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(Hastings, Nebraska) – Hastings College will offer men’s volleyball and women’s wrestling as varsity intercollegiate sports beginning in the 2020-21 academic year. 

The addition of the two programs will bring Hastings College Broncos Athletics to 26 competitive teams. Like other College’s other athletic teams, the new programs will be affiliated with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the Great Plains Athletic Conference (GPAC).

Hastings College is conducting national searches to find head coaches for both programs.

“We’re excited to launch these new athletic teams and provide opportunities for more student athletes to experience Hastings College,” said Hastings College President Dr. Travis Feezell. “The teams are reflective of the institution, our athletic conference and where we want to go as a college.” 

Director of Athletics B.J. Pumroy said Hastings College recognizes intercollegiate athletics as an important component to the College’s learning community.

“Volleyball fans in Nebraska bring a great passion for the sport, enjoy a high level of play and are some of the most engaged fans in the country,” Pumroy said. “By adding men’s volleyball we look to bring new students to our campus and engage our community members in a sport in which they have shown great interest.”

In 2020 there will be 50 NAIA schools competing in men’s volleyball, up from 42 in 2019. The NAIA began offering a Men’s Volleyball Championship in the 2019 season.  With the addition of the Hastings College, the GPAC will have five schools sponsoring men’s volleyball and the league will look to attract an affiliate member to get to automatic qualification for the national tournament status number of six teams. 

Statistics from the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFSA) shows in 2019 there were 2,926 High Schools sponsoring Boys Volleyball and 63,563 boys playing high school volleyball.

“Women’s wrestling is a fast growing sport in intercollegiate and interscholastic levels across the country,” said Pumroy. “We believe it’s the right time to join the trend of schools adding the sport to meet an increasingly growing marketplace. We know Nebraska high schools traditionally have strong wrestling programs. We also believe with the national and state increase in participation in girls wrestling, the Nebraska School Activity Association may soon sanction the sport.”

At the NAIA level, 20 schools competed in the inaugural NAIA National Invitational Women’s Wrestling Championship held in Jamestown, North Dakota, in 2019, including two from the GPAC and three from the Nebraska. There are 63 colleges and universities nationwide who sponsor women’s wrestling. The NCAA’s Committee on Women’s Athletics also recently recommended women’s wrestling to be recognized as an emerging sport, which is the first step to NCAA official championship sponsorship.

Eighteen states have women’s wrestling championships at the high school level. In Nebraska, 168 girls competed for their high school teams in the 2018-19 school year, which is the 20th largest state participation number. Nationally there were 2,980 high school sponsoring teams and 21,124 girls wrestling at the high school level in 2018-19.

Women’s wrestling competes in the traditional winter season, while men’s volleyball competes during the winter and early spring. 




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Adams Central 37, Kearney Catholic 7

Ainsworth 70, Boyd County 28

Allen 64, Randolph 16

Alma 54, Southwest 6

Aquinas 83, Twin River 14

Arcadia-Loup City 42, Amherst 6

Arlington 14, Platteview 7

Arthur County 58, Crawford 40

Ashland-Greenwood 53, Nebraska City 13

Auburn 29, Lincoln Christian 17

Aurora 21, Milford 0

Axtell 44, Lawrence-Nelson 34

Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 42, Archbishop Bergan 36, OT

Battle Creek 21, Hartington Cedar Catholic 18

Bayard 50, Perkins County 46

Bellevue East 41, Lincoln Northeast 25

Bellevue West 57, Omaha North 6

Bennington 41, Blair 14

Bishop Neumann 35, Raymond Central 12

Bloomfield 54, Wynot 28

Boys Town 50, Douglas County West 0

Bridgeport 40, Gordon/Rushville 0

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 34, Cross County 20

Burwell 20, South Loup 15

Cambridge 40, Dundy County-Stratton 22

Cedar Bluffs 62, Omaha Christian Academy 19

Centennial 33, David City 14

Central City 49, Fillmore Central 0

Central Valley 44, CWC-Ewing 33

Chase County 39, Sidney 14

Clarkson/Leigh 44, Mead 8

Cody-Kilgore 40, Sioux County 6

Columbus Scotus 42, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 22

Cozad 34, Lexington 14

Creek Valley 64, South Platte 39

Crofton 34, Ponca 22

Deshler 46, Hampton 6

Diller-Odell 98, Parkview Christian 70

Doniphan-Trumbull 44, Hastings St. Cecilia 7

Elgin Public/Pope John 42, Osmond 22

Elkhorn Mount Michael 38, South Sioux City 6

Elkhorn South 76, Omaha Northwest 7

Elkhorn Valley 28, Neligh-Oakdale 20

Elm Creek 42, Ansley-Litchfield 16

Elmwood-Murdock 76, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 24

Elwood 64, Loomis 13

Exeter-Milligan/Friend 36, Nebraska Lutheran 20

Fairbury 21, Sandy Creek 7

Falls City Sacred Heart 50, Pawnee City 6

Fort Calhoun 41, Omaha Concordia 6

Freeman 13, Syracuse 0

Fullerton 54, Heartland 14

Garden County 44, Medicine Valley 8

Gothenburg 44, Ogallala 6

Grand Island 34, Lincoln Southwest 13

Grand Island Central Catholic 17, Gibbon 0

Grand Island Northwest 34, Crete 27

Gretna 35, Fremont 7

Guardian Angels 46, Homer 0

Hartington-Newcastle 50, Wausa 18

Hastings 64, Beatrice 56

Hay Springs 53, Hyannis 43

Hemingford 69, Morrill 24

Hershey 30, Wood River 14

Hitchcock County 48, Arapahoe 0

Holdrege 7, Minden 6

Howells/Dodge 28, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 20

Humphrey St. Francis 50, Riverside 0

Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 50, St. Edward 6

Johnson-Brock 58, Meridian 8

Kearney 35, Lincoln High 7

Kenesaw 45, Blue Hill 0

Lincoln Lutheran 31, Falls City 16

Lincoln North Star 47, Omaha Bryan 8

Lincoln Pius X 21, Norfolk 14

Lincoln Southeast 40, Papillion-LaVista South 13

Lutheran High Northeast 76, Madison 28

Malcolm 55, Johnson County Central 14

Maxwell 28, Mullen 22

Maywood-Hayes Center 55, Sandhills Valley 28

McCook 45, Gering 14

McCool Junction 66, Dorchester 12

Millard South 46, Omaha Creighton Prep 23

Mitchell 28, Chadron 24

Norfolk Catholic 42, Stanton 0

Norris 41, Ralston 9

North Bend Central 16, Shelby/Rising City 13

North Central 60, Niobrara/Verdigre 7

North Platte 54, Omaha Benson 0

North Platte St. Patrick's def. Southern Valley, forfeit

O'Neill 12, Broken Bow 6

Oakland-Craig 66, Yutan 7

Omaha Burke 28, Millard North 14

Omaha Central 38, Omaha South 12

Omaha Roncalli 49, Schuyler 7

Omaha Skutt Catholic 47, Omaha Gross Catholic 6

Omaha Westside 50, Columbus 0

Ord 28, Valentine 6

Osceola-High Plains 57, East Butler 22

Overton 68, Bertrand 22

Palmer 60, Shelton 26

Palmyra 62, Weeping Water 60

Papillion-LaVista 23, Elkhorn 7

Pender 43, Emerson-Hubbard 16

Pierce 60, West Point-Beemer 6

Plainview 72, Winside 8

Pleasanton 41, Anselmo-Merna 20

Ravenna 70, Nebraska Christian 30

Red Cloud 26, Heartland Lutheran 24

Sandhills/Thedford 59, Brady 20

Scottsbluff 51, Alliance 10

Seward 18, York 0

Southern 22, Tri County 18

St. Mary's 32, Clearwater/Orchard 16

St. Paul 57, Centura 7

Sterling 70, Lewiston 19

Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 72, Wilcox-Hildreth 26

Sutherland 80, Kimball 18

Sutton 54, Superior 0

Tekamah-Herman 32, Louisville 22

Thayer Central 46, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 36

Twin Loup 47, Stuart 0

Wahoo 69, Columbus Lakeview 14

Wakefield 86, Winnebago 22

Waverly 29, Plattsmouth 7

Wayne 42, Boone Central/Newman Grove 24

West Holt 33, Creighton 32

Wilber-Clatonia 76, Conestoga 0

Wisner-Pilger 70, Omaha Nation 0




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Lincoln, Neb. – The Nebraska baseball team took an early 1-0 lead, but allowed seven runs in the last five innings to fall to Kansas, 7-1, in a 12-inning exhibition game at Hawks Field on Saturday afternoon.

Spencer Schwellenbach put the Huskers on the scoreboard in the bottom of the first when he blasted a solo home run to left center field. It was one of eight hits for the Big Red on the day.

Starting pitcher Colby Gomes tossed 2.0 no-hit scoreless innings as one of 11 Husker pitchers to make an appearance against the Jayhawks. The two teams held each other scoreless during innings 2 through 7, as Cade Povich, Max Schreiber, Caleb Feekin, Sayer Diederich and Trey Kissack each threw 1.0 scoreless frame.

Kansas took its first lead of the game in the top of the eighth with a pair of runs. NU allowed three hits, including a home run, during the frame. In the bottom of the eighth, Drew Gilin laced a leadoff double and advanced to third on a wild pitch. But he remained stranded, as each of the next three Husker batters produced outs.

KU tacked on one run in the top of the ninth on a solo home run. Seeking to trim the deficit, Keegan Watson hit a one-out single up the middle before advancing to second on a groundout. He made it to third on a wild pitch, but remained stranded.

The Jayhawks plated one run in the top of the 10th to extend their lead to 4-1. In the bottom of the 10th, Leighton Banjoff and Luke Roskam managed back-to-back singles to open the frame. However, three consecutive outs kept the Big Red from scoring.

Kansas added three runs on three hits in the top of the 12th to extend their lead to 7-1.




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COLLEGE PARK, Md. - The No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team won its fourth straight match with a 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-13) sweep of the Maryland Terrapins at XFINITY Center Pavilion on Saturday night. 

Lexi Sun had 12 kills on .417 hitting to lead the Huskers (15-2, 7-1 Big Ten). Madi Kubik had 10 kills and eight digs while hitting .333, and Jazz Sweet and Lauren Stivrins chipped in six kills each. Callie Schwarzenbach finished with five kills. 

Nicklin Hames had 27 assists and nine digs with three kills, and Kenzie Knuckles had a team-best 11 digs. 

Nebraska out-hit the Terps (11-9, 3-5 Big Ten) .337 to .143. NU had 14 more kills (42-28), and 12 more digs (44-32). The Huskers posted seven blocks on the night, led by four from Sweet and three each by Stivrins and Schwarzenbach.

Erika Pritchard had 10 kills for Maryland.

The Huskers are on the road again next weekend, at Indiana next Friday and at No. 20 Purdue next Saturday.

Set 1: Sun had three kills on three swings early in the match, the third of which started a 5-0 run that put Nebraska ahead 10-6. Schwarzenbach put away a joust at the net, and Sweet had a kill between Maryland hitting errors. After Maryland cut the lead to 11-10, a Terps' service error and a kill by Kubik made it 13-10 Big Red, and Schwarzenbach added her third, fourth and fifth kills to give NU a 20-15 lead. Sweet had a kill a pair of kills and teamed up with Stivrins for a block, and Nebraska took the first set, 25-19. Schwarzenbach had five kills on .571 hitting to lead the Huskers in the set.  

Set 2: NU trailed 5-4 when Stivrins terminated a kill to start a 4-0 run. She combined with Hames for a block, and then Hames dumped a kill to the floor before Kubik hammered an overpass for an 8-5 lead. Kills by Sun and Kubik put the Huskers up 12-7, but Maryland cut the lead to two at 12-10. Sun, Kubik and Stivrins added kills as the Huskers went up 17-12. Sun, Stivrins and Kubik helped the Huskers pull away down the stretch to a 25-16 win.   

Set 3: The Huskers began the set with a kill by Sun, a solo block and a kill by Sweet and an ace by Hames for a 4-0 lead. Kubik posted back-to-back kills for a 7-1 lead, and Stivrins pounded a kill before Hayley Densberger served an ace and Sun added another kill for a 13-5 advantage. Hames dumped her third kill, and Schwarzenbach combined for back-to-back blocks, one with Sun and one with Sweet, to keep the Huskers up eight at 16-8. Sweet and Stivrins posted NU's fourth block of the set, and Megan Miller served an ace for a 22-11 lead. The Huskers' dominant third set ended the match, 25-13. 




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Aurora continued its defensive domination with a 21-0 win over Milford. The Huskies haven't allowed a point in district play and have outscored opponents 147-7 during their current four game winning streak. Aurora hosts Central City Friday with the C1-5 title on the line. That game will be on 97.3 the Wolf. 



Tim Elge Post Game Interivew

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Aurora seeks a fourth straight win at Milford tonight. The Huskies have limited opponents to seven points combined during their current win streak. Milford can claim a playoff spot with a win over Aurora. 

Coverage at 6:30 tonight from 97.3 the Wolf, on line at www.thewolf973fm.com and on the app. 




Coach Kyle Peterson

Senior Cole Fiala

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Archbishop Bergan def. Omaha Concordia, 25-15, 25-19, 25-14

Bayard def. Hemingford, 26-24, 25-14, 25-16

Bertrand def. Kenesaw, 25-19, 25-12, 19-25, 25-17

Bishop Neumann def. Columbus Scotus, 3-2

Blair def. Omaha Benson, 26-24, 24-26, 25-18, 25-22

Bloomfield def. Creighton, 25-18, 25-23, 25-7

Broken Bow def. Kearney Catholic, 25-20, 25-20, 25-21

Columbus def. Norfolk, 23-25, 25-19, 25-15, 25-21

Diller-Odell def. Friend, 25-3, 25-9, 25-8

Elgin Public/Pope John def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-12, 25-19, 25-18

Elkhorn def. Plattsmouth, 25-17, 25-12, 25-18

Exeter/Milligan def. East Butler, 25-18, 25-9, 26-24

Falls City Sacred Heart def. Pawnee City, 25-11, 18-25, 25-14, 25-18

Gering def. Scottsbluff, 25-23, 25-20, 25-23

Gretna def. Omaha Bryan, 25-17, 25-10, 25-11

Guardian Angels def. Crofton, 25-17, 25-13, 25-16

Hartington Cedar Catholic def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-7, 25-18, 24-26, 25-19

Hastings St. Cecilia def. Sandy Creek, 25-9, 25-8, 25-14

Heartland def. Sutton, 17-25, 25-10, 25-22, 25-12

Johnson-Brock def. Sterling, 25-13, 25-15, 25-13

Leyton def. Paxton, 26-24, 25-19, 25-20

Lincoln Pius X def. Lincoln High, 25-18, 25-13, 25-22

Lincoln Southeast def. Fremont, 3-0

McCool Junction def. Osceola, 12-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-21

Medicine Valley def. Arapahoe, 25-22, 25-19, 25-17

Millard South def. Lincoln East, 3-0

Mitchell def. Bridgeport, 25-10, 25-22, 25-19

Norris def. Hastings, 25-15, 25-17, 25-21

North Platte def. McCook, 25-16, 25-20, 27-25

Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. College View Academy, 25-8, 25-14, 27-25

Omaha Burke def. Lincoln North Star, 25-20, 25-22, 15-25, 23-25, 15-10

Omaha Mercy def. Omaha South, 25-20, 25-14, 25-12

Omaha Nation def. Flandreau Indian, S.D., 19-25, 25-8, 14-25, 25-17, 15-7

Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Omaha Duchesne Academy, 25-13, 25-15, 25-17

Sidney, Iowa def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-19, 25-9, 25-13

Southern def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-16, 25-18, 22-19

Southwest def. Maxwell, 25-23, 25-15, 25-18

Superior def. Thayer Central, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16

Wakefield-Allen def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-7, 25-11, 25-8

Wayne def. Battle Creek, 21-25, 25-21, 25-17, 25-19

Ainsworth Triangular
Ainsworth def. Stuart, 25-12, 25-21

Boyd County def. Ainsworth, 26-24, 25-18

Stuart def. Boyd County, 25-22, 25-21

Alma Triangular
Minden def. Alma, 26-24, 25-15

Southern Valley def. Minden, 23-25, 25-11, 27-25

Southern Valley def. Alma, 25-20, 25-15

Centennial Triangular
Aquinas def. David City, 26-24, 23-25, 25-19

Centennial def. Aquinas, 25-22, 25-22

Centennial def. David City, 27-29, 25-19, 25-19

Central Conference Tournament
Pool Play
Pool A
Adams Central def. Columbus Lakeview, 25-19, 8-25, 25-21

Adams Central def. Holdrege, 25-21, 25-14

Aurora def. Crete, 25-13, 25-16

Aurora def. Holdrege, 25-18, 25-14

Columbus Lakeview def. Crete, 25-9, 25-16

Grand Island Northwest def. Lexington, 25-6, 25-12

Grand Island Northwest def. Seward, 25-16, 25-15

Seward def. Schuyler, 25-12, 25-11

York def. Lexington, 25-19, 25-17

York def. Schuyler, 25-13, 25-10

Cross County Triangular
Cross County def. Meridian, 32-30, 25-11

Cross County def. Giltner, 25-19, 25-18

Giltner def. Meridian, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17

Deshler Triangular
Blue Hill def. Deshler, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22

Blue Hill def. Harvard, 25-23, 25-12

Deshler def. Harvard, 25-21, 25-21

East Central Nebraska Conference Tournament
Gold Tournament
Semifinal
Louisville def. Auburn, 25-23, 25-12

Malcolm def. Mead, 23-25, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 16-14

Silver Tournament
Semifinal
Johnson County Central def. Palmyra, 25-23, 25-15

Yutan def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-20

Fifth Place
Johnson County Central def. Yutan, 25-17, 19-25, 25-15

Consolation
Freeman def. Conestoga, 25-17, 25-22

Freeman def. Weeping Water, 25-16, 25-15

East Husker Conference Tournament
First Round
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Logan View-Scribner-Snyder, 25-27, 25-23, 25-19

Clarkson/Leigh def. Pender, 25-19, 25-10

Oakland-Craig def. Twin River, 21-25, 25-19, 25-18

Stanton def. Madison, 25-11, 25-12

Second Round
Losers Bracket
Pender def. Madison, 25-11, 25-23

Tekamah-Herman def. Twin River, 19-25, 25-18, 25-23

Winners Bracket
Stanton def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-16, 32-30

Wisner-Pilger def. Howells/Dodge, 24-26, 25-19, 25-22

Fort Kearny Conference Tournament
Third Place
Elm Creek def. Axtell, 25-21, 25-15, 25-21

Championship
Pleasanton def. Overton, 25-18, 25-17, 25-19

Goldenrod Conference Tournament
First Round
Central Valley def. Riverside, 25-16, 25-10, 25-16

Heartland Lutheran def. St. Edward, 25-6, 25-17, 25-20

Riverside def. Palmer, 25-27, 25-12, 25-21, 25-15

Quarterfinal
Fullerton def. Burwell, 26-24, 25-23, 25-21

Humphrey St. Francis def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-14, 25-9, 25-11

Nebraska Christian def. Spalding Academy, 25-8, 25-9, 25-15

Gordon-Rushville Triangular
Alliance def. Valentine, 25-18, 25-13

Valentine def. Gordon/Rushville, 23-25, 25-21, 25-17

Hartington/Newcastle Triangular
Hartington-Newcastle def. Walthill, 25-11, 25-10

Ponca def. Hartington-Newcastle, 25-22, 25-19

Ponca def. Walthill, 25-6, 25-7

High Plains Community Triangular
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-20, 25-14

Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. High Plains Community, 25-14, 25-14

Lawrence-Nelson def. High Plains Community, 25-11, 25-13

Lou Platte Conference Tournament
Third Place
Centura def. Ord, 25-20, 18-25, 25-17, 25-19

Championship
St. Paul def. Arcadia-Loup City, 25-16, 25-9, 25-17

Mid-Nebraska Activities Conference
First Round
Hyannis def. Sandhills/Thedford, 3-0

Sandhills Valley def. Arthur County, 25-19, 18-25, 21-25, 25-22, 18-16

Quarterfinal
Anselmo-Merna def. Sandhills Valley, 25-20, 25-12, 25-17

Mullen def. Brady, 16-25, 15-25, 25-12, 25-16, 15-8

South Loup def. Hyannis, 25-14, 25-15, 25-10

Twin Loup def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-10, 25-11, 25-23

Nebraska Capitol Conference Tournament
Consolation Bracket
Arlington def. Fort Calhoun, 25-21, 25-19, 24-26, 15-25, 15-12

Douglas County West def. Raymond Central, 25-17, 25-17, 10-25, 25-14

Semifinal
Syracuse def. Platteview, 20-25, 23-25, 25-17, 25-23, 15-5

Wahoo def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-18, 25-19, 25-13

Neligh-Oakdale Triangular
Norfolk Catholic def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-15, 25-10

Norfolk Catholic def. O'Neill, 25-20, 25-18

O'Neill def. Neligh-Oakdale, 25-15, 23-25, 25-13

Pierce County Tournament
Randolph def. Plainview, 25-18, 23-25, 25-22

Consolation
Plainview def. Osmond, 25-22, 25-17

Championship
Pierce def. Randolph, 25-10, 25-16




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The Nebraska baseball team concludes its fall schedule this weekend when the Huskers host Kansas in an exhibition game on Saturday. First pitch for the 12-inning game is set for 1:05 p.m., at Hawks Field at Haymarket Park.

Admission is free to the game and gates will open one hour before first pitch. A limited number of menu items will be available to purchase at selected concession stands.

This marks the second consecutive year the Huskers and Jayhawks will square off in a fall game, as KU visited Lincoln last year on Oct. 6 for a scrimmage. The NCAA Division I Council adopted legislation in April 2018 to allow two fall exhibitions that do not count toward a team's 56-game spring schedule.

NU opened this fall with a 10-8 road win (12 innings) over Wichita State on Sept. 21. The Huskers produced 18 hits and four home runs in the victory over the Shockers.

Nebraska continued its fall schedule with the annual Red-White Series last week. After the two teams tied, 5-5, in a five-inning game on Oct. 9, the Red team clinched the series with a 7-1 win (nine innings) in Game 2 on Oct. 14.

Last season, the Huskers went 32-24 overall and qualified for their fourth NCAA Tournament appearance in the last six years. NU posted a 15-9 record in Big Ten play to tie for third in the conference before finishing runner-up at the conference tournament. Last season, Kansas went 32-26 overall and posted a 12-12 record in Big 12 play.

Fans can follow Saturday's action by visiting Huskers.com/livestats.



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LINCOLN, Neb. - Freshman Madi Kubik had a career-high 22 kills, and the No. 5 Nebraska volleyball team topped No. 20 Purdue, 3-1 (25-21, 25-16, 23-25, 25-15) on Wednesday night in front of a crowd of 8,005 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.

The Huskers (14-2, 6-1 Big Ten) were stout defensively for the third match in a row. Nebraska held its third straight opponent to a season low in hitting percentage, as Purdue (11-5, 3-4 Big Ten) hit .099, becoming the third straight Husker foe to hit below .100. 

Offensively, Nebraska hit .284, the best hitting percentage by a Purdue opponent this season, and five different Huskers all hit better than .300 on the night. Setter Nicklin Hames had 48 assists, 11 digs and four kills to coordinate the Husker attack. 

Kubik stole the show offensively for the Big Red. Her 22 kills on .314 hitting tied Mikaela Foecke's 2015 freshman high of 22 as the most by an NU freshman since Sarah Pavan had 35 in 2004. Lexi Sun chipped in 11 kills on .321 hitting with 15 digs for her third straight double-double. Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills on .375 hitting with three blocks. Jazz Sweet had eight kills, and Callie Schwarzenbach added four kills and a team-best five blocks.

The Huskers had eight blocks in the match, while Purdue had 10. Aces were even at five apiece, although Nebraska committed nine services errors compared to five for Purdue. Nebraska made up for it with its hitting, posting 17 more kills (59-42) and out-digging the Boilermakers, 57-49. Kenzie Knuckles had 14 digs, and Megan Miller had six. 

Caitlyn Newton led Purdue with 17 kills.

The Huskers return to the road this weekend to play Maryland in College Park. The match will begin at 7 p.m. (CT). 

Set 1: Back-to-back kills by Stivrins gave the Huskers an early 4-1 lead. A solo block by Schwarzenbach put the Huskers up 10-5, and back-to-back kills by Kubik and Sweet kept NU ahead by five, 13-8, and forced a Purdue timeout. The Boilermakers got within three at 18-15, but a pair of hitting errors made it 20-15 Huskers. Purdue cut it to three again, 20-17, but Kubik and Stivrins terminated to restore a five-point lead, 22-17. Kubik's seventh kill gave NU set point, 24-18, and Stivrins finished it at 25-21 with her fifth kill. Nebraska hit .323 and held Purdue to .059 hitting. 

Set 2: Kubik picked up where she left off, blasting kills No. 8, 9 and 10 to give Nebraska a 6-3 lead. Sweet and Kubik added two more kills for a 9-5 Husker lead, but Purdue came back to get within two, 12-10, after back-to-back kills. Leading 14-12, Nebraska scored a 5-0 run off of an ace by Sun, kills by Sweet and Kubik and a stuff block by Kubik and Schwarzenbach. The Huskers went up 21-14 after the middle blockers - Schwarzenbach and Stivrins - tallied back-to-back kills, followed by a Knuckles ace. NU went on to win, 25-16, to take the 2-0 lead. Nebraska was even sharper offensively in set two, hitting .391. 

Set 3: NU built a 10-5 lead, getting kills from Sweet, Kubik (two), Sun and Hames. Sun and Stivrins also combined for a block as well, but Purdue charged back with a 6-1 run to tie the set at 11-11. The Boilermakers claimed a 14-13 lead on a Newton kill, and a Husker hitting error made it 15-13 Purdue. Stivrins served an ace to tie the set at 18-18, but a pair of Husker attacking errors put Purdue back up by two, 20-18. Schwarzenbach's third kill of the set cut it to 20-19, but another hitting error made it 21-19 and the Boilermakers increased the lead to 24-20 with back-to-back blocks. Sweet kept the Huskers in the set with a kill, and Kubik added her 16th after a long rally to make it 24-22. After a timeout, Purdue hit long to let the Huskers within one, 24-23, but Purdue got a kill from Shavona Cuttino to win the set, 25-23. The Huskers committed 11 attacking errors in set three after just eight in the first two sets combined. 

Set 4: The teams went back and forth early, but Nebraska gained a 16-10 lead after a 9-2 run after Purdue had taken an 8-7 lead. Kubik added to her career day with four more kills to help the Big Red to an 18-11 advantage. She also combined with Schwarzenbach for a block during that stretch. She wasn't done though, as her 21st and 22nd kills, and a dump by Hames, increased the Huskers' lead to 22-14. Stivrins tacked on her 10th kill for a 22-15 lead, and the Huskers clinched the match with a 25-15 win, scoring the last four points of the match.



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The Grand Island Senior High Volleyball team earned a five set win over Lincoln Northeast on Tuesday. The Islanders rallied from 2-1 down to beat the Rockets 25-14, 16-25, 22-25, 25-21, 15-11.

Coach Bill Root discussed the match on Thunder 99.7




Coach Bill Root

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