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Huskers Fall to Oregon in Season Opener

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team fell to No. 18 Oregon in its season opener, 3-1 (20-25, 21-25, 26-24, 23-25),on Friday night at Exactech Arena.

Nebraska got off to a hot start with a 10-2 lead in the first set, but the Ducks seized momentum with a 13-4 run and went on to win the first two sets. The Huskers fought back to win a wild third set that featured 17 ties and seven lead changes, but the Ducks closed out the Big Red in the fourth set, 25-23. Oregon outhit Nebraska .222 to .174.

The Huskers (0-1) were led by true freshman Jazz Sweet, who posted 14 kills on .375 hitting in her collegiate debut. Her 14 kills matched Kadie Rolfzen for the most by a Husker true freshman in a collegiate debut since Sarah Pavan's 16 in 2004.

Mikaela Foecke had 13 kills and a career-high 17 digs for her first-career double-double. Lauren Stivrins had nine kills and five blocks in her first collegiate match, and Annika Albrecht had nine kills and 16 digs. Briana Holman added eight kills and three blocks.

Libero Kenzie Maloney led NU with a career-high 18 digs and served two aces. Sydney Townsend added 13 digs.

Redshirt freshman setter Hunter Atherton had 47 assists and six digs in her first collegiate match. The Huskers were without senior setter Kelly Hunter (injury) and junior outside hitter Olivia Boender (illness).

All-American Lindsey Vander Weide had 14 kills and 11 digs for the Ducks (1-0). Brooke Van Sickle had 11 kills and 22 digs.

Set 1: Nebraska bolted out of the gate to a 5-0 start with kills by Sweet and Holman and three Oregon hitting errors. After Oregon got on the board, Albrecht ripped two kills and Sweet followed for an 8-1 lead. The Huskers led 10-2 as Oregon spent its second timeout of the set. Out of the timeout, the Ducks went on a 4-0 run to cut it to 10-6 and force a Husker timeout. A pair of kills by Stivrins stopped the run and put NU up 12-6. The Ducks went on a 9-2 run to take a 15-14 lead before Sweet ended a long-rally with a kill to even the score at 15-15. Holman put the Huskers back in front and then combined with Albrecht for a block and a 17-15 lead. Oregon answered back with five straight points, including back-to-back service aces, to take a 20-17 lead. Oregon went on to a 25-20 win to go up 1-0 in the match. Both teams struggled offensively as Oregon outhit NU .140 to .118.

Set 2: Big runs were not to be found early in the second set as the teams battled back and forth. Oregon eventually went up 14-11 via three straight kills to force an NU timeout. A kill by Foecke ended Oregon's rally, and a Holman kill followed by two Oregon hitting errors tied the set at 15-15. But Oregon regained a 19-16 lead with three consecutive kills and closed out the set on top, 25-21.

Set 3: Oregon jumped in front, 5-1, but Sweet continued her impressive Husker debut with her ninth and 10th kills around back-to-back aces by Maloney to even it at 5-5. A kill by Foecke gave the Huskers an 8-7 lead. Atherton served an ace and Foecke recorded another kill to put NU in front, 12-11. After Oregon regained a 13-12 lead, Sweet logged her 11th kill to make it 13-13. Stivrins swung the Huskers into a 16-15 lead, but Oregon took the lead back at 19-18. Holman hammered a kill to tie the set, 19-19, but a kill and an ace by Oregon put the Huskers down two, 21-19. Still trailing by two at 22-20, NU fought back with a kill by Stivrins, a block by Stivrins and Atherton, and a kill by Albrecht to go ahead 23-22. After an Oregon timeout, NU gained set point on a stuff block by Albrecht and Stivrins. Willow Johnson ended Townsend's serve with a kill to cut it to 24-23, and Oregon used a block to tie the set, 24-24. The Ducks committed a service error for another Husker set point, and this time some great back row defense by the Huskers led to an eventual kill by Stivrins after a long rally to give the Huskers the set, 26-24.

Set 4: Nebraska trailed 7-3 before a kill and ace by Albrecht made it 7-5 Ducks. Foecke put down a pair of kills, and Holman added one to help NU get even at 9-9. The Huskers led 15-14 at the media timeout. Foecke gave NU a two-point lead at 17-15 with her 10th kill. Foecke continued to put away points for the Huskers as she added two more kills for a 19-18 Husker lead. Oregon went in front 22-20 after a 3-0 run, forcing a Husker timeout. Sweet's 14th kill cut it to 22-21, but Oregon answered with a kill on the next rally. Albrecht went crosscourt to get a sideout, but Oregon earned match point on a kill by Van Sickle. Foecke notched a key kill for the Huskers after a timeout, but the Ducks won 25-23 on another Van Sickle kill.

Up Next: Nebraska will play No. 12 Florida on Saturday at 4 p.m. (CT). The match will be televised on the SEC Network and will have a radio broadcast on Husker Sports Network affiliates and an online audio stream at Huskers.com and on the TuneIn app.


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High School Football Scores - Friday 8/25

PREP FOOTBALL

Ainsworth 53, Ravenna 14

Allen 52, St. Mary's 32

Anselmo-Merna 46, Ansley-Litchfield 36

Arapahoe 44, Axtell 0

Arcadia-Loup City 43, North Platte St. Patrick's 29

Arthur County 51, Potter-Dix 0

Auburn 21, Douglas County West 7

Battle Creek 14, Yutan 12

Beatrice 35, Ralston 6

Bellevue East 31, Omaha Bryan 14

Bertrand 34, Amherst 6

Blair 40, Bennington 27

Bloomfield 14, Wynot 6

Blue Hill 58, Meridian 8

Boys Town 39, Syracuse 7

Bridgeport 18, Southern Valley 0

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 56, Osceola 24

Burwell 61, Elgin Public/Pope John 0

Cedar Bluffs 34, Weeping Water 16

Centennial 27, Central City 13

Chadron 36, Alliance 7

Columbus 34, Waverly 7

Columbus Lakeview 35, Milford-Dorchester 7

Cozad 19, Chase County 13

Crawford 58, Edgemont, S.D. 6

Creighton 94, Neligh-Oakdale 0

Crofton 21, Wisner-Pilger 0

Diller-Odell 40, McCool Junction 15

Elkhorn Mount Michael 30, South Sioux City 0

Elkhorn South 48, York 14

Elm Creek 36, Kenesaw 12

Elmwood-Murdock 33, Stanton 13

Eustis-Farnam 62, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 20

Fairbury 61, David City 10

Falls City 46, Southern 0

Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Nebraska City Lourdes 0

Fort Calhoun 33, Conestoga 14

Freeman 15, Hastings St. Cecilia 0

Fremont 35, North Platte 19

Gibbon 8, Hershey 6

Giltner 60, Exeter/Milligan 20

Gothenburg 20, Holdrege 13

Grand Island Northwest 48, Gering 7

Gretna 19, Norris 3

Guardian Angels 32, Nebraska Christian 12

Hartington Cedar Catholic 42, Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 6

Hartington-Newcastle 34, Homer 7

Heartland 54, High Plains Community 18

Howells/Dodge 26, East Butler 20

Humphrey St. Francis 54, Osmond 6

Johnson County Central 28, Fillmore Central 14

Johnson-Brock 70, Thayer Central 0

Kearney 20, Grand Island 16

Kearney Catholic 33, Adams Central 20

Lawrence-Nelson 50, Sterling 16

Lincoln Christian 31, Omaha Concordia 7

Lincoln East 21, Norfolk 13

Lincoln High 51, Omaha Northwest 7

Lincoln Lutheran 76, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 0

Lincoln Pius X 31, Lincoln North Star 7

Logan View 20, Palmyra 13

Lutheran High Northeast 65, Cross County 20

McCook 38, Aurora 8

Mead 48, Scribner-Snyder 26

Medicine Valley 49, Wallace 0

Millard West 48, Millard South 7

Mitchell 39, Bayard 34

Mullen 76, Brady 20

O'Neill 49, Grand Island Central Catholic 5

Oakland-Craig 38, Malcolm 0

Ogallala 40, Minden 0

Omaha Burke 57, Omaha Central 14

Omaha Creighton Prep 45, Omaha Westside 41

Omaha Nation def. Omaha Christian Academy, forfeit

Omaha North 37, Millard North 14

Omaha Roncalli 57, Nebraska City 22

Omaha Skutt Catholic 45, Omaha Gross Catholic 0

Ord 8, Broken Bow 6

Overton 60, Franklin 13

Palmer 44, Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 12

Pender 46, Clarkson/Leigh 20

Perkins County 48, Cambridge 26

Platteview 35, Schuyler 31

Pleasanton 50, Shelton 28

Ponca 24, Archbishop Bergan 13

Randolph 60, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 20

Scottsbluff 21, Hastings 7

Sedgwick County, Colo. def. Creek Valley, forfeit

Seward 38, Crete 33

Shelby/Rising City 54, Twin River 7

Sidney 20, Lexington 7

South Loup 54, Hemingford 16

Southwest 36, Sutherland 22

St. Paul 52, Wood River 0

Superior 28, Tri County 18

Sutton 14, Doniphan-Trumbull 0

Tekamah-Herman 18, Madison 14

Valentine 51, Gordon/Rushville 6

Wahoo 66, Ashland-Greenwood 0

Wausa 48, Stuart 32

Wayne 43, Columbus Scotus 33

West Point-Beemer 39, Arlington 8

Wilber-Clatonia 54, Sandy Creek 7


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Football Scores - Thursday 8/24

Aquinas 51, Raymond Central 0

Bellevue West 55, Papillion-LaVista South 37

Centura 28, Kimball 0

Elkhorn 27, Plattsmouth 7

Fullerton 54, Central Valley 18

Heartland Lutheran 80, Santee 6

Hitchcock County 16, Leyton 14

Lincoln Southwest 69, Papillion-LaVista 34

Norfolk Catholic 24, Bishop Neumann 6

Spalding Academy 46, St. Edward 6

Twin Loup 40, Sandhills/Thedford 0

Winside 40, Elkhorn Valley 20


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Huskers Announce 2017 TV Broadcast Schedule

The Nebraska volleyball team will make 15 regular-season television appearances in 2017, as the Big Ten Conference released its composite TV schedule for the season on Thursday.

The Huskers will play one match on ESPNU at Michigan on Sunday, Oct. 29, and the Big Ten Network will televise at least six Husker matches this fall: vs. UCLA (Sept. 8), at Penn State (Sept. 22), vs. Minnesota (Sept. 29), at Wisconsin (Oct. 11), at Michigan State (Oct. 27) and vs. Maryland (Nov. 8).

The Huskers’ home match against Wisconsin on Sept. 30 is available for BTN selection as well but will not be determined until 12 days before the match. If not selected by BTN, the match will be televised on NET, which will televise six other matches throughout the regular season.

The home matches scheduled for an NET broadcast are: UCLA (Sept. 9), Michigan State (Oct. 4), Northwestern (Oct. 20), Illinois (Oct. 21), Rutgers (Nov. 12) and Iowa (Nov. 25). All matches on NET will also be streamed on BTN2GO.com.

NU will open the season against Oregon on Friday, Aug. 25 at 4 p.m. (CT) in Gainesville, Florida. That match will be streamed on ESPN3. The Huskers will play at Florida on Saturday, Aug. 26 at 4 p.m. (CT), and that match will be televised on the SEC Network (DirecTV Channel 611, DISH Channel 408, Spectrum – Time Warner Cable Channel 384).

The five home matches that are not televised will be streamed on BTN Plus with a subscription. Those matches are the Sept. 1-2 Ameritas Players Challenge matches (UMBC, Oral Roberts and Saint Mary’s), and against Purdue and Indiana on Nov. 3 and 4, respectively. A complete list of web streams will be released at a later date.

Nebraska will hold its annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday, Aug. 19 at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. It will not be televised or streamed online but will have a Husker Sports Network radio and Huskers.com audio broadcast. Tickets are available for the match here.


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Big Ten Sets Women's Basketball Conference Dates

The Nebraska women's basketball team learned the dates of its 16 conference contests when the Big Ten announced the league-wide schedule live on the Big Ten Network on Wednesday, Aug. 16.

The Huskers, who had previously announced a challenging 13-game non-conference schedule that culminates with a clash against Washington State at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Friday, Dec. 22, will open Big Ten play at home against defending Big Ten regular-season co-champion Ohio State on Thursday, Dec. 28.

Following the Big Ten home opener with the Buckeyes, who advanced to the 2017 NCAA Sweet Sixteen, the Huskers will play three straight conference games on the road. Nebraska's three-game holiday road swing begins with a New Year's Eve battle at Minnesota. After their first of two mid-week byes during the conference season, the Huskers head to Evanston, Ill., to face Northwestern on Sunday, Jan. 7. Nebraska's three-game road trip concludes at Illinois in Champaign on Wednesday, Jan. 10.

After playing three of their first four Big Ten games away from home, the Huskers return to Pinnacle Bank Arena to take on defending WNIT champion Michigan on Saturday, Jan. 13. The Big Red are back at home on Wednesday, Jan. 17 to take on border rival Iowa, before heading to New Jersey to face Rutgers on Sunday, Jan. 21.

After the quick trip to the East Coast, the Huskers are back at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Wednesday, Jan. 24 to face 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Purdue, before completing their two-game series with the Hawkeyes in Iowa City on Sunday, Jan. 28.

While Nebraska opened January with a three-game road trip, the Huskers begin February with a three-game home stand at Pinnacle Bank Arena. The Big Red starts by completing their season series with Illinois on Thursday, Feb. 1, before opening their two-game conference series with defending Big Ten Tournament champion Maryland on Sunday, Feb. 4. Nebraska enjoys its second Big Ten bye week, before wrapping up its home stand with Wisconsin on Sunday, Feb. 11 at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The Huskers will end a stretch of 16 consecutive days at home with a Valentine's Day road trip to East Lansing to take on 2017 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan State on Feb. 14. Nebraska remains on the road by battling Indiana in Bloomington on Saturday, Feb. 17, before the Huskers play their regular-season home finale against Penn State on Thursday, Feb. 22. The game with the Lady Lions is expected to be the final home game for Husker seniors Jasmine Cincore, Janay Morton and Emily Wood.

Nebraska will wrap up regular-season Big Ten action by facing 2017 NCAA Sweet Sixteen participant Maryland in College Park to complete its two-game season series with the Terrapins.

Nebraska's final four games of Big Ten play will all come against 2017 postseason qualifiers, which should help prepare the Huskers for the 2018 Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Feb. 28-March 4.

Game times and television information for all of Nebraska's regular-season games will be announced at a later date by the Big Ten. For ticket information for all Husker women's basketball games at Pinnacle Bank Arena, please visit Huskers.com/Tickets.

Nebraska Women's Basketball
2017-18 Big Ten Conference Schedule

Thursday, Dec. 28 - Ohio State - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Dec. 31 - @ Minnesota - Minneapolis, Minn.
Sunday, Jan. 7 - @ Northwestern - Evanston, Ill.
Wednesday, Jan. 10 - @ Illinois - Champaign, Ill.
Saturday, Jan. 13 - Michigan - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Wednesday, Jan. 17 - Iowa - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Jan. 21 - @ Rutgers - Piscataway, N.J.
Wednesday, Jan. 24 - Purdue - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Jan. 28 - @ Iowa - Iowa City, Iowa
Thursday, Feb. 1 - Illinois - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 4 - Maryland - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 11 - Wisconsin - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Wednesday, Feb. 14 - @ Michigan State - East Lansing, Mich.
Saturday, Feb. 17 - @ Indiana - Bloomington, Ind.
Thursday, Feb. 22 - Penn State - Pinnacle Bank Arena
Sunday, Feb. 25 - @ Maryland - College Park, Md.


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Big Ten Unveils Men's Conference Basketball Slate

Lincoln – For the first time, the Big Ten will play two conference games in early December, as the Big Ten Conference unveiled its 2017-18 conference schedule Wednesday afternoon.

The Huskers will begin Big Ten play on the road, opening Big Ten action on Sunday, Dec. 3, as they travel to East Lansing, Mich. to face Michigan State. Nebraska’s Big Ten home opener will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 5, as the Huskers welcome Minnesota to Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The move of the opening week of conference play was to eliminate conference games taking place between Christmas and New Year’s Day and allowing student-athletes the opportunity for an expanded holiday break.

“We understand the challenges that present themselves to the league schedule for this season,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “It will be difficult for the entire conference because of the compressed schedule. For the Huskers, we look at an eight-game stretch combining non-conference and Big Ten games from the start of our Orlando trip until the Kansas game on Dec. 16. We play three games in eight days to open January, including road games at Northwestern and Purdue and against Wisconsin at home. We are happy to have two Big Ten games among our four Saturday home games and also have a good stretch of home games late in conference season. Overall, it looks like another exciting conference season of great basketball.”

The 2017-18 season will also see expanded coverage for Big Ten games, as the conference features TV contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ABC, ESPN and ESPN2) and CBS as well as BTN. Big Ten games will be televised on 51 of 55 days on one of its major TV partners from Jan. 2 until the end of the regular season on Feb. 25.

Nebraska will resume conference play on Jan. 2, as the Huskers travel to Northwestern before heading to regular-season champion Purdue on Jan. 6. Nebraska’s first conference home game in January will be against a Wisconsin team that went to the NCAA Sweet 16, capping a stretch of five straight Big Ten opponents which went to the 2017 NCAA Tournament.

The remainder of the January schedule includes home tilts against Illinois (Jan. 15), Michigan (Jan. 18) and Iowa (Jan. 27) along with road trips to Ohio State (Jan. 22) and Rutgers (Jan. 24). Of note, the Iowa game is one of two Saturday home games during Big Ten play.

After opening the month of February at Minnesota on Feb. 6, the Huskers will be at home for most of the month, as four of the Huskers’ last five games are at home. NU hosts Rutgers (Feb. 10) and Maryland (Feb. 13) before a rematch at Illinois on Feb. 17. The Huskers will be at home for the final week of the regular season, hosting Indiana in the only matchup between the teams on Feb. 20 and hosting Penn State for Senior Night on Sunday, Feb. 25. It marks the first time in 21 years and only the third time since 1970 that Nebraska has ended the regular season with consecutive conference home games.

Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers’ Big Ten games, as well as the 2018 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised on one of the Big Ten’s four national TV partners.

Season tickets for the 2017-18 season will go on sale on Aug. 29 at 10 a.m., by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. The home schedule features Big Ten matchups with NCAA Sweet 16 qualifiers Wisconsin and Michigan as well as Maryland, Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois while the non-conference slate features a matchup with Kansas. Fans who sign up for the 2017-18 request list by Aug. 21 will be able to participate in the Seat Yourself process.


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Huskers Picked Second in Big Ten Preseason Poll

The Nebraska volleyball team was picked to finish second in the Big Ten Preseason Poll selected by the conference's 14 head coaches. After winning the Big Ten Championship last year, the Huskers were picked behind only Penn State.

Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke and senior setter Kelly Hunter were named to the preseason All-Big Ten team. Hunter was an All-Big Ten setter last year while Foecke received honorable mention. Foecke and Minnesota setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson were the only players to earn a unanimous selection to the preseason team.

Behind Penn State and Nebraska in the poll, Minnesota, Michigan State and Wisconsin rounded out the top five. Purdue was sixth and Michigan was seventh. In the bottom half, Ohio State, Illinois and Iowa were voted Nos. 8, 9 and 10, respectively. Maryland, Northwestern, Indiana and Rutgers finished out the poll. Nebraska will play six of its first eight Big Ten matches against teams picked to finish in the top six in the conference.

The Huskers will hold their annual Red/White Scrimmage on Saturday at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. Tickets are for sale here.

2017 BIG TEN PRESEASON POLL

  1. Penn State
  2. Nebraska
  3. Minnesota
  4. Michigan State
  5. Wisconsin
  6. Purdue
  7. Michigan
  8. Ohio State
  9. Illinois
  10. Iowa
  11. Maryland
  12. Northwestern
  13. Indiana
  14. Rutgers

2017 PRESEASON ALL-BIG TEN VOLLEYBALL TEAM

 Ali Bastianelli, Illinois, Jr., MB
Jordyn Poulter, Illinois, Jr., S
Claire Kieffer-Wright, Michigan, Sr., MB
Alyssa Garvelink, Michigan State, Sr., MB
Alexis Hart, Minnesota, So., OH
Molly Lohman, Minnesota, Sr., MB
*Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota, Jr., S
*Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska. Jr., OH
Kelly Hunter, Nebraska, Sr., S
Ali Frantti, Penn State, Sr., OH
Simone Lee, Penn State, Sr., OH
Haleigh Washington, Penn State, Sr., MB
Danielle Cuttino, Purdue, Sr., OH
Molly Haggerty, Wisconsin, So., OH
Tionna Williams, Wisconsin, Jr., MB
* - unanimous selection

 


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Defense Brings Confidence in 3-4 Scheme

Lincoln, Neb. --- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours on Tuesday outside the Hawks Championship Center on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields in full pads and helmets.

Defensive Coordinator Bob Diaco addressed the media after practice, commenting on the previous scrimmages and the defense’s improvement.

“Everything is positive,” Diaco said. “Every coach is improving. Every player on defense is getting better. We’re a work in progress. We have a whole bunch of players that have never participated in the games but they’re getting ready. They’re working, they’re giving everything they possibly have to give. They are really embracing that and coming to work. No one is disappointed.”

Diaco touched on the uniqueness of the new defensive scheme and how it will bring a sound defense.

“We’re on our own system,” Diaco said. “We built it and 3-4 is a component and a building block and a piece. Like all strong foundations there are other pieces. We’re pleased with where we’re at as it relates to the [installation]. We are about players and players playing the plays. If we can care for each other really well and be fundamentally sound as a position, as a player and then ultimately as a sound defense with our principles, we believe we can defend.”

Coach Diaco mentioned the vital roles of the defensive staff on games days. Diaco will be in the press box relying on the defensive staff on the sideline for communication.

“The defensive staff will [work] to perform at a high level on game day,” Diaco said. “Everybody has a role. We practice those roles. We don’t just talk about the roles. Everybody knows what the roles are in detail and we’llpractice several instances of those roles being executed.”

On sophomore Caleb Lightbourn, Diaco sees improvement and discipline.

“He’s (Caleb Lightbourn) becoming more consistent,” Diaco said. “He’s maturing. He takes accountability more and is coachable. He really spends time inspecting his movement and the things that went wrong. [He] spends time and discipline trying to [make a habit of] his movements. You don’t want to have a lot of moving parts. So you try to duplicate the same thing over and over again. He’s very critical of that sweet spot, that movement that he needs to be in that grove. We’re working hard at it and he is to.”

Diaco discusses his thoughts on the linebackers’ confidence and how it is built.

“You’d be hopeful that a completive mindset is being built that’s real,” Diaco said. “Not false bravado, not fake nonsense, but one that’s real. You work, you do the work, you put the work in and you prepare yourself to try to create an environment that the contest is going to be like and you perform - it should build confidence. Playing in a game is what really becomes a catalyst for this positive spiral upward of habit, preparation, expectation, mindset, confidence and on and on up.”

The Huskers are back on the practice field on Wednesday morning as they wrap up their last before school starts. Check huskers.com for more information.


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Bob Jensen-high school football preview

Grand Island - High school football is back on the KRGI Sports Network starting on Friday, August 25th. Listen to Grand Island on Thunder 99.7 FM. Grand Island Central Catholic on KRGI 1430 AM/106.9 FM. Northwest on 2DAYFM 103.1 FM. Aurora on The Wolf 97.3 FM. St. Paul on Country 96.5 FM. Matt Williams with the KRGI Sports Network caught up with Bob Jensen editor, and publisher of Huskerland Prep magazine, to talk about the up coming season. 

 

Bob Jensen Football Preview


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ADIDAS AND UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA RENEW THEIR LONG-TERM PARTNERSHIP WITH A FOCUS ON COLLABORATION AND CREATIVITY

PORTLAND, Ore. August 11, 2017 – adidas and the University of Nebraska have renewed its long-term apparel and footwear partnership with a heightened collaborative commitment to drive the future of sport and athlete performance. The news falls on the heels of several recent adidas partnership announcements including the National Hockey League (NHL), USA Volleyball, USA Rugby and most recently, Major League Soccer (MLS). The agreement echoes the original terms, in which adidas continues to provide footwear, uniforms, apparel and accessories to the Huskers in all 24 of its varsity sports in the Big Ten Conference. Building on the success of its existing relationship, the new partnership is grounded in the belief that collegiate athletics has great influence over young athletes, the campus, and communities. “College athletics is the heart of sport in America,” said Mark King, president of adidas North America. “With Nebraska, we’re not only focused on products for athletes – we’re looking at the entire world of sport. Through innovation and creativity, we’re finding new ways to move athlete performance forward and shape the future of sport. We’re turning the traditional college partnership on its head and reimagining how a sportswear brand and a college can work together.” One shared goal that Nebraska and adidas are focused on is to make athletes better – all through the work of the state-of- the-art Nebraska Athlete Performance Laboratory (NAPL) to drive the future of sport and athlete performance. Through collaboration, adidas and Nebraska are evaluating new ways of serving the holistic needs of the athlete through product innovation, services and experiences. The 20,000 square-foot NAPL houses cutting-edge technology, including a motion-analysis system, force plates, metabolic testing, IDXA scanner, which is considered the “gold standard” in body composition testing, research-grade ultrasound and bioscience laboratory. The NAPL allows researchers space to conduct advanced research on everything from the biomechanics of elite athletes to athletic and nutrition supplements to biomarkers that measure saliva and recovery time to cardiovascular research to athletic equipment research in footwear, apparel and hardgoods design. "The University of Nebraska and adidas have been tremendous partners for more than two decades and we are thrilled that it will continue for years to come,” Nebraska Director of Athletics, Shawn Eichorst said. “We share core values, a passion for elite performance, competitive excellence, and innovative approaches to technology. We are honored that our programs will continue to be outfitted with world-class adidas footwear, equipment and apparel. Nebraska Athletics and adidas will continue to flourish together, and our boundaries of success are limitless." The new partnership is for 11 years, through June 30, 2028. adidas and the University of Nebraska have been partners since 1995. About adidas: Adidas is a global designer and developer of athletic and lifestyle footwear, apparel and accessories with the mission to be the best sports brand in the world. As an innovation and design leader, adidas engineers the best in high-performance products to make athletes better, faster and stronger and creates a range of classic and fresh lifestyle and high-fashion lines.

 


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