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Nebraska Athletic Director Shawn Eichorst Fired

Lincoln, Nebraska, Sept. 21, 2017 – The University of Nebraska-Lincoln has announced it has begun a search for a new director of athletics. The university has ended Shawn Eichorst’s employment, effective immediately.

“Shawn has led Nebraska Athletics in many positive ways, but those efforts have not translated into on-field performance,” Chancellor Ronnie Green said. “Our fans and our student-athletes deserve leadership that drives the highest levels of competitiveness, as well as excellence across all facets of Husker Athletics.”

Eichorst joined Nebraska in October 2012, and has about $1.7 million remaining on a contract that runs through June 2019. Green and President Hank Bounds decided to seek a new athletic director and met with Eichorst today. Green and Bounds also met with Husker coaches today to share the decision.

“I want to sincerely thank Shawn for his dedication to and care for our student-athletes, and for his commitment to their success here at Nebraska, and in life,” Green said. “He has positively influenced countless lives at this university, and I wish him and his family the very best going forward.”

In a statement, Eichorst said, “While I am deeply disappointed in the decision today, I am grateful for the wonderful years that my family and I have spent at Nebraska. I am proud of how our student-athletes, coaches and staff represented this great university and state, and I am confident that the future is bright for Nebraska Athletics.”

The search for a new director of athletics began today. The university expects to appoint an interim athletic director to oversee day-to-day operations of Nebraska Athletics until a new, permanent director of athletics begins.

The chancellor said the university will reach out to stakeholders knowledgeable of Nebraska Athletics, as well as those who have run successful college programs around the nation, for guidance and perspective in the search for a new permanent director of athletics. The search will focus on finding a director who helps put Husker teams into the best place of opportunity to compete and to uphold the athletic program’s outstanding academic achievement, Green said.

Green will hold a media availability at 2:30 p.m. at the Van Brunt Visitors Center, 313 N. 13th St., on the university campus.

“Winning can and often does happen in concert with well-run, quality college programs that work to ensure the success of the student,” he said. “That’s our expectation. We take pride here in doing things right and doing the right thing, and that won’t change. This is not an either-or equation. We can and should win in that kind of environment.”


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Huskers Begin Big Ten Play at No. 2 Penn State

MATCH 11: #14 NEBRASKA at #2 PENN STATE

SEPT. 22, 2017 | REC HALL

UNIVERSITY PARK, PA. | 7 P.M. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN

ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

MATCH 12: #14 NEBRASKA at RUTGERS

SEPT. 23, 2017 | COLLEGE AVENUE GYM

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. | 6 P.M. (CT)

BROADCAST INFOTV - NONE
ONLINE - BTN PLUS ($)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com


The Nebraska volleyball team opens Big Ten play on Friday at No. 2 Penn State at 7 p.m. (CT) at Rec Hall in University Park, Pennsylvania. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed on BTN2GO.com. The Huskers will then travel to New Brunswick, New Jersey to play Rutgers on Saturday at 6 p.m. (CT). That match will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription.

Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

 

About the Huskers
• Nebraska finished non-conference play with a 7-3 record after a 2-1 weekend at the Omaha Challenge hosted by UNO at Baxter Arena. The Huskers swept Kansas State and Omaha but were upset by Northern Iowa, 3-1, which snapped the Big Red’s six-match win streak.
• Nebraska ranks 13th nationally in opponent hitting percentage after holding foes to .137 through non-conference play. The Huskers rank third in the Big Ten in that category.
• As a team, the Huskers are fourth in the Big Ten with 16.50 digs per set.
• Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.29 kills per set and is averaging 2.71 digs per set. The junior has four double-doubles this season.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.74 kills per set and is hitting a team-high .354. The freshman right-side hitter has at least five kills in every match this season and has hit over .300 in seven of 10 matches.
• Annika Albrecht was named the co-MVP of the Omaha Challenge last weekend. The senior outside hitter is averaging 2.68 kills and 2.97 digs per set. Albrecht has 114 career service aces, which ranks 10th in NU career history. With three more aces, she will move into a tie for ninth.
• Senior setter Kelly Hunter is putting up 10.04 assists per set and 2.48 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter is the eighth Husker in school history to surpass 3,000 career assists. She now has 3,132 in her career and ranks seventh in school history. With 67 more assists she will pass Lauren Cook for sixth in NU history.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.26 kills and 1.18 blocks per set.
• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.62 digs per set, which ranks third in the Big Ten.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.18 kills and 0.88 blocks per set for the Huskers. Stivrins has at least six kills in every match this season and has improved her blocking of late with 1.40 blocks per set over Nebraska’s last three matches.

 

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (506-68); 25th year overall (667-141)
• Russ Rose, Penn State: 39th year at Penn State (1,223-196)
• CJ Werneke, Rutgers: 10th year at Rutgers (76-208); 16th year overall (187-294)

 

Series History
• Nebraska holds a 19-10 lead in the series with Penn State. The Huskers have won five straight in the series and have not lost to the Nittany Lions since Nov. 29, 2014 in University Park. Nebraska won 3-2 (22-25, 25-17, 25-23, 23-25, 15-11) at Penn State and 3-0 (25-17, 25-14, 25-22) in Lincoln in the regular season last year. The Huskers then came out on top in an epic regional semifinal match on Dec. 9 at the Devaney Center. Nebraska trailed the match 2-0 and faced elimination down 24-22 in set three. But the Huskers won the final four points of the third set and then won the fourth set, 25-19, before dominating the fifth set, 15-6.
• Nebraska is 3-1 all-time against Rutgers with all three wins coming in the Big Ten era. The Huskers swept the Scarlet Knights in 2014 and 2016 in New Brunswick, and in 2015 in Lincoln. This season marks the first in Rutgers’ four years in the Big Ten in which the Huskers will play Rutgers twice. Rutgers’ lone win was in 1978.

 

Scouting Penn State
• Penn State went 10-0 in non-conference action and has not lost a match since last year’s Dec. 9 regional semifinal match at Nebraska. The Nittany Lions have two neutral-site wins over No. 4 Stanford already this season. Penn State leads the Big Ten in hitting (.360) with first-team All-American Haleigh Washington leading the way with a conference-best .534 hitting percentage. Washington averages 2.54 kills and 1.49 blocks per set. Fellow first-team All-American Simone Lee contributes a team-high 3.94 kills per set on .334 hitting. Ali Frantti adds 2.53 kills and 1.79 digs per set. All three players were preseason All-Big Ten selections.

 

Scouting Rutgers
• At 5-7 entering Friday’s match against Iowa, Rutgers has already won its most matches since 2014. Rutgers has lost 31 straight Big Ten matches entering the weekend and is 1-59 all-time in Big Ten matches. Rutgers has served 72 aces this season, third-most in the Big Ten. Kamilla Cieslik averages 3.40 kills and has 19 aces this year. Sahbria McLetchie adds 2.83 kills and 1.75 digs per set.

 

Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad
• All-America setter Kelly Hunter is in her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
• Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
• Hunter ranks eighth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,132. She was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week on Sept. 11 after a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against UCLA on Sept. 9.
• Hunter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week four times last season, giving her seven career awards. She set a career high with 61 assists at Penn State. She posted 11.24 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten.

 

Foecke Poised for Bigger Role
• Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.29 kills per set. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
• Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 2.71 digs per set and a .980 reception percentage.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
• Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).

 

Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
• Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively inexperienced group of Husker middle blockers.
• Holman is averaging 2.26 kills and a team-best 1.18 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting .295. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
• Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
• Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.

 

Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact
• With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and so far that has happened.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.18 kills per set and has started every match.
• Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida. Sweet is second on the team in kills at 2.74 per set and is hitting a team-high .354.
• Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in seven matches with an average of 6.14 assists and 1.82 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
• Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s and has played in seven matches.

 

Huskers Ranked No. 14 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 14 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 459 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 515 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; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 667 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 .882 win percentage in that time (506-68).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 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 six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, 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 will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join 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 fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
• The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school 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 224 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
• The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.

 

Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers
• The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
• Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
• On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

 

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.
• 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.
• 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 seven years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.

 

New Players, New Coaches
• Not only are six of the 15 Husker players new to the program, so are the two Husker assistant coaches. Former Husker and U.S. Olympic libero Kayla Banwarth, and former Long Beach State men’s associate head coach Tyler Hildebrand are on the Husker bench this year.
• Hildebrand joined the Nebraska coaching staff as an assistant in February of 2017. Hildebrand came to Nebraska after five seasons on the coaching staff of the Long Beach State men’s volleyball program, including two seasons as associate head coach. In 2017, he was the AVCA Division I-II Men’s National Assistant Coach of the Year. A former All-American at Long Beach State, Hildebrand was the top assistant there from 2013-15 after a decorated playing career on the U.S. Men’s National Team. He is a former setter who coordinated both the offense and the blocking defense at Long Beach State at one point in his career.
• Banwarth joined the Nebraska volleyball coaching staff as an assistant in January of 2017. Banwarth completed an illustrious playing career for the Huskers in 2010 before embarking on a professional playing career that saw her win an Olympic bronze medal with the U.S. National Team, as well as an FIVB World Championship. Banwarth is relatively new to the coaching profession after finishing her professional career with the U.S. National Team at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. A U.S. National Team libero since 2011, Banwarth spent two years as a volunteer assistant coach for the Pepperdine men’s volleyball team.


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Huskers Open Fall Season This Weekend

The Nebraska softball team begins its fall season this weekend, which will include eight home games and one scrimmage.

The Huskers will kick off the fall season with the Red-White scrimmage on Friday, Sept. 22 beginning at 3:30 p.m. The scrimmage will feature all current Huskers, including freshmen and transfer athletes, as well as some former Huskers.

On Sept. 24, NU welcomes South Dakota for a double header beginning at 1 p.m.

The next weekend, Nebraska hosts the Big Red Fall Classic on Sept. 30 and Oct.1. The Huskers will play two games against Colorado State on Sept. 30 at 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. The following day, Colorado State will play UNO at 10 a.m. Then, Nebraska will face Colorado State at 12:30 p.m., before competing against UNO at 3 p.m.

On Oct. 5, the Big Red plays Butler Community College at 4 p.m. Nebraska wraps up the fall season on Oct. 10 when the team plays Bellevue University at 5 p.m. The final two games will last 10 innings.

All games will take place at Bowlin Stadium and are free admission.

Nebraska returns 15 players from last season, including seniors Laura Barrow, Caitlin Bartsch, Kaylan Jablonski, Gina Metzler, Taylor Otte and Austen Urness. Jablonski, along with junior Alyvia Simmons claimed All-Big Ten Accolades last season.

Other returning juniors include Madi Unzicker and Bri Cassidy. Joining the upperclassmen as returners are sophomores Alexis Perry, Sydney McLeod, Lexey Kneib, Tristen Edwards, Rindy Bryant and Bree Boruff.

NU welcomes five freshmen in Sarah Yocom, Rylie Unzicker, Ally Riley, Payton Huscroft and Olivia Ferrell, as well as junior college transfer Regan Mergele, who is a two-time All-American and a two-time National Junior College Athletic Association national champion.


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Huskers in the Haymarket Presented by SCHEELS Set for Oct. 6

Lincoln – The Husker basketball programs will be taking their opening preseason event to downtown Lincoln next month, as the first-ever Huskers in the Haymarket presented by SCHEELS will take place on Friday, Oct. 6.

This interactive, fan-friendly event will take place outside on Canopy Street between R and Q Streets, as the street next to the Railyard near Pinnacle Bank Arena will be closed for the event. The event runs from 8 to 9:30 p.m. includes both the Husker men’s and women’s programs and is free to the public.

Huskers in the Haymarket will feature dunk and 3-point contests, as well as other games featuring both teams and fans in attendance. The event will conclude with remarks from Husker players and coaches. In case of inclement weather, the event will be cancelled.

Both Husker programs will open the 2017-18 season on Saturday, Nov. 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena, as the NU women will open against SIU-Edwardsville while the men host Eastern Illinois. The Husker women have their exhibition game against Minnesota State-Mankato on Sunday, Nov. 5, while the men host Northwood University in their lone exhibition on Tuesday, Nov. 7.

Season tickets for both programs are available by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletics Ticketing and Development Office at (800) 8-BIGRED or 402-472-3111. For the men’s program, only 300 Level seating is currently available at $108, while women’s season tickets range from $85 to $170.

Huskers N the Haymarket Presented by SCHEELS

Date: Friday, Oct. 6
Time: 8-9:30 p.m.
Location: Canopy Street (between R and Q Streets)
Cost: Free
Note: In case of inclement weather, the event will not be rescheduled


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Huskers Open Big Ten Play with Rutgers

GAME 4: NEBRASKA vs. RUTGERS

SEPT. 23, 2017 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 2:30 p.m. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 135, XM 195
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

HUSKERS

Record: 1-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to N. Illinois, 21-17
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 109-93 (17th Year)/16-13 (3rd Year)
vs. Rutgers: 1-0

 

SCARLET KNIGHTS
Record: 1-2, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Morgan State, 65-0
Rankings: NR
Coach: Chris Ash
Career/RU Record: 3-12 (2nd Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: first meeting

The Matchup

Nebraska will play its third home game in four weeks on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers welcome Rutgers to Memorial Stadium for the 2017 Homecoming contest. Game time in Lincoln is set for shortly after 2:30 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers enter Saturday's contest with a 1-2 record following a 21-17 loss to Northern Illinois in Lincoln. The Husker defense held NIU in check throughout the game, but two costly interceptions for touchdowns spelled the difference in the setback.

The game against Rutgers marks the Huskers' 2017 Big Ten opener. A year ago, the Huskers posted a 6-3 conference record to finish in second place in the Big Ten West. Since joining the Big Ten in 2011, Nebraska has posted a 4-2 record in Big Ten Conference openers, including a win at Northwestern in last year's league opener.

Nebraska will also be looking to extend its success on Homecoming, which includes winning its past eight Homecoming contests.

Rutgers will come to Lincoln with a 1-2 record after a 65-0 victory over Morgan State on Saturday in Piscataway, N.J. The Scarlet Knights are in their second season under Head Coach Chris Ash, and have been strong on defense in 2017. Rutgers is allowing just 297.1 yards per game, including less than 100 rushing yards per contest.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 890-374-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 890 victories.
  • Nebraska has won five national titles (1970, 1971, 1994, 1995, 1997).
  • The Huskers have won 46 conference championships.
  • Nebraska’s 53 all-time bowl appearances rank second in NCAA history.
  • Three Huskers have won the Heisman Trophy (Rodgers, Rozier, Crouch).
  • Nebraska’s 107 football Academic All-Americans lead the nation.
  • The Huskers have 110 first-team All-Americans in school history.
  • Nebraska football is the only team in any sport in NCAA history to total 100 athletic and academic All-Americans.
  • Memorial Stadium has been sold out every game since Nov. 2, 1962, a streak of 355 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Rutgers Series

    The matchup on Saturday afternoon between Nebraska and Rutgers is the fourth all-time between the schools and the third as Big Ten Conference members.

    Rutgers made a trip to Lincoln in 2014 before Nebraska won a game in New Jersey in 2015. The first meeting between the teams was played at the New York Polo Grounds in 1920.

    Huskers Ready to Open Big Ten Conference ActionNebraska will begin the Big Ten portion of its 2017 schedule against Rutgers on Saturday. The game marks the start of the Huskers' seventh season of Big Ten competition.

  • The Huskers are 4-2 in Big Ten openers since joining the league in 2011.
  • Rutgers is the fourth different school Nebraska has faced in a Big Ten opener. This marks the first time Nebraska has opened league play against an East Division opponent since the league switched to an East-West format in 2014.
  • Nebraska has won 38 of its past 42 conference openers overall, with three of those losses against top-20 teams.
  • Overall, Nebraska is 90-21-2 all-time in conference openers (.805 winning percentage).
  • Nebraska is 17-7 overall in Big Ten home games since joining the conference.
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    NU Looks for Homecoming Success vs. Scarlet Knights

    Nebraska will play host to Rutgers on Saturday in the annual Homecoming game in Lincoln. The game will be Nebraska’s 107th Homecoming game. The Huskers boast an all-time record of 80-22-4 (.774 winning percentage) in Homecoming games.

    Nebraska has won its past eight Homecoming games, including a 5-0 record against Big Ten opponents on Homecoming. Nebraska also won 36 straight Homecoming games from 1969 to 2004.

     

    Riley in Third Season at Helm of Husker Program

    Head Coach Mike Riley is in his third season as the Nebraska head coach in 2017. Riley has guided the Huskers to a 16-13 record.

  • Riley is in his 26th season as a head coach, tying for the second-most experience of any FBS head coach entering the 2017 season.
  • Riley is one of eight active FBS head coaches who also has experience as an NFL head coach.
  • Riley owns 16 victories over nationally ranked opponents during his college head coaching tenure.
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    Diaco Leading-New Look Blackshirt Defense

    Nebraska has three new faces on its defensive staff in 2017. The group is led by new defensive coordinator Bob Diaco, while Donté Williams coaches the Husker cornerbacks and Scott Booker tutors the NU safeties.

  • Diaco was the winner of the 2012 Broyles Award as the nation's best assistant coach, while at Notre Dame. He is regarded as one of the top defensive minds in college football and has a proven track record of success at the highest level. Diaco came to Nebraska after three seasons as the head coach at the University of Connecticut. Diaco has roots in the Big Ten, twice earning All-Big Ten honors as a linebacker at Iowa in the mid-1990s.
  • Williams joined the Nebraska staff last December prior to the Music City Bowl and worked with the secondary during bowl preparation. Williams spent the 2016 season at Arizona, helping compile the Wildcats’ top recruiting class in recent years. He previously coached the secondary at San Jose State, where the Spartans ranked among the nation’s best against the pass under Williams’ direction.
  • Booker brings 10 years of full-time FBS coaching experience to the Nebraska sideline, including five seasons on the Notre Dame coaching staff. Before being elevated to safeties coach in June, Booker served as a special teams consultant with the Huskers. In addition to his duties with the safeties, Booker serves as Nebraska's special teams coordinator in 2017.
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    Wilbon, Spielman Join First-Time Starters for 2017 Huskers

    Junior I-Back Mikale Wilbon and redshirt freshman receiver JD Spielman made their first career starts on Saturday against Northern Illinois. Wilbon and Spielman were the seventh Husker to earn their first carer starts in 2017.

    The previous week at Oregon, redshirt freshman offensive tackle Matt Farniok stepped in on the right side in place of an injured David Knevel. Farniok again started against NIU as Knevel remained on the sidelines.

    In the season opener against Arkansas State, six Huskers made their first career starts at Nebraska. Five of those players were making their first college starts in addition to Tanner Lee making his first start in Lincoln.

    First-Time starters in 2017
    • Tyler Hoppes, TE (3)
    • Connor Ketter, TE (3)
    • Luke Gifford, LB (3)
    • Eric Lee Jr., CB (3)
    • Tre Bryant, IB (2)
    • Matt Farniok, RFr., OT (2)
    • Mikale Wilbon, Jr., IB (1)
    • JD Spielman, RFr., WR (1)

     

    Huskers Striving for Balanced Offensive Attack

    The Nebraska offense will continue to strive for a balanced attack in 2017. The Huskers got off to a good start in that area in the season-opening w

    in over Arkansas State, but have not been as strong in the run game the past two weeks.

    The Huskers rushed for 225 yards against the Red Wolves, while passing for 238 yards. It marked the first time NU had topped 200 yards in both rushing and passing since accomplishing that feat in three straight wins against Oregon, Northwestern and Illinois in 2016.

  • The Huskers showed the ability to feature explosive plays on offense. NU had a pair of runs of better than 20 yards, and had three pass plays of at least 25 yards. The Huskers backed that up with one 20-yard rush at Oregon and six pass plays of at least 20 yards.
  • Running back Tre Bryant rolled up 192 rushing yards, while receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. had 102 receiving yards vs. Arkansas State. It marked the first time Nebraska has had a 100-yard rusher and receiver in the same game since a 2014 victory over Illinois when Ameer Abdullah ran for 208 yards and Kenny Bell had 105 receiving yards.
  • Bryant and Morgan duplicated the feat at Oregon, with Bryant rushing for 107 yards and Morgan posting 103 receiving yards. This marked the first time Nebraska has had consecutive games with a 100-yard rusher and a 100-yard receiver since 1983. Heisman Trophy winner Mike Rozier and No. 1 NFL Draft pick Irving Fryar accomplished the feat against Minnesota and UCLA.
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    Bryant Looks to Return to Carry Husker Run Game
    Sophomore I-back Tre Bryant earned the starting job with a strong preseason practice effort. The 5-11, 200-pound Bryant showed through two games when he sits atop the depth chart.

    Bryant was strong in games against Arkansas State and Oregon, topping the century mark in both contests. However, he missed the Northern Illinois contest with a knee injury, but hopes to return soon.

    Bryant carried 31 times for 192 yards and a touchdown in the season opener. It marked the most rushing yards for a Husker in 25 games, dating back to Terrell Newby's 198 yards against South Alabama in 2015. Bryant responded with 20 carries for 107 yards and a touchdown at Oregon before leaving with an injury.

  • Bryant's 31 carries against Arkansas State were the most by a Husker since Ameer Abdullah carried 35 times for 229 yards against Miami in September of 2014.
  • Bryant's previous career highs were 13 carries for 56 yards against Maryland last season. Bryant reached those totals before halftime against Arkansas State with 13 carries for 78 yards before intermission.
  • With his second straight 100-yard rushing day at Oregon, Bryant was the first Husker to post back-to-back 100-yard rushing games to start the season since Ameer Abdullah in 2013.
  • Bryant's 299 rushing yards through two games was the best by a Husker since Taylor Martinez rushed for 301 yards in the first two games in 2011. Bryant's total was the most by a Husker running back since Marlon Lucky rushed for 323 yards in the first two games of the 2007 season.
  • Bryant has posted the three longest runs of his career over the first two games. He had runs of 24 and 35 yards against Arkansas State and had a 25-yard rush at Oregon.
  • Bryant has been impressive on first down through two games. He is averaging 6.5 yards per carry on 36 first-down rushes. Bryant has two touchdowns and eight runs for a first down on his 36 first-down carries.
  • Bryant would top the Big Ten in rushing average at 149.5 yards per game if he qualified by playing 75 percent of games. His 192-yard effort against Arkansas State is the 13th-best rushing outing of the 2017 season in the FBS ranks.
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    Veteran Receiving Duo Leading Passing Attack

    Nebraska has the luxury of two veteran and proven pass catchers to lead the receiving corps. Senior De'Mornay Pierson-El and junior Stanley Morgan Jr. Both have extensive playing experience and are off to strong starts in 2017. Morgan has 18 receptions for 299 yards, while Pierson-El has caught 14 passes for 188 yards.

    The duo leads a receiving corps that also features a pair of explosive newcomers in redshirt freshman JD Spielman and true freshman Tyjon Lindsey.

  • The 299 receiving yards by Morgan through two games is the second-most in NU history through the season's first three contests. Morgan's 18 catches through three games is the most in school history.
  • The Nebraska season record for 100-yard receiving games is four by six Huskers, most recently Jordan Westerkamp in 2015.
  • Morgan had seven catches for 103 yards and two touchdowns at Oregon, setting career highs in all three categories. His seven catches bettered five-reception efforts on two previous occasions. His 103 yards were one yard better than his 102 yards in the season opener.
  • Morgan had touchdown catches of 28 and 18 yards at Oregon, marking his first career multiple-TD game.
  • Morgan surpassed the 1,000-yard career receiving mark with his effort against Northern Illinois. Morgan is the 25th Husker to surpass 1,000 career receiving yards, and ranks 24th in NU history with 1,056 career yards.
  • Morgan was Nebraska's second-leading receiver last season with 33 catches for 453 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
  • Pierson-El earned All-America honors as a punt returner in 2014 and has continued to grow as a receiver. He had a 12-yard touchdown against Arkansas State in the opener and had four catches for 67 yards and a touchdown at Oregon. He tied his career high with eight receptions against Northern Illinois, while his 101 receiving yards, was just one shy of his career best.
  • Pierson-El is poised to quickly join Morgan in the 1,000-yard club. Pierson-El has 69 receptions for 874 yards in his NU career.
  • Pierson-El is a versatile performer who is an electrifying punt returner and is used in the NU run game. Against Arkansas State, he rushed two times for 23 yards and narrowly missed a 71-yard touchdown run as he just stepped out of bounds.
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    Huskies Upend Huskers

    Lincoln - Nebraska put up 171 more yards of total offense than Northern Illinois, but the Huskies used three interceptions including a pair of first-quarter pick sixes to defeat the Huskers, 21-17, on Saturday afternoon at Memorial Stadium.

    The loss ended Nebraska's eight-game home winning streak, knocking the Huskers to 1-2 to end non-conference play. Northern Illinois improved to 2-1 with its only setback coming in a 23-20 loss to Boston College in its season opener.

    Nebraska quarterback Tanner Lee completed 25-of-47 passes for 299 yards on the day, but he threw a trio of interceptions and was sacked three times. His first interception came on the game's opening drive. After Nebraska drove quickly down the field, NIU's Shawun Lurry jumped a wide receiver screen and raced 87 yards for a touchdown to give the Huskies a 7-0 lead with 11:24 left in the opening period.

    Later in the quarter, Jawuan Johnson picked off another Lee pass and scampered 25 yards into the end zone to give the Huskies a 14-0 lead with 1:13 left in the quarter.

    Nebraska trailed 14-0 after one quarter, despite outgaining NIU, 115-32 in the period, while running 22 plays compared to just 10 for the Huskies.

    The Huskers' first-half offensive struggles culminated with Drew Brown's 37-yard field goal attempt being blocked on the final play of the half.

    While the offense was unable to get untracked, the Blackshirts played solid on defense to keep the Northern Illinois offense off the board in the first half. In fact, Nebraska outyarded NIU, 201-88, in the half and ran 43 plays compared to just 25 for the Huskies.

    The Huskers narrowed the gap in the third quarter, finding the end zone on Lee's first-ever collegiate touchdown run. Lee's four-yard plunge with 8:05 left in the quarter capped a two-play, two-yard drive that followed a fumbled punt by Jalen Embry that was recovered by Nebraska's Marquel Dismuke at the NIU 2.

    Nebraska cut the margin to 14-10 with 15 seconds left in the third quarter on Brown's 36-yard field goal to finish a 15-play, 71-yard drive.

    In the third quarter, Nebraska produced 81 yards on 22 plays, compared to just 28 yards on 11 plays by the Huskies to take a 282-116 edge in total yardage to the fourth quarter.

    The Huskers then took their first lead of the day on Lee's one-yard touchdown run with 11:14 left in the game to cap a six-play, 63-yard march by the Big Red.

    However, Nebraska's lead was short-lived, as Northern Illinois quarterback Daniel Santcaterina moved the Huskies 75 yards in just six plays to put NIU back in front 21-17 with 8:52 remaining.

    Nebraska had two chances to answer down the stretch, the first drive ended with an incomplete pass on 4th-and-7 at the NIU 33 with 5:31 left. The Blackshirts got another stop with 3:09 left, but Lee was intercepted for the third time on 4th and 14 from the Nebraska 16 with 1:36 left.

    Northern Illinois ran out the clock to secure the win, despite Nebraska's 384-213 edge in total yardage. Both defenses did a good job at the line of scrimmage, as Nebraska managed just 85 rushing yards on 36 carries, while the Huskies produced 85 yards on 31 totes. I-back Mikale Wilbon led the Nebraska backs with 90 yards on 24 carries.

    De'Mornay Pierson-El led Nebraska's receivers with 101 yards on a career-high eight receptions, including seven catches for 83 yards in the first half. Stanley Morgan Jr. added six catches for 94 yards to go over 1,000 yards receiving in his career.

    Jordan Huff led the Northern Illinois running game with 105 yards and a touchdown on just 16 carries, while Santacaterina threw for 128 yards on 15-of-22 passing to improve to 2-0 as a starter for the Huskies this season.

    Bobby Jones led the Huskies defense with 14 tackles, while Kyle Pugh and Mykel Williams added double-digit tackles. Luke Gifford led the Huskers with eight stops.

    Nebraska opens Big Ten Conference play next Saturday at Memorial Stadium against Rutgers.

    Northern Illinois 21, Nebraska 17
    Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017
    Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)

    Scoring Summary

    First Quarter (NIU 14-0)
    NIU - 11:24 - Shawun Lurry 87 INT return (Christian Hagan kick), NIU 7-0
    NIU - 1:13 - Jawuan Johnson 25 INT return (Hagan kick), NIU 14-0

    Second Quarter (NIU 14-0)
    No scoring

    Third Quarter (NIU 14-10)
    NEB - 8:05 - Tanner Lee 4 run (Drew Brown kick), 2 plays, 2 yards, 0:48, NIU 14-7
    NEB - 0:15 - Brown 36 FG, 15 plays, 71 yards, 6:20, NIU 14-10

    Fourth Quarter (NIU 21-17)
    NEB - 11:14 - Lee 1 run (Brown kick), 6 plays, 63 yards, 2:14, NEB 17-14
    NIU - 8:52 - Jordan Huff 2 run (Hagan kick), 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:22, NIU 21-17

    Kickoff (TV): 11:05 a.m. (Fox Sports 1)
    Time of Game: 3:15
    Attendance: 89,664


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    Huskers Sweep Omaha to Finish Non-Conference Play

    OMAHA, Neb. - The 10th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team concluded the Omaha Challenge with a 3-0 (26-24, 25-15, 25-13) sweep of the Omaha Mavericks in front of a crowd of 5,351 at Baxter Arena on Saturday night. Nebraska, UNI and Kansas State finished the tournament with 2-1 records, but the Huskers won the tournament via tiebreaker as the only team to have swept the other common opponent, UNO.

    The Huskers finished non-conference play with a 7-3 record and will begin Big Ten play at No. 2 Penn State next Friday. UNO fell to 3-10 overall. The Mavericks came ready to play and led for almost the entirety of set one, even earning set point at 24-23. But the Huskers didn't panic and rallied to score the final three points of the set before going on to dominate sets two and three.

    Annika Albrecht led the Huskers for the second time on the day with 15 kills on .375 hitting. She added eight digs and a pair of blocks. Albrecht was named co-MVP of the tournament. Briana Holman had eight kills and two blocks, while Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and four blocks. Jazz Sweet added seven kills on .462 hitting.

    Kelly Hunter had 37 assists and nine digs while leading the Huskers to a .327 hitting percentage. Hunter and Stivrins were also named to the all-tournament team. Over the last two sets, Nebraska hit .450. Kenzie Maloney had 14 digs as the Huskers won the digs battle, 48-34.

    UNO was led by Mackenzie Horkey's nine kills. The Huskers held the Mavs to .118 hitting.

    Set 1: The Huskers fell behind 5-1 due to four unforced hitting errors. A kill by Albrecht started a 4-0 Husker that tied the set at 5-5 when Sweet tapped a kill down. The Mavs went back ahead 8-5 before Sweet terminated again. Omaha continued to lead 13-10 after three Husker service errors and a block by Horkey and Bella Sade. The Mavs pushed their lead to five, 16-11, shortly after the media timeout. Albrecht stepped up with the Huskers down 18-14 as she pounded two kills and got a block with Stivrins to cut it to 18-17 and force a UNO timeout. Later, Stivrins added a kill and Omaha hit wide to even the set at 19-19. The Mavs went back in front, 22-20, on an ace by Sydney O'Shaughnessy. The Mavs committed a pair of hitting errors to level the score at 23-23. The Mavs gained set point at 24-23 on a kill by Meagen Roth. After a timeout, Mikaela Foecke put down a kill after the Huskers were initially denied twice at the net, and UNO hit wide for set point for NU at 25-24 its first lead since 1-0. Albrecht finished the job for the Big Red with her sixth kill. Nebraska hit .159 in the set but held Omaha to .000.

    Set 2: The Huskers came out sharper in set two and used three kills by Stivrins to go up 13-6. Foecke also had two kills to spark Nebraska to the early advantage. The Huskers continued to pile on kills with Stivrins, Hunter and Holman adding three in a row to help Nebraska to an 18-9 lead via a 4-0 run. Holman produced another kill and a block with Stivrins for a 23-12 advantage, and the Big Red cruised to a decisive 25-15 victory after a nail biter of a first set.

    Set 3: Sweet sparked the Huskers in the third set with three kills and a block as Nebraska went ahead 7-2. After UNO cut it to 10-8, Holman blasted three kills along with one by Albrecht for a 14-8 lead. But Holman was injured on the next rally and had to leave the match while freshman Chesney McClellan stepped in for the first playing time of her career. Albrecht carried the attack for the Huskers with three kills to lift NU to an 18-9 lead. Another kill by Albrecht started a 4-0 run that included a block by Stivrins and Hunter, a kill by Hunter and an ace by Albrecht, as NU went up 23-11. Stivrins earned match point for the Huskers at 24-12, and Olivia Boender ended the match at 25-13 with her first kill of the evening. NU outscored UNO 15-5 over the last 20 rallies.

    Up Next: Nebraska begins Big Ten play on the road next weekend. The Huskers will play at No. 2 Penn State on Friday and at Rutgers on Saturday.

    All-Tournament Team
    Annika Albrecht, Nebraska (Co-MVP)
    Heather Hook, UNI (Co-MVP)
    Kendyl Sorge, UNI (Best Libero)
    Kelly Hunter, Nebraska
    Lauren Stivrins, Nebraska
    Piper Thomas, UNI
    Bryna Vogel, Kansas State
    Mackenzie Horkey, Omaha


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    Panthers Snap Huskers' Win Streak

    OMAHA, Neb. - The 10th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team had its six-match win streak snapped by Northern Iowa on Saturday afternoon at Baxter Arena. The Panthers earned their fourth victory over a top-25 opponent this season with a 3-1 (25-20, 25-23, 14-25, 25-21) win over the Huskers, who dropped to 6-3 overall.

    UNI led throughout most of its first-set win and had a 10-point lead in set two before a furious Husker comeback attempt came up just short at 25-23. The Huskers dominated the third set, but the Panthers answered in set four and broke open an 18-18 tie with 7-3 run to finish the match.

    Annika Albrecht had 15 kills and 10 digs while hitting .314 to lead the Huskers. She also joined NU's career top 10 in service aces with the 113th ace of her career. Mikaela Foecke had 12 kills and 12 digs. Jazz Sweet had had 11 kills on .375 hitting. Briana Holman had eight kills, while Lauren Stivrins had seven kills and four blocks. Kenzie Maloney had a match-high 21 digs, while Sydney Townsend added 10. Kelly Hunter had 47 assists and nine digs.

    Bri Weber and Karlie Taylor each had 15 kills for the Panthers (10-3). UNI served eight aces on the Huskers, which matched the most aces allowed by the Huskers since 2011.

    Set 1: The Huskers played from behind early but four kills by Holman helped the Huskers to a 7-6 lead. Nebraska would claim a two-point edge but the Panthers battled back to go ahead 15-13 at the media timeout with a 5-1 spurt. After the break, Foecke and Holman teamed up for a block and Sweet put a ball away from the right side to even the set at 15-15. But the Panthers reclaimed a 17-15 lead on an ace serve. NU trailed 20-17 when Stivrins knocked a kill down at the net. The Huskers pulled within 20-19 on an ace by Albrecht, the 113th of her career, which moved her into a tie for 10th in school history. But UNI answered with a kill and two straight aces to go up 23-19, and the Panthers finished the 25-20 win on a kill by Taylor. UNI had four aces in the set.

    Set 2: NU's struggles in serve receive continued as the Panthers opened the set with three straight points and eventually led 6-2 after UNI's fifth ace. The Panthers led 8-4 when Sweet and Albrecht terminated to slice the deficit to two. But the Panthers took control of the set with an 8-2 run to go up 17-9. UNI continued to pull away and went ahead 21-11 with another ace serve and a block. Nebraska strung together three straight kills by Holman, Albrecht and Sweet to pull within 21-14 and build some momentum. After a Husker hitting error, Holman got another kill and Hayley Densberger served an ace to cut the Panthers' lead to 22-16. The deficit shrunk to three at 23-20 after Albrecht tallied three kills for the Big Red in a 4-0 run. But Taylor connected for set point for the Panthers at 24-20 on the next rally. Stivrins posted a solo block and UNI hit the antenna to make it 24-22, then Foecke got a kill to make it 24-23. But Weber clinched the set for UNI at 25-23 to thwart the Huskers' comeback attempt.

    Set 3: Nebraska got off to a better start in set three with six early kills, two by Foecke and two by Sweet, for a 10-7 lead. Hunter served an ace after a Holman kill to build the Huskers' lead to 15-10, and Albrecht's ninth kill of the day made it 17-12 and forced UNI's second timeout of the set. Stivrins placed a kill to the back corner to begin a 5-0 run that put the Huskers ahead 22-13 with Hunter adding a kill and Stivrins and Albrecht teaming up for a block in that run. Stivrins later combined with Anezka Szabo to post a block for set point, which the Huskers immediately won on a UNI error. Nebraska won 25-14 after hitting .478 in set four with 12 kills and just one error.

    Set 4: The Panthers jumped out to a 9-3 lead with eight kills on their first 11 swings. Sweet put an end to the 4-0 UNI run with a kill, and Foecke served an ace before Holman and Sweet got a block to pull the Big Red within 9-6. Sweet found the floor again before Albrecht connected on back-to-back kills to cut it to 10-9 and force a UNI timeout. Densberger served an ace after the timeout to level the score briefly before UNI answered to go up 12-10. Albrecht posted two more kills around a UNI hitting error to put the Big Red in front, 13-12. The Panthers went back in front by two, 17-15, courtesy of a Taylor Hedges ace and two Bri Weber kills. Hunter dumped a kill and UNI hit wide to tie it up, 18-18. But the Panthers scored the next three for a 21-18 lead, including their eighth ace of the match. The Panthers finished off the win with a 25-21 fourth-set victory.

    Up Next: The Huskers face the Omaha Mavericks at 7:30 p.m. at Baxter Arena Saturday night. A free live stream will be provided at OMavs.com.


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    High School Football Scores 9/15

    PREP FOOTBALL

    Adams Central 41, Minden 6

    Allen 46, Elkhorn Valley 20

    Aquinas 17, Columbus Scotus 16

    Arapahoe 62, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 0

    Arcadia-Loup City 66, Cross County 13

    Battle Creek 27, Archbishop Bergan 0

    Bayard 9, Southern Valley 7

    Beatrice 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 21

    Bishop Neumann 47, Milford-Dorchester 7

    Blair 76, Nebraska City 7

    Broken Bow 27, Grand Island Central Catholic 7

    Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 52, Axtell 0

    Burwell 60, Amherst 6

    Centennial 48, Malcolm 6

    Central City 12, Hastings St. Cecilia 7

    Central Valley 36, Anselmo-Merna 20

    Chase County 39, Kimball 0

    Clarkson/Leigh 53, Omaha Nation 6

    Cody-Kilgore 46, Fleming, Colo. 44

    Columbus 35, Norris 21

    Columbus Lakeview 28, O'Neill 17

    Creighton 50, West Holt 37

    Crete 35, Plattsmouth 7

    Crofton 41, Twin River 0

    Deshler 73, Elwood 48

    Diller-Odell 38, Thayer Central 6

    Doniphan-Trumbull 56, Tekamah-Herman 14

    Doniphan-Trumbull 56, Tekamah-Herman 14

    Douglas County West 58, Conestoga 20

    Dundy County-Stratton 64, Cambridge 24

    East Butler 48, Johnson-Brock 26

    Elgin Public/Pope John 46, Clearwater/Orchard 0

    Elkhorn South 61, Ralston 2

    Fairbury 38, Auburn 20

    Falls City 31, Lincoln Christian 21

    Falls City Sacred Heart 57, Parkview Christian 14

    Freeman 49, Fillmore Central 20

    Fremont 41, Omaha Benson 18

    Fullerton 54, Wausa 12

    Gering 22, Chadron 14

    Giltner 54, Osceola 44

    Gordon/Rushville 63, Bennett County, S.D. 0

    Grand Island 47, Lincoln East 17

    Grand Island Northwest 49, Lexington 14

    Gretna 59, Omaha Roncalli 14

    Guardian Angels 28, Nebraska City Lourdes 22

    Hartington Cedar Catholic 56, Wisner-Pilger 0

    Hartington-Newcastle 28, Winnebago 6

    Harvard 75, Wilcox-Hildreth 21

    Hay Springs 49, Arthur County 36

    Heartland 38, Nebraska Christian 26

    Hemingford 22, Overton 12

    High Plains Community 62, Tri County 48

    Homer 39, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 20

    Humphrey St. Francis 54, Emerson-Hubbard 0

    Hyannis 74, South Platte 12

    Johnson County Central 35, Southern 12

    Kearney 48, Lincoln Northeast 6

    Lawrence-Nelson 40, Friend 0

    Lincoln High 63, Omaha Bryan 14

    Lincoln Lutheran 56, Lutheran High Northeast 40

    Lincoln Pius X 59, Papillion-LaVista 41

    Logan View 43, Stanton 14

    Maywood-Hayes Center def. McPherson County, forfeit

    McCook 57, Alliance 7

    Mead 28, Cedar Bluffs 26

    Medicine Valley 58, Brady 20

    Meridian 30, Exeter/Milligan 0

    Millard South 41, Bellevue East 0

    Minatare def. Banner County, forfeit

    Mitchell 35, Bridgeport 12

    Morrill 34, Leyton 0

    Mullen 64, Wauneta-Palisade 13

    Nebraska Lutheran 50, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 8

    Norfolk 38, Lincoln North Star 37

    Norfolk Catholic 48, Boone Central/Newman Grove 35

    North Bend Central 25, Madison 0

    North Platte 38, Omaha Central 23

    North Platte St. Patrick's 24, Wood River 20

    Ogallala 20, Cozad 19

    Omaha Burke 64, Omaha South 7

    Omaha Concordia 38, Elkhorn Mount Michael 14

    Omaha North 49, Lincoln Southeast 28

    Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Elkhorn 3

    Omaha Westside 49, Omaha Northwest 0

    Ord 21, Gothenburg 20

    Palmer 44, Ravenna 8

    Palmyra 26, Elmwood-Murdock 15

    Papillion-LaVista South 17, Lincoln Southwest 14

    Pawnee City 44, Weeping Water 0

    Pierce 42, Arlington 24

    Platteview 43, South Sioux City 6

    Ponca 28, Oakland-Craig 20

    Randolph 36, Osmond 0

    Sandhills/Thedford 50, Ansley-Litchfield 28

    Scottsbluff 34, Aurora 28

    Sedgwick County, Colo. 33, Perkins County 28

    Seward 55, Schuyler 7

    Sidney 14, Hastings 13

    Silver Lake 61, Red Cloud 12

    Sioux County 72, Potter-Dix 30

    South Loup 56, Sutherland 14

    Spalding Academy 72, Hampton 6

    St. Edward 75, Elba 26

    St. Paul 28, Gibbon 0

    Sutton 64, Sandy Creek 7

    Syracuse 6, Raymond Central 0

    Thedford 50, Litchfield 28

    Twin Loup 56, North Central 26

    Wahoo 58, Louisville 0

    Wakefield 46, Pender 16

    Walthill def. Santee, forfeit

    Waverly 18, Bennington 0

    Wayne 47, David City 7

    West Point-Beemer 41, Fort Calhoun 15

    Wilber-Clatonia 28, Shelby/Rising City 0

    Winner, S.D. 24, Valentine 12

    Winside 56, Scribner-Snyder 34

    York 33, Holdrege 7

    Yutan def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, forfeit

    POSTPONEMENTS AND CANCELLATIONS

    Centura vs. Hershey, ppd. to Sep 16th.

    Pleasanton vs. Blue Hill, ppd. to Oct 14th.

    Shelton vs. Loomis, ppd. to Oct 14th.


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    Huskers Set for Three Matches at Omaha Challenge

    The 10th-ranked Nebraska volleyball team heads to Omaha this weekend for three matches at the Omaha Challenge, hosted by UNO at Baxter Arena. Nebraska will play Kansas State on Friday at 4:30 p.m., followed by matches on Saturday against Northern Iowa at Noon and Omaha at 7:30 p.m. The Huskers will be playing at UNO’s Baxter Arena for the first time. The facility opened in 2015 and has a capacity of 7,898. Single-day tickets are for sale at OMavs.com.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 24th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren Cook, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary. An online video stream (subscription necessary) will be available at OMavs.com for the Nebraska-UNO match on Saturday night.

    The tournament schedule has Omaha opening against Kansas State on Thursday at 7 p.m. On Friday, NU and KSU will start the day at 4:30 p.m. followed by Omaha/UNI at 7 p.m. Three matches will take place on Saturday with the Huskers and UNI playing first at Noon, Kansas State/UNI at 5:30 p.m., and Nebraska/UNO finishing the tournament at 7:30 p.m.

    About the Huskers

  • Nebraska (5-2) has won five straight matches after dropping a pair of matches to now top-11 opponents (Oregon and Florida) to begin the season. The Huskers swept then-No. 11 UCLA at the Devaney Center twice last weekend, extending their regular-season non-conference home win streak to 16 straight matches. Overall, Nebraska has won its last 23 matches at the Devaney Center against non-Big Ten teams.
    • Against the three teams in the tournament this weekend, NU is a combined 103-5-1 all-time (.950).
    • The trip to Omaha will be a homecoming of sorts for Kelly Hunter. The senior setter grew up in Papillion, just a few minutes down the road from the UNO campus.
    • Hunter returned to the lineup full-time last weekend and performed well enough to earn Big Ten Setter of the Week for the first time this season and seventh time in her career. Hunter recorded a double-double of 31 assists and 14 digs against the Bruins on Saturday night while leading the team to a .301 hitting percentage. That followed Friday night’s sweep in which Hunter had a season-high 44 assists, the second-highest assist total of her career in a three-set match.
    • Hunter became the eighth setter in school history to surpass 3,000 career assists. She now has 3,011.
    • Not only has Nebraska won five straight matches, but all five have been sweeps. The Huskers’ longest streak of sweeps last year was seven from Aug. 27-Sept. 16. Prior to that, the last time Nebraska swept more consecutive matches was in 2010 when it won 10 straight sweeps to close out Big 12 play and begin the NCAA Tournament.
    • Nebraska’s first seven opponents this season are hitting just .127 against the Huskers, which is the third-best percentage in the Big Ten.
    • As a team, the Huskers are third in the Big Ten with 16.42 digs per set.
    • Libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.42 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
    • Middle blocker Briana Holman is sixth in the Big Ten with 1.38 blocks per set.
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht is two service aces away from moving into Nebraska’s all-time career top 10. Albrecht has 111 career aces, while Jaime Krondak is currently No. 10 all-time with 113 aces.
  • Coaches

  • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (504-67); 25th year overall (665-140)
    • Suzie Fritz, Kansas State: 17th year at Kansas State (320-183)
    • Bobbi Petersen, Northern Iowa: 18th year at Northern Iowa (442-135)
    • Rose Shires, Omaha: 28th year at Omaha (486-372)
  • Series History

  • Nebraska is 82-4 all-time against Kansas State. The last meeting was a 3-2 Kansas State victory on Dec. 2, 2011, which eliminated the Huskers in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • NU is 6-0-1 against Northern Iowa. The Huskers won the last matchup, 3-0, on Nov. 30, 2012 in the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
    • The Huskers are 15-1 against Omaha, though this matchup will be the first against the Mavs since their transition to Division I began in 2011. The teams last met in 1990, a 3-0 Husker win. UNO’s only win was on Sept. 2, 1986.
  • Scouting Kansas State

  • Kansas State is 5-5 overall after a 3-1 win over UMKC on Tuesday might. The Wildcats lost four straight matches to Oregon State, Arkansas, Syracuse and No. 5 Wisconsin before snapping their skid against North Florida last weekend. KSU suffered a five-set loss at Georgia Tech last week. Kylee Zumach leads the Wildcats with 3.16 kills per set and adds 1.84 digs per set. The Wildcats rank 48th in the nation in hitting percentage (.256) but are 279th in opponent hitting percentage (.237).
  • Scouting Northern Iowa

  • Northern Iowa is receiving votes in the AVCA Coaches Poll with an 8-3 overall record. Two of the Panthers’ three losses are to top-15 teams (No. 8 Creighton and No. 12 Kentucky). UNI has impressive wins over No. 18 USC, No. 19 Iowa State and Missouri. Setter Heather Hook puts up 11.12 assists per set, while Karlie Taylor leads the team with 4.02 kills per set. Piper Thomas adds 3.58 kills per set and is hitting .320. Junior Bri Weber was a first-team All-MVC pick last year and is averaging 2.95 kills per set and 3.42 digs per set. The Panthers rank in the top 20 nationally in kills per set (14.63, 12th), assists per set (13.53, 17th) and digs per set (17.65, 19th).
  • Scouting Omaha

  • Omaha is 3-7 with two wins over Indiana State and one over Southeast Missouri. The Mavericks are led by Mackenzie Horkey’s 2.69 kills and 2.90 digs per set. Horkey, a junior outside hitter, missed most of last season with an injury but was averaging 3.35 kills and 3.55 digs before her injury. Five different Mavericks average more than two kills per set. Setter Sydney O’Shaughnessy averages 9.89 assists per set and has 13 aces on the season. O’Shaughnessy was an all-Summit League performer in 2015.
  • Hunter Guides Young Husker Squad

  • All-America setter Kelly Hunter is set for her senior season after leading NU to a national championship and a Big Ten championship the past two seasons as team captain and starting setter.
    • Hunter was a second-team AVCA All-American in 2016 and an All-Big Ten setter, becoming the first Husker setter since Lauren Cook in 2012 to make the All-Big Ten team. She is a preseason All-Big Ten selection.
    • Hunter was named Big Ten Setter of the Week four times last season, giving her six career awards. She set a career high with 61 assists at Penn State. She posted 11.24 assists per set to rank third in the Big Ten.
    • Hunter is eighth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,011.
  • Foecke Poised for Bigger Role

  • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.54 kills per set on .263 hitting. She received All-Big Ten honorable mention in 2016 and was an AVCA All-Region honoree.
    • Foecke worked hard to become a six-rotation player entering her junior season and has been effective in that role, adding 3.00 digs per set and a .975 reception percentage.
    • Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection and was one of just two players to earn a unanimous selection (Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson).
    • Foecke was the NCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player in 2015 - becoming just the third freshman to earn the honor - after 19 kills on .385 hitting in the championship win against Texas. The other freshmen to win the award were Deja McClendon (Penn State, 2010) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford, 1996).
  • Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers

  • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively inexperienced group of Husker middle blockers.
    • Holman is averaging 2.12 kills and a team-best 1.38 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting .288. She was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week on Sept. 5 and the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a dominating display over three matches with 25 kills and 18 blocks on .525 hitting.
    • Holman earned AVCA All-Region honors for the third time in her career last season and received All-Big Ten honorable mention.
    • Holman was a first-team AVCA All-American at LSU in 2014 with 3.94 kills and 1.47 blocks per set. She was a two-time All-SEC performer for the Tigers and represented the U.S. Collegiate National Team at the World University Games in South Korea in July 2015.
  • Huskers Turn to Freshmen for Instant Impact

  • With five true freshmen and two redshirt freshmen on the roster, the Huskers needed some new talent to step up in a big way in 2017, and so far that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.08 kills per set.
    • Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton has made two starts and played in six matches with an average of 6.43 assists and 1.90 digs per set. Atherton also has five service aces, third-most on the team.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida. Sweet is second on the team in kills at 2.75 per set and is hitting a team-high .352. She is also second in blocks at 0.88 per set.
    • Freshman outside hitter Anezka Szabo, who plays the same right-side hitter position as Sweet, tallied 10 kills on .400 hitting against Saint Mary’s.
  • Huskers Ranked No. 10 in AVCA Coaches Poll

  • Nebraska is ranked No. 10 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll. The Huskers moved back into the top 10 with a sweep of then-No. 11 UCLA after two weeks spent at No. 12.
    • The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 98 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
    • The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 459 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 514 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; Will Join AVCA Hall of Fame in December

  • Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 18th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2017. He has led the Huskers to three national championships, seven final fours, 11 conference championships and 15 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 665 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 .883 win percentage in that time (504-67).
    • Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 49 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 six-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016, his first Big Ten honor with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
    • Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year this season, 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 will be inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in December in Kansas City, Missouri. Cook will join 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 fourth straight season as their 8,210 average per match in 2016 established a new NCAA attendance record, topping its 2015 average of 8,206.
    • The Huskers’ total attendance of 155,986 in 19 home matches also set a school 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 224 consecutive matches, the longest sellout streak in the history of NCAA women’s athletics.
    • The Devaney Center has hosted the three largest regular-season crowds in NCAA history and seven of the 10 largest.
  • Huskers Get Depth From Former Husker Women’s Basketball Player Allie Havers

  • The Huskers gained some depth at middle blocker when former Husker women’s basketball player Allie Havers joined the team in the spring.
    • Havers, a 6-5 native of Mattawan, Michigan, has one season of eligibility to play volleyball, a sport she excelled at in high school. Havers was a first-team Class A all-state player in Michigan in 2012 and a finalist for Michigan’s Miss Volleyball in 2013.
    • On the Nebraska women’s basketball team, Havers closed her career having played in 125 games with 50 starts. She ranked among the top 50 career scorers (720 points) and top 25 career rebounders (541) in Husker history.

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