The Huskers (11-2, 3-1 Big Ten) lost for the first time in conference play despite hitting .336 against the Badgers (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten). Wisconsin was even more efficient, hitting .376 and out-serving the Huskers with a 3-0 advantage in aces and three fewer service errors.
Nebraska fell for the first time in John Cook's tenure at Nebraska when hitting .300 or better in a match. The Badgers' .376 hitting percentage was the best by a Husker opponent since 2011 (Purdue, .410). Offensively, Nebraska's .336 performance was its third-best outing of the season and was also the second-best hitting percentage by a Wisconsin opponent this season.
Lexi Sun had 15 kills for NU, and Jazz Sweet had 13 kills with a .524 hitting percentage and a team-best three blocks. Lauren Stivrins had nine kills on .727 hitting, and Madi Kubik added nine kills and 10 digs while hitting a career best for the second straight match (.364).
Nicklin Hames had 42 assists, and Kenzie Knuckles had 10 digs to lead the Big Red.
Wisconsin (8-4, 4-0 Big Ten) had three players with double-digit kills, and all three hit better than .390. Molly Haggerty had 11 kills, and Dana Rettke and Danielle Hart each had 10 kills.
Although the Huskers were swept at home for the first time since 2014, they had chances in all three sets as they led 21-20 in set one, led 16-14 in set two and led 20-19 in set three. But the Badgers played cleaner down the stretch in all three sets. The match featured 11 lead changes and 34 tie scores.
The Huskers are back at home next weekend for a pair of matches. The Big Red hosts Michigan State next Friday at 8 p.m., and Michigan on Sunday at 1 p.m. Friday's match will be televised on BTN, and Sunday's match will be televised on ESPN2. Husker Sports Network will broadcast all the action on HSN radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.
Set 1: NU fell behind 6-3, but two kills by Sun and one by Stivrins brought the Huskers back to a 7-7 tie. After Wisconsin reclaimed a 10-8 lead, Sweet and Kubik responded with three straight kills to put Nebraska ahead 11-10. Kubik and Sun added two more kills to take Nebraska to a 15-12 lead at the media timeout. But Wisconsin charged back with a 6-2 run to take a 19-18 lead. Sweet struck back-to-back kills to put Nebraska on top, 21-20, but Wisconsin scored the next four points to earn set point at 24-21, and the Badgers won 25-22.
Set 2: The Huskers took an 11-9 lead after Sweet tallied a kill and a block with Schwarzenbach, and Stivrins tacked on a kill. Sun terminated her eighth kill to keep the Huskers up two, 15-13, at the media timeout, but Wisconsin came back to take an 18-16 lead with back-to-back kills and two Husker miscues. NU fell behind 21-18 and couldn't get closer than two points the rest of the way as Wisconsin earned the 25-21 win.
Set 3: The Huskers held the upper hand, taking an 11-8 lead with Sweet and Sun leading the way offensively. But the Badgers rallied to tie the set at 13-13. Sweet produced another trio of kills to lead the Huskers to an 18-17 advantage, but the Badgers pulled ahead 23-20 after a 4-0 spurt, and they closed out the match with a 25-22 win.
McCallum, a sophomore from Norfolk, Neb., who has played most of the season for injured returning starter Barret Pickering, waited through three icing timeouts from Northwestern Head Coach Pat Fitzgerald. McCallum's kick was true through the middle of the uprights setting off an on-field celebration in a gutsy win for the Big Red, which improved to 4-2 overall and 2-1 in the Big Ten.
McCallum's kick was just the second walk-off winning kick by Nebraska in the history of Memorial Stadium, joining Josh Brown's walk-off winner in a 34-32 win over Colorado on Nov. 24, 2000. It was just the third walk-off win overall by Nebraska in the history of the Big Red's 96-year-old landmark. The other was a Hail Mary pass from backup quarterback Ron Kellogg to Jordan Westerkamp for an unforgettable 27-24 win over Northwestern on Nov. 2, 2013.
Saturday's game-winning drive was also engineered by a reserve quarterback, as Noah Vedral led the Huskers to victory in the fourth quarter after taking over for an injured Adrian Martinez. Vedral's final drive covered 42 yards in six plays and just one minute, after a heroic interception by Husker senior defensive back Lamar Jackson on Northwestern's final offensive play of the game. It was the only turnover in an old-fashioned defensive slugfest.
The biggest offensive play of the final drive came on a 32-yard strike from Vedral to Wan'Dale Robinson. The freshman wide receiver/running back carried the offensive load for the Huskers from start to finish, hauling in seven receptions for a career-high 123 yards. He also led the Huskers with seven carries for 44 yards, including a highlight-reel 42-yard touchdown burst in the first quarter to give Nebraska an early lead.
On a sunny but windy day inside Memorial Stadium, Nebraska used a gusty wind at its back in the first quarter as an advantage to take a 7-0 lead. However, Nebraska's touchdown did not come through the air but on the nimble legs of Robinson, who made a spectacular cut to create space for himself just beyond the line of scrimmage and run untouched down the Husker sideline to the south end zone. Nebraska took a 7-0 lead with 4:25 left in the first quarter, as Robinson's run capped an eight-play, 70-yard drive that put the Huskers in the driver's seat.
The Blackshirts pitched a shutout for the rest of the first quarter, and Nebraska's offense capitalized while going against the wind in the second quarter. The Huskers used a 35-yard McCallum field goal with 8:24 left in the half to push their lead to 10-0. McCallum's field goal put the finishing touches on a 10-play, 61-yard drive that consumed 5:10.
On the ensuing kickoff, Northwestern return man Riley Lees uncorked a 50-yard return to put the Wildcats at Husker 45 to open the drive. Northwestern operated in full attack mode, but the Blackshirts held the Cats to just 23 yards on nine plays before Charlie Kuhbander snuck a 40-yard field goal inside the left upright to cut Nebraska's lead to 10-3 with 5:15 left in the half.
The defenses held the rest of the quarter to send the Huskers to halftime with a 10-3 lead.
In the third quarter, Northwestern kept the wind at its back and took advantage on its first possession, going 58 yards on six plays capped by quarterback Aidan Smith's two-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 10 with 11:20 left. Smith finished his day as the game's leading rusher with 64 yards on 16 carries with one score against a tough-minded Blackshirt unit. Smith also completed 19-of-32 passes for 136 yards, but the Huskers made the Wildcats pay for his interception with one minute left.
Jackson finished with four tackles to go along with his interception, while linebackers Mohamed Barry and Collin Miller each led the Huskers with eight stops on the day. Marquel Dismuke and JoJo Domann both pitched in seven stops, while defensive tackle Darrion Daniels played a strong game inside with six stops, including a TFL.
The Huskers mounted a threat late in the third quarter, ignited by a 49-yard catch-and-run on a shovel pass to Robinson. However, the drive stalled just inside the red zone, and McCallum hit the right upright on the potential go-ahead field goal, sending the game to the fourth quarter tied at 10.
On Nebraska's final play of the third quarter, Martinez limped off the field after trying to fight for an extra yard to stretch for a first down on a third-down conversion. Martinez finished 13-of-20 passing for 145 yards, while adding 26 rushing yards on nine carries against a stout Wildcat defense.
Vedral stepped up to the challenge in the final quarter, completing 2-of-5 passes for 41 yards while adding seven carries for 33 yards, including two carries for 13 total yards on Nebraska's final two plays from scrimmage to put McCallum in the dead middle of the field at the 7-yard-line.
Nebraska's win over Northwestern, which slipped to 1-4 overall and 0-3 in the Big Ten, marked the sixth time in nine Big Ten meetings that the game between the Huskers and Wildcats was decided by a field goal or less. The teams are 3-3 in those six games.
Nebraska, which has equaled its win total from each of the previous two seasons returns to Big Ten road action next week to take on Minnesota. Kick-off between the Huskers and the Golden Gophers is set for 6:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.
Nebraska 13, Northwestern 10
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019
Attendance: 89,384 (372nd consecutive sellout)
First Quarter (NEB 7-0)
4:25 - NEB - Wan'Dale Robinson 42 run (Lane McCallum kick) - 8 plays, 70 yards, 3:47 - NEB 7-0
Second Quarter (NEB 10-3)
8:24 - NEB - McCallum 35 FG - 10 plays, 61 yards, 5:10 - NEB 10-0
5:15 - NU - Charlie Kuhbander 40 FG - 9 plays, 23 yards, 3:00 - NEB 10-3
Third Quarter (10-10)
11:20 - NU - Aidan Smith 2 run (Kuhbander kick) - 6 plays, 58 yards, 1:55 - 10-10
Fourth Quarter (13-10)
0:00 - NEB - McCallum 24 FG - 6 plays, 42 yards, 1:00 - NEB 13-10
Time of Game: 3:12
Arcadia-Loup City def. Doniphan-Trumbull, 25-19, 25-23, 25-12
Bishop Neumann def. Aquinas, 25-16, 23-25, 25-11, 28-26
Burke, S.D. def. Boyd County, 25-14, 25-20, 17-25, 25-19
Chadron def. Gordon/Rushville, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16
Clarkson/Leigh def. Schuyler, 25-8, 25-16, 25-10
Crofton def. West Holt, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14
Deshler def. Shelton, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23, 25-16
Garden County def. Hyannis, 25-20, 25-14, 25-8
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Grand Island Northwest, 18-25, 25-17, 25-20, 25-14
Hampton def. Red Cloud, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21
Hartington Cedar Catholic def. Guardian Angels, 26-24, 27-25, 27-29, 25-13
Hartington-Newcastle def. Plainview, 25-17, 25-10, 25-10
Johnson County Central def. Pawnee City, 25-12, 25-11, 25-18
Kearney Catholic def. Ord, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21, 25-20
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-16, 25-10
Lincoln Christian def. Louisville, 25-18, 25-14, 25-22
Lincoln High def. Grand Island, 25-16, 25-15, 25-16
Logan View-Scribner-Snyder def. Madison, 25-7, 25-19, 25-15
Malcolm def. North Bend Central, 15-25, 8-25, 25-19, 25-18, 17-15
Mead def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-14, 26-24, 25-11
Milford def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-11, 25-11, 25-19
Millard South def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-15, 25-14
Millard West def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18, 25-16
Norfolk Catholic def. West Point-Beemer, 25-15, 25-13, 25-21
O'Neill def. Ainsworth, 25-12, 25-21, 25-17
Oakland-Craig def. Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur, 3-1
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Arlington, 9-25, 25-16, 25-17, 26-24
Omaha South def. South Sioux City, 25-15, 25-12, 25-21
Omaha Westside def. Lincoln North Star, 25-20, 25-21, 25-20
Papillion-LaVista South def. Bellevue West, 25-15, 25-13, 16-25
Pine Bluffs, Wyo. def. Kimball, 25-14, 25-14, 25-10
Platteview def. Fort Calhoun, 3-0
Shelby/Rising City def. Palmer, 25-18, 25-20, 25-15
Summerland def. North Central, 25-23, 25-14, 25-16
Syracuse def. Raymond Central, 25-22, 25-6, 25-16
Thayer Central def. Centennial, 25-11, 25-22, 25-21
Twin River def. Central City, 26-24, 25-17, 25-16
Valentine def. Hershey, 25-12, 25-15, 25-21
Wakefield-Allen def. Osmond, 21-25, 25-20, 25-14, 25-20
Wausa def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-23, 21-25, 25-17, 25-22
Wayne def. Stanton, 25-16, 25-13, 25-20
Winside def. Winnebago, 25-14, 25-16, 25-19
Yutan def. Conestoga, 25-8, 25-21, 25-21
Alma def. Southwest, 25-13, 23-25, 25-15
Overton def. Alma, 25-23, 25-23
Overton def. Southwest, 25-13, 25-17
Auburn def. Ralston, 24-26, 25-9, 26-24
Lincoln Lutheran def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-10, 25-16
Lincoln Lutheran def. Ralston, 25-14, 25-13
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Auburn, 21-25, 25-17, 25-20
Omaha Roncalli def. Ashland-Greenwood, 20-25, 25-20, 25-19
Omaha Roncalli def. Plattsmouth, 25-18, 25-17
Wahoo def. Ashland-Greenwood, 2-0
Wahoo def. Plattsmouth, 25-16, 25-14
|Boone Central/Newman Grove Triangular|
Battle Creek def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-15, 25-15
Battle Creek def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-21, 25-11
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Boone Central/Newman Grove, 25-15, 25-22
|Broken Bow Triangular|
Broken Bow def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-13
Broken Bow def. Holdrege, 25-13, 25-10
Blue Hill def. Giltner, 15-25, 25-12, 25-16
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Blue Hill, 25-15, 25-13
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Giltner, 27-25, 25-16
Cambridge def. Hoxie, Kan., 18-25, 25-23, 25-11
Southern Valley def. Cambridge, 25-13, 18-25, 25-18
Centura def. Sandy Creek, 25-17, 25-17
Centura def. Minden, 18-25, 25-20, 25-22
Minden def. Sandy Creek, 27-25, 25-17
Bellevue East def. Omaha Central, 28-26, 20-25, 25-13
Elkhorn def. Bellevue East, 25-21, 25-19
Elkhorn def. Omaha Central, 25-18, 25-14
|Elkhorn Valley Triangular|
CWC def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-8, 25-19
CWC def. St. Mary's, 25-14, 25-8
Elkhorn Valley def. St. Mary's, 25-16, 25-14
Neligh-Oakdale def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-20, 25-11
Pender def. Neligh-Oakdale, 22-25, 28-26, 25-18
Pender def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-10, 25-14
|Hastings St. Cecilia Tournament|
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Lawrence-Nelson, 25-17, 25-22
Lawrence-Nelson def. Heartland, 25-17, 16-25, 25-21
Lawrence-Nelson def. Cross County, 25-22, 25-18
Superior def. Heartland, 25-11, 25-16
Superior def. Hastings St. Cecilia, 25-23, 20-25, 26-24
Wood River def. Cross County, 25-19, 25-21
Wood River def. Heartland, 25-21, 25-21
Elm Creek def. Hi-Line, 20-25, 25-15, 25-23
Pleasanton def. Elm Creek, 25-12, 28-26
Pleasanton def. Hi-Line, 25-18, 25-17
|Humphrey St. Francis Triangular|
Humphrey St. Francis def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-5, 25-7
Humphrey St. Francis def. Nebraska Christian, 25-21, 25-22
Nebraska Christian def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-14, 25-12
Amherst def. Loomis, 25-20, 20-25, 25-21
Amherst def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-21, 25-18
Loomis def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-11, 25-21
|Medicine Valley Triangular|
Arapahoe def. Paxton, 25-11, 25-18
Medicine Valley def. Arapahoe, 25-15, 25-20
Medicine Valley def. Paxton, 25-18, 25-13
Diller-Odell def. Meridian, 26-24, 25-16
Diller-Odell def. Dorchester, 25-10, 25-13
Meridian def. Dorchester, 25-9, 25-22
|Omaha Bryan Triangular|
Fremont def. Omaha Bryan, 25-10, 25-15
Omaha Burke def. Omaha Bryan, 25-14, 25-17
Freeman def. Palmyra, 21-25, 25-14, 25-19
Southern def. Freeman, 20-25, 25-23, 25-20
Southern def. Palmyra, 25-17, 25-21
Dakota Valley, S.D. def. Ponca, 25-21, 25-21
Dakota Valley, S.D. def. Pierce, 21-25, 25-10, 25-15
Ponca def. Pierce, 25-23, 25-18
|Rawlins County Triangular, Kan.|
Wauneta-Palisade def. Rawlins County, Kan., 25-21, 25-16
Wauneta-Palisade def. St. Francis, Kan., 26-24, 25-21
Beatrice def. Seward, 25-22, 25-21
Seward def. York, 25-22, 17-25, 25-17
York def. Beatrice, 24-26, 25-19, 25-20
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Sterling, 25-15, 25-17
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Falls City Sacred Heart, 25-8, 25-21
|Twin Loup Triangular|
South Loup def. Spalding Academy, 25-10, 25-6
South Loup def. Twin Loup, 25-22, 25-11
Twin Loup def. Spalding Academy, 25-14, 25-12
|Weeping Water Triangular|
Lewiston def. Weeping Water, 25-22, 14-25, 25-22
Weeping Water def. Omaha Christian Academy, 20-25, 25-13, 25-17
Burwell 36, Amherst 22
CWC-Ewing 42, St. Mary's 6
Central Valley 42, Twin Loup 26
Eustis-Farnam 54, Maywood-Hayes Center 46
Fullerton 50, Palmer 48, 2OT
Lincoln East 48, Lincoln North Star 17
McCool Junction 85, Deshler 8
McPherson County/Stapleton 53, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 28
Millard North 55, Elkhorn 14
Omaha Burke 33, Gretna 0
Red Cloud 37, Hampton 0
Sandhills/Thedford 66, Maxwell 27
Sutherland 60, Hemingford 18
Nebraska announced on Thursday that it has completed its 2023 non-conference schedule and made an adjustment to another non-conference series.
The Huskers will take on Louisiana Tech on Sept. 23, 2023 in Lincoln, finalizing the 2023 schedule. Nebraska will also play at Colorado on Sept. 9, and play host to Northern Illinois on Sept. 16 during the 2023 non-conference season.
The meeting with Louisiana Tech will be the third between the two programs. Nebraska defeated the Bulldogs, 56-27, in the 1998 Eddie Robinson Football Classic in Lincoln. The most recent meeting occurred in 2006 in Lincoln with the Huskers knocking off Louisiana Tech, 49-10.
Louisiana Tech owns a 4-1 record in 2019 and has appeared in a bowl game each of the past five seasons. The Bulldogs have won eight or more games four of the past five seasons.
Nebraska also announced that a 2021 matchup with Northern Illinois in Lincoln has been moved to the 2027 season. The fourth game in the series between the schools will now be played on Sept. 4, 2027, at Memorial Stadium. The Huskies visited Lincoln earlier this season and in 2017, and will also play at Memorial Stadium in 2023.
Arcadia-Loup City def. Burwell, 25-20, 25-27, 25-14, 24-26, 15-12
Archbishop Bergan def. Ashland-Greenwood, 27-25, 25-18, 15-25, 24-26, 16-14
Arthur County def. Paxton, 25-15, 25-20, 25-21
Aurora def. Lexington, 25-10, 25-16, 25-16
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Howells/Dodge, 25-13, 29-27
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Madison, 25-7, 25-14
Battle Creek def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 27-25, 25-16, 16-25, 25-20
Bellevue East def. Omaha Bryan, 25-22, 25-11, 25-16
Bertrand def. Axtell, 20-25, 26-24, 25-14, 26-24
Bishop Neumann def. Guardian Angels, 25-0, 25-0, 26-24
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Southern, 25-14, 25-11, 25-13
Centennial def. Tri County, 25-15, 25-14, 25-12
Clarkson/Leigh def. Logan View-Scribner-Snyder, 25-19, 25-17, 25-18
Columbus Lakeview def. Columbus Scotus, 27-25, 25-18, 18-25, 25-22
Deshler def. Heartland Lutheran, 25-17, 25-11, 25-19
Diller-Odell def. Johnson-Brock, 25-19, 25-19, 25-9
Elkhorn def. Nebraska City, 25-16, 25-14, 25-14
Elkhorn South def. Omaha Central, 25-15, 25-17, 25-12
Elkhorn Valley def. West Holt, 25-23, 25-15, 25-19
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Freeman, 23-25, 8-25, 25-18, 25-14, 15-12
Fillmore Central def. Sutton, 25-21, 25-15, 25-12
Fullerton def. Hampton, 29-31, 25-16, 25-11, 25-19
Gibbon def. Kenesaw, 25-17, 25-20
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Kearney Catholic, 25-12, 31-29, 25-18
Grand Island Northwest def. Adams Central, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 25-17
High Plains Community def. McCool Junction, 25-12, 25-15, 25-10
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Fairbury, 25-21, 25-18, 25-21
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family def. Pender, 25-15, 25-22, 25-16
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Pierce, 25-22, 18-25, 25-15, 20-25, 18-16
Lewiston def. Parkview Christian, 25-10, 25-13, 25-22
Lincoln East def. Kearney, 25-23, 25-19, 23-25, 17-25, 17-15
Lincoln Pius X def. Lincoln Northeast, 25-9, 25-13, 25-6
Lincoln Southeast def. Grand Island, 25-17, 25-19, 25-12
Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln North Star, 25-11, 25-23, 25-13
Mead def. Yutan, 25-15, 25-19, 25-20
Milford def. Sandy Creek, 25-12, 25-9, 25-14
Millard North def. Bellevue West, 20-25, 15-25, 25-15, 27-25, 15-11
Millard West def. Omaha Marian, 3-2
Mullen def. North Platte St. Patrick's, 26-24, 23-25, 25-21, 15-25, 15-8
Norfolk def. Fremont, 26-24, 25-20, 25-16
Norris def. Lincoln Christian, 25-16, 25-22, 21-25, 25-17
North Bend Central def. Twin River, 25-19, 25-9, 25-16
Ogallala def. Gering, 25-15, 25-17, 25-22
Omaha Benson def. Omaha North, 25-11, 25-12, 25-16
Omaha Mercy def. Blair, 25-15, 25-17, 25-19
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Ralston, 25-11, 25-6, 25-13
Omaha Westside def. Omaha South, 25-6, 25-15, 25-8
Papillion-LaVista def. Millard South, 25-20, 25-20, 21-25, 25-11
Randolph def. Creighton, 25-13, 25-19, 25-20
Seward def. Holdrege, 25-8, 25-12, 25-17
Shelby/Rising City def. East Butler, 25-19, 25-10, 25-12
Sidney def. Scottsbluff, 25-11, 25-15, 25-14
South Loup def. Ansley-Litchfield, 25-12, 25-13, 25-20
St. Paul def. Central City, 25-11, 25-8, 25-17
Waverly def. Plattsmouth, 25-16, 25-13, 25-16
Wisner-Pilger def. Madison, 25-10, 25-8
Wisner-Pilger def. Howells/Dodge, 26-24, 26-24
York def. Crete, 25-14, 25-20, 25-16
Bloomfield def. Plainview, 3-0
Neligh-Oakdale def. Bloomfield, 25-22, 25-22
Neligh-Oakdale def. Plainview, 25-17, 25-16
Cambridge def. McCook, 25-18, 25-15
Cambridge def. Cozad, 25-15, 25-14
McCook def. Cozad, 25-12, 25-13
|Douglas County West Triangular|
Douglas County West def. Omaha Christian Academy, 25-10, 25-23
Douglas County West def. Boys Town, 25-7, 25-19
Omaha Christian Academy def. Boys Town, 25-23, 25-18
Hay Springs def. Edgemont, S.D., 16-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-19, 15-8
|Elgin/Elgin Pope John Triangular|
Central Valley def. Osmond, 25-13, 25-23
Central Valley def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-23, 25-10
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Osmond, 25-18, 25-23
Exeter/Milligan def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-22
Kenesaw def. Exeter/Milligan, 11-25, 26-24, 25-21
Chase County def. Perkins County, 25-12, 25-18
Chase County def. Gothenburg, 25-19, 25-19
Gothenburg def. Perkins County, 25-12, 25-18
|Hastings St. Cecilia Tournament|
Cross County def. Heartland, 25-20, 13-25, 25-17
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Wood River, 25-11, 25-14
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Heartland, 25-9, 25-21
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Cross County, 25-12, 25-14
Lawrence-Nelson def. Wood River, 25-16, 25-19
Superior def. Cross County, 25-15, 25-18
Superior def. Wood River, 25-8, 25-9
Superior def. Lawrence-Nelson, 26-24, 25-21
|Johnson County Central Tournament|
Louisville def. Weeping Water, 25-17, 25-12
|Johnson County Central Triangular|
Johnson County Central def. Weeping Water, 25-23, 25-17
Louisville def. Johnson County Central, 25-17, 13-25, 25-23
|Lutheran High Northeast Triangular|
Lutheran High Northeast def. Crofton, 25-17, 25-14
Norfolk Catholic def. Lutheran High Northeast, 25-18, 26-24
Norfolk Catholic def. Crofton, 25-18, 25-20
Oakland-Craig def. Tekamah-Herman, 25-11, 25-15
Oakland-Craig def. Stanton, 25-17, 25-21
|Omaha Concordia Triangular|
Omaha Concordia def. Beatrice, 22-25, 25-21, 25-22
Omaha Concordia def. Bennington, 25-17, 20-25, 25-22
|Omaha Duchesne Triangular|
Omaha Duchesne Academy def. Omaha Gross Catholic, 25-13, 25-13
Omaha Duchesne Academy def. South Sioux City, 25-9, 25-11
Omaha Gross Catholic def. South Sioux City, 25-13, 25-9
|Omaha Nation Triangular|
Omaha Nation def. Walthill, 25-14, 18-25, 25-23
Winnebago def. Omaha Nation, 25-16, 25-13
Ponca def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-5, 25-8
Wynot def. Ponca, 26-24, 25-17
Wynot def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-10, 25-4
Bayard def. Potter-Dix, 25-17, 25-18
South Platte def. Bayard, 25-9, 25-15
South Platte def. Potter-Dix, 25-10, 27-25
Riverside def. St. Edward, 25-16, 25-15
Riverside def. Spalding Academy, 25-12, 25-13
Spalding Academy def. St. Edward, 25-21, 18-25, 26-24
Amherst def. Shelton, 22-25, 25-15, 25-18
Overton def. Amherst, 25-21, 25-15
Overton def. Shelton, 25-7, 25-21
Boyd County def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-19, 25-13
Summerland def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 25-14, 25-12
Summerland def. Boyd County, 25-20, 25-13
|Thayer Central Triangular|
David City def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-21, 25-7
Thayer Central def. David City, 25-12, 25-7
Thayer Central def. Wilber-Clatonia, 25-16, 25-15
|Twin Loup Triangular|
Anselmo-Merna def. Sandhills/Thedford, 25-13, 25-18
Twin Loup def. Anselmo-Merna, 25-13, 25-11
Twin Loup def. Sandhills/Thedford, 25-9, 25-12
North Central def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-18, 25-18
Valentine def. Cody-Kilgore, 25-16, 25-6
Valentine def. North Central, 23-25, 25-21, 25-22
Brady def. Wallace, 25-17, 23-25, 25-12
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Brady, 25-14, 25-21
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Wallace, 25-8, 25-17
Hartington-Newcastle def. Wakefield-Allen, 22-25, 25-18, 25-14
Hartington-Newcastle def. Wausa, 25-13, 25-19
Wakefield-Allen def. Wausa, 25-18, 25-12
Wayne def. West Point-Beemer, 25-9, 25-12
Wayne def. Arlington, 25-9, 25-6
West Point-Beemer def. Arlington, 25-22, 25-17
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Elmwood-Murdock vs. Palmyra, ppd.
Elmwood-Murdock vs. Syracuse, ppd.
Palmyra vs. Syracuse, ppd.
• Wednesday's match can also be heard 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 at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th 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.
• Nebraska is 6-1 all-time against Rutgers and won the only meeting last year, 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-13) in Lincoln. NU has won six in a row in the series.
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (570-77); 27th year overall (731-150)
• CJ Werneke: 12th year at Rutgers (88-255); 18th year overall (199-341)
About the Huskers
• Jazz Sweet led the Huskers over the weekend with 3.88 kills per set on .393 hitting as Nebraska won at No. 20 Illinois (3-2) and at Northwestern (3-0). Sweet had a career-high 18 kills with six digs and four blocks on .324 hitting to lead the Huskers to the comeback win at No. 20 Illinois. She followed the next night at Northwestern with 13 kills on a season-best .526 hitting percentage with three digs and a block.
• Callie Schwarzenbach had season highs of eight kills and eight blocks in the win at Illinois. She followed the next night with four blocks and three kills in a win at Northwestern.
• Nicklin Hames averaged 11.50 assist per set over the weekend. She had a double-double of 57 assists and 11 digs at Illinois, setting a season high for assists and posting her sixth double-double of the season.
• Nebraska has a .144 opponent hitting percentage this season, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
• The Huskers have held five of their 11 opponents below .100 hitting this season.
• The Huskers rank second among Big Ten teams with 15.39 digs per set. Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles leads the team with 4.00 digs per set.
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 3.46 kills per set this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.20 per set. She is also putting up 2.32 kills per set on .332 hitting.
• Rutgers (6-7, 0-2 Big Ten) was swept by Michigan and Penn State in its first two Big Ten matches last week.
• The Scarlet Knights are led by Tali Marmen's 2.49 kills per set. Kamila Cieslik adds 2.22 kills per set.
• Rutgers ranks 14th in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.192) and 11th in opponent hitting percentage (.191). The Scarlet Knights average 2.67 blocks per set this season, third-best among Big Ten teams.
Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. The Huskers held the No. 1 ranking this season the week of Sept. 16.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 492 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 548 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.
Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford.
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and head coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers are without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history.
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who are being counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row.
• A group of six freshmen help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 260 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
• Nebraska set a new school record for attendance - 8,632 - against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18.
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 731 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 .881 win percentage in that time (570-77).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 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 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 ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.