Lincoln – Husker fans can get their first look at the 2018-19 Nebraska men’s basketball team on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as the Huskers will host an open practice and scrimmage at Pinnacle Bank Arena.
The 2018-19 Husker Hoops Preview begins at 5 p.m., as the doors will open for the start of the live practice for the Huskers. The Huskers will practice until 6:30 p.m., including a short scrimmage for approximately 15 minutes, before Head Coach Tim Miles will take the microphone to talk about the upcoming season.
The free event will conclude with an autograph session with the Husker players in the south main lobby, and season posters and schedule cards will be available for fans. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a free t-shirt.
The Oct. 24 event will be fans’ first opportunity to see the 2018-19 Huskers in action. Nebraska returns nine letterwinners from last season, including first-team All-Big Ten performer James Palmer Jr. (17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), as well as All-Big Ten selection Isaac Copeland Jr. (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg). NU brings back three starters from a team that went 22-11 last season, including senior point guard Glynn Watson Jr. (10.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), while junior forward Isaiah Roby started 13 games last season, and led the Huskers in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).
The Husker Hoops preview will be the first opportunity to see Nebraska’s five newcomers in action, including Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke, who earned second-team All-NEC honors last year after averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Other newcomers include guards Amir Harris and Karrington Davis and forwards Dedoch Chan and Brady Heiman.
Free parking is available in the festival lot behind Pinnacle Bank Arena or fans can pay in the three parking garages on Pinnacle Arena Drive (Red 1, Green 2, Blue 3). Fans are encouraged to enter in the south main lobby entrance at Pinnacle Bank Arena and concessions will be available for purchase. The north concourse entrance will not be open for this event.
Fans are encouraged to follow the clear bag policy at Pinnacle Bank Arena. To review this policy, please visit huskers.com/gameday.
The Huskers open the 2018-19 season with an exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. while the season opener is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.
Husker Hoops PreviewDate: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m.
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Entrance: South Main Lobby
Event Cost: Free
Parking: Free Parking: PBA Festival Lot
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team practiced for a little under two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about how the offense will look to build off its second-half performance against Purdue.
“That’s what we want to do,” Walters said. “We want to be the type of offense that puts stress on the defense. We play fast, we take shots, we’re in and out of formations and personnel groupings where we keep them off balance. We showed the offense that when we do things the right way, everybody's on the same page, and we’re fundamentally sound and disciplined, these are the results. We can go down and score on anybody.”
Walters talked about how important perimeter blocking is to the offense.
“It’s a huge part of our offense,” he said. “Most of the run game, we have perimeter passes off of it, and so if you can’t hold up on the perimeter, you’re probably not going to play as much as you’d like to. We have this saying ‘no block, no rock,’ and the guys have to understand that we’re a team, and as the receivers, we’ve got to be able to block the perimeter. We have to protect our brothers who catch the perimeter screen and we’ve got to block for the running backs. Big plays are created because receivers are getting after it downfield.”
Walters also touched on the challenges his unit will face against the Wisconsin defense.
“They’re a reflection of their defensive coordinator (Jim Leonhard),” Walters said. “We were both actually up for the Broyles Award, so we hung out at that award ceremony, and he played 10-12 years in the league. As a player, he was undersized and played with passion and enthusiasm. That’s what they do.
“They’re fundamentally sound, they’re not going to beat themselves. They’re tough, and they really reflect their entire coaching staff. So we’ve got our work cut out. We know where they’re going to line up. It’s just a matter of us executing, doing our jobs and not making the dumb mistakes and having the penalties and turnovers. If we do that, then we give ourselves a chance to win.”
Walters also spoke about the sense of urgency senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has played with.
“He’s done a great job,” Walters said. “He’s everything that you want in a senior and a player that’s played up to the standards we expected of him. He’s passionate, he loves Nebraska, he loves his teammates and he wants to win. So every time we come into that locker room after a loss, it hurts him. You can see it in his eyes and in his words, but he’s stuck with us. He’s not going to quit, he’s not going to throw in the towel. He’s been a great role model for the younger guys, and he’s just done an excellent job.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Wisconsin this Saturday, Oct. 6 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.
NEBRASKA at WISCONSIN
OCT. 6, 2018 | CAMP RANDALL STADIUM
MADISON, WIS. | 6:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - BTN (Kevin Kugler, Matt Millen, Rick Pizzo)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 126, XM 384
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
Record: 0-4, 0-2 Big Ten
Last Game: lost to Purdue, 42-28
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 19-11 (3rd Year)/0-4 (1st Year)
vs. Wisconsin: 0-0
Record: 3-1, 1-0 Big Ten
Last Game: def. Iowa, 28-17
Rankings: AP-16, Coaches-12
Coach: Paul Chryst
Career/Wisconsin Record: 56-27 (6th Year)/37-8 (4th Year)
vs. Nebraska: 3-0
Nebraska will travel to Wisconsin on Saturday for its second road test in three weeks against a nationally ranked opponent. Kickoff from Wisconsin's Camp Randall Stadium on Saturday evening will be shortly after 6:30 p.m. CT. The game will be televised on BTN and can be heard on the IMG Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska heads to Wisconsin with an 0-4 record and an 0-2 mark in the Big Ten Conference. The Huskers fell to Purdue, 42-28, on Saturday in Lincoln despite a strong offensive effort. Nebraska gained 582 yards in the loss, with a balanced attack that featured 259 rushing yards and 323 yards through the air.
Wisconsin has captured the past two Big Ten West crowns and enters the matchup with a 3-1 record, including 1-0 in Big Ten play. Wisconsin is ranked No. 16 in this week's AP poll and 12th in the coaches poll. The Badgers opened conference action on Sept. 22 with a hard-fought, 28-17, road win at Iowa, before having a bye last weekend.
The Badgers have their traditional power running game in full gear in 2018, averaging 266 yards per game on the ground to rank first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally. Wisconsin has also been tough on defense early in the season, allowing just 14.5 points per game.
This Week's Numbers
200 - Nebraska features a balanced offensive attack, averaging 203.5 rushing yards per game and 207.2 passing yards per contest. Nebraska is one of 31 teams in the country who are averaging 200 yards in both rushing and passing.
10 - Nebraska senior running back Devine Ozigbo averaged 10.0 yards per rush against Purdue last Saturday. Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 17 carries and had a pair of rushing touchdowns.
2 - Nebraska sophomore receiver JD Spielman snagged 10 receptions against Purdue for the second double-figure reception game of his career. Spielman is one of only two Huskers with two double-digit reception games in their career, joining Marlon Lucky.
Huskers to Face Another Ranked Opponent on Road
The trip to Madison will be Nebraska's second road game in three weeks against a ranked opponent. The Huskers lost at No. 19 Michigan on Sept. 22 in their Big Ten opener.
Nebraska Adds Game with Bethune-Cookman
Nebraska has added a game against Bethune-Cookman University on Oct. 27 at Memorial Stadium to fill an opening on the 2018 football schedule. The contest will replace the Huskers’ Sept. 1 game against Akron which was canceled due to severe storms in Lincoln.
Bethune-Cookman plays in the Football Championship Subdivision and owns a 1-3 record in 2018. The Wildcats compete in the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference and posted a 6-2 record in league play in 2017. Coach Terry Sims in his fourth season guiding the BCU program.
NU Looks to Find Success in the Running Game
Nebraska churned out 329 rushing yards in the opener against Colorado, and has shown the ability to feature a strong rushing attack this season.
Rushing Battle Often Holds the Key to Success
The ability to win the running game battle has long been key to victory for the Huskers. Nebraska has three losses this season while controlling the run game, which is a rarity.
Offense Hopes to Sustain Momentum at Wisconsin
Head Coach Scott Frost and his staff oversaw one of the nation's most potent offenses at UCF in 2017. Nebraska has shown signs this season of an explosive offense, beginning with its effort in the opener with Colorado when NU had 565 yards of total offense.
Nebraska is coming off a season-high offensive output with 582 yards against Purdue, including 259 rushing yards and 323 on the ground.
Nebraska Passing Game Led by Record-Setting Tandem
In 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. and JD Spielman combined for 1,816 receiving yards, the highest two-player total in Husker history.
Morgan set an NU record with 986 receiving yards in 2017. Spielman added 830 receiving yards, a total that ranked seventh in school history and was the most ever by a Husker freshman.
Morgan Aims to be Nebraska's All-Time Leading Receiver
After setting a school record with 986 receiving yards in 2017, Stanley Morgan Jr. is challenging to become Nebraska’s all-time leading receiver this fall.
Morgan has 136 career receptions, which ranks in a tie for fifth on NU’s all-time list. He needs 45 receptions to tie Kenny Bell (181) atop the Husker chart. Morgan has 2,012 career receiving yards to rank fifth on Nebraska’s all-time list. Morgan needs 677 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.
Defense to Face Badgers' Powerful Run Game
The Nebraska defense has shown signs of improved play this fall, and will be put to the test at Wisconsin on Saturday. The Badgers rank first in the Big Ten and eighth nationally in rushing at 266 yards per game. Wisconsin has topped 200 yards in each of its four games, including a 417-yard rushing effort against New Mexico.
Thirty NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes, including Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, were selected Monday as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
A native of West Point, Iowa, Foecke carries a 3.649 GPA majoring in animal science and is a two-time NCAA Championship most outstanding player, making her one of only four volleyball players in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Foecke was an AVCA second-team All-American in 2017 after leading the Huskers to their second NCAA Championship in three years. Foecke has excelled both on and off the court in her four years at Nebraska, as she is a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has received Nebraska's high honors (silver) academic medallion twice. A team captain in 2018, Foecke is leading the team with 3.58 kills per set on .328 hitting with 2.46 digs per set. Foecke ranks in Nebraska's top 15 in career kills and career aces.
Of the 30 candidates, 18 have grade-point averages of 3.5 or higher and 27 have received academic all-conference honors. Fifteen are returning American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) All-Americans, and 10 are members of teams ranked in the AVCA Top 25 Coaches Poll. Outside of academics and athletics, all candidates have been consistently involved in community service on their campus or in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship in December.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
Volleyball CandidatesKamalani Akeo, Pittsburgh
Courtney Pence, Illinois State
Tami Alade, Stanford
Jordan Poulter, Illinois
Rachel Anderson, Western Kentucky
Colleen Reilly, Wofford
Ali Bastianelli, Illinois
Michela Rucli, Hofstra
Lauren Bruns, Dayton
Jess Schaben, Iowa State
Santita Ebangwese, Syracuse
Samantha Seliger-Swenson, Minnesota
Gabrielle Eyl, Northeastern
Carly Skjodt, Michigan
Mikaela Foecke, Nebraska
Alexa Smith, Colorado
Cara Guthrie, UNC Asheville
Kirstyn Sperry, Bryant
Erica Haslag, Bradley
Haley Templeton, Miami
Taryn Kloth, Creighton
Abby Thelen, Seton Hall
Haley Libs, Northern Kentucky
Jaila Tolbert, Virginia Tech
AJ Lux, East Tennessee State
Erica Treiber, Tennessee
Patricia Mattingly, Navy
Jaali Winters, Creighton
Alyssa Munlyn, Missouri
Karley York, North Texas
Nebraska middle blocker Lauren Stivrins was honored as the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after leading the Huskers to a pair of road victories over the weekend.
Stivrins picked up her first-career Big Ten weekly honor after becoming the third Husker in school history to post a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills when she went 10-for-10 in a sweep of Northwestern last Friday. She followed the next night with eight kills, four blocks and three service aces in a 3-1 win at previously unbeaten No. 7 Illinois. The sophomore from Scottsdale, Arizona averaged 2.57 kills per set on .536 hitting for the weekend.
The Huskers have now picked up a Big Ten weekly honor in four consecutive weeks, and Stivrins is the third player-of-the-week honoree in the last four weeks, as outside hitter Mikaela Foecke earned the distinction twice.
Nebraska hosts Iowa on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The match will be televised on BTN, streamed at BTN2GO.com and can be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the official Huskers app.
Big Ten Weekly Awards (Oct. 1, 2018)
Co-Player of the Week: Alexis Hart, Jr., MINNCo-Player of the Week: Lauren Stivrins, So., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Kendall White, Jr., PSU
Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger- Swenson, Sr., MINN
Freshman of the Week: Serena Gray, PSU
The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will leave the state of Nebraska for the first time this season when it heads to Illinois for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Huskers will begin the road trip at Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. in a match that will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription. For the second straight year, Nebraska will play Northwestern at Evanston Township High School, as the Wildcats’ permanent home of Welsh-Ryan Arena is under renovation. The Huskers will then make a quick turnaround and play No. 7 Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall in Champaign. That match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com.
The Husker matches will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM 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.
About the Huskers
• Nebraska enters the week at 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 11 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 30 of its last 31 matches.
• Nebraska and Illinois are tied for the longest road win streaks in the nation at eight entering the week.
• Nebraska has won 16 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season. It’s the second-longest current win streak in the nation of any power five conference team (Texas, 20). The next closest Big Ten team is Wisconsin with three straight conference wins.
• Should Illinois defeat Iowa on Friday night, the Huskers will be looking to knock off one of the lone remaining unbeaten teams in the nation on Saturday for the second straight week. Last Friday, Nebraska ended Michigan’s perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win, leaving BYU, Illinois and Pittsburgh as the only undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .106. The next closest team is Notre Dame at .130.
• Nebraska’s 2.80 blocks per set ranks 14th nationally.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten and 15th nationally with 1.79 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.67 kills per set and adds 2.37 digs per set and 19 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .337 and is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 3.98 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth in the nation with 1.60 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach had 13 blocks in a 3-1 win over New Mexico on Sept. 14, the most in the NCAA in a four-set match this season.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.40 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has seven double-doubles through 12 matches and is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.60 kills per set on .295 hitting.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (542-70); 26th year overall (703-143)
• Shane Davis, Northwestern: 3rd year at Northwestern (34-44); 15th year overall (299-132)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 2nd year at Illinois (36-11)
• Nebraska is 12-1 all-time against Northwestern and 8-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won eight straight in the series, the last five coming in sweeps. NU swept Northwestern in Evanston last season, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21.
• Nebraska is 24-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have won five straight against Illinois, including four sweeps in that span. NU is 9-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches in Champaign. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign. The Huskers won 3-1 last year in Lincoln in a homecoming for former NU assistant coach and current Illini head coach Chris Tamas.
• Northwestern is 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten after road losses to Indiana (3-1) and No. 16 Purdue (3-1) last weekend. Northwestern will be playing its first home match of the season on Friday night, though the Wildcats did go 3-0 in the Chicago Cup two weeks ago, beating UIC, DePaul and Loyola-Chicago.
• Nia Robinson leads the Wildcats with 4.14 kills per set, which ranks fourth among all Big Ten players. Abryanna Cannon adds 3.80 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set, but she has been out with an injury since Sept. 8. Ella Grbac, daughter of former NFL quarterback Elvis Grbac, chips in 2.91 kills per set.
• Setter Britt Bommer is putting up 8.13 assists per set, and Michelle Lee is averaging 3.49 digs per set.
• No. 7 Illinois is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the nation at 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten). The Fighting Illini came back from down 0-2 to beat Indiana on the road last Sunday. Illinois has wins over currently ranked teams in Purdue, Creighton, Washington and Colorado this season.
• All-American setter Jordyn Poulter leads the team with 11.48 assists per set, which leads the Big Ten.
• Illinois ranks first in the Big Ten in aces per set (1.90) and is second in hitting percentage (.293) and assists per set (13.40). The Fighting Illini rank in the top 15 nationally in all three categories.
• Jacqueline Quade leads the attack with 4.06 kills per set, fifth-most in the Big Ten. Megan Cooney adds 3.27 kills per set. All-American middle blocker Ali Bastianelli ranks third in the conference in blocks with 1.54 per set and is hitting .393 on the season.
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.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke ranks 10th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,328, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 108 career aces are tied for fourth-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. She is averaging a team-high 3.98 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,041 career digs, ninth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills per set on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is fourth on the team with 11 aces.
• 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.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.60 and is hitting .295. Sweet also has 36 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.
Sun Makes Husker Debut
• Nebraska 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.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.40 kills and 2.27 digs per set.
Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has seven double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set. Her 20 service aces lead the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.60 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally with her 1.60 blocks per set.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 10 matches and is providing 1.34 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.
Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in six matches, recording six assists and one ace.
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 were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’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 245 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.
Huskers Ranked No. 3 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 3 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 476 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 531 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 703 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 .886 win percentage in that time (542-70).
• 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.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to 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.
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. with her 1.60 blocks per set.
Lincoln – The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.
Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about moving forward after a slow start and looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Purdue.
“The guys came back and put that one behind us,” Walters said. “We’re kind of in reset mode. The first three weeks, there are what they are. We have to look ahead, look forward. The guys have had three good practices.”
Walters talked about setting the tone and example for the team as coaches.
“Up until this year, we haven’t experienced a loss in a long time,” Walters said. “It was new for us. But we know we have to set the example. We have to be the standard. If players see us panicking and losing faith and belief in the system and in this program, then they are going to do the same thing. We understand it’s a long season. We’re not giving up on this season, we feel like we can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. The goals are still out there. It’s day-by-day. We’ve got to take it day-by-day, get better as coaches, get better as players, get better as trainers each day and if we do that, then we put ourselves at a good chance to win on Saturday.”
Walters mentioned Purdue’s defense and the game plan going into Nebraska’s conference home opener.
“They play with passion,” Walters said. “They fly around. Upfront, they’re big, they’re stout. They do a lot of movement up front. That’s going to be a challenge. Linebackers are downhill players. (Junior linebacker Markus Bailey) is kind of a hybrid. He plays out of the box and into the box, very athletic. Secondary wise, they bend, but don’t break. They want to keep everything in front of them and are good tacklers. They’re a solid defense. We have to make sure we go out there and can’t turn the ball over. You can’t have penalties. I think if we do that, then we have a chance at being successful.”
Walters also discussed the improvements from the receiver unit, mentioning how they are evaluated each week before going into a game.
“I thought (junior receiver Jaron) Woodyard did a good job,” Walters said. “He had a couple releases on their guys and ran a post route. He was open, we just didn’t have time. Tyjon (Lindsey), he’s growing and learning. It was good for him to get out there against that type of competition. Kade Warner has done a good job. Bryan Reimers has done well in practice. We’re just going to find out who that guy is. Nothing is set in stone. I told them at the beginning of the week, ‘I know what Stanley (Morgan Jr.) can do. I know what JD (Spielman) can do. Every other position at receiver is open. We’re grading every rep, and I’m posting it on the receiver door so that those guys know their pluses, their minuses, their grades each day. We’re going to play according to those grades.”
The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Purdue this Saturday, Sept. 29 in Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.
Lincoln – Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season.
The final season tickets for the public were purchased on Tuesday, making the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold, including the Red Zone student section, for the 2018-19 season.
Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.
“Thank you to our fans for selling out Pinnacle Bank Arena again,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming season, and we saw last season how much of a positive impact our fans can make on making Pinnacle Bank Arena such a great environment. In running into fans across the state over the summer and in recruiting, I know they are just as excited about the upcoming season as we are.”
Despite season tickets being sold out, fans will have a couple of additional opportunities to purchase tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena for games during the 2018-19 season. First, a very limited number of single-game tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets or calling 800-8-BIGRED. These tickets include opponent returns and not every game will have tickets available to the general public.
In addition, tickets for the two student holiday break games (Dec. 22 vs. Cal State Fullerton and Dec. 29 against Southwest Minnesota State) will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. These tickets will be lower bowl seats, as UNL students are off campus for the holidays.
The Huskers return three starters, including returning All-Big Ten picks James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and placed fourth in the Big Ten in 2017-18. The Huskers’ lone exhibition game is against Wayne State on Nov. 1 with the season opener against Mississippi Valley State set for Nov. 6.
After a 2-0 start to Big Ten play, the Nebraska volleyball team was rewarded with two Big Ten weekly honors on Monday. Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, and Nicklin Hames was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the first time.
Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, averaged 4.13 kills per set and 2.13 digs per set in wins over No. 18 Michigan and Michigan State. She had 21 kills on .391 hitting with nine digs and six blocks against Michigan, and followed with 12 kills on .417 hitting with eight digs, three blocks and an ace against the Spartans. It marks her third career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor.
Hames, a freshman setter from Knoxville, Tennessee, averaged 10.50 assists per set and 3.25 digs per set in the Husker victories. Hames had double-doubles in both matches - bringing her season total to seven - and served five aces and posted three blocks.
Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 24, 2018) Co-Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy, So., MINNCo-Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Allegra Rivas, Fr., MD
Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger- Swenson, Sr., MINNCo-Freshman of the Week: Nicklin Hames, NEB
Co-Freshman of the Week: Adanna Rollins, MINN
Nebraska swept its doubleheader against North Dakota State on Sunday, winning game one 11-2 and winning game two, 1-0. The games couldn't have been more different as the first had 22 combined hits, including 14 for Nebraska. Four Huskers had multiple hits including Alyvia Simmons, Tristen Edwards, Courtney Wallace and Bree Boruff. Additionally, Madi Unzicker had a two-run homer. Game two was a pitching battle. Nebraska recorded just four hits, but it would be enough, as the Husker pitchers allowed just one hit in the second game.