21-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
Northwest scored the final 23 points in a 26-8 win over Aurora on Friday. Defenses controled the action most of the night. The Vikings led 3-0 in the final minute of the first half before Trevor Dvorak hit Jacob Settles on a 50 yard pass. Dvorak ran in the two point conversion.
But Northwest responded with a 40 yard field goal as time expired to make it 8-6 at the intermission. Janky's third field goal of the night gave the Vikings the lead for good at the mid point of the third quarter.
Northwest would outscore Aurora 17-0 in the fourth. Brady Baasch's 41 yard run and Riley Anderson's six yard TD provided the final margin.
Tim Elge Post Game Interivew
Aurora Senior Spotlight Kyle Larson
21-Sep-2019 / KRGI SPORTS NETWORK
20-Sep-2019 / Associated Press
Adams Central def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-16, 25-18, 25-14
Alma def. Amherst, 3-2
Archbishop Bergan def. Douglas County West, 3-1
Ashland-Greenwood def. Louisville, 25-20, 25-23, 25-21
Bennington def. Blair, 25-20, 25-20, 25-20
Cedar Bluffs def. St. Edward, 26-24, 25-20, 25-10
Centura def. Loup City, 22-25, 19-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-9
Columbus Scotus def. Aquinas, 25-13, 25-16, 25-17
Conestoga def. Boys Town, 25-18, 25-18, 25-18
Cross County def. Heartland, 11-25, 25-18, 25-20, 25-14
Dorchester def. Friend, 25-19, 25-10, 25-8
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Creighton, 25-18, 25-21, 25-17
Fairbury def. Crete, 25-18, 25-20, 27-25
Fillmore Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-20, 25-11, 25-13
Fort Calhoun def. Raymond Central, 3-1
Fullerton def. Twin River, 25-17, 25-20, 19-25, 25-16
Giltner def. Palmer, 21-25, 25-13, 25-15, 25-16
Hastings def. Holdrege, 3-0
Hitchcock County def. Medicine Valley, 3-0
Kearney def. Grand Island, 25-9, 21-25, 15-25, 25-10, 15-3
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Plainview, 25-13, 25-11, 25-14
Lawrence-Nelson def. Shelton, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Howells/Dodge, 25-15, 13-25, 25-16, 26-28, 15-9
Lutheran High Northeast def. Wayne, 25-21, 25-21, 25-16
Mead def. East Butler, 25-14, 25-16, 25-4
Millard South def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-13, 25-7, 25-16
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 25-14, 25-18, 27-25
Neligh-Oakdale def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-21, 25-8, 20-25, 12-25, 15-13
North Central def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-23, 25-23, 21-25, 25-23
Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Beatrice, 3-1
Omaha Roncalli def. Omaha Mercy, 23-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-23
Omaha Westside def. Omaha Burke, 25-19, 25-23, 25-15
Ord def. West Holt, 25-21, 25-20, 25-16
Pierce def. Crofton, 25-17, 25-23, 25-16
Platteview def. Syracuse, 26-24, 25-16, 25-23
Plattsmouth def. Ralston, 25-10, 25-21, 31-29
Ponca def. Homer, 25-9, 25-12, 25-13
Sidney def. Alliance, 25-12, 25-17, 25-18
Sutherland def. Kimball, 25-18, 25-16, 25-18
Wakefield-Allen def. Pender, 25-12, 25-18, 26-24
Wauneta-Palisade def. Wallace, 25-22, 25-23, 25-9
Wausa def. Randolph, 18-25, 25-21, 25-16, 25-21
Waverly def. Grand Island Northwest, 25-15, 25-19, 25-10
Winside def. Bloomfield, 25-11, 25-19, 25-17
Wood River def. Ravenna, 25-20, 25-18, 15-25, 25-22
Wynot def. Hartington-Newcastle, 3-1
Auburn def. Falls City, 25-21, 25-14
Auburn def. Nebraska City, 25-20, 25-14
Central City Triangular
Columbus Lakeview def. Aurora, 25-16, 25-22
Columbus Lakeview def. Central City, 25-18, 25-12
Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. Burwell, 19-25, 25-21, 25-18
Nebraska Christian def. Burwell, 22-25, 25-16, 25-17
Nebraska Christian def. Central Valley, 25-21, 25-22
David City Triangular
Malcolm def. David City, 25-14, 23-25, 25-11
Malcolm def. Milford, 25-16, 14-25, 25-18
Milford def. David City, 2-0
Deshler def. Franklin, 25-15, 25-19
Kenesaw def. Deshler, 25-22, 25-22
Kenesaw def. Franklin, 25-15, 26-24
Elm Creek Triangular
Elm Creek def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-7, 25-10
Overton def. Elm Creek, 25-19, 25-21
Overton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-14, 25-15
Goodland, Kan. def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-19, 23-25, 25-20
Axtell def. Loomis, 25-16, 25-22
Hi-Line def. Loomis, 25-16, 25-19
Hi-Line def. Axtell, 25-20, 25-10
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family Triangular
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. High Plains Community, 25-10, 25-11
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Clarkson/Leigh, 23-25, 25-16, 25-12
Lincoln High Triangular
Lincoln High def. Omaha Benson, 25-13, 25-8
Lincoln High def. Omaha Northwest, 25-15, 25-18
Diller-Odell def. Bruning-Davenport/Shickley, 26-24, 25-19
Meridian def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 27-29, 25-12, 25-16
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Johnson-Brock, 25-21, 25-17
Johnson County Central def. Palmyra, 25-21, 25-17
Southern def. Sterling, 10-25, 25-18, 25-16
Pawnee City def. Tri County, 25-21, 20-25, 26-24
Norfolk Catholic Triangular
Norfolk Catholic def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-9, 25-12
Norfolk Catholic def. Stanton, 25-19, 25-17
Omaha Bryan Triangular
Omaha Bryan def. Omaha North, 27-25, 25-15
Omaha Bryan def. Omaha South, 20-25, 25-11, 25-15
Omaha Nation Triangular
Omaha Nation def. Walthill, 17-25, 25-11, 25-19
Walthill def. Santee, 25-21, 25-15
Southern Valley Triangular
Bertrand def. Arapahoe, 25-11, 25-10
Southern Valley def. Arapahoe, 25-12, 25-9
Southern Valley def. Bertrand, 25-22, 25-23
Centennial def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-11, 27-25
Centennial def. Sutton, 23-25, 25-19, 25-19
Sutton def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-21, 25-12
19-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska baseball team travels to Wichita, Kan., on Saturday to face Wichita State in a fall exhibition game at Eck Stadium, starting at 2 p.m. (CT).
The Huskers and Shockers will play 12 innings, as each team welcomes a new skipper for the upcoming season. Nebraska Head Coach Will Bolt and Wichita State Head Coach Eric Wedge each enter their first year in 2020.
General admission tickets for the contest are $5 and can be purchased at GoShockers.com/tickets or by calling 316-978-FANS. All military and first responders will valid I.D. will receive free admission to the game.
In April 2018, the NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation to allow two fall exhibitions that do not count toward a team's 56-game spring schedule. Last fall, Nebraska hosted Wichita State (Sept. 22) and Kansas (Oct. 6) in exhibition games at Hawks Field.
The Huskers went 32-24 during the 2019 regular season en route to their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years. NU posted a 15-9 record in Big Ten play to tie for third in the conference before finishing runner-up at the conference tournament. Last season, Wichita State went 28-31 overall and posted a 9-15 record in American Athletic Conference play.
In the all-time series between Nebraska and Wichita State, the Huskers hold a narrow 26-25 advantage. The two teams last met in the regular season in March 2018, when the Shockers won 2-of-3 games on their home field.
19-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
LINCOLN, Neb. - In a battle of No. 1 vs. No. 2, it was the second-ranked Stanford Cardinal who was victorious 3-1 (25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 25-16) over the top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team in front of a school-record crowd of 8,632 at the Devaney Center on Wednesday night.
The defending national champion Cardinal (6-1) never trailed in sets one and three and led almost the entirety of the fourth set. The Huskers fought back from down eight in set one to get within two points late, and NU won a back-and-forth second set that had five lead changes before Stanford took control of the match in the final two sets.
Madi Kubik had a career-high 14 kills for the Huskers (7-1). Lexi Sun had nine kills and 14 digs, and Jazz Sweet and Lauren Stivrins also had nine kills. Nicklin Hames posted her fifth double-double this season with 40 assists and 16 digs. Kenzie Knuckles had 15 digs, and Megan Miller had 13 digs along with the Huskers' only two aces on the night.
Kathryn Plummer led the Cardinal with 19 kills and four aces. Kendall Kipp added 11 kills, and Madeleine Gates had 10. Jenna Gray had 50 assists and 11 digs to pace the Cardinal to a .294 hitting percentage. The Huskers hit .150 in the match. Stanford had the edge in blocks (12-7) and aces (7-2). NU out-dug Stanford 70-63.
Set 1: Stanford used a 6-0 run to sprint to an 8-2 lead. The Cardinal continued to lead by six, 12-6, when kills by Sun and Sweet cut it to four, 12-8. But Stanford responded with six of the next eight points to build its biggest lead yet, 18-10. The Huskers put together their best stretch of the set with five straight points off of two kills by Kubik, one by Stivrins and a block by Stivrins and Sweet to cut it to 18-14. After a Stanford timeout, Megan Miller served an ace to make it 18-15. With Stanford up 20-17, Nicole Drewnick stepped in to serve and assisted on a kill by Sun that made it 20-18. Back-to-back kills by Plummer made it 23-19 Cardinal, but Callie Schwarzenbach terminated and Stanford hit wide to cut the lead to two again, 23-21. Plummer then gave Stanford set point with another kill, and Stanford won 25-21.
Set 2: The teams played evenly throughout the early portion of set two, and NU took its first lead of the match on a kill by Sweet that made it 8-7. Stivrins combined with Kubik for a block and then smashed a kill for a 12-10 Husker lead. Plummer tied the score at 13-13 with a kill and an ace, and Madeleine Gates posted a kill to give Stanford the lead again, 14-13. Capri Davis come off the bench to get a sideout for the Huskers, and a Stanford net violation put NU back in front, 17-16. A solo block by Schwarzenbach made it 18-16 Huskers, and Stanford took a timeout. Out of the break, Sweet tallied a kill for a 19-16 Husker lead. Fitzmorris and Plummer answered with kills for Stanford, but Sweet produced another clutch swing for the Big Red to keep NU on top, 20-18. Plummer and Kubik traded kills, and Miller served her second ace of the night to make it 22-19 Huskers. Fitzmorris posted a kill for Stanford and NU committed back-to-back hitting errors to tie the set at 22-22. Stanford was in the net on the next rally, and a tough serve by Kubik forced a bad pass by Stanford that led to set point for NU at 24-22. Another good serve by Kubik had the same result on the next rally, giving the Huskers the 25-22 win to tie the match.
Set 3: Stanford scored the first two points of set three and never trailed, pulling ahead 14-8 after a 5-0 spurt. A Husker service error was followed by a Stanford kill and ace, which made it 17-10 Cardinal. Sweet posted a pair of kills for the Big Red, but Stanford remained comfortably in front and won the set, 25-17.
Set 4: Davis and Sweet got the Huskers off to a strong start with kills, but Stanford responded with a 3-0 run to take the lead. The Huskers tied the set at 7-7 after a kill by Sun, but Stanford went on a 12-2 run to go up 19-9 and take control. The Cardinal finished out the win, 25-16.
Up Next: Nebraska is back at home on Saturday, hosting Wichita State at 3 p.m. at the Devaney Center.
18-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
The Northwest Softball team scored in its final four at bats to earn a 9-1 win over Aurora Tuesday at the Veterans Complex. Emily Stein went the distance and struck out seven for the Vikings (9-5). She also went 2-3 with an RBI.
Skylee Nelson led a 13 hit attack, going 3-4 with a triple, 2 RBI and a run scored. Northwest visits Cozad Thursday and hosts an invitational Saturday.
Northwest Invitational 9/21 at the Veterans Comples
Northwest vs Centura/Central Valley
Central City vs Gothenburg
Aurora vs Boone Central
Scottsbluff vs Southern Valley
2nd round 10:45
3rd round 1pm
Jake Ritzdorf after Aurora
18-Sep-2019 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
Ainsworth def. West Holt, 25-21, 25-20, 25-20
Archbishop Bergan def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 25-10, 25-22, 25-18
Ashland-Greenwood def. Arlington, 25-12, 25-14, 25-13
Battle Creek def. Pierce, 25-19, 25-16, 25-11
Cambridge def. Hi-Line, 25-21, 25-23, 15-25, 25-21
Centennial def. Fairbury, 22-25, 11-25, 26-24, 25-20, 15-8
Columbus def. Kearney, 25-22, 15-25, 25-23, 25-18
Crete def. Schuyler, 25-12, 25-17, 25-20
Crofton def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-23, 26-24
Edgemont, S.D. def. Hemingford, 25-21, 25-14, 21-25, 21-25, 15-9
Elkhorn South def. Millard West, 25-8, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18
Fillmore Central def. Heartland, 16-25, 25-7, 25-20, 16-25, 15-10
Fremont def. Lincoln High, 25-22, 25-22, 25-19
Gering def. Scottsbluff, 25-19, 25-22, 25-22
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Wood River, 25-15, 25-10, 25-7
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-16, 25-17
Hershey def. McCook, 25-21, 23-25, 25-14, 25-23
Howells/Dodge def. Wakefield-Allen, 23-25, 30-28, 27-25, 25-22
Humphrey St. Francis def. Fullerton, 14-25, 26-24, 22-25, 25-11, 15-12
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-8, 25-15, 25-11
Lincoln Christian def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 25-23, 25-12
Lincoln East def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-20, 25-23, 25-16
Lincoln Lutheran def. Auburn, 25-18, 25-21, 25-11
Lincoln Pius X def. Lincoln Southeast, 25-21, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22
Lincoln Southwest def. Grand Island, 25-15, 25-19, 25-23
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Pender, 25-20, 25-20, 25-14
Lutheran High Northeast def. O'Neill, 25-14, 25-22, 21-25, 25-15
Malcolm def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-15, 25-14, 25-13
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Hitchcock County, 25-13, 25-23, 25-16
Mead def. College View Academy, 25-11, 25-12, 25-11
Millard North def. Papillion-LaVista South, 16-25, 25-15, 25-23, 25-19
Millard South def. Gretna, 25-20, 20-25, 16-25, 25-22, 15-8
Neligh-Oakdale def. Randolph, 23-25, 25-13, 25-7, 23-25, 15-10
Norfolk def. Lincoln North Star, 25-15, 25-19, 25-19
Norfolk Catholic def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-15, 26-24, 23-25, 28-26
North Bend Central def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-14, 25-13, 18-25, 25-22
North Platte St. Patrick's def. Gothenburg, 26-24, 25-23, 17-25, 14-25, 16-14
Ogallala def. North Platte, 16-25, 25-18, 25-20, 18-25, 15-9
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Weeping Water, 3-0
Omaha Bryan def. Omaha South, 3-2
Omaha Central def. Omaha North, 1-0
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Aquinas, 27-25, 21-25, 25-23, 20-25, 15-5
Overton def. Maxwell, 25-14, 25-14, 25-16
Papillion-LaVista def. Omaha Westside, 25-10, 25-15, 25-18
Plainview def. Wausa, 15-25, 22-25, 25-17, 25-22, 15-12
Ponca def. Winnebago, 25-10, 25-8, 25-21
Sandhills/Thedford def. Sandhills Valley, 27-25, 25-9, 21-25, 28-26
Seward def. Ralston, 25-17, 26-24, 25-8
Shelby/Rising City def. Hampton, 25-17, 25-19, 26-24
St. Mary's def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 25-19
St. Mary's def. Santee, 25-13, 25-22
St. Paul def. Centura, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Amherst, 25-19, 25-21, 20-25, 23-25, 15-7
Superior def. Sutton, 25-13, 25-19, 25-15
Sutherland def. Wallace, 25-20, 25-21, 25-16
Thayer Central def. Sandy Creek, 25-12, 25-19, 25-7
Wauneta-Palisade def. Southwest, 25-20, 20-25, 25-12, 23-25, 15-11
Waverly def. Norris, 25-16, 25-19, 27-25
Wayne def. Guardian Angels, 25-16, 25-18, 25-20
West Point-Beemer def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-18, 25-23, 25-14
York def. Holdrege, 25-17, 25-6, 25-12
Alma def. Cozad, 25-19, 25-8
Alma def. Arapahoe, 25-12, 25-15
Cozad def. Arapahoe, 25-22, 25-18
Arthur County Triangular
Garden County def. Arthur County, 25-21, 25-18
Garden County def. Mullen, 2-0
Mullen def. Arthur County, 25-6, 25-17
Adams Central def. Aurora, 27-25, 15-25, 25-22
Adams Central def. Minden, 21-25, 25-22, 29-27
Minden def. Aurora, 25-22, 27-25
Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-7, 25-18
Axtell def. Shelton, 25-10, 25-9
Shelton def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-13, 25-16
Central Valley Triangular
Arcadia-Loup City def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-14, 25-13
Arcadia-Loup City def. Central Valley, 25-18, 25-19
Central Valley def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-21, 25-21
Chadron def. Bridgeport, 25-20, 25-10
Sidney def. Chadron, 25-20, 25-18
Sidney def. Bridgeport, 25-13, 25-11
Cross County Triangular
Cross County def. Heartland Lutheran, 26-24, 25-13
Cross County def. McCool Junction, 25-14, 25-14
Heartland Lutheran def. McCool Junction, 25-23, 25-20
Central City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-14, 25-19
Gibbon def. Central City, 25-21, 25-18
Gibbon def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 16-25, 25-19, 25-22
Dundy County-Stratton Triangular
Brady def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-14, 22-25, 25-17
South Loup def. Dundy County-Stratton, 25-20, 25-22
South Loup def. Brady, 25-18, 25-10
Cody-Kilgore def. Hay Springs, 25-23, 25-23
Hay Springs def. Hyannis, 25-21, 25-20
Hyannis def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-20, 25-14
Kenesaw def. Harvard, 25-21, 25-23
Lawrence-Nelson def. Harvard, 25-12, 25-18
Lawrence-Nelson def. Kenesaw, 25-8, 25-18
Elmwood-Murdock def. Conestoga, 25-16, 25-17
Louisville def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-22
Louisville def. Conestoga, 25-11, 25-11
Johnson County Central def. Southern, 25-20, 25-18
Palmyra def. Sterling, 25-22, 25-22
Pawnee City def. Lewiston, 22-25, 25-15, 25-14
Tri County def. Parkview Christian, 25-13, 25-9
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer, 25-16, 25-21
Diller-Odell def. Meridian, 25-9, 25-23
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Freeman, 25-19, 25-15
Johnson-Brock def. Exeter/Milligan, 25-20, 25-8
Nebraska City Triangular
Plattsmouth def. Nebraska City, 26-24, 17-25, 25-16
Syracuse def. Nebraska City, 25-10, 25-23
Syracuse def. Plattsmouth, 25-21, 26-24
Bellevue West def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17
Platteview def. Bellevue West, 25-22, 25-20
Platteview def. Bennington, 25-11, 25-17
High Plains Community def. Riverside, 24-26, 25-6, 25-14
Riverside def. Palmer, 25-14, 25-11
Boyd County def. Creighton, 26-24, 25-21
Summerland def. Boyd County, 25-14, 25-23
Summerland def. Creighton, 25-15, 25-15
Twin Loup Triangular
North Central def. Twin Loup, 25-21, 25-18
Pleasanton def. North Central, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14
Pleasanton def. Twin Loup, 25-20, 25-22
Osmond def. Winside, 15-25, 25-15, 25-16
Osmond def. Homer, 25-23, 25-17
Winside def. Homer, 25-19, 25-10
Raymond Central def. East Butler, 2-0
Yutan def. Raymond Central, 25-21, 23-25, 25-16
Yutan def. East Butler, 25-16, 25-14
17-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
• The top-ranked Nebraska volleyball team welcomes No. 2 Stanford to the Devaney Center for a 2018 NCAA Championship rematch this Wednesday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at FoxSports.com and on the FoxSports app. Larry Punteney and Salima Rockwell will call the action.
• Wednesday's match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th 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.
• The Huskers' match against Stanford will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchup in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 matchups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1, at the NU Coliseum. Of Nebraska's five all-time top-two showdowns, three of them will have been against Stanford.
• Three points is all that separated the teams in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis, as Stanford walked away with its eighth NCAA title and prevented the Huskers from winning their sixth. While Stanford returned six starters - including four AVCA All-Americans - from that team, the Huskers have had to replace two All-Americans in outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and libero Kenzie Maloney with two true freshmen.
• Stanford is 9-6 all-time against the Huskers. The last meeting was a five-set classic in the 2018 NCAA Championship match in Minneapolis. Stanford pulled out the 3-2 win (28-26, 22-25, 25-16, 15-25, 15-12) to win the national title.
• In last year's match, Lauren Stivrins had a career day with 19 kills on .615 hitting with five blocks. Nicklin Hames had a career-high 62 set assists and 12 digs. NU will need to find a way to replace the 27 kills Foecke recorded in that match. For Stanford, Kathryn Plummer had 19 kills, and Holly Campbell and Audriana Fitzmorris added 15 and 14, respectively. The Huskers outhit Stanford in the match, .271 to .250, but Stanford won the serving battle with seven more aces (9-2) and the same number of errors (eight).
• NU's last win over Stanford was on Aug. 29, 2008, a Husker sweep in Omaha. Stanford has won both matches played since then.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 20th year at Nebraska (567-76); 27th year overall (728-149)
• Kevin Hambly, Stanford: 3rd year at Stanford (69-6); 11th year overall (247-92)
About the Huskers
• Nebraska is off to a 7-0 start for the first time since 2016. It's only the third time in the last 11 years that Nebraska has won its first seven matches of the season. The Huskers have beaten both ranked teams they've faced this season - then-No. 18 Creighton (3-1) and then-No. 25 San Diego (3-2).
• The Huskers ascended to No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll on Monday following a 3-0 weekend at the Ameritas Players Challenge, coupled with a Stanford loss to Minnesota. It marks Nebraska's nation-leading 100th all-time week at No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll.
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 4.04 kills per set on .287 hitting this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge last weekend after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount. She ranks sixth in the Big Ten in kills this season.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.23 per set. She is also putting up 2.15 kills per set on .311 hitting.
• Nebraska ranks first in the Big Ten with an opponent hitting percentage of .123. The Huskers have held four of their seven opponents below .100 hitting this season.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten in digs with 15.69 per set.
• Stanford had a 37-match win streak snapped on Saturday by Minnesota. The Golden Gophers beat the then-No. 1 Cardinal, 3-1, in University Park, Pennsylvania.
• Stanford is playing one of the toughest non-conference schedules in the nation. The Cardinal own wins over No. 7 Florida, No. 3 Texas and No. 4 Penn State. Wednesday's match will be Stanford's fifth straight top-10 opponent.
• Two-time AVCA National Player of the Year Kathryn Plummer leads the Cardinal with 5.50 kills per set on .350 hitting. Audriana Fitzmorris adds 2.64 kills per set on .319 hitting.
• Stanford returned six starters from last year's NCAA Championship team, including first-team All-Americans in setter Jenna Gray and libero Morgan Hentz.
Huskers Ranked No. 1 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 1 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week for the first time since the end of the 2017 season.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 490 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 545 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.
Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford.
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and Head Coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers will be without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history.
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row.
• A group of six freshmen will help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 258 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 728 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 (567-76).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 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 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 ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.
17-Sep-2019 / Steve Stein
The Northwest Softball team hosts Aurora Tuesday at the Veterans Complex. The Vikings broke a four game skid with a win over GICC on Thursday to go to 8-5. The Huskies come in 5-11 after splitting games at the Schuyler triangular.
JV Begins at 5pm with the varsity at 6:30. We'll have coverage at 6:15 on 103.1 2-Day-FM, featuring an interview with Skylee Nelson.
16-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball team moved to No. 1 in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Poll, which was announced on Monday.
The Huskers received 37 of 64 first-place votes and totaled 1,550 points. Stanford dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 with 23 first-place votes and 1,538 points. Texas, Penn State and Baylor rounded out the top five.
It marks the first time the Huskers have held the No. 1 spot since the final poll of the 2017 NCAA Championship season. It also marks the Huskers' nation-leading 100th week all-time holding the No. 1 ranking in the AVCA poll.
On Wednesday at 7 p.m., the Huskers will host No. 2 Stanford, which held the No. 1 spot all season until a 3-1 loss against Minnesota on Saturday. Wednesday's match, which will be televised on BTN, will be the first time NU has played a match as the No. 1 team in the nation since Nov. 26, 2016. It will be the fifth all-time No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-up in program history. The Huskers are 2-2 all-time in No. 1 vs. No. 2 match-ups. The only other No. 1 vs. No. 2 match played in Lincoln was on Aug. 26, 1995, when No. 1 Stanford beat No. 2 Nebraska, 3-1.