Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's game against Troy with a helmets-only practice inside the Hawks Championship Center on Thursday morning. Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following the practice and gave an update on what will factor into his decision on whether or not to start quarterback Adrian Martinez.
"It's strictly physical. We have to make sure we can run all the things we want to run, and he's healthy enough to be able to protect himself,” Frost said. “The biggest thing is that we have to make sure he's healthy enough that there's no added risk to further injury."
Frost also commented on when he might make the decision regarding Saturday’s starting quarterback.
"It might be two minutes before kickoff,” Frost said. “(Martinez) is going to be out there warming up, he's looked really good, getting better. I don't know if it will be this week and I don't know if it will be next week, he might look great tomorrow and be ready to go. He might not look great a week from Friday. I feel really good about where he is right now considering how the play looked, but right now it's just day to day.”
Frost also commented on backup quarterback Andrew Bunch, and the confidence he has in him if Bunch were to start on Saturday.
"He's looked great. He looked really great when he came in (against Colorado). That was a tough situation he came into the other day and he operated well,” Frost said. “He got us down and threw a pass that probably should've won us the game, and then got us down in striking distance to win the game a second time. If it's him, we're going to run our offense and when he's had his opportunities he's looked really good."
Frost also touched on the staff’s' message to the players on facing an “underdog” this week in Troy, who won at LSU last season.
"We've been talking to them about it,” Frost said. “Every game matters. For us, we're going to approach every game the same, but I've coached at a place like (Troy), and when you go play a game like this, it's like the super bowl for them.”
“It's a great opportunity for a team to come into an environment like this and try to win, and they did it last year, they went into LSU, one of the best environments in the country, and beat them pretty handily, so I think our guys know what they are in for. They're going to play a really well coached team that's going to play their butts off, and we have to play harder than them."
Nebraska faces off against Troy on Saturday at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff is set for 11 a.m. with television coverage on the Big Ten Network and radio coverage on the Husker Sports Network.
Lincoln – The Big Ten Conference and its TV partners announced a pair of start times for Husker basketball home games which had been listed as TBA.
The Nov. 14 Gavitt Games matchup with Seton Hall will tip off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised on BTN, while the Michigan State game on Jan. 17 will tip at 7 p.m. and will be shown on FSN.
With today’s announcement, the Huskers will make a minimum of 18 appearances on BTN during the 2018-19 season and start times for every regular-season game, except for the Jan. 6 game at Iowa, have been set.
Date Opponent TV Tipoff Nov. 14 Seton Hall (Gavitt Games) BTN 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 17 Michigan State FS1 7 p.m.
NEBRASKA vs. TROY
SEPT. 15, 2018 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Joe Benanati, James Laurinaitis, Damon Benning)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 136, XM 196
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-1, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Colorado, 33-28
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-8 (3rd Year)/0-1 (1st Year)
vs. Troy: 0-0
Record: 1-1, 0-0 Sun Belt
Last Game: def. Florida A&M, 59-7
Coach: Neal Brown
Career/Troy Record: 26-14 (4th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 0-0
Nebraska stays at home on Saturday to take on the Troy Trojans in a non-conference contest at Memorial Stadium. The game is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff with the contest televised on BTN and available on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
The Huskers enter the contest with an 0-1 mark following a 33-28 loss to Colorado last Saturday in the season opener in Lincoln. Nebraska showed promising signs on both sides of the ball, rolling up 565 yards of total offense and registering seven sacks. However, three turnovers and a late Colorado score were the difference in the contest.
Troy comes to Lincoln with a 1-1 record, following a 59-7 victory over Florida A&M on Saturday evening. The Trojans opened the year with a home setback against Boise State, but rebounded by rolling up 477 yards of offense and forcing four turnovers in the victory. Troy is coming off an outstanding season in 2017, posting an 11-2 record and capturing the Sun Belt Conference crown.
Saturday's matchup will be the fifth all-time meeting between the schools. The Huskers defeated Troy four times in six seasons between 2001 and 2006, with each of the games at Memorial Stadium.
This Week's Numbers
329 - Nebraska rushed for 329 yards on 54 carries against Colorado. The rushing total was Nebraska's first 300-yard game since a 310-yard effort at Northwestern in 2016, and the highest by the Huskers since NU rushed for 458 yards against Illinois on Sept. 27, 2014.
7 - Nebraska recorded seven sacks for 43 yards against Colorado. The seven sacks were the most by Nebraska since also posting seven at Michigan in 2013. Nebraska had a total of 14 sacks as a team in 2017 with a high of five at Illinois.
87 - In the opener against Colorado, 87 percent of the Huskers' total offense output was produced by players making their Husker debut. Of the 565 total yards, 492 were produced by players in their first Nebraska game, including 236 passing yards and 256 rushing yards.
Nebraska and Troy will meet for the fifth time on Saturday, with NU holding a 4-0 edge in the series.
Huskers vs. Sun Belt
Nebraska owns a perfect 9-0 record all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The most recent matchup was a a season-opening victory over Arkansas State in 2017.
Huskers Elect Four Captains
Four Husker seniors were elected by their teammates as captains for the 2018 season. On offense, the captains are OG Jerald Foster and WR Stanley Morgan Jr. Representing the defense are NT Mick Stoltenberg and LB Luke Gifford.
2018 Nebraska Team Captains
Jerald Foster, Sr., OG, Lincoln, Neb.
Stanley Morgan Jr., Sr., WR, New Orleans, La.
Luke Gifford, Sr., LB, Lincoln, Neb.
Mick Stoltenberg, Sr., NT, Gretna, Neb.
Martinez Excels in First Career Start at Nebraska
True freshman Adrian Martinez made a memorable first start for Nebraska on Saturday against Colorado. Martinez rushed 15 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 41-yard run in the first quarter. He completed 15-of-20 passes for 187 yards and one touchdown.
Huskers Show Potential for Powerful Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards on 54 attempts against Colorado. Both totals bettered Nebraska's season highs from the 2017 season. In fact, the Huskers had 243 rushing yards by halftime, surpassing last year's single-game high of 225 yards against Arkansas State.
• Adrian Martinez (117) and running back Greg Bell (104) both cracked the century mark on the ground. That marked the first time Nebraska has had a pair of 100-yard rushers in the same game since a 2014 win over Illinois.
High-Octane Offense Post Prolific Nubmers in Game One
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. The season opener against Colorado showed that Nebraska could feature similar explosiveness in 2018.
Morgan Aims to Be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. will look to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.
Morgan has 124 career receptions, which ranks seventh on NU’s all-time list. He needs 57 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 1,818 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Against Colorado, he moved past Terrence Nunn into the top five on the list. Morgan needs 871 yards to tie Bell (2,689) for the most receiving yards in program history.
The New Orleans native put himself in position to challenge Nebraska’s all-time records thanks to a breakout junior season, when he earned All-Big Ten accolades. Morgan caught 61 passes for 986 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2017 after entering the year with 58 career receptions, 757 career receiving yards and five career touchdown catches.
Defense Shows Playmaking Ability in Season Opener
The Nebraska defense showed the ability to be one of the nation's most improved units in 2018. Despite falling to Colorado, the positive signs from the defense were evident last Saturday.
Nebraska senior Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week by the conference office on Monday.
Foecke averaged 4.25 kills and 2.5 digs per set to lead the Huskers to wins over No. 14 Creighton and Iowa State last week. Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four aces to guide the Huskers to a 3-2 comeback win at Creighton. The Husker co-captain followed that performance with nine kills, seven digs, two blocks and an ace in a sweep of Iowa State.
Foecke earned her second career Big Ten Player of the Week honor, and she is the first Husker to garner a weekly honor since she was named player of the week for the first time on Oct. 30, 2017. The other co-player of the week was Illinois' Megan Cooney.
Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 10, 2018)
Co-Player of the Week: Megan Cooney, So., ILL
Co- Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Hannah Gruensfelder, So., OSU
Setter of the Week: Jordyn Poulter, Sr., ILL
Freshman of the Week: Kaitlyn Hord, PSU
OMAHA, Neb. - The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team rallied from an 0-2 hole to topple No. 14 Creighton, 3-2 (22-25, 19-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-10), Thursday night in front of a crowd of 14,022 at CHI Health Center Omaha. It was an NCAA record for a women's volleyball regular-season match.
Mikaela Foecke had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs, five blocks and four service aces to ignite the Huskers (5-1) after a tough start to the match. Freshman Capri Davis had a career-high 18 kills, and Jazz Sweet added 12 kills on .323 hitting for the Big Red.
Creighton (4-3) won the first set for the third time in the last four meetings between the teams. Unlike the other two times, though, the Bluejays won the second set as well to take a 2-0 lead into intermission.
The Huskers were sharp in set three, leading throughout to earn a 25-18 win and extend the match. NU used an early run to gain separation in set four and held off the Jays for a 25-22 win. In set five, Foecke accounted for nine of NU's 15 points, and she ended the match with her new career high in kills, 25, the most by a Husker since Kelsey Robinson in 2013.
After dropping the first two sets, the Huskers only trailed for one rally the rest of the match. Nebraska won 3-2 over a top-15 opponent on the road after trailing 0-2 for the first time since at No. 1 Penn State on Oct. 2, 2015.
Freshman setter Nicklin Hames had a career-best 56 assists with 11 digs, and Kenzie Maloney had a career-high 25 digs.
Nebraska had a .258 to .207 edge in hitting and out-aced the Jays, 10-6. Megan Miller had three aces to go with Foecke's four. Maloney also had a pair of aces.
Set 1: Davis posted three early kills, but Creighton got six kills on its first seven swings to go ahead 7-6. Callie Schwarzenbach got a kill and then set Foecke for a kill on her first swing of the night to make it 8-7 Huskers. A stuff by Schwarzenbach and Sweet, followed by another kill by Davis and back-to-back Creighton errors gave the Huskers a 13-9 lead. Creighton strung together a three-point spurt to pull within 14-13, and the Bluejays took a 17-16 lead after an ace by Kloth and kill by Jaela Zimmerman. Foecke sided out for the Huskers, but the Jays scored the next two to go up 19-17. Sweet terminated to pull NU within one, but a service error restored Creighton's two-point advantage. Sweet got another kill, and Davis added her fifth to even the score at 20-20. The Jays held tough, though, scoring the next two points to regain a 22-20 lead. After a timeout, Sweet connected again from the right side, but the Bluejays gained set point at 24-22 and clinched the set on the next rally as Kloth connected for the eighth time on 10 swings.
Set 2: Creighton claimed the early advantage with a 4-1 start to set two. Foecke got the Huskers back in it with a pair of kills and an ace. But the Jays rattled off a 3-0 run to make it 7-4. The Bluejays later went on a 7-0 run to go up 15-7. Creighton built its lead to 19-11 before a Davis kill, a Maloney ace and a Sweet kill trimmed the lead to five at 19-14. The closest the Huskers could get the rest of the way was four points, as Creighton took the 2-0 lead with a 25-19 win.
Set 3: Miller sparked the Huskers with a pair of ace serves to help NU to a 4-0 lead. Creighton took a timeout as the Huskers went ahead 6-1 for their biggest lead of the match to that point. Creighton got within three at 10-7, but back-to-back blocks by the Huskers put NU back up by five, 12-7. The teams traded sideouts for four rallies before a CU hitting error and solo block by Foecke made it 16-9 Huskers. Another block by the Big Red, this one by Foecke and Schwarzenbach, increased the lead to 17-9. Davis' 12th kill of the night capped a long rally, and Foecke blasted out of the back row before Sweet tipped a kill to the floor to make it 21-13. After the Jays scored twice, Sweet and Foecke produced kills for a 23-15 lead, and a Miller ace - her third of the set - ended it at 25-18. The Huskers limited Creighton to .023 hitting in set three.
Set 4: A pair of kills by Foecke and one by Sweet, combined with back-to-back CU hitting errors lifted Nebraska to an 8-3 lead. The Bluejays chipped away to within 11-9, but the Huskers answered with the next two points and went up 16-10 after a Lauren Stivrins ace. The Bluejays sliced the deficit to three at 17-14, forcing a Husker timeout. After the timeout, Creighton served long and then hit into the net, and Foecke served the Huskers' seventh ace to restore a six-point lead, 20-14. But Creighton came right back with another 3-0 run of its own before Davis ended the run with a kill to make it 21-17. The lead shrunk to two, 21-19, before Davis sided out once again to keep NU ahead by three. With a 22-20 lead, a huge dig by Davis, followed by the freshman's 16th kill of the night, made it 23-20. Foecke followed on the next rally with her 19th kill for set point at 24-20. The Jays fought off two set points, but Foecke sealed the 25-22 win with her 20th kill, setting up the first-ever fifth set between the schools.
Set 5: Foecke tooled a block to begin the set, and her next kill made it 3-1 Big Red. Davis connected twice more to boost the Huskers to a 5-3 advantage. Hames saved a ball from going into the scorer's table, and Foecke and Stivrins finished that rally with a block before Foecke's career-high 23rd kill gave NU an 8-5 lead as the teams switched sides. After the break, Foecke and Schwarzenbach stuffed a Creighton attack to make it 9-5. The Jays fought back to within one, 10-9, after a block, but Foecke's 25th kill made it 11-9. The All-American then served back-to-back aces for a 13-9 Husker advantage. Creighton went into the net to give NU four match points at 14-10, but they only needed one as Maloney served an ace to clinch the match.
Up Next: The Huskers are back at home on Sunday to face Iowa State at 1 p.m. NU will retire Sarah Pavan's jersey after the match.
Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will be featured early and often during Big Ten play this season, with 10 games to be televised as part of the overall conference package announced by the Big Ten Network on Thursday, Sept. 6.
Nebraska’s 10 nationally televised conference games are the most for the Huskers since BTN, CBS and ESPN2 joined forces to televise 12 of the Big Red’s Big Ten contests during the 2014-15 season.
The past two seasons, only three of Nebraska’s regular-season conference games each year have appeared on BTN. The Huskers’ return to being prominently featured on national television can be credited to Nebraska’s return to the NCAA Tournament last season under Coach Amy Williams.
The Big Red produced the nation’s top turnaround with a 14-game improvement in the win column. Williams was named the Big Ten Coach of the Year after leading the Huskers to a 21-11 overall record and a tie for third in the Big Ten regular-season standings with an 11-5 conference mark. Nebraska, which returns its top five scorers from last season, also ranked among the top 25 nationally in average home attendance for the ninth consecutive season, attracting nearly 4,400 fans per game to Pinnacle Bank Arena.
Season tickets for Nebraska women’s basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com or by calling 1-800-8-BIG-RED.
Nebraska’s 18-game Big Ten regular-season schedule in 2018-19 will feature five Husker road games televised by the Big Ten Network, beginning with a New Year’s Eve game at defending Big Ten champion Ohio State. Tip time with the Buckeyes is set for noon (CT) on Dec. 31 in Columbus, Ohio.
During the heart of Big Ten Conference play, the Big Red will become a regular BTN mid-week attraction, with three consecutive Thursday night road games at Purdue (Jan. 31, 7 p.m.), at Michigan (Feb. 7, 6 p.m.) and at Maryland (Feb. 14, 7 p.m.) set to be televised by the network.
Nebraska’s Big Ten regular-season finale at Penn State also will be televised by BTN on Saturday, March 2 at 2 p.m. (CT).
The Huskers’ outstanding 15-game home schedule got even more exciting with the announcement of the conference television slate, as Nebraska’s Big Ten opener against 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Michigan at Pinnacle Bank Arena will be televised by BTN on Friday, Dec. 28 at 6 p.m.
Although Nebraska’s home game against perennial national power Maryland will not be televised on Tuesday, Jan. 8, the Huskers return to BTN for a Sunday showdown with Rutgers on Jan. 13 at 2 p.m.
The highlight of Nebraska’s regular-season TV schedule comes on Sunday, Jan. 20, at Pinnacle Bank Arena, when the Big Red square off with 2018 NCAA Tournament qualifier Minnesota on ESPN2. Tip-off with the Golden Gophers is set for 5 p.m.
It will be Nebraska’s first regular-season television appearance on ESPN2 since facing Maryland in College Park on Feb. 8, 2015. The Huskers have played a pair of NCAA Tournament games on ESPN2 since the 2015 regular-season matchup with the Terps.
Nebraska closes its home regular-season TV appearances with Michigan State on Sunday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m., and against Iowa on Monday, Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. Both games will be televised by BTN.
In addition to Nebraska’s 10 regular-season conference games scheduled to appear on BTN and ESPN2, each of the first 12 games of the Big Ten Women’s Basketball Tournament in Indianapolis return to BTN this season, before ESPN2 televises the Big Ten Championship Game on Sunday, March 10.
Lincoln – A minimum of 28 Husker basketball games will be televised nationally during the 2018-19 season, as the Big Ten announced television information and start times Thursday afternoon.
All 20 of NU’s Big Ten Conference games will be televised nationally, as the Huskers will make three appearances on the ESPN family of networks (ESPN, ESPN2, ESPNU), four appearances on FS1 and 13 appearances on Big Ten Network.
Nebraska’s games against Penn State (Jan. 12), at Michigan (Feb. 28) and at Michigan State (March 5) will be carried on the ESPN family of networks. NU will make at four non-conference appearances on ESPN networks, including the ACC/Big Ten Challenge game at Clemson on Nov. 26, the two games in Kansas City as part of the Hall of Fame Classic Powered by ShotTracker and a non-conference game against Southeastern Louisiana (Nov. 11)
The Huskers will make at least four national appearances on FS1 in 2018-19, as NU’s Big Ten games at Indiana (Jan. 14), Michigan State (Jan. 17), Ohio State (Jan. 26) and at Penn State (Feb. 19) will be carried on the network.
In all, the Huskers will make at least 16 appearances on BTN in 2018-19, including 13 conference games and non-conference matchups against Creighton (Dec. 8), Oklahoma State (Dec. 16) and Cal State Fullerton (Dec. 22.)
In addition, BTN will also air the first three days of the Big Ten Tournament from the United Center in Chicago with CBS broadcasting the semifinals and finals.
Four games will be streamed on BTN Plus, beginning with the exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1. Other games on BTN Plus include matchups against Mississippi Valley State (Nov. 6), Western Illinois (Nov. 24) and Southwest Minnesota State (Dec. 29).
The Start times and TV information for NU’s Gavitt Tipoff Games matchup against Seton Hall will be announced at a later date.
The Huskers return their top four scorers, including All-Big Ten selections James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., from team that finished 22-11 and tied for fourth in the Big Ten with a 13-5 mark. A very limited number of season tickets remain and can be purchased by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling the Nebraska Athletic Development and Ticketing Office at 800-8-BIGRED.
Lincoln, Neb -- The Nebraska football team continued preparations for Saturday's matchup with Colorado, working out for two hours in helmets only on Thursday inside the Hawks Championship Center.
Head Coach Scott Frost addressed the media following practice and said he was pleased with how his team has prepared for Colorado.
"Our practice this week was way better than last week and you'd expect that if we had the experience of the game. We didn't get the experience of the game, but I think the level of our team rose despite that, so I was thrilled to see that happen,” Frost said. “I still think there's a lot of room for improvement, there's a lot of ways to get better, but I saw a huge jump from last week to this week."
Frost also commented on Colorado quarterback Steven Montez and his versatility.
"Montez is a good player, had a great first game,” Frost said. “He can run it, he can throw it, he obviously has experience and knows what he's doing, and I think he has some good weapons to get the ball to. It will be a challenge for our defense and our offense. It will be a good game."
Frost also touched on Nebraska’s season captains – Jerald Foster, Luke Gifford, Stanley Morgan Jr. and Mick Stoltenberg – who were announced late last week.
"You know I think it was a pretty easy choice,” Frost said of selecting the captains. “We had the players vote on it offensively and defensively, and those four guys got the majority of the votes, so obviously the team recognizes them as leaders. But we could've told you guys that as coaches, those are the guys that are stepping forward and making sure everybody's accountable and doing the right things.
“I think it's an awesome first group (of captains) for this team. Three of the four are from Nebraska, which I think is cool as a Nebraska kid, but all four kids are doing a good job stepping out front and making sure they lead the way."
The No. 7 Nebraska volleyball team makes its only non-conference road trip of the season this week when it makes the short drive up to Omaha to play the No. 14 Creighton Bluejays on Thursday at 7 p.m. at CHI Health Center Omaha. The Huskers will then return home to host Iowa State on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 1 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center.
Both Husker matches this week will be televised. The Nebraska-Creighton match will be on NET-1 and will have a free live stream at NETNebraska.org. Larry Punteney, Kathi Wieskamp and Nancy Metcalf will be on the call. The Huskers’ match against Iowa State will be televised on ESPNU and can also be viewed at WatchESPN.com. Paul Sunderland and Dain Blanton will call the action from Lincoln.
Thursday night’s match at Creighton will be on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. Doors for the match are scheduled to open at 5:30 p.m., and the facility will have a clear-bag policy in effect. As of Tuesday morning, nearly 11,000 tickets had been sold. Tickets can be purchased at Ticketmaster.com.
Sunday’s match against Iowa State will be on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided for both matches at Huskers.com and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
Former Husker legend Sarah Pavan will have her jersey retired following the Iowa State match on Sunday. Pavan will also be inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday. The Kitchener, Ontario native is NU’s all-time leader in kills (2,008) and kills per set (4.56). Pavan is one of five players in NCAA history to be named a four-time first-team AVCA All-American. The others are Megan Hodge (Penn State), Bev Oden (Stanford), Logan Tom (Stanford) and Kerri Walsh (Stanford). Pavan helped lead the Huskers to the 2006 NCAA Championship. She will be the ninth volleyball player in school history to have her jersey retired.
About the Huskers
• The Huskers improved to 4-1 on the season after going 3-0 at the Ameritas Players Challenge last week with wins over Ohio (3-0), Wake Forest (3-0) and Santa Clara (3-1). Nebraska improved to 35-1 all-time in the Ameritas Players Challenge.
• Mikaela Foecke was named the most valuable player of the tournament after averaging 3.20 kills per set on a .403 hitting percentage. She was also part of the VERT Challenge All-Tournament Team earlier this season.
• Kenzie Maloney (3.20 digs per set) was the best libero of the tournament, and Lauren Stivrins - with 2.40 kills per set, 1.20 blocks per set and six aces - was also selected to the all-tournament team.
• Foecke leads the Huskers with 3.41 kills per set this season on .299 hitting. Jazz Sweet adds 3.06 kills per set. Freshman Callie Schwarzenbach is averaging 1.35 blocks per set, while Maloney leads the team in digs at 3.65 per set. Freshman setter Nicklin Hames is putting up 9.47 assists and 3.35 digs per set.
• Nebraska ranks third among Big Ten teams in opponent hitting percentage at .101. The Huskers have held all five opponents this season below .200 hitting, and NU’s last three opponents combined to hit .027.
• The Huskers rank fourth among Big Ten teams in service aces with an average of 1.88 per set. Hames ranks third in the conference with 0.53 aces per set.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (535-70); 26th year overall (696-143)
• Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Creighton: 16th year at Creighton (321-162); 19th year overall (433-203)
• Christy Johnson-Lynch, Iowa State: 14th year Iowa State (273-132)
• Nebraska is 17-0 all-time against Creighton. The last meeting was on Sept. 17, 2016, a 3-1 Husker win in Lincoln at the Ameritas Players Challenge. The teams did not play last year after playing each other from 2014-16.
• Nebraska is 82-2 all-time against Iowa State, including a 3-0 sweep in the last meeting between the teams on Sept. 2, 2016 in Lincoln. Sunday’s meeting will be the sixth non-conference matchup between the teams since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011. The Huskers are 4-1 in that span. Iowa State’s win came on Sept. 15, 2012, 3-1 in Ames.
• No. 14 Creighton is off to a 4-2 start this season and is coming off three sweeps over Arkansas State, North Carolina State and SMU. The Bluejays opened the season at the Trojan Invitational, where they beat then-No. 5 Kentucky, 3-2, and dropped a 3-2 match to then-No. 10 USC. The Bluejays also lost to Northern Iowa on the trip, 3-0.
• Creighton returned five starters from last year’s team that went to the second round of the NCAA Tournament. Jaali Winters leads the team with 4.00 kills per set and has a team-high six aces. Taryn Kloth adds 3.95 kills per set, and Megan Ballenger chips in 3.05 kills per set on .331 hitting. Winters and Kloth were AVCA All-East Region picks last year.
Scouting Iowa State
• Iowa State entered the week with a 5-2 record but will play two matches before facing the Huskers on Sunday afternoon. The Cyclones play at Creighton on Friday and have a neutral-site battle against Wichita State on Saturday. Iowa State is one spot outside the AVCA Coaches Poll with 88 points.
• Iowa State earned a 3-1 win at No. 17 Northern Iowa on Aug. 29, then followed that by going 2-1 at the Montana Invitational with wins over Gonzaga (3-1) and Montana (3-0) before a 3-0 loss to No. 22 Utah.
• Jess Schaben, a two-time All-Big 12 first-team selection, leads the team in kills with 3.20 per set entering the week. The 6-2 outside hitter is a two-time AVCA All-America honorable-mention recipient.
• Junior libero Hali Hillegas was a first-team All-Big 12 selection last year and is averaging 5.64 digs per set so far this season, which leads all Big 12 players.
Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017. She was named a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season.
• Foecke averaged a team-high 3.53 kills per set on .290 hitting with 2.36 digs per set in 2017. She also had a team-high 39 aces.
• Foecke ranks 14th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,228, which also ranks sixth in the rally-scoring era (2001 to present). Her 97 career aces are fifth-most in school history in the rally-scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a PrepVolleyball.com first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year.
Stivrins, Sweet Set for Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet will both aim to play even bigger roles in 2018.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
New Huskers Have Big Roles to Play
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and at least a few will have to play a major role for the Huskers early on. With starting setter Kelly Hunter, middle blocker Briana Holman and outside hitter Annika Albrecht all graduating last year, as well as defensive specialist Sydney Townsend, NU will rely on its newcomers to make an immediate impact.
• Three of the eight newcomers are setters who will look to replace Hunter, the two-time AVCA All-American and 2017 Big Ten Setter of the Year. Freshman Nicklin Hames was ranked the top setter recruit in the nation by PrepVolleyball.com, while junior transfer Mari Kurkova has experience playing on the highest international stage with the Czech Republic. Senior Brooke Smith, who began her career at Nebraska in 2015, rejoins the squad after playing one season at Kansas State.
• Nebraska also added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the PrepVolleyball.com National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches will be played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip will be up the road to Omaha where NU will face Creighton on Thursday, Sept. 6. The teams took a year off from the series last season after playing each other from 2014-16.
• The 2018 season marks the first time the Huskers won’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.
Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 239 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.
Cook Closing in on 700 Career Wins
• Nebraska head coach John Cook has a 696-143 career record entering the week and will become the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season. A total of 26 Division I coaches all-time have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.
Huskers Ranked No. 7 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 7 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 473 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 528 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; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 696 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 .884 win percentage in that time (535-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, 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 was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining 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 fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance 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).
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.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• 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. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• 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 eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches.