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EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team swept Northwestern 25-19, 25-12, 25-23 in its first Big Ten road match of the season on Friday night at Evanston Township High School.

The Huskers (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten) pulled away midway through the first two sets for decisive wins. In set three, the Huskers trailed most of the set and were down 23-20 before mounting a 5-0 run to finish off the match. 

Jazz Sweet had a match-high 12 kills on .346 hitting and had five blocks. Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills on 10 swings, becoming the third player in Nebraska history to have a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills. Mikaela Foecke and Lexi Sun each added eight kills. 

Nicklin Hames had 32 assists and 15 digs, and Callie Schwarzenbach posted six blocks. The Huskers outhit Northwestern (10-5, 0-3 Big Ten) .265 to .143. 

Ella Grbac led Northwestern with eight kills. 

Set 1: An early 7-3 Husker lead became 7-6 after a brief Northwestern run. But Foecke and Sun smashed kills, and Hames dumped one to make it 10-6 Huskers. Nebraska led 14-10 but again sloppy passing allowed the Wildcats back within one, 14-13. Sweet answered with her fifth kill to keep the Huskers in the lead, and a block by Hames, an ace by Densberger and block by Foecke and Stivrins made it 19-13 Huskers after a 5-0 run. Nebraska won 25-19 with five kills from Sweet and four from Sun. 

Set 2: After falling behind 3-1, Nebraska went on a 7-2 run to take an 8-5 lead with three kills by Stivrins. After Northwestern cut it to 15-12 to force a Husker timeout, Foecke terminated twice and served three aces, and Stivrins blasted three more kills as the Huskers finished the set on a 10-0 run to win 25-12. The Huskers held Northwestern to .000 hitting, and Stivrins had six kills on six swings. Nebraska had four aces in the set, three by Foecke.

Set 3: The Wildcats used a 5-0 run to take an 8-4 lead early in the set. The Huskers clawed back to take a 13-12 lead with two blocks by Sweet and Schwarzenbach and kills by Sun, Foecke and Sweet. But Northwestern responded with a 4-0 run to go back ahead, 16-13. The Wildcats led 20-16 before kills by Stivrins and Sun trimmed the deficit to 20-18. Northwestern still led 23-20 when back-to-back kills by Sweet cut it to 23-22. Northwestern hit wide on the next rally to tie the score at 23-23, and an ace by Sun gave the Huskers match point at 24-23. Sweet and Schwarzenbach ended the match with another block, as the Huskers finished set three on a 5-0 run to win 25-23. 




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Outdoor Report Week of Sept. 24th

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The Western Nebraska Community College soccer and volleyball teams will be in key conference contests this weekend.

The Cougar volleyball team, who went 4-0 at home last week and are 14-6 on the season, will hit the road for three Region IX South conference matches beginning Thursday at No. 19 Otero Junior College. Otero has a 17-1 record on the season. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

WNCC will continue the southern Colorado road swing on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Cougars head to Lamar Community College (15-6) for a 6 p.m. first serve and then Saturday to Trinidad State Junior College (9-8) for a 1 p.m. start.          

Last week the Cougar volleyball team went 4-0 with some impressive wins. WNCC started last week with a 3-1 conference win over McCook Community College behind a 24-kill out-pouring by Enna Masaki. The Cougars then swept through the Wyo-Braska Invite with 3-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College, Dawson Community College, and Casper College.

WNCC has five players with over 100 kills for the season. Masaki leads the way with 199 followed by Amryi-Grace Paris with 160, Gaby Canavati with 151, Kaile Tuisamatatele with 142, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina with 134.

WNCC’s blocking has been key as well as the team has 125 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks. Mamai-Lagafuaina had 44 solos and 21 assists followed by Tuisamatatele with 26 solos and Masaki with 19. Mamai-Lagafuaina is fifth in the country in solo blocks,

The setting has been handled by Ogallala’s Jayme Commins, who has 632 set assists for 8.66 per game. Commins ranks 24th in the nation in sets per game.

While the volleyball team is on the road for conference contests, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting conference matches Friday and Saturday at Landers Soccer Complex. The women’s contests for both days begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s teams battling at 3 p.m.

WNCC will take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday and then Otero Junior College on Saturday. This will be the second time these teams have faced each other.

The Cougar men enter the weekend contests at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Region IX South play. Trinidad State is 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference action. NJC leads the conference at 4-0 and 7-3 overall.

Otero is 4-5 overall as they enter this weekend’s contests. The Rattlers are 2-2 on the season.

When the WNCC men met up with Trinidad and Otero earlier this month, the Cougars won both contests, earning 1-goal wins. WNCC topped Otero 2-1 before earning a 1-0 win over Trinidad State.

The women’s contests will decide first place in the conference standings. Trinidad, Otero and WNCC are all tied at 2-1 in conference play. The Cougar women are 3-4-1 overall while Trinidad is 3-4 and Otero is 4-4.

The Cougar women, who last played Oct. 15 when they tied Gillette College 2-2 split with Otero and Trinidad State in their first meetings. WNCC fell to Otero 2-0 before coming back to register a 1-0 win over Trinidad.

After this week, the Cougar men’s soccer team will have three regular matches left before regionals, while the women will have four matches left. Both squads will travel to Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 5 before hosting Northeastern Junior College on Oct. 10. The women will travel to face York junior varsity on Oct. 11 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 14. The Cougar men’s final regular season game is Oct. 12 at Central Community College-Columbus.

The only other team in action this weekend is the Cougar baseball team as they will scrimmage Colorado Mines in Golden, Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.




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The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will leave the state of Nebraska for the first time this season when it heads to Illinois for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Huskers will begin the road trip at Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. in a match that will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription. For the second straight year, Nebraska will play Northwestern at Evanston Township High School, as the Wildcats’ permanent home of Welsh-Ryan Arena is under renovation. The Huskers will then make a quick turnaround and play No. 7 Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall in Champaign. That match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.

The Husker matches will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided for both matches at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers 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
• Nebraska enters the week at 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 11 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 30 of its last 31 matches.
• Nebraska and Illinois are tied for the longest road win streaks in the nation at eight entering the week.
• Nebraska has won 16 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season. It’s the second-longest current win streak in the nation of any power five conference team (Texas, 20). The next closest Big Ten team is Wisconsin with three straight conference wins.
• Should Illinois defeat Iowa on Friday night, the Huskers will be looking to knock off one of the lone remaining unbeaten teams in the nation on Saturday for the second straight week. Last Friday, Nebraska ended Michigan’s perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win, leaving BYU, Illinois and Pittsburgh as the only undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .106. The next closest team is Notre Dame at .130.
• Nebraska’s 2.80 blocks per set ranks 14th nationally.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten and 15th nationally with 1.79 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.67 kills per set and adds 2.37 digs per set and 19 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .337 and is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 3.98 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth in the nation with 1.60 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach had 13 blocks in a 3-1 win over New Mexico on Sept. 14, the most in the NCAA in a four-set match this season.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.40 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has seven double-doubles through 12 matches and is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.60 kills per set on .295 hitting.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (542-70); 26th year overall (703-143)
• Shane Davis, Northwestern: 3rd year at Northwestern (34-44); 15th year overall (299-132)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 2nd year at Illinois (36-11)

Series History
• Nebraska is 12-1 all-time against Northwestern and 8-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won eight straight in the series, the last five coming in sweeps. NU swept Northwestern in Evanston last season, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21.
• Nebraska is 24-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have won five straight against Illinois, including four sweeps in that span. NU is 9-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches in Champaign. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign. The Huskers won 3-1 last year in Lincoln in a homecoming for former NU assistant coach and current Illini head coach Chris Tamas.

Scouting Northwestern
• Northwestern is 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten after road losses to Indiana (3-1) and No. 16 Purdue (3-1) last weekend. Northwestern will be playing its first home match of the season on Friday night, though the Wildcats did go 3-0 in the Chicago Cup two weeks ago, beating UIC, DePaul and Loyola-Chicago.
• Nia Robinson leads the Wildcats with 4.14 kills per set, which ranks fourth among all Big Ten players. Abryanna Cannon adds 3.80 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set, but she has been out with an injury since Sept. 8. Ella Grbac, daughter of former NFL quarterback Elvis Grbac, chips in 2.91 kills per set.
• Setter Britt Bommer is putting up 8.13 assists per set, and Michelle Lee is averaging 3.49 digs per set.

Scouting Illinois
• No. 7 Illinois is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the nation at 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten). The Fighting Illini came back from down 0-2 to beat Indiana on the road last Sunday. Illinois has wins over currently ranked teams in Purdue, Creighton, Washington and Colorado this season.
• All-American setter Jordyn Poulter leads the team with 11.48 assists per set, which leads the Big Ten.
• Illinois ranks first in the Big Ten in aces per set (1.90) and is second in hitting percentage (.293) and assists per set (13.40). The Fighting Illini rank in the top 15 nationally in all three categories.
• Jacqueline Quade leads the attack with 4.06 kills per set, fifth-most in the Big Ten. Megan Cooney adds 3.27 kills per set. All-American middle blocker Ali Bastianelli ranks third in the conference in blocks with 1.54 per set and is hitting .393 on the season.

Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke ranks 10th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,328, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 108 career aces are tied for fourth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 3.98 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,041 career digs, ninth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.

Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills per set on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is fourth on the team with 11 aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.60 and is hitting .295. Sweet also has 36 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.

Sun Makes Husker Debut
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.40 kills and 2.27 digs per set.

Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has seven double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set. Her 20 service aces lead the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.60 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally with her 1.60 blocks per set.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 10 matches and is providing 1.34 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.

Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in six matches, recording six assists and one ace.

Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 245 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.

Huskers Ranked No. 3 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 476 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 531 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 703 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .886 win percentage in that time (542-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches. with her 1.60 blocks per set.

 




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Lincoln – The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about moving forward after a slow start and looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Purdue.

“The guys came back and put that one behind us,” Walters said. “We’re kind of in reset mode. The first three weeks, there are what they are. We have to look ahead, look forward. The guys have had three good practices.”

Walters talked about setting the tone and example for the team as coaches.

“Up until this year, we haven’t experienced a loss in a long time,” Walters said. “It was new for us. But we know we have to set the example. We have to be the standard. If players see us panicking and losing faith and belief in the system and in this program, then they are going to do the same thing. We understand it’s a long season. We’re not giving up on this season, we feel like we can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. The goals are still out there. It’s day-by-day. We’ve got to take it day-by-day, get better as coaches, get better as players, get better as trainers each day and if we do that, then we put ourselves at a good chance to win on Saturday.”

Walters mentioned Purdue’s defense and the game plan going into Nebraska’s conference home opener.

“They play with passion,” Walters said. “They fly around. Upfront, they’re big, they’re stout. They do a lot of movement up front. That’s going to be a challenge. Linebackers are downhill players. (Junior linebacker Markus Bailey) is kind of a hybrid. He plays out of the box and into the box, very athletic. Secondary wise, they bend, but don’t break. They want to keep everything in front of them and are good tacklers. They’re a solid defense. We have to make sure we go out there and can’t turn the ball over. You can’t have penalties. I think if we do that, then we have a chance at being successful.”

Walters also discussed the improvements from the receiver unit, mentioning how they are evaluated each week before going into a game.

“I thought (junior receiver Jaron) Woodyard did a good job,” Walters said. “He had a couple releases on their guys and ran a post route. He was open, we just didn’t have time. Tyjon (Lindsey), he’s growing and learning. It was good for him to get out there against that type of competition. Kade Warner has done a good job. Bryan Reimers has done well in practice. We’re just going to find out who that guy is. Nothing is set in stone. I told them at the beginning of the week, ‘I know what Stanley (Morgan Jr.) can do. I know what JD (Spielman) can do. Every other position at receiver is open. We’re grading every rep, and I’m posting it on the receiver door so that those guys know their pluses, their minuses, their grades each day. We’re going to play according to those grades.”

The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Purdue this Saturday, Sept. 29 in Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.





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Lincoln – Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season.

The final season tickets for the public were purchased on Tuesday, making the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold, including the Red Zone student section, for the 2018-19 season.

Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.

“Thank you to our fans for selling out Pinnacle Bank Arena again,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming season, and we saw last season how much of a positive impact our fans can make on making Pinnacle Bank Arena such a great environment. In running into fans across the state over the summer and in recruiting, I know they are just as excited about the upcoming season as we are.”

Despite season tickets being sold out, fans will have a couple of additional opportunities to purchase tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena for games during the 2018-19 season. First, a very limited number of single-game tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. These tickets include opponent returns and not every game will have tickets available to the general public.

In addition, tickets for the two student holiday break games (Dec. 22 vs. Cal State Fullerton and Dec. 29 against Southwest Minnesota State) will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. These tickets will be lower bowl seats, as UNL students are off campus for the holidays.

The Huskers return three starters, including returning All-Big Ten picks James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and placed fourth in the Big Ten in 2017-18. The Huskers’ lone exhibition game is against Wayne State on Nov. 1 with the season opener against Mississippi Valley State set for Nov. 6.





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This Weeks Panhandle Athlete of the Week is Gering Senior Outside Hitter Olivia Schaub. Schaub help lead Gering to a sweep at the Kimball Triangular of the Kimball Longhorns and the number 9 team in the state of Nebraska in Class B the Sidney Red Raiders. Gering sits at a record of 8-9 going into the Twin Cities Invitation over the weekend. 

 

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After a 2-0 start to Big Ten play, the Nebraska volleyball team was rewarded with two Big Ten weekly honors on Monday. Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, and Nicklin Hames was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the first time.

Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, averaged 4.13 kills per set and 2.13 digs per set in wins over No. 18 Michigan and Michigan State. She had 21 kills on .391 hitting with nine digs and six blocks against Michigan, and followed with 12 kills on .417 hitting with eight digs, three blocks and an ace against the Spartans. It marks her third career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor.

Hames, a freshman setter from Knoxville, Tennessee, averaged 10.50 assists per set and 3.25 digs per set in the Husker victories. Hames had double-doubles in both matches - bringing her season total to seven - and served five aces and posted three blocks.

Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 24, 2018) Co-Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy, So., MINNCo-Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Allegra Rivas, Fr., MD
Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger- Swenson, Sr., MINNCo-Freshman of the Week: Nicklin Hames, NEB
Co-Freshman of the Week: Adanna Rollins, MINN





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Nebraska swept its doubleheader against North Dakota State on Sunday, winning game one 11-2 and winning game two, 1-0. The games couldn't have been more different as the first had 22 combined hits, including 14 for Nebraska. Four Huskers had multiple hits including Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, Courtney Wallace and Bree Boruff. Additionally, Madi Unzicker had a two-run homer. Game two was a pitching battle. Nebraska recorded just four hits, but it would be enough, as the Husker pitchers allowed just one hit in the second game.

Game 1: Nebraska topped NDSU 11-2 in the first game of the day. Ferrell started in the circle for the Huskers and picked up the win. She went 4.0 innings, allowing one run off six hits. She also had three walks and five strikeouts. Alyvia Simmons and Courtney Wallace led the offense with three hits and two runs each. Wallace also pitched 3.0 innings. She gave up two hits and one run and also had two strikeouts.
Tristen Edwards and Bree Boruff each had a pair of hits, while Rylie Unzicker, Lindsey Walljasper, Madi Unzicker and Lexey Kneib each had one hit, en route to a 14-hit game for the Huskers.
In the top of the second, NDSU scored one run off two doubles. The Huskers took the lead in the bottom of the third. Kneib hit a leadoff single. Sarah Yocom pinch ran for her and moved to second off a single from Boruff. Simmons singled to load the bases with no outs. Edwards hit a deep double that scored three runs, giving the Huskers a 3-1 lead.
In the top of the fourth, the Bison loaded the bases with a double, a walk and a single, but the Husker defense was solid and got out of the inning without allowing a run. Nebraska did damage in the bottom of the inning, scoring six runs and sending 12 batters to the plate to take a 9-1 lead. Wallace hit a leadoff single and Madi Unzicker drew a walk. Boruff singled, scoring Wallace. Then, with the top of the order up, Simmons singled to load the bases. Back-to-back hits by Rylie Unzicker and Edwards scored two more runs. With the bases loaded, Samantha Owen drew a walk to bring another runner across the plate. Walljasper found a gap on the left side to bring in a run and a Bison error allowed one more run to score.
NDSU cut the lead, scoring one run in the top of the fifth, after drawing two walks and hitting two singles. NU loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning. Simmons hit a double and Rylie Unzicker drew a walk before Edwards was hit by a pitch. However, the Huskers were unable to score, but still held a 9-2 lead heading into the sixth inning.
In the bottom of the sixth, Wallace hit a triple and Madi Unzicker homered to center field to put the Huskers up 11-2.
Game 2: In a tough pitching battle, the Huskers shut out the Bison, 1-0, in the second game of the day. Regan Mergele started and pitched 3.0 innings, without giving up a hit. She also had five strikeouts. Lindsey Walljasper finished the game and picked up the win, going 4.0 innings. She gave up one hit and had two strikeouts.
On offense, NU finished with four hits. Tristen Edwards, Alyvia Simmons, Bri Cassidy and Bree Boruff each had one.
The Huskers got right to business, taking a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first. Simmons hit a leadoff double and moved to third on a ground out. Then, she scored on a wild pitch.
The Bison got the tying run to third in the top of the fifth after a walk and two stolen bases, but the Husker defense didn't allow the run to score. Neither team would score the rest of the game.
Nebraska finishes its fall season Oct. 6-7 when it hosts the Big Red Fall Classic. The Huskers will play two games each day. On Saturday, NU faces off against Colorado State at 10 a.m., followed by a game against UNO at 12:30 p.m. Colorado State and Omaha will then play a 10-inning game at 3 p.m. On Sunday, Nebraska plays Colorado State at 10 a.m in a 10-inning game and UNO at 1 p.m.




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NEBRASKA vs. PURDUE

SEPT. 29, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN (Keving Kugler, Matt Millen, Lisa Byington)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 94, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App

HUSKERS

Record: 0-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Michigan, 56-10
Rankings: NR
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-10 (3rd Year)/0-3 (1st Year)
vs. Purdue: 0-0

BOILERMAKERS
Record: 1-3, 0-1 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Boston College, 30-13
Rankings: NR
Coach: Jeff Brohm
Career/Purdue Record: 38-19 (5th Year)/8-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 0-1

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon to open its 2018 Big Ten home schedule against Purdue in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The matchup between Big Ten West Division foes will kick off shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT with television coverage on BTN. The game is also available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

Nebraska comes into the contest at 0-3 overall and 0-1 in the Big Ten Conference following a loss at No. 19 Michigan on Saturday. The Huskers will be looking to get back on track at Memorial Stadium after opening the season with a pair of five-point home losses. The home contest is Nebraska's lone Big Ten home game in its first four 2018 league contests.

The Boilermakers are 1-3 overall, including an 0-1 Big Ten mark. Like Nebraska, Purdue was on the wrong end of close decisions to start the 2018 season, but reversed its fortunes last Saturday and comes to Lincoln with momentum. Purdue is coming off a 30-13 win against then-No. 23 Boston College on Saturday in West Lafayette. Purdue dropped each of its first three games in September by four or fewer points with the combined margin of just eight points. The Boilermakers have a high-powered offensive attack, averaging 483.5 yards and 28.2 points per game.

This Week's Numbers
12 - Nebraska is back to a full 12-game regular-season schedule for the 2018 season. The Huskers added a game on Oct. 27 against Bethune-Cookman to replace the canceled Sept. 1 season opener against Akron.

15 - Nebraska senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has caught at least three passes in 15 straight games. Morgan needs five receptions on Saturday to move into the top five on the NU career receptions list.

9 - Nebraska will play host to Purdue on Homecoming on Saturday afternoon. The Huskers have won nine straight Homecoming games at Memorial Stadium and have won better than 75 percent of Homecoming games in school history.

Nebraska-Purdue Series

  • Nebraska holds a 4-1 edge in the series as Big Ten opponents.• Nebraska holds a 4-1 edge in the series as Big Ten opponents.
  • The Huskers and Purdue are both members of the West Division and meet each year. The schools were in opposite divisions of the Big Ten from 2011 to 2013.
  • Prior to the first meeting as Big Ten opponents in 2013, the schools had not met since 1958.
  • Other than Nebraska's one-point, last-minute victory in 2017, each of the other five meetings have been decided by 10 or more points.
  • Huskers to Open Big Ten Home Slate on Saturday

    The matchup with Purdue is the first of four Big Ten home games on the 2018 schedule. In addition to Purdue, Nebraska will also host Minnesota (Oct. 20), Illinois (Nov. 10) and Michigan State (Nov. 17) at Memorial Stadium.

  • The Huskers are 6-1 in Big Ten home openers since joining the conference in 2011.
  • Purdue is the fifth different school Nebraska has played in a Big Ten home opener.
  • Nebraska is 18-11 in Big Ten home games since joining the conference in 2011, including 2-0 against Purdue.
  • Homecoming for Huskers

    Nebraska will play host to Purdue on Saturday in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The game will be Nebraska’s 108th Homecoming game. The Huskers boast an all-time record of 81-22-4 (.776 winning percentage) in Homecoming games.

    Nebraska has won its past nine Homecoming games, including a 6-0 record against Big Ten opponents on Homecoming. Nebraska also won 36 straight Homecoming games from 1969 to 2004.

    Nebraska Adds Game with Bethune-Cookman

    Nebraska has added a game against Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was canceled due to severe storms in Lincoln.

    Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-3 record in 2018. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.

  • With the addition of the game against Bethune-Cookman, Nebraska will play 12 consecutive weeks and will not have a bye. The 2018 season will mark the first time in school history Nebraska has played 12 consecutive weeks. .
  • NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game

    Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and added 187 rushing yards against Troy. However, the Huskers found moving the ball on the ground difficult at Michigan, and must find success in that area to get into the win column.

  • The rushing total against Colorado bettered Nebraska's season highs from 2017. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
  • The 329 rushing yards were Nebraska's most yards on the ground since rushing for 458 yards against Illinois in 2014.
  • Nebraska surpassed 300 yards on the ground for the first time since rushing for 310 yards at Northwestern on Sept. 24, 2016.
  • Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska 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 against Colorado–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.
  • Nebraska was solid again on the ground against Troy, rushing for 187 yards. NU was again led on the ground by a true freshman, with Maurice Washington rushing 14 times for 92 yards.
  • Nebraska heads into the Purdue contest averaging 185.0 rushing yards per game to rank seventh in the Big Ten.
  • Rushing Battle Often Holds the Key to Success

    The ability to win the running game battle has long been key to victory for the Huskers. The losses to Colorado and Troy while controlling the running game were a rarity.

  • Before the Colorado loss, Nebraska had won 15 consecutive games when holding an advantage in rushing yards.
  • Scott Frost is 11-3 in his coaching career when his team out-rushes the opponent.
  • Nebraska has won 28 of its last 30 games when holding the opponent to fewer than 100 yards rushing, dating back to 2009.
  • Frost and staff are 6-2 over the past three seasons when holding the opponent to under 100 rushing yards..
  • Offense Hopes to Regain Rhythm Against Purdue

    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, as the Huskers produced one of its better offensive games in recent years.

  • NU posted 565 yards of offense vs. Colorado, with 329 rushing yards and 236 passing.
  • 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 132 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 49 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,943 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Morgan needs 746 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.

    The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017.

  • Morgan set Nebraska records with 986 receiving yards and five 100-yard receiving games in 2017, while ranking third in school history in touchdown receptions (10) and fifth in catches (61).
  • He led the Big Ten and ranked 14th nationally in receiving yards per game (89.6) in 2017. His 986 receiving yards ranked second nationally among players who saw action in 11 or fewer games.
  • Morgan led all Big Ten wide receivers and ranked 16th nationally in touchdown catches with his 10 touchdown grabs.
  • He 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 has had at least three catches in 15 straight games. Morgan has a streak of 29 consecutive games with a reception, the fourth-longest streak in Husker history.




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