense. The staff inherited a unit that had allowed 464.1 yards per game and 37.7 points per game.
  • Those totals are similar to what Chinander and company inherited at Nebraska, as the Huskers ranked 100th in total defense (463.2 ypg) and 115th in scoring defense (36.4 ppg).
  • In his first season at UCF, Chinander earned a nomination for the prestigious Broyles Award - presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach - after helping the Knights allow nearly two fewer touchdowns per game and 94 fewer yards per game.
  • Nebraska to FaceTough Schedule

    Nebraska will face one of the nation’s toughest schedules in 2018. The Huskers’ 2018 opponents combined for a 98-58 record in 2017.

  • NU plays five games against opponents who won at least 10 games in 2017, the second-highest total nationally.
  • The Huskers play nine games against teams that made a bowl game in 2017, the second-highest total nationally.
  • Nebraska plays a nation-leading seven games against teams that won a bowl game in 2017.
  • The Huskers will play four games against teams ranked in the top 14 of the 2018 Associated Press preseason poll, with three of those four games on the road.
  • NU faces four teams who finished the 2017 season ranked in the top 20 of the Associated Press poll. That group includes No. 5 Ohio State, No. 7 Wisconsin, No. 15 Michigan State and No. 17 Northwestern.
  • The Huskers face one of the nation's toughest road schedules in 2018. NU faces preseason No. 4 Wisconsin, No. 5 Ohio State and No. 14 Michigan on the road and each of NU’s five road opponents won at least eight games in 2017 while combining for a 51-16 record.
  • Three of the Huskers’ five road opponents were ranked in the top 20 of the final 2017 AP poll (Ohio State, Wisconsin, Northwestern), while Iowa received votes in the final poll and Michigan spent 11 weeks ranked during the 2017 season, including six weeks in the top 10.

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    Last week the high school sports season kicked off with a bang, as the Bearcats and Bulldogs renewed the Twin City Rivalry on the diamond. As the Bulldogs started strong and finished with an 11-3 victory. Gering and Scottsbluff Softball are both in action this week. Lets take at the schedule for the Hometown Family Radio Sports Network this week:

    Local High School
    • Tue. 8/28 Scottsbluff @ Chadron Softball 6pm on Wild Country 106.9 or with Keaton Monier 
    • Tue. 8/28 Gering @ Alliance Softball 6pm on Sunny 99.3 or with Trevor Bentley
    • Fri. 8/31 Hastings @ Scottsbluff Football 6pm pregame 7pm kickoff on Wild Country 106.9 or with Marcus Lind
    • Fri. 8/31 Seward @ Gering Football on Sunny 99.3 or with Trevor Bentley 
    Western Nebraska Cougars
    • Wed. 8/29 Laramie County @ WNCC Volleyball on KOZY 101.3 or 6:25pm Pregame 7 First serve with Keaton Monier. 
    • Fri. 8/31-Sat. 9/1 Salt Lake Classic Volleyball 
    Colorado Rockies
    • Mon. 8/27 Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Angles 7:25pm on 1320 am KOLT 
    • Tue. 8/28 Colorado Rockies @ Los Angeles Angles 7:25pm on 1320 am KOLT 
    • Thur. 8/30 Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres 7:30pm on 1320 am KOLT 
    • Fri. 8/31 Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres 7:30pm on 1320 am KOLT 
    • Sat. 9/01 Colorado Rockies @ San Diego Padres 6:00pm on 1320 am KOLT
    Denver Broncos
    • Thur. 8/30 Denver Broncos @ Arizona Cardinals 8pm on NFLN

    Tuesday, 8/287:25 PMRockies BaseballColorado Rockies@Los Angeles Angeles
    Thursday, 8/307:30 PMRockies BaseballColorado Rockies@San Diego Padres
    Friday, 8/317:30 PMRockies BaseballColorado Rockies@San Diego Padres
    Saturday, 9/16:00 PMRockies BaseballColorado Rockies@San Diego Padres

    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team rebounded from Friday’s two losses in winning twice in the final day of the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Saturday.

    The Cougars received double-double performances from Enna Masaka, Ana Costas, and Amryi-Grace Paris in taking down Jefferson College in four games 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-12. WNCC followed that up with a straight-game sweep of Barton Community College 25-13, 25-17, 25-23 to finish the opening tournament of the season with a 2-2 record.

    In the opener against Jefferson, The Cougars had a strong serving game from Masaki with 18 points and five aces. Masaki had a near triple-double, finishing with 10 set assists and eight kills in the four-game win.

    The Cougars trailed 15-11 to Jefferson in the first game before Masaki brought the Cougars back for a 16-15 lead. Later, Costas had three points for a 22-18 lead before a Kaile Tuisamatatele kill ended the first game 25-20.

    WNCC got behind the 8-ball in the second set early, trailing 8-1 before mounting a comeback to fall 25-23.

    That close loss inspired the team in the third and fourth games, capturing the third 25-21 and then rolling to a 25-12 win in game two.

    Besides Masaki’s double-double, Costas finished with 21 digs and 13 points, while Paris had 15 kills and 10 points.

    Leslie Lagafuaina finished with nine kills and two solo blocks, while Tuisamatatele had eight kills. Gabby Canavati tallied nine kills and three digs.

    Jayme Commins finished with 31 set assists with seven digs, three points, and two kills.

    Also for the Cougars, Aloni Jordan had two kills; Adia Sherbeyn had four digs, seven points, and two aces; and Logan Belford had two digs.

    WNCC finished the Reiver Invite with an impressive win over Barton, where the Cougars tallied 44 kills and had three players with double-figure kills.

    The Cougars won the first game 25-13 and then went up 2-0 with a 25-17 win over the Cougars from Kansas. WNCC finished off the sweep with a 25-23 win.

    Paris led the way offensively with 14 kills. Paris also had nine digs and six points. Tuisamatatele finished with 10 kills and three points, while Masaki had eight kills. Masaki also finished with 13 digs, eight points, and five set assists.

    Commins finished with a double-double, tallying 34 set assists with 11 points, eight digs, and two kills.

    Also for WNCC, Canavati had five kills and two digs; Lagafuaina had five kills and two solo blocks; Sherbeyn had 16 digs and five points; and Costas had 12 digs and three points.

    WNCC, 2-2, will be back in action Wednesday when they host No. 12 Laramie County Community College. LCCC went 3-1 at the Reiver Invite, defeating Indian Hills, Jefferson, and Barton, before falling in straight games to Iowa Western.

    Wednesday’s first pitch is slated for 7 p.m. at Cougar Palace between the No. 4 and No. 12 ranked teams in the pre-season poll.

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team rebounded from its season-opening loss to No. 7 Florida with a 25-21, 25-21, 26-24 sweep of No. 18 Oregon at the VERT Challenge in front of a crowd of 8,135 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night. 

    Mikaela Foecke had 15 kills and hit .375 on an error-free night to lead the Huskers. Foecke had a double-double with 11 digs and was an all-tournament team selection. The Huskers rallied from deficits of 6-1 and 20-17 in the first set to win 25-21 and pulled away midway through set two for a second straight 25-21 win. After a strong start in set three, the Huskers still found themselves down 21-18 late but came up clutch to tie the set at 22-22 and eventually win 26-24. 

    Foecke was one of three Husker attackers without an error on the night. Callie Schwarzenbach had six kills on .667 hitting with no errors. Sami Slaughter had four kills without an error on 15 swings. Jazz Sweet added eight kills, and Lauren Stivrins had five kills and a key ace late in the third set. 

    Nicklin Hames put up 35 assists with nine digs and an ace, while Kenzie Maloney had a team-high 16 digs. Nebraska hit .246 for the match and held Oregon to .176. The Huskers committed just 12 attacking errors one day after committing 30.

    Oregon (0-2) got 11 kills from Lindsey Vander Weide and eight each from Willow Johnson and Brooke Van Sickle.

    Set 1: Oregon got off to a quick start, taking a 6-1 lead. The Huskers chipped away at the lead, pulling within 9-7 on a Foecke kill. But Oregon reeled off a 3-0 run to take a 15-9 lead at the media timeout. After the break, an Oregon service error kick-started a 3-0 Husker spurt, capped by a Stivrins solo block and a kill by Sweet. After an Oregon sideout, Stivrins and Foecke terminated on consecutive shots to pull NU within one, 17-16. Oregon held on to its lead, though, as Johnson put down a kill to make it 20-17 Ducks. After a timeout, Nebraska ripped off a 7-0 run with Hames serving to go up 24-20. Foecke started the run with a kill and a block, and Megan Miller sent a ball over for a kill before Oregon hit long to give the Huskers their first lead of the match at 21-20. The Ducks committed two more errors on the next two rallies to make it 23-20 Huskers. After Oregon used its second timeout, Sweet terminated for set point, and the Huskers won 25-21 on an Oregon service error. Despite hitting just .105, the Huskers held Oregon to .119 hitting and benefitted from seven Oregon service errors, while the Huskers committed just two.

    Set 2: Oregon took a 6-5 lead after three straight points. But the Huskers answered with a 5-1 run to go up 10-7, sparked by Stivrins and Foecke kills and aided by three Oregon attacking errors. Schwarzenbach tacked on two more kills and Foecke had one as Nebraska went ahead 13-9. Sami Slaughter put down back-to-back kills to make it 17-11 Big Red and force an Oregon timeout. After the Ducks got within three, Slaughter terminated again, and the Huskers went ahead 20-15 on a kill by Stivrins. Foecke added two more kills and Sweet had one as the Huskers closed out the 25-21 win. The Husker offense finally got untracked as they hit .412 with 16 kills and two errors on 34 attacks. 

    Set 3: Foecke pounded two more kills around a Hames service ace for a quick 3-0 lead, but Oregon answered with a 4-0 run to take the lead. The Huskers responded with the next five points to go up 8-4, keyed by kills by Sweet and Schwarzenbach and a block by the duo. Oregon bounced back to tie the set at 12-12, but a pair of attacking errors restored a 14-12 Husker edge. Oregon regained an 18-17 lead on back-to-back kills by Van Sickle and Vander Weide. The Ducks went up by three, 21-18, after back-to-back Vander Weide kills. An Oregon service error made it 21-19, and the Ducks failed to connect on an attack to bring NU within one. Oregon sided out before Foecke did the same, and Stivrins served an ace to level the score at 22-22. Vander Weide and Foecke traded kills, and then Van Sickle and Foecke traded kills to bring the score to 24-24. Oregon hit wide to give the Huskers match point, and Foecke nearly served an ace before Sweet tooled the block for match point. 

    Up Next: The Huskers host the Ameritas Players Challenge next Friday and Saturday. Nebraska will play Ohio at Noon and Wake Forest at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, and Santa Clara at 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    2018 VERT Challenge All-Tournament Team
    Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
    Allie Gregory, Florida
    Thayer Hall, Florida
    Morgan Johnson, Texas (MVP)
    Willow Johnson, Oregon
    Sydney Peterson, Texas
    Mikaya White, Texas


    COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa – The fourth-ranked Western Nebraska Community College volleyball team dropped two games in the first day of the Reiver Invite in Council Bluffs, Iowa, on Friday.
    The WNCC women lost a hard-fought five-setter to Indian Hills Community College 25-12, 25-21, 21-25, 21-25, 10-15, before falling in three games to No. 3 Iowa Western Community College 18-25, 13-25, 25-27.
    The Cougars will look to rebound with two matches on Saturday when they face Jefferson College and Barton Community College.
    In the opening match against Indian Hills, the Cougars rolled to a 25-12 win in the first game behind an 8-point service run to open up a 10-7 game to a 19-7 contest. The second game saw the two teams tied at 8-8 before the Cougars put together strong serving for the win.
    WNCC fell 25-21 in the third set. The Cougars led 19-15 but watched the Warriors come back to tie the game at 19 and then go up 23-20 before falling. The fourth game was just as tight with neither team holding more than a 3-point lead until Indian Hills won 25-21.
    The fifth game was knotted at 10-10 before the Warriors reeled off five straight for the win.
    Amryi-Grace Paris led the team with 16 kills while Sarena Bartley finished with 15. The Cougars also had Masaki, Kaile Tuisamatatele, and Leslie Lagafuaina all had seven kills.
    Masaki finished with a double-double. Besides her seven kills, she also had 20 set assists, 12 points, nine digs, and two solo blocks.
    Jayme Commins finished with 21 set assists, eight points, six digs, and three kills.
    Also for the Cougars, Adia Sherbeyn had seven points and five digs; Tuisamatatele had five points, four solo blocks, three assisted blocks, and two digs; Ana Costas had 15 digs, five points, and two aces; Terri Takita-Robins had nine points and five digs; Paris had four digs and three points; and Lagafuaina had seven solo blocks and four assist blocks.
    The Iowa Western match saw WNCC finish with just 28 total kills in the three games. Lagafuaina, Paris, and Masaki each had five kills, while Tuisamatatele led the team with six kills.
    Costas tallied 16 digs followed five each from Commins and Sherbeyn.

    Commins had 11 set assists while Masaki had nine. Lagafuaina had three solo blocks in the contest.

    Allen 70, Cedar Bluffs 6
    Ansley-Litchfield 52, Pleasanton 14
    Archbishop Bergan 36, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 26
    Arapahoe 50, Elwood 6
    Ashland-Greenwood 27, Fort Calhoun 0
    Auburn 35, Fairbury 0
    Aurora 66, Adams Central 28
    Axtell 40, Loomis 34
    Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 48, Hartington Cedar Catholic 22
    Bayard 57, Leyton/Banner County 14
    Bellevue West 49, Lincoln High 43
    Bertrand 48, Alma 36
    Bishop Neumann 33, Boys Town 7
    Blair 40, Plattsmouth 29
    Boone Central/Newman Grove 22, O'Neill 14
    Boyd County 36, St. Mary's 34, OT
    Brady 58, Paxton 22
    Centennial 44, Syracuse 0
    Central City 16, St. Paul 7
    Chadron 36, Gordon/Rushville 12
    Clearwater/Orchard 68, Neligh-Oakdale 14
    Columbus Lakeview 55, Fillmore Central 0
    Columbus Scotus 23, Aquinas 21
    Crawford 58, Edgemont, S.D. 28
    Creighton 62, Wakefield 38
    Crete 27, Lexington 18
    Diller-Odell 72, Southern 46
    Doniphan-Trumbull 42, Wood River 7
    Douglas County West 32, Raymond Central 13
    Dundy County-Stratton 66, Perkins County 22
    Elkhorn South 27, Elkhorn 20
    Elkhorn Valley 24, Elgin Public/Pope John 20
    Emerson-Hubbard 57, Homer 26
    Eustis-Farnam 69, Creek Valley 39
    Exeter-Milligan/Friend 52, Tri County 6
    Falls City Sacred Heart 60, Nebraska City Lourdes 28
    Freeman 27, Yutan 0
    Fullerton 26, Arcadia-Loup City 16
    Garden County 36, Kimball 30, OT
    Giltner 46, Heartland 28
    Gothenburg 27, Chase County 6
    Grand Island 46, Kearney 0
    Grand Island Central Catholic 37, Malcolm 6
    Grand Island Northwest 61, Gering 0
    Guardian Angels 68, East Butler 14
    Hartington-Newcastle 46, CWC-Ewing 12
    Harvard 64, Spalding Academy 50
    Hastings St. Cecilia 45, Hershey 0
    Hay Springs 68, Potter-Dix 6
    Howells/Dodge 34, Clarkson/Leigh 16
    Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 66, Pawnee City 44
    Hyannis 71, Arthur County 55
    Johnson-Brock 50, Elmwood-Murdock 18
    Kearney Catholic 21, Broken Bow 0
    Lewiston 41, Silver Lake 26
    Lincoln Lutheran 47, Omaha Concordia 0
    Lincoln Northeast 22, Fremont 0
    Lincoln Southwest 43, Lincoln North Star 0
    Louisville 40, Conestoga 7
    Maxwell 88, Morrill 40
    McCook 41, Hastings 0
    McCool Junction 61, Hampton 6
    Mead 36, Parkview Christian 14
    Medicine Valley 58, Wallace 15
    Meridian 50, Blue Hill 25
    Milford 43, Falls City 0
    Millard West 35, Millard North 0
    Minatare 50, Sioux County 30
    Minden 27, Gibbon 13
    Mullen 52, Hemingford 12
    Nebraska Christian 20, Thayer Central 6
    Nebraska City 41, Schuyler 8
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    Norris 39, Beatrice 17
    North Bend Central 56, Johnson County Central 34
    Oakland-Craig 32, Crofton 6
    Ogallala 54, Holdrege 7
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    Omaha Bryan 59, South Sioux City 27
    Omaha Burke 49, Lincoln Southeast 28
    Omaha Central 52, Omaha Benson 26
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    Omaha Skutt Catholic 35, Bennington 14
    Omaha Westside 52, Bellevue East 0
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    Osceola-High Plains 66, Palmer 34
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    Overton 50, Elm Creek 13
    Palmyra 28, Nebraska Lutheran 14
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    Pierce 48, Norfolk Catholic 29
    Platteview 22, Lincoln Christian 15
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    Randolph 40, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 16
    Ravenna 58, Amherst 14
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    Scottsbluff 41, North Platte 20
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    Southern Valley 28, Sandy Creek 18
    Stanton 45, David City 43
    Sterling 65, St. Edward 6
    Stuart 72, Niobrara/Verdigre 8
    Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 60, Elba 6
    Sutton 50, North Platte St. Patrick's 7
    Valentine 41, Mitchell 14
    Wahoo 16, Wayne 0
    Walthill 73, Dorchester 0
    Wauneta-Palisade 30, Hitchcock County 16
    West Point-Beemer 39, Arlington 22
    Wilber-Clatonia 42, Superior 0
    Wilcox-Hildreth 56, Red Cloud 0
    Winnebago 50, Pender 14
    Wisner-Pilger 50, Cross County 34
    Wynot 36, Plainview 18
    York 55, Alliance 14

    SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – The Western Nebraska Community College men’s and women’s soccer team dropped contests to Salt Lake Community College on Thursday.

    The Cougar men lost a tough one, battling back from a 3-0 halftime deficit before falling 3-2. The Cougar women fell 4-0 to the Bruins.

    The men’s contest was a dogfight all game. WNCC outshot the Bruins 8-6, but couldn’t get the tying goal when they needed.

    After Salt Lake took the 3-0 lead at halftime allowing the Bruins to score the third goal just seconds before intermission, the Cougars battled back in the second half.

    Silvio Xavier started things for WNCC taking a pass from Ramses Atahualpa in the 62nd minute for the Cougar men’s first goal of the season. Xavier brought the team within a single goal after taking a pass from Thomas Franze in the 85th minute.

    But the comeback fell short as time ran out.

    Leandro Faria made nine saves in net after giving up three first-half goals.

    The Cougar women played better than Wednesday’s 10-0 loss to No. 17 Snow College, but they still couldn’t find the back of the net.

    Salt Lake scored twice in the first half for a 2-0 halftime deficit, netting goals 12 minutes into the game and then 24 minutes.

    The second half saw WNCC play better to start. Salt Lake made it 3-0 with a goal in the 66th minute. Salt Lake earned a fourth goal in the 86th minute on an own goal.

    Laramie Lake finished with eight saves in net.

    Both teams will be back in action next week when they head to Gillette, Wyoming, for a pair of games. The women will face Northwest Wyoming on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday, while the men will battle Colorado Northwestern on Saturday and Gillette on Sunday.


    The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team opens the 2018 season with a pair of top-20 matches this weekend at the VERT Challenge at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Huskers host No. 7 Florida on Friday at 6 p.m. in a rematch of the 2017 NCAA Championship match. On Saturday, Nebraska will face No. 18 Oregon at 6 p.m. The VERT Challenge is in its fourth year of its cycle. Texas will also play in the tournament this weekend.

    Friday’s match will be televised on BTN and streamed at If the 3:30 p.m. match between Texas and Oregon goes long, the Huskers and Gators will begin 30 minutes after the conclusion of the first match, but no earlier than 6 p.m. Saturday’s match, which will be streamed at with a BTN Plus subscription, will also begin at either 6 p.m. or 30 minutes after the conclusion of the Florida-Texas match.

    Both Husker matches this weekend will be on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at, on the official Huskers app and the TuneIn app. 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
    • The Huskers are 3-3 all-time in the VERT Challenge. Nebraska lost both matches last season in Gainesville, Florida, 3-1 to Oregon and 3-2 to Florida. The Gators are 5-1 all-time in the tournament, while Texas is 3-3 and Oregon is 1-5.
    • Nebraska is no stranger to national title rematches early the next season. After Nebraska beat Texas in the 2015 national title match, the teams had a rematch at the VERT Challenge in Eugene, Oregon in 2016. Nebraska won the rematch, 3-0, the same result as the 2015 championship match. Last season, Nebraska beat Florida, 3-1, to win the NCAA crown in Kansas City, Missouri.
    • The second-ranked Huskers won the 2017 NCAA title, their second national championship in three years. NU finished 32-4 overall and also won a second straight Big Ten title, sharing top honors with Penn State.
    • This year’s NU squad will aim to reach the final four for a fourth consecutive year, which would be a first in program history. NU also hasn’t won three straight conference titles since 2006-08 in the Big 12.
    • Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney were preseason All-Big Ten selections. Foecke is a two-time NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player and led Nebraska in kills last year with 3.53 per set. Maloney was an NCAA All-Tournament team selection and led NU in digs last year with 3.62 per set.

    • John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (531-69); 26th year overall (692-142)
    • Mary Wise, Florida: 28th year at Florida (824-101); 32nd year overall (905-164)
    • Matt Ulmer, Oregon: 2nd year at Oregon (18-12)

    Series History
    • Nebraska is 9-3 all-time against Florida with the teams meeting twice last season and splitting the matches. Florida beat NU, 3-2, in the second match of the season at the VERT Challenge in Gainesville. The Huskers earned a 3-1 win in the national championship match on Dec. 16 in Kansas City.
    • Nebraska is 4-2 all-time against Oregon, but the Ducks beat the Huskers, 3-1, last August in Gainesville. The Huskers beat Oregon in the first year of the VERT Challenge, 3-2, in Austin, Texas.

    Scouting Florida
    • Florida is coming off a 30-2 season and an NCAA runner-up finish last year. The Gators are ranked seventh in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll. Florida returns three starters from last year’s squad.
    • Middle blocker Rachael Kramer is the top returning Gator. The 6-8 Phoenix, Arizona native averaged 2.66 kills and 1.03 blocks per set last season. She was a third-team AVCA All-American and an All-SEC selection.

    Scouting Oregon
    • Oregon is coming off an 18-12 season in Matt Ulmer’s first year as head coach. The Ducks reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament in 2017.
    • The Ducks, who are ranked 18th in the preseason AVCA Coaches Poll, return four starters, led by 6-2 middle blocker Ronika Stone, who was an All-Pac-12 selection last year after averaging 2.14 kills and 1.14 blocks per set. Senior outside hitter Lindsey Vander Weide put up 2.48 kills and 2.70 digs per set in 2017.

    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. She was named a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten team selection entering her senior season.
    • Foecke averaged a team-high 3.53 kills per set on .290 hitting with 2.36 digs per set in 2017. She also had a team-high 39 aces.
    • Foecke ranks 16th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,170, which ranks seventh in the rally-scoring era (2001 to present).
    • Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
    • In her first season as NU’s libero, 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.

    Stivrins, Sweet Set for Sophomore Seasons
    • After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet will both aim to play even bigger roles in 2018.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    New Huskers Have Big Roles to Play
    • Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and at least a few will have to play a major role for the Huskers early on. With starting setter Kelly Hunter, middle blocker Briana Holman and outside hitter Annika Albrecht all graduating last year, as well as defensive specialist Sydney Townsend, NU will rely on its newcomers to make an immediate impact.
    • Three of the eight newcomers are setters who will look to replace Hunter, the two-time AVCA All-American and 2017 Big Ten Setter of the Year. Freshman Nicklin Hames was ranked the top setter recruit in the nation by, while junior transfer Mari Kurkova has experience playing on the highest international stage with the Czech Republic. Senior Brooke Smith, who began her career at Nebraska in 2015, rejoins the squad after playing one season at Kansas State.
    • Nebraska also 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 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.

    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 will be played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip will be up the road to Omaha where NU will face Creighton on Thursday, Sept. 6. The teams took a year off from the series last season after playing each other from 2014-16.
    • The 2018 season marks the first time the Huskers won’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

    Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
    • Nebraska enters the season with an NCAA women’s record 234 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.

    Cook Closing in on 700 Career Wins
    • Nebraska head coach John Cook has a 692-142 career record entering the 2018 season and will become the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season.
    • A total of 26 Division I coaches all-time have reached the 700-win mark. Former Husker head coach Terry Pettit is currently tied for 27th on the all-time victories list with 694.

    NCAA Tournament Format Stays the Same
    • For the third straight year, the top remaining seed in each quadrant of the bracket after the second round will have the chance to host one of the four regionals. The Huskers were one of the four teams to host a regional in 2016, as they beat Penn State and Washington to advance to the NCAA Semifinals for the second straight year. Nebraska went on the road in 2017 to play in a regional at Lexington, Kentucky.
    • The 2018 NCAA Championship will be played Dec. 13-15 at the Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It will be the second appearance of the finals in Minnesota. The last time Minnesota hosted was 1988.

    Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska was ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll.
    • 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 471 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 526 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 692 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 .885 win percentage in that time (531-69).
    • 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.

    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).
    • The Huskers have sold out every regular-season match since 2001, a streak of 234 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.

    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.

    Sarah Pavan’s Jersey to be Retired on Sept. 9
    • Nebraska will retire the jersey of one of the most decorated players in NCAA history, Sarah Pavan, on Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Huskers’ match against Iowa State. Pavan will also be 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 to the 2006 NCAA Championship.
    • Pavan will be the ninth volleyball player in school history to have her jersey retired.