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Huskers Continue Tough Stretch With No. 14 Michigan State

The No. 4 Nebraska volleyball turns its attention to another top-15 opponent as No. 14 Michigan State visits the Devaney Center for a 7 p.m. match on Wednesday. NET will televise the match, and an online stream will be provided at BTN2GO.com.

The Huskers (11-3, 4-0 Big Ten) are coming off two top-10 victories as they swept No. 3 Minnesota before coming back from 0-2 down to beat No. 7 Wisconsin over the weekend. Those wins came one week after Nebraska swept road matches at No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers. It marked the first time in program history that the Huskers beat three top-10 teams in a span of nine days during the regular season.

The schedule doesn’t get easier for the Huskers, though, as they face the only other unbeaten team in conference play in Michigan State. The Spartans (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) own road wins at both Minnesota and Wisconsin and have won six straight matches.

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 is 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.48.
• Nebraska ranks 13th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .150, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten.
• The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 14 opponents under .250 hitting for the first time since 2013.
• Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.25 kills per set and is averaging 2.60 digs per set. The junior has five double-doubles this season.
• Annika Albrecht is averaging 3.15 kills per set and 2.75 digs per set. In Big Ten matches only, Albrecht ranks fourth in the Big Ten in kills at 4.29 per set.
• Albrecht has 115 career service aces, which ranks 10th in NU career history. With two more aces, she will move into a tie for ninth.
• Jazz Sweet adds 2.38 kills per set.
• Kelly Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.64 assists per set and 2.54 digs per set. The only NCAA Division I setter who has set her team to both a national and conference championship, Hunter ranks sixth in school history with 3,296 career assists at NU and is seven away from fifth place, currently held by Val Novak.
• Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.53 kills and 1.09 blocks per set with a team-high .331 hitting percentage. Holman’s hitting percentage of .429 in Big Ten matches only ranks fifth in the conference.
• Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.23 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.27 kills and 0.96 blocks per set for the Huskers.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (510-68); 25th year overall (671-141)
• Cathy George, Michigan State: 13th year at Michigan State (243-165); 31st year overall (608-389)

Series History
• Nebraska is 17-2-2 all-time against Michigan State and 9-2 in the Big Ten era. The Huskers won 3-2 (22-25, 23-25, 25-20, 25-14, 16-14) in East Lansing last season, rallying from an 0-2 deficit for the comeback win. Although Nebraska has won six straight matches against the Spartans, the last two have been in five sets and the three matches before that went four sets. NU is 9-0 all-time against the Spartans in Lincoln.

Scouting Michigan State
• No. 14 Michigan State is the only Big Ten team other than Nebraska with a perfect conference record through the first four matches. The Spartans (11-2, 4-0 Big Ten) have been impressive in conference play with road wins at then-No. 5 Wisconsin and then-No. 1 Minnesota. Their last three matches - at Minnesota and at home against Maryland and Ohio State - have all been sweeps.
• Michigan State is one of the most veteran teams in the Big Ten with seven seniors who earn the majority of the playing time. Middle blocker Alyssa Garvelink was a second-team AVCA All-American last year and is averaging 2.45 kills and a team-best 1.64 blocks per set with a .344 hitting percentage. Garvelink ranks third in the nation in blocks per set. Outside hitter Autumn Bailey is putting up 3.10 kills and 3.68 digs per set. Bailey received All-America honorable mention last year. Brooke Kranda leads the team with 3.28 kills per set and adds 0.95 blocks per set.
• MSU is one of the toughest serving teams in the Big Ten with a league-best 1.79 aces 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 sixth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,296.
• Hunter 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.
• She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

Foecke Poised for Bigger Role
• Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.25 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 2.60 digs per set. Foecke has five double-doubles this season and leads the team in aces with 14.
• 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).

Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
• Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
• Albrecht is second on the team in kills with 3.15 per set and adds 2.75 digs per set and 10 service aces. She ranks 10th in school history in career aces with 115.
• The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
• Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
• Holman is averaging 2.53 kills and a team-best 1.09 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .331. 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 that has happened.
• Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.27 kills per set and has started every match.
• Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is fourth on the team in kills at 2.38 per set and is hitting .295. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
• 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 nine matches.

Huskers Ranked No. 4 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 4 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, up four spots from No. 8 last week and its highest ranking of the season. The Huskers have climbed 10 spots from their No. 14 ranking two weeks ago.
• 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 461 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 517 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 671 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 (510-68).
• 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 226 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 and No. 9 Badgers Meet Saturday Night on BTN

GAME 6: NEBRASKA vs. WISCONSIN

OCT. 7, 2017 | MEMORIAL STADIUM

LINCOLN, NEB. | 7 p.m. (CT)

 

BROADCAST INFO

TV - BTN
RADIO - Husker Sports Network
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 81, XM 81
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com

 

HUSKERS

Record: 3-2, 2-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Illinois, 28-6
Rankings: NR
Coach: Mike Riley
Career/NU Record: 111-93 (17th Year)/18-13 (3rd Year)
vs. Wisconsin: 1-3

 

BADGERS
Record: 4-0, 1-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Northwestern, 33-24
Rankings: AP-9; Coaches-8
Coach: Paul Chryst
Career/WIS Record: 44-25 (6th Year)/25-6 (3rd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 2-0

The Matchup

Nebraska returns to Lincoln for a difficult two-game homestand at Memorial Stadium, beginning with a Saturday night matchup against No. 9 Wisconsin. The Big Ten West Division showdown is set for shortly after 7 p.m. CT, with national television coverage on BTN and radio coverage on the IMG Husker Sports Network.

The Huskers come into the game with a 3-2 record and a 2-0 mark in the Big Ten Conference following a 28-6 win against Illinois last Friday. The Huskers continued to play outstanding defense in the victory, holding Illinois to just two field goals and 199 total yards. The Blackshirt defense has allowed just 23 points in its past 14 quarters of football. The Husker offense also excelled at Illinois, scoring touchdowns on all three of its first half possessions.

Wisconsin will bring a perfect 4-0 record and a 1-0 mark in Big Ten play to Lincoln. The Badgers opened conference play with a 33-24 victory over Northwestern on Saturday at Camp Randall Stadium. Coach Paul Chryst's squad is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll this week and No. 8 according to the USA Today Coaches Poll.

The Badgers feature a balanced offensive attack, averaging 233 yards on the ground and 226 yards per game through the air. Wisconsin also features one of the Big Ten's top defenses, allowing just 13.5 points and 247.0 yards per game.

 

Nebraska Football Top 10

• Nebraska is 892-374-40 all-time, one of only 10 schools with 800 wins.

  • The Cornhuskers rank fourth all-time with their 892 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 357 consecutive sellouts.
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    Nebraska-Wisconsin Series

    • Nebraska and Wisconsin are playing for the Freedom Trophy for their fourth season in 2017. The trophy debuted in 2014 when the schools started competing in the Big Ten West Division and meeting each season.

  • Nebraska and Wisconsin have met six times since the Huskers joined the Big Ten in 2011, with the Badgers holding a 5-1 advantage. The teams have split two games in Lincoln.
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    Riley, Chryst Share Long History

    Nebraska Head Coach Mike Riley and Wisconsin head man Paul Chryst are both in their third seasons at their respective schools, but have a long history.

    Chryst worked for Riley on two different occasions at Oregon State, and was also on Riley's staff with the World League's San Antonio Riders.

    Chryst served as the Beavers' offensive coordinator in 2003 and 2004 when Riley returned to Corvallis. Chryst was also on the OSU staff in 1997 and 1998 as an assistant coach. The two first worked together in 1991 and 1992 when Chryst was an offensive assistant on Riley's San Antonio staff.

     

    Nebraska, Wisconsin Ties

    The ties between Riley and Chryst are far from the only Nebraska-Wisconsin connections.

  • Nebraska Interim Director of Athletics Dave Rimington served as a graduate assistant coach at Wisconsin under Barry Alvarez. Rimington was on the Wisconsin staff in the early 1990s, helping the Badgers to the 1993 Rose Bowl. Rimington earned a master's degree in international business from Wisconsin in 1992.
  • Wisconsin Athletic Director Barry Alvarez is a graduate of the University of Nebraska and a former Blackshirt. Alvarez lettered as a linebacker for Coach Bob Devaney's Huskers from 1965 to 1967.
  • Wisconsin assistants Ted Gilmore (2005 to 2010) and Joe Rudolph (2007) both spent time on the Nebraska coaching staff.
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    Huskers, Badgers Have Recent History of Late-Game Drama

    The two most recent meetings between Nebraska and Wisconsin have provided for dramatic finishes.

    Wisconsin escaped the 2015 game in Lincoln with a 23-21 victory after connecting on a field goal in the game's final seconds. Nebraska had taken the lead in the final four minutes of the contest, before losing in the waning seconds. That loss was one of four games in 2015 Nebraska lost on the opponent's final play or in overtime.

    Last season, No. 7 Nebraska lost a 23-17 overtime decision to the 11th-ranked Badgers in Madison. The Huskers rallied from a 17-7 fourth-quarter deficit to force the extra session, but the Badgers prevailed in overtime.

  • The two most recent matchups between Nebraska and Wisconsin in Lincoln (2012, 2015) have been decided by a total of five points.
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    Riley Hopes for Continued Success vs. Ranked Opponents

    Nebraska will likely face back-to-back ranked teams in its next two games. Wisconsin is ranked ninth in the Associated Press Poll heading into this week's game. Ohio State will visit Memorial Stadium on Oct. 14 and is currently ranked No. 10th in the country.

  • Mike Riley-coached teams have 16 wins over ranked teams in his 17 seasons as a college coach, 14 at Oregon State and Husker wins over Michigan State in 2015 and Oregon in 2016.
  • The 2015 win over No. 6 Michigan State marked the sixth top-10 opponent a Riley-coached team defeated since 2006. The win was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since October of 2011.
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    Huskers Look to Defeat Top-10 Foe in Lincoln

    The opportunity against a top-10 opponent at Memorial Stadium is not a new occasion for Nebraska.

  • The win over No. 6 Michigan State in 2015 was Nebraska's first over a top-10 opponent since a 24-3 victory over No. 9 Michigan State in 2011.
  • An unranked Nebraska team has defeated a top 10 foe three times in school history, most recently the 2015 win over MSU.
  • Nebraska has won six of its past nine matchups against ranked teams at Memorial Stadium dating back to 2009.
  • Nebraska has won three of its past four gameas at Memorial Stadium against top-10 opponents dating back to 2010.
  • The Huskers are 3-2 against ranked Big Ten teams at Memorial Stadium since 2011.
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    Nebraska Looks to Extend Prime-Time Home Dominance

    Memorial Stadium is always a tough environment for visiting teams in Lincoln. That is never more true than in night games at Memorial Stadium.

    The Huskers have won 20 straight home night games in Lincoln. NU is 46-5 all-time in Memorial Stadium night games. Included in the 20-game home night win streak was a 30-27 win over Wisconsin in 2012.

  • The Huskers’ dominance at night in Lincoln has been impressive, as 33 of the home night wins have been by at least 13 points.
  • Nebraska’s five losses in home night games have all come against teams that won at least 10 games in that season (Washington, 1991; Texas, 2002; USC, 2007; Virginia Tech and Missouri, 2008).
  • Nebraska is 1-0 in home night games this season, defeating Arkansas State 43-36 in the season opener.
  • Nebraska's most recent loss in a night game at Memorial Stadium came against No. 4 Missouri in 2008.
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    Nebraska to Honor 1997 National Title Team
    Nebraska will celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 1997 national championship team this weekend, including a Friday night banquet and recognition on the field on Saturday.

  • The 1997 Huskers (13-0) won the fifth national title in school history and third in four years. Nebraska was voted No. 1 in the coaches' poll, while Michigan (12-0) was voted No. 1 in the Associated Press poll.
  • The 1997 season marked Tom Osborne's final season on the Husker sideline, as the Hall-of-Fame coach capped his career with a 42-17 win over No. 3 Tennessee in the Orange Bowl.
  • Nebraska's senior class capped a remarkable run with its 1997 national title. In their four seasons, the Husker seniors compiled a 49-2 record with three undefeated national championship seasons.
  • 13 Numbers on NU's 13-0 1997 Season

    255—Head Coach Tom Osborne capped his Hall of Fame career in 1997 with his third national title, finishing his 25-year career with 255 victories.

    60—Nebraska’s 1997 season culminated a five-year run that saw the Huskers post a 60-3 record and win three national championships.

    30—NU’s average margin of victory in its 13 wins, including eight victory of 28 points or more.

    513.7—Nebraska’s total offense per game average which ranked first in the country.

    392.7—Nebraska ranked first in the nation by averaging 392.7 yards rushing per game. NU ran for at least 335 yards in all 13 games.

    47.1—Nebraska led the nation in scoring, averaging better than 47 points per game. The Huskers scored at least 42 points eight times in 1997.

    17—Nebraska had 17 individual 100-yard rushing games in 1997, including 12 by I-back Ahman Green.

    1,000—Senior quarterback Scott Frost topped 1,000 yards both rushing and receiving and was the first Husker to accomplish that feat.

    44—The Nebraska defense recorded 44 sacks during the season, including eight games with at least four sacks of opposing quarterbacks.

    257.3—Nebraska allowed opponents 257.3 yards of total offense per game to rank fifth nationally in total defense. The Huskers held eight opponents to 260 or fewer yards.

    73.4—The Blackshirts allowed opponents to rush for an average of 73.4 yards per game and ranked third in the nation in rush defense. Five opponents gained less than 50 yards rushing in 1997.

    3—Nebraska had three first-team All-Americans in 1997—offensive guard Aaron Taylor, defensive tackle Jason Peter and defensive end Grant Wistrom. Ahman Green earned second-team All-America honors.

    2—Senior Grant Wistrom and junior Joel Makovicka earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors during the 1997 season.

     

    Husker Great Dave Rimington Serving at Interim A.D.

    Dave Rimington, a native of Omaha and a two-time Husker All-American, is serving as Nebraska's Interim Director of Athletics. Rimington was named to the post by Chancellor Ronnie Green on Tuesday, Sept. 26.

    Widely considered to be the greatest center in college football history, Rimington is president of the New York-based Boomer Esiason Foundation. He has agreed to take a leave of absence from the foundation to lead Nebraska Athletics on an interim basis. The appointment is scheduled for up to 60 days.

    A four-year letter winner at Nebraska, Rimington is the only player to win the Outland Trophy in consecutive years – 1981 and 1982 – and is among the most decorated offensive linemen in college football history. He was inducted into the College Football Hall of fame in 1997 and is one of just 25 Huskers to have his jersey retired.

     

    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 an 18-13 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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    Jaimes Joins Rare Club for NU Offensive Linemen

    True freshman Brenden Jaimes earned his first career start against Rutgers. Jaimes started at right tackle where senior David Knevel and redshirt freshman Matt Farniok were both limited by injury.

    A native of Austin, Texas, Jaimes became just the fifth true freshman offensive lineman to start a game at Nebraska since 1972, and the first since 2011. Jaimes is also just the 11th offensive lineman to play at Nebraska as a true freshman.

    The status of Knevel and Farniok for this week's game at Illinois remains uncertain.

    True Freshman OL Starters in Nebraska History (Since 1972)
    • Matt Slauson, OG (3 games, 2005)
    • Jacob Hickman, C (1 game, 2006)
    • Javorio Burkes, OT (3 games, 2007)
    • Tyler Moore, OT (4 games, 2011)
    • Brenden Jaimes, OT (2 game, 2017)

     


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    Huskers and Buckeyes Set for 6:30 p.m. on FS1

    The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday morning that Nebraska’s Oct. 14 game against Ohio State at Memorial Stadium will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised nationally on FS1.

    Game time's for four of NU's final five games of the season are still TBA. As of now, after the Ohio State game the only game with a set time is the Iowa game on Friday, Nov. 24, which is set for 3 p.m.

    Check Huskers.com for the latest information. The Husker football schedule can be found here.


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    Stille Earns Big Ten Honor

    Lincoln – Nebraska linebacker Ben Stille was honored Monday by the Big Ten for his performance against Illinois, as he was named Big Ten Freshman of the Week.

    Stille, a redshirt freshman from Ashland, Neb., shined with four tackles, including three tackles for loss, and his first career sack in Nebraska’s 28-6 win over Illinois. His three tackles for loss were the most by any Husker in 2017 and his five-yard sack in the first quarter helped NU hold Illinois to a field goal after they had first-and-goal at the NU 3-yard line. Stille’s performance helped limit Illinois to 199 total yards, while the six points allowed by the Blackshirts was their lowest in a road contest since 2006.

    On the season, the 6-foot-5 linebacker has seven tackles in his two appearances, and shares NU’s team lead with four tackles for loss.

    The Huskers return to action Saturday night, as they host No. 9 Wisconsin at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for shortly after 7 p.m. and the game will be carried nationally by BTN and on the IMG Husker Sports Radio Network.



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    High School Football Scores Sept. 28th-29th-30th

    Thursday (09/28/2017)

    Arlington 34, Douglas County West 13
    Bloomfield 42, North Central 8
    Central City 54, Twin River 7
    Central Valley 58, Ansley-Litchfield 30
    Columbus Lakeview 42, Columbus Scotus 41
    Creighton Preparatory School 42, Papillion-LaVista South 12
    Elkhorn South 45, Seward 7
    Fort Calhoun 31, Omaha Concordia 13
    Fremont 27, Lincoln Northeast 21
    Gibbon 57, Sandy Creek 7
    Kearney 42, Millard North 0
    Kenesaw 82, Franklin 7
    Lincoln High 48, Omaha Central 0
    Lincoln North Star 35, Omaha Northwest 21
    Norfolk 41, Bellevue East 6
    Omaha Burke 35, Omaha Westside 28
    Papillion-LaVista 49, Omaha Benson 26
    Ralston 33, Platteview 30
    Wauneta-Palisade 55, Wallace 34

    Friday (09/29/2017)

    Adams Central 35, Grand Island Central Catholic 7
    Anselmo-Merna 44, Brady 42
    Aquinas Catholic 40, David City 0
    Arapahoe 76, Loomis 14
    Arcadia-Loup City 36, Centura 0
    Archbishop Bergan 12, Logan View 7
    Auburn 53, Conestoga 7
    Aurora 56, Crete 27
    Axtell 36, Shelton 14
    BDS 57, Sterling 20
    BRLD 50, Tekamah-Herman 14
    Beatrice 41, South Sioux City 0
    Bellevue West 72, Omaha South 7
    Blair 52, Plattsmouth 27
    Blue Hill 40, Lawrence-Nelson 24
    Boone Central/Newman Grove 43, Ord 15
    Boys Town 26, Bishop Neumann 8
    Bridgeport 36, Kimball 7
    CWCE 44, Ainsworth 22
    Cambridge 72, Alma 6
    Centennial 21, St. Paul 12
    Chadron 30, Ogallala 0
    Chase County 40, Gordon-Rushville 12
    Clarkson/Leigh 36, Neligh-Oakdale 20
    Clearwater-Orchard 62, Boyd County 6
    Cody-Kilgore 19, Sioux County 6
    Cozad 53, Minden 6
    Creighton 84, Niobrara/Verdigre 0
    Crofton 15, Stanton 8
    Deshler 68, Red Cloud 18
    Diller-Odell 1, Omaha Christian Academy 0 (Forfeit)
    Doniphan-Trumbull 14, Hastings St. Cecilia 7
    East Butler 50, Nebraska Lutheran 28
    Elm Creek 60, Amherst 6
    Elmwood-Murdock 14, Malcolm 0
    Emerson-Hubbard 36, Winside 14
    Eustis-Farnam 68, Hitchcock County 32
    Exeter-Milligan 58, Weeping Water 6
    Fairbury 69, Ashland-Greenwood 8
    Falls City Sacred Heart 61, Meridian 8
    Friend 1, Mead 0 (Forfeit)
    Garden County 70, Sandhills/Thedford 20
    Gothenburg 21, Broken Bow 10
    Gretna 49, Bennington 0
    Gross Catholic 28, Mount Michael Benedictine 0
    Harvard 62, Elwood 20
    Hastings 49, Alliance 14
    Hay Springs 54, Minatare 46
    Heartland 82, Thayer Central 24
    Hemingford 51, Sutherland 6
    Homer 50, Omaha Nation 6
    Howells-Dodge 58, Elgin Public/Pope John 22
    Humphrey St. Francis 74, Scribner-Snyder 6
    Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 80, High Plains Community 34
    Hyannis 60, Arthur County 47
    Johnson County Central 62, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 0
    Kearney Catholic 56, Mitchell 37
    Lexington 35, Gering 19
    Lincoln Christian 41, Raymond Central 0
    Lincoln Lutheran 35, Freeman 20
    Lincoln Pius X 49, Lincoln Southeast 21
    Lincoln Southwest 34, North Platte 0
    Louisville 28, Syracuse 13
    Lourdes Central Catholic 42, Johnson-Brock 32
    Maxwell 68, Morrill 18
    McCook 17, Scottsbluff 14
    Medicine Valley 42, Southwest 6
    Milford-Dorchester 50, Southern 8
    Millard South 38, Grand Island 17
    Millard West 70, Omaha Bryan 0
    Mullen 86, Crawford 46
    Norfolk Catholic 35, O'Neill 0
    Norris 48, Nebraska City 21
    North Platte St. Patrick's 55, Bayard 13
    Northwest 49, Holdrege 12
    Oakland-Craig 61, Wisner-Pilger 12
    Omaha North 44, Lincoln East 7
    Omaha Roncalli Catholic 44, Schuyler 0
    Omaha Skutt Catholic 39, Columbus 7
    Osceola 38, Fullerton 12
    Osmond 32, Stuart 22
    Overton 32, Bertrand 28
    Parkview Christian 50, Pawnee City 48
    Paxton 76, Leyton 22
    Perkins County 66, Dundy County-Stratton 58
    Pierce 50, Wayne 34
    Plainview 54, Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 22
    Ponca 28, Battle Creek 20
    Randolph 48, Allen 22
    Riverside 1, Santee 0 (Forfeit)
    Shelby-Rising City 42, Fillmore Central 13
    Silver Lake 76, Maywood-Hayes Center 12
    South Loup 56, Ravenna 6
    South Platte 67, Potter-Dix 30
    Spalding Academy 66, Elba 0
    St. Mary's 46, Elkhorn Valley 36
    Superior 68, McCool Junction 63
    Sutton 74, Cross County 7
    Tri County 49, Cedar Bluffs 6
    Twin Loup 57, Pleasanton 0
    Valentine 15, Hershey 0
    Wahoo 49, North Bend Central 6
    Walthill 55, St. Edward 32
    Waverly 28, Elkhorn 27
    West Holt 37, Burwell 7
    West Point-Beemer 54, Madison 20
    Wilber-Clatonia 41, Palmyra 6
    Wilcox-Hildreth 1, McPherson County 0
    Winnebago 60, Pender 42
    Wood River 35, Southern Valley 20
    Wynot 56, Wausa 34
    York 42, Sidney 7
    Yutan 1, Omaha Brownell Talbot 0 (Forfeit)

    Saturday (09/30/2017)

    Hampton 47, Heartland Lutheran 12
    Hartington Cedar Catholic 40, Lutheran High Northeast 16
    Palmer 30, Nebraska Christian 6


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    Huskers Rally to Topple No. 7 Wisconsin in Five

    LINCOLN, Neb. - The eighth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team beat its third top-10 opponent in the last nine days after rallying from down 0-2 to defeat No. 7 Wisconsin in five sets, 22-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-23, 15-8, in front of a season-high crowd of 8,453 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Saturday night.

    The Huskers improved to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The thrilling comeback marks the first time ever during the regular season that Nebraska has beaten three top-10 opponents in a span of nine days.

    Annika Albrecht paced the Huskers with 18 kills and 12 digs, while Mikaela Foecke put down 15 kills and nine digs. Briana Holman recorded 13 kills and four blocks, and Lauren Stivrins had eight kills and a team-high five blocks.

    Kelly Hunter had a double-double with 47 assists and 11 digs, while Sydney Townsend had a career-high 17 digs and served two aces and some key runs for the Huskers. Libero Kenzie Maloney added 13 digs as NU outdug Wisconsin 71-68.

    Both teams reached double digits in blocks, as Wisconsin held an 11-10 edge. NU hit just .193 in the match but held Wisconsin to .194. The Husker victory was the first of their 11 this season that took longer than three sets.

    Kelli Bates had 20 kills and 11 digs for Wisconsin, and 6-8 middle blocker Dana Rettke had 11 kills and six blocks. Lauryn Gillis added 13 kills.

    Set 1: Nebraska fell behind 8-5 after a 4-0 run by the Badgers. Stivrins had a solo block and two kills for the Huskers, but Wisconsin increased the lead to 13-8 after Rettke's second block of the set. Rettke added a pair of kills and served a 4-0 run as Wisconsin went up 17-10. Holman gained sideout for the Huskers with a kill, but Wisconsin answered right back with a Tionna Williams kill. Stivrins notched a kill, and Albrecht swung the Huskers back into the set with back-to-back kills to pull NU within 19-15 and force a UW timeout. After the timeout, Sydney Townsend saved a ball from hitting the floor and Albrecht tacked on two more kills to trim the deficit to 19-17 after a 5-0 run. The Badgers clung to their advantage at 22-19 before Holman terminated on back-to-back plays to cut it to 22-21. Rettke kept the Badgers in front with a kill to make it 23-21, but Foecke answered with a kill to bring the Huskers back within one point. Williams put UW up 24-22 on the next rally, and the Badgers won 25-22 on their fourth block of the set.

    Set 2: Bates had four kills for Wisconsin as the Badgers again claimed the upper hand with an 8-4 lead. A solo block by Albrecht and a combo block by Stivrins and Hunter contributed to a 3-0 Big Red run to cut it to 8-7. A pair of Wisconsin hitting errors tied the set at 10-10, but the Badgers continued to benefit from their tough block as they went ahead 15-12 at the media timeout via their sixth block of the match. A pair of ace serves by Madison Duello made it 18-12 Badgers after the 5-0 run. Wisconsin went up 21-13 after a 10-2 run. The Huskers got as close as six points at 21-15, but Wisconsin finished the set on top, 25-17, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

    Set 3: Townsend served a pair of aces to set the tone in set three, and the Huskers built an 8-2 lead after three straight blocks by Holman, two of which were solo and one that was with Foecke. Holman continued her strong play with her ninth kill of the match to make it 9-4. The Huskers led 12-6 before Wisconsin ran off three consecutive points, but Albrecht's 11th kill earned the Huskers sideout before Foecke killed out of the back row for a 14-9 lead. Two more kills by Foecke and one by Stivrins forced a Wisconsin timeout at 17-11. Foecke scored five of seven points for NU on kills to boost the Big Red to a 20-12 lead. Later, Holman notched a kill, Stivrins and Sweet teamed up for a block, and Albrecht got set point for the Huskers at 24-15. After Wisconsin fought off five set points, the Huskers escaped with the 25-20 win on a block by Sweet and Stivrins, the fourth of the night for Stivrins.

    Set 4: Wisconsin claimed an early 7-2 lead with a 5-0 run. But Nebraska stormed back with an 8-0 run on Foecke's serve to take a 10-7 lead. Foecke had a kill and an ace to spark the run, and Sweet tallied a pair of kills. The series of runs continued as Wisconsin reeled off the next five points to go back ahead 12-10. Bates had a pair of kills for the Badgers. A kill by Hunter evened the set at 13-13, and the teams sided out the next nine rallies before a Husker hitting error made it 19-17 Badgers. The Huskers drew within one three times before Foecke tied the set at 21-21 with her 12th kill. The Huskers went ahead 22-21 after a critical challenge call overturned a Wisconsin kill, as the ball was ruled out after a review. The teams traded points to a 23-23 tie before a kill by Foecke earned Nebraska set point. Hunter stepped back to serve, and Foecke finished off the thrilling set at 25-23 with her 14th kill of the night.

    Set 5: Foecke and Albrecht terminated back-to-back kills for a 7-5 Husker lead, forcing a Wisconsin timeout. A kill by Gillis made it 7-6 before Sweet got the Huskers to the changeover with an 8-6 lead and put Maloney at the service line. Albrecht and Stivrins then teamed up for a block to make it 9-6 Huskers, and Albrecht smashed two straight overpasses for an 11-6 lead and a 5-0 run. After the Badgers got a sideout, they committed a service error and then hit wide for a 13-7 Husker lead. Nebraska finished its comeback with one more kill by Albrecht and a Wisconsin service error.

    Up Next: The Huskers play their first mid-week match of the season next week when they host No. 16 Michigan State at 7 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

     


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    Bronco Football Thrashes Concordia on Homecoming

    Hastings- It took very little time for the Hasting College football team to take the lead against Concordia and keep it en route to a 38-18 win on Homecoming Saturday at Lloyd Wilson Field.

    Both the Broncos (4-1,1-1 GPAC) and the Bulldogs (2-3,1-2 GPAC) had empty possessions to start the game, but that changed when the Bulldogs got the ball for their second drive of the game. On 3rd-and-6, CUNE's Andrew Perea pass was intercepted by Anthony Murray (SR/Aurora, CO), who took it to the house to give the Broncos a 7-0 lead.

    With 8:45 left in the first quarter, the Bulldogs threatened with when they had the ball on the 30-yard line, but Perea was intercepted again, this time by Ross Ostendorf (SR/Gothenburg, NE), on the 5-yard line to keep the Broncos' lead at 7-0.

    The Broncos struck again with 10:10 left in the third quarter when Anthony Cloyd (SR/Omaha, NE) connected with Jordan Johnson (JR/Spring Valley, CA) for a 19-yard, one-handed touchdown catch. Two minutes later, Concordia answered back with a 35-yard field goal to make the score 14-3. Hastings took little time to answer the Bulldogs' field goal with a 39-yard field goal by Alex Stogdill (JR/Lincoln, NE) for a 17-3 Broncos lead. With :12 left on the clock, the Bulldogs got another field goal to cut their deficit to 11.

    Rashaad Shamburger (JR/Woodland Hills, CA) got into the action with an 8-yard reception from Cloyd with 12:10 left in the game to pad the Broncos lead to 24-6. Tahj Willingham (JR/Greenwood Village, CO) also got the ball into the endzone with a 13-yard carry, making the game 31-6.

    Concordia did not go down without a fight, scoring a touchdown off a 15-yard pass with 7:10 left, but Perea was unable to connect with one of his receivers for the two-point conversion.

    The last scoring play of the game for the Broncos came with 3:14 left when Willingham got another carry for two yards, giving the Broncos a 38-12 lead late in the game. Concordia also made one push down the field when Perea connected with Vincent Beasley for a 7-yard receiving touchdown, but failed to convert the two-point attempt as well.

    When asked about the Broncos' performance, Head Coach Tony Harper said, "I thought we did a good job up front. That is a very good defense that Concordia has. They got a secondary that I think is one of the best in the conference. We were able to establish the run early in the game. People got confidence in each other. I think guys are understanding exactly what is expected out of them."

    The Broncos were led by Cloyd and Stogdill. Cloyd tallied 196 passing yards and 78 rushing yards while Stogdill went 5-5 on PATs, 1-1 on field goals, four tackles, and seven rushing yards on a fake punt.

    The Broncos look to keep their momentum going when they host Briar Cliff next Saturday with a kickoff of 1 p.m.

     


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    UNK Football picks up win at Missouri Southern

    Kearney, Neb. – Sophomore running back Thomas Russell carried the ball 39 times for a career-high 178 yards and two touchdowns to help Nebraska Kearney grind out a 16-6 win over Missouri Southern State Saturdayevening in Joplin.

    The Lopers (2-3) earn its first-ever MIAA August or September road win and also stop a three-game losing streak to the Lions (0-5). UNK's last victory over MSSU came back in 1988 when both schools were members of the CSIC (Central States Intercollegiate Conference).

    Kearney dominated the action all day long but some red zone struggles kept MSSU in it until the end. UNK held the ball for 37 minutes and outgained the Lions 352-288 with most of the Lions production coming in the fourth quarter behind backup quarterback TJ Fleeton.

    Russell (Millard West) had two three-yard scoring runs, the first coming with 4:04 left in the half and the other coming with 9:14 left in the game. Senior Brendan Wentling (Grand Island) started the scoring with a 21-yard field at the 4:43 mark of the first quarter.

    UNK could've salted away things much earlier but had two drives stall at the MSSU 11 and 18 yard lines. Instead of picking up points, both field goals were no good, as was the second point after attempt. On the PAT, junior defensive end Tye Spies (Mullen) likely saved two points when he made a diving tackle.

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    Ahead 9-0 to start the fourth quarter, the Loper defense forced MSSU to punt from near midfield. However, UNK fumbled the punt and the Lions recovered the loose ball at the line 21-yard. Soon after, Fleeton threw a 16-yard completion to back Shemar Coleman to make it first and goal from the five. It was Kearney's turn to regain the momentum as the defense stuffed big back Nicholas Roller on third and fourth down.

    With 99.5 yards to go, UNK picked up a first down and then sophomore QB Steve Worthing (Elkhorn South) found junior tight end Alex Harms (North Platte) at the Loper 35-yard line. He rumbled all the way to MSSU 17-yard line, a 76-yard gain that is UNK's longest offensive play of the season. Three plays later, Russell scored.

    MSSU responded with its best drive of the day, a 13-play, 69-yard march that was greatly helped by a controversial post-play penalty on an incomplete pass on 3rd & 10 from the Loper 18-yard line. Instead of fourth down, MSSU started first and goal from the nine and Fleeton ran in from five yards out to complete the day's scoring. Entering with 9:17 left to play in the third quarter, he finished 10 of 21 for 94 yards.

    Sophomore receiver Austan Daniels (Omaha Burke) recovered the ensuing onside kick and then UNK ran 3:15 off the clock to complete the win. Worthing managed to get MSSU to jump offside on fourth and one from the Lion 36-yard line.

    Overall, Russell was seven carries from tying the UNK record, set by all-time leading rusher Mike Miller in a 2002 win over Fort Lewis (Colo). Russell's 39 totes does tie him with Nolan Beyer (1992/Northern State) for fourth most in Loper lore. Losing just two yards all day, his long run covered 24 yards and Russell now has 106 carries for 401 yards and three TD's on the season.

    UNK finished with a season-best 230 rushing yards while MSSU was held to 68. This marks the fifth straight week a Loper opponent has failed to crack the Century mark, the longest streak since 2008.

    In the air, Worthing was 6 of 16 for 122 yards. He completed passes to five teammates with Daniels having two for 14 yards.

    The Loper defense frustrated MSSU starting signal caller Dante Vandeven, the 2015 Freshman of the Year in the Ohio Valley Conference. He was 12 of 20 for 126 yards and two interceptions before being pulled. Seeing a few of his passes dropped, he was picked off by senior safety George Brown (St. Louis) and sophomore inside backer Sal Silvio (Kansas City).

    Silvio and fellow inside backer Ty Botsford (Sussex, Wisc.) combined to make 18 tackles with sophomore outside backer Zach Sullivan (Millard West) registering five. He also had one of UNK's two sacks, pushing the season total to 16.

    Besides Fleeton's late heroics, MSSU saw Coleman finish with 90 all-purpose yards and 6-7 receiver Josiah Bennett have six catches for 53 yards. Linebacker Akel Beard had a game-high 15 tackles on defense.

    UNK hosts nationally-ranked Central Missouri (3-2) next Saturday at Ron & Carol Cope Stadium at Foster Field. The Mules almost ended Northwest Missouri State's 34-game winning streak today at Arrowhead Stadium in K.C. but fell 24-20 in the closing seconds. UCM moved ahead with 34 seconds left but the 'Cats responded with a quick strike 27 seconds later to win it.

     


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    NU Hosts Minnesota, Wisconsin; Celebrates Jordan Larson Jersey Retirement

    MATCH 13: #8 NEBRASKA vs. #3 MINNESOTA

    SEPT. 29, 2017 | 5 P.M. (CT)

    LINCOLN, NEB. | BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - BTN
    ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
    LIVE STATS - Huskers.com

     

    MATCH 14: #8 NEBRASKA vs. #7 WISCONSIN

    SEPT. 30, 2017 | 7 P.M. (CT)
    LINCOLN, NEB. | BOB DEVANEY SPORTS CENTER

     

    BROADCAST INFO

    TV - NET
    ONLINE - BTN2GO.com
    RADIO - Husker Sports Network
    INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com
    LIVE STATS - Huskers.com


    The eighth-ranked Nebraska volleyball team welcomes No. 3 Minnesota and No. 7 Wisconsin to the Bob Devaney Sports Center for two key Big Ten matches this weekend. Nebraska (9-3, 2-0 Big Ten) and Minnesota (12-1, 1-1 Big Ten) will play at 5 p.m. on Friday on BTN and BTN2GO.com. The Huskers will battle the Badgers (10-1, 1-1 Big Ten) at 7 p.m. on Saturday on NET and BTN2GO.com.

    Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN affiliates including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday. Saturday’s match will air on AM 590 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.

     

    Huskers to Retire Jordan Larson’s Jersey
    Former Husker All-American and two-time Olympian Jordan Larson will have her jersey retired on Friday during intermission. Larson will be the eighth former Husker to have her jersey retired and the first since Nancy (Meendering) Metcalf in 2011. Larson was a three-time All-American from 2006 to 2008 and led the Huskers to the 2006 NCAA title. The Hooper, Nebraska native is one of only five Huskers to record more than 1,000 kills and digs in a career and finished her career with a school-record 186 service aces.

    Following her collegiate career, Larson joined the U.S. National Team on a full-time basis and competed in the 2012 London Olympics and 2016 Rio Olympics, earning a silver and bronze medal, respectively. She helped Team USA win the gold medal at the 2014 FIVB World Championships, the first-ever major tournament gold medal for the U.S. Women’s National Team. Larson has collected numerous professional accolades, including most valuable player of the CEV Champions League in 2014-15, most valuable player of the 2015 FIVB Club World Championships, and USA Volleyball’s Indoor Female Player of the Year in 2015 and 2016.

     

    Fans Can Participate in Pregame Light Show
    This weekend fans are encouraged to participate in a special pregame light show by downloading the Husker Lights app on their phones and holding them up during Nebraska player introductions. The app is available on both Apple and Android devices.

     

    About the Huskers
    • The Huskers began the Big Ten slate with a perfect 2-0 record on opening weekend, sweeping No. 2 Penn State and Rutgers on the road. Annika Albrecht was named the Sports Imports/AVCA National Player of the Week and the Big Ten Player of the Week for the first time in her career after averaging 5.17 kills on .400 hitting last weekend. Albrecht had a career-high 19 kills with six digs and four blocks at Penn State. Kelly Hunter was named the Big Ten Setter of the Week with 12.33 assists per set in the two sweeps.
    • Nebraska is 13th nationally and second in the Big Ten in kills per set at 14.55.
    • Nebraska ranks 14th nationally in opponent hitting percentage at .142, a mark that ranks third in the Big Ten.
    • The highest opponent hitting percentage against the Huskers this season is .232 by Northern Iowa. The Huskers have held their first 12 opponents under .250 hitting for the first time since 2013.
    • Mikaela Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.28 kills per set and is averaging 2.62 digs per set. The junior has four double-doubles this season.
    • Albrecht is averaging 3.05 kills per set and 2.78 digs per set. Her 122 kills in 12 matches this season equals her combined total through her first three years at Nebraska.
    • Over the last four matches, Albrecht is averaging 4.69 kills per set on .371 hitting. She has at least 12 kills in each of the four matches.
    • 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.
    • Jazz Sweet adds 2.55 kills per set and is hitting .304.
    • Hunter, a two-time Big Ten Setter of the Week this season, is putting up 10.48 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 ranks sixth in school history with 3,206 career assists at NU.
    • Senior middle blocker Briana Holman averages 2.43 kills and 1.16 blocks per set with a team-high .333 hitting percentage.
    • Junior libero Kenzie Maloney is averaging 4.45 digs per set, which ranks fifth in the Big Ten.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins chips in 2.25 kills and 0.90 blocks per set for the Huskers. Stivrins has at least six kills in every match this season.

     

    Coaches
    • John Cook, Nebraska: 18th year at Nebraska (508-68); 25th year overall (669-141)
    • Hugh McCutcheon, Minnesota: 6th year at Minnesota (146-38)
    • Kelly Sheffield, Wisconsin: 5th year at Wisconsin (123-26); 17th year overall (396-138)

     

    Series History
    • Nebraska leads Minnesota, 33-7, and is 7-3 in the Big Ten era. The teams split last year’s matchups with NU winning 3-2 in Lincoln on Oct. 23 and Minnesota winning 3-1 in Minneapolis on Nov. 23. Friday’s match will be the only meeting between the teams this regular season.
    • Nebraska leads Wisconsin, 18-3-1, and is 7-2 in the Big Ten era. The Huskers snapped a two-match skid to the Badgers last year when they swept Wisconsin in Lincoln on Oct. 21 in the only meeting between the teams in 2016. The teams will play again in Madison on Oct. 11.

     

    Scouting Minnesota
    • No. 3 Minnesota (12-1, 1-1 Big Ten) suffered its first loss of the season, 3-0, at home to Michigan State last Sunday. The Golden Gophers rank 12th in the nation in hitting at .297. Setter Samantha Seliger-Swenson was a first-team All-American last year and averages 12.20 assists per set. Opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy is one of the best freshmen in the nation, averaging 4.38 kills per set to lead the Big Ten. Alexis Hart (3.18 kills per set) and Molly Lohman (1.86 kills, 1.44 blocks per set) received All-America honorable mention last year.

     

    Scouting Wisconsin
    • No. 7 Wisconsin (10-1, 1-1 Big Ten entering Friday’s match at Iowa) won nine straight matches to open the season before dropping its Big Ten opener at home to Michigan State, 3-2, last Friday. The Badgers rebounded with a 3-0 sweep of Michigan on Sunday. Freshman middle blocker Dana Rettke leads the Badgers with 3.33 kills and 1.61 blocks per set, and the 6-8 standout is hitting .453. Tionna Williams was a third-team AVCA All-American last year. She averages 2.55 kills and 1.45 blocks while hitting .442. Freshman setter Sydney Hilley provides 11.92 assists 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 sixth on NU’s career assists chart with 3,206.
    • Hunter 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.
    • She added another honor on Sept. 25 after averaging 12.33 assists in sweeps at Penn State and Rutgers. She has eight career weekly Big Ten awards.

     

    Foecke Poised for Bigger Role
    • Junior outside hitter Mikaela Foecke is NU’s top hitter with 3.28 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 2.62 digs per set and a .982 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).

     

    Albrecht Steps Up as Senior Captain
    • Senior outside hitter Annika Albrecht was named a team captain along with Kelly Hunter prior to the season and has stepped into her new role as a six-rotation hitter for the Huskers.
    • Albrecht is second on the team in kills with 3.05 per set and adds 2.78 digs per set and nine service aces. She ranks 10th in school history in career aces with 114.
    • The North Aurora, Illinois native made national headlines this season when she tallied a career-high 19 kills on .400 hitting in a 3-0 sweep at Penn State on Sept. 22. For her performance, Albrecht was named the Big Ten Player of the Week, Sports Imports/AVCA Player of the Week and the espnW Player of the Week. The honors were all the first of her career.

     

    Holman Leads Husker Middle Blockers
    • Senior Briana Holman guides a relatively young group of Husker middle blockers, as she teams with redshirt freshman Lauren Stivrins and is backed up by true freshman Chesney McClellan.
    • Holman is averaging 2.43 kills and a team-best 1.16 blocks per set for the Huskers while hitting a team-best .333. 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 that has happened.
    • Redshirt freshman middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.25 kills per set and has started every match.
    • Freshman outside hitter Jazz Sweet is third on the team in kills at 2.55 per set and is hitting .304. Sweet had an outstanding debut with 14 kills on .375 hitting against Oregon and 16 kills on .323 hitting at Florida.
    • 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 nine matches.

     

    Huskers Ranked No. 8 in AVCA Coaches Poll
    • Nebraska is ranked No. 8 in this week’s AVCA Coaches Poll, up six spots from No. 14 last week.
    • 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 460 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
    • Nebraska has appeared in all 516 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 669 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 (508-68).
    • 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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    Weber Named Campbell Trophy Semifinalist

    Lincoln – University of Nebraska linebacker Chris Weber is a semifinalist for the 2017 William V. Campbell Trophy as the National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame announced the semifinalists for the award today.

    The Campbell Trophy, presented by Fidelity Investments®. Is presented to the top scholar-athlete in college football. Weber will look to be NU’s third Campbell Trophy winner, joining Kyle Vanden Bosch (2000) and Rob Zatechka (1994).

    On the season, Weber has started all four games and is third on the team with 22 tackles and second on the team in pass breakups and quarterback hurries. A 2017 captain, he is a three-year letterwinner who has played in 40 career games as a Husker. He had a career-high 17 tackles against Illinois as a sophomore. In the classroom, he is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-District VII selection and a three-time distinguished scholar. Weber has also been instrumental in NU’s off field outreach, as he has been named to the Brook Berringer Citizenship and the Tom Osborne Citizenship team in each of the past four years. Earlier this year, Weber led NU’s Uplifting Athletes Road Race efforts, raising more than $35,000 for pediatric cancer research.

    To be nominated, candidates for the awards must be a senior or graduate student in their final year of playing eligibility, have a GPA of at least 3.2 on a 4.0 scale, have outstanding football ability as a first team player or significant contributor and have demonstrated strong leadership and citizenship.

    Nebraska is one of only five NCAA programs with multiple Campbell Award winners, joining Florida, Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas.

    The NFF will announce 12-14 finalists on Nov. 1, and each of them will receive an $18,000 postgraduate scholarship as a member of the NFF National Scholar-Athlete Class, presented by Fidelity Investments. The finalists will travel to New York City for the 60th NFF Annual Awards Dinner on Dec. 5, where the winner of the 28th William V. Campbell Trophy® will be announced.


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