04-Sep-2019 / Hometown Family Radio Sports Network
Arlington def. Aquinas, 23-25, 21-25, 25-23, 25-22, 15-13
Arthur County def. Sandhills/Thedford, 19-25, 25-17, 25-11, 25-16
Auburn def. Elmwood-Murdock, 25-20, 25-18, 25-12
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 25-22, 16-25, 25-17, 15-25, 19-17
Bertrand def. Elm Creek, 25-20, 25-16, 25-19
Boone Central/Newman Grove def. West Point-Beemer, 18-25, 25-22, 25-17, 25-17
Burwell def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 19-25, 25-22, 18-25, 25-22, 15-12
Centennial def. Central City, 25-18, 25-15, 25-23
Chadron def. Scottsbluff, 25-7, 25-23, 25-14
College View Academy def. Parkview Christian, 27-25, 25-23, 25-10
Columbus Lakeview def. Schuyler, 25-10, 25-9, 25-14
Columbus Scotus def. Omaha Concordia, 25-14, 25-8, 25-19
Diller-Odell def. Southern, 25-16, 25-11, 25-13
Elkhorn South def. Omaha Marian, 25-20, 25-20, 23-25, 25-17
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Tri County, 25-18, 25-20, 23-25, 25-13
Fremont def. Lincoln Northeast, 21-25, 25-14, 25-22, 25-20
Fullerton def. St. Edward, 25-22, 25-12, 25-6
Garden County def. Hay Springs, 25-20, 25-13
Gering def. Torrington, Wyo., 25-12, 19-25, 25-20, 25-10
Gothenburg def. Southern Valley, 17-25, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19, 15-13
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Blue Hill, 25-12, 25-20, 25-22
Grand Island Northwest def. Kearney, 26-24, 25-19, 19-25, 25-19
Howells/Dodge def. Clarkson/Leigh, 25-21, 22-25, 28-30, 25-22, 15-8
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Lewiston, 25-5, 25-3, 25-10
Hyannis def. Hay Springs, 23-25, 25-12, 27-25
Lawrence-Nelson def. Friend, 25-8, 25-13
Lawrence-Nelson def. Palmer, 25-19, 25-6
Lexington def. Cozad, 25-13, 25-11, 25-15
Lincoln Christian def. Archbishop Bergan, 15-25, 31-29, 25-22, 25-21
Lincoln Lutheran def. Raymond Central, 25-11, 25-11, 25-17
Lincoln Southeast def. Lincoln East, 25-23, 25-23, 25-16
Louisville def. Palmyra, 25-18, 25-16, 21-25, 19-25, 15-13
Lutheran High Northeast def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-23, 25-12, 25-23
Malcolm def. Conestoga, 25-13, 25-16, 25-10
Mead def. Johnson County Central, 25-13, 25-13, 25-17
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Fremont Mills, Tabor, Iowa, 18-25, 23-25, 25-8, 25-20, 15-7
Norfolk def. Grand Island, 21-25, 26-24, 25-19, 25-19
Norfolk Catholic def. Guardian Angels, 25-17, 25-22, 25-23
O'Neill def. Elkhorn Valley, 25-12, 30-28, 18-25, 25-10
Omaha Bryan def. Omaha Benson, 25-19, 19-25, 25-20, 34-32
Omaha Burke def. Omaha Central, 25-20, 25-19, 25-17
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Mercy, 19-25, 25-17, 25-18, 25-22
Omaha Skutt Catholic def. Bishop Heelan Catholic, Sioux City, Iowa, 25-5, 25-15, 25-17
Omaha Westside def. Bellevue East, 3-0
Overton def. Ravenna, 25-13, 25-13, 25-11
Papillion-LaVista def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-20, 23-25, 25-21, 25-18
Pleasanton def. South Loup, 29-27, 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 15-12
Ponca def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-23, 26-24, 25-20
Sidney def. Kimball, 25-10, 25-14, 25-14
Sidney, Iowa def. Johnson-Brock, 25-18, 23-25, 25-11, 25-21
Superior def. Fillmore Central, 25-19, 25-15, 25-17
Wallace def. Sandhills Valley, 25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 25-23
Waverly def. Ashland-Greenwood, 25-10, 25-13, 25-18
Wilber-Clatonia def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-15, 21-25, 25-22
Winnebago def. Emerson-Hubbard, 25-15, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18
Wynot def. Boyd County, 25-8, 25-17, 25-20
Brady def. South Platte, 25-13, 25-16
Brady def. Perkins County, 25-11, 25-20
South Platte def. Perkins County, 25-14, 25-21
Gordon/Rushville def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 28-26
Gordon/Rushville def. Mitchell, 25-19, 25-19
Mitchell def. Bridgeport, 25-22, 26-24
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sutton, 25-10, 25-14
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Sandy Creek, 25-14, 25-10
Sutton def. Sandy Creek, 25-8, 25-13
Central Valley Triangular
Central Valley def. CWC, 25-23, 25-22
Central Valley def. Summerland, 20-25, 25-20, 25-17
Summerland def. CWC, 25-21, 25-22
Creighton def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 23-25, 25-19, 25-17
Osmond def. Creighton, 20-25, 26-24, 25-23
Osmond def. Niobrara/Verdigre, 26-24, 16-25, 25-10
East Butler Triangular
Hampton def. East Butler, 25-18, 25-16
Hampton def. McCool Junction, 24-26, 25-18, 25-6
McCool Junction def. East Butler, 25-20, 25-21
Columbus def. Bishop Neumann, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19
Elkhorn def. Bishop Neumann, 25-12, 25-13
Elkhorn def. Columbus, 25-17, 25-10
Alma def. Franklin, 25-19, 25-15
Alma def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-18, 25-17
Wilcox-Hildreth def. Franklin, 25-23, 21-25, 25-19
Gibbon def. Elba, 25-14, 25-4
Nebraska Christian def. Elba, 25-9, 25-9
Nebraska Christian def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-13
Hastings def. Adams Central, 25-22, 25-20
Seward def. Hastings, 25-10, 18-25, 25-16
Seward def. Adams Central, 25-20, 25-22
Lincoln North Star Triangular
Lincoln High def. Omaha North, 25-9, 25-19
Lincoln North Star def. Lincoln High, 19-25, 25-19, 27-25
Lincoln North Star def. Omaha North, 25-10, 25-11
Chase County def. McCook, 25-19, 25-16
Chase County def. Minden, 25-23, 24-26, 25-18
Minden def. McCook, 25-8, 25-14
Millard North Triangular
Lincoln Pius X def. Millard North, 25-18, 20-25, 25-22
Lincoln Southwest def. Lincoln Pius X, 17-25, 25-23, 25-21
Millard North def. Lincoln Southwest, 25-9, 25-12
Red Cloud Quadrangular
Deshler def. Red Cloud, 22-25, 25-18, 25-17
Giltner def. Deshler, 25-16, 25-23
Meridian def. Red Cloud, 25-8, 25-17
Meridian def. Giltner, 22-25, 27-25, 25-16
Shelby/Rising City Triangular
North Bend Central def. Shelby/Rising City, 25-14, 16-25, 25-22
Shelby/Rising City def. Madison, 25-12, 25-21
Silver Lake Triangular
Silver Lake def. Harvard, 25-22, 25-11
St. Mary's Triangular
St. Mary's def. Plainview, 25-20, 25-21
St. Mary's def. Winside, 25-21, 15-25, 25-19
Winside def. Plainview, 25-13, 25-11
03-Sep-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
NEBRASKA at COLORADO
SEPT. 7, 2019 | FOLSOM FIELD
BOULDER, COLO. | 2:30 P.M. (CT)
TV - FOX (Joe Davis, Brock Huard, Bruce Feldman)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
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2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Big Ten
Last Game: South Alabama (W, 35-21)
Rankings: 24 (AP)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 24-15 (4th Year)/5-8 (2nd Year)
vs. Colorado: 0-1
2019 Record: 1-0, 0-0 Pac-12
Last Game: Colorado St. (W, 52-31)
Coach: Mel Tucker
Career/CU Record: 1-0 (1st Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 4-5
The Nebraska Cornhuskers take to the road for the first time in the 2019 season, traveling to Boulder, Colo., to take on the Buffaloes on Saturday afternoon. Kickoff between the former conference rivals is set for 2:30 CT (1:30 MT) at CU's Folsom Field, with national television coverage provided by FOX and radio coverage available on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
Nebraska heads to Colorado after a 35-21 season-opening victory over South Alabama in Lincoln. The Huskers relied on an opportunistic defense and special teams in the win. Nebraska reached the end zone on an interception return, fumble return and punt return to overcome a sluggish offensive performance on opening day.
Colorado also comes into the game off a win, posting a 52-31 victory over Colorado State on Friday night in Denver. The Buffs' explosive offense showed great balance in the victory, rushing for 243 yards and adding 232 yards through the air. Colorado trailed 21-17 late in the second quarter against CSU, but outscored the Rams 35-10 from that point powered by four takeaways.
Nebraska and Colorado are meeting for the second consecutive season, as part of four games between 2018 and 2024. Colorado pulled off a fourth-quarter comeback to win in last year's meeting in Lincoln.
Overall, Nebraska holds a commanding 49-19-2 edge in the series. The two schools were in the same conference for more than 60 years in the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12, before moving to the Big Ten and Pac-12, respectively, in 2011.
Nebraska and Colorado are long-time foes with Saturday's meeting the 71st all-time between the schools. It is the second game in a home-and-home agreement that saw Colorado pull out a 33-28 victory in Lincoln last fall. That was the first meeting between the teams since both schools left the Big 12 Conference following the 2010 season.
• In last year's contest in Lincoln, Colorado jumped to a two-touchdown lead in the first quarter, before Nebraska rallied and eventually took an eight-point lead in the second half. However, the Buffs scored the game's final 13 points, including a touchdown with 1:06 remaining to escape Lincoln with a win.
• Nebraska and Colorado met each season from 1948 to 2010, as members of the Big Seven, Big Eight and Big 12 conferences.
• From 1996 to 2010, the Huskers and Buffs concluded the regular season against each other on Black Friday.
• Nebraska and Colorado combined to win the final eight Big Eight championships from 1988 to 1995.
• In addition to this Saturday's game, Nebraska and Colorado are scheduled for another home-and-home series in 2023 (Boulder) and 2024 (Lincoln).
Nebraska Has Long History vs. Pac-12
Nebraska's meeting with Colorado continues a tradition of marquee non-conference games against Pac-12 opponents. Since 1983, Nebraska has played 33 regular-season non-conference games against teams that were in the Pac-12 at the time.
• Nebraska is 23-10 against the Pac-12 in regular-season games in that span, including a 6-1 record against Arizona State and a 5-3 mark vs. UCLA. The record against the Pac-12 foes only includes last year's meeting with Colorado, not games against Colorado when the schools were conference rivals.
• Nebraska has also played five bowl games in that time period against the Pac-12, going 2-3 in those games.
• Nebraska played at least one non-conference game against a Pac-12 foe for 17 straight seasons from 1983 to 1999.
• Nebraska has four games on its future schedules against Pac-12 opponents. In addition to the 2023/2024 series with Colorado, Nebraska will play Arizona in 2028 and 2031.
Frost in Second Season with Huskers
Scott Frost is in his second season at Nebraska in 2019. The 2017 consensus national coach of the year, Frost boasts a 24-15 career record as a collegiate head coach.
• Although Nebraska finished with a 4-8 record in 2018, five of the eight losses came by a combined 21 points. NU lost five games by five or fewer points, including a trio of three-point defeats. Nebraska won four of its final six games, and the two losses were a five-point loss at an Ohio State team that ended the year ranked No. 3 in the nation and a three-point loss at Iowa, when the Hawkeyes kicked a game-winning field goal as time expired. Iowa finished with a No. 25 ranking.
• As the head coach at UCF, Frost improved from 6-7 in his first season to 13-0 in year two. A similar turnaround at Nebraska could be historic. A nine-win season by Nebraska in 2019 would tie for the second-largest win improvement from one season to the next in school history (five games), while a 10-win campaign would tie the largest win improvement (six games).
• In 12 seasons as a full-time assistant or head coach, Frost's teams have posted a 127-33 record, averaging nearly 11 wins per season. Frost has been a part of seven conference championship teams and coached in two national championship games in his 12 seasons.
• Frost's teams have been ranked in the top 15 in 10 of his 12 seasons, including eight final top-10 rankings and six final top-five rankings.
• Each of Nebraska's last five head coaches won at least eight games in their second season, while the four head coaches previous to Frost each produced their best winning percentage at Nebraska in year two.
Frost Offenses Impressive on Opening Drives
One common theme of a Scott Frost-led offense has been a fast start, and that has held true for Frost's tenure in Lincoln. Nebraska received the opening kickoff against South Alabama and drove nine plays and 81 yards for a touchdown to a take a 7-0 lead. The opening-drive score continued a theme from 2018.
• Nebraska scored on its first possession seven times in 12 games last season, including six of the final seven games. All seven of NU's opening scoring drives resulted in touchdowns.
• NU received the opening kickoff nine times in 2018 and scored touchdowns on six of those drives while punting only once. The Huskers had a game-opening touchdown drive to take a 7-0 lead in five straight games during the Big Ten Conference season.
• The Huskers scored on nearly 60 percent of their opening possessions in 2018, even with a pair of drive-ending turnovers in opponent territory. Nebraska's average touchdown drive covered more than 74 yards, including one 80-yard touchdown march and five 75-yard scoring drives.
• Over the last three seasons - 2018-19 at Nebraska and 2017 at UCF - Frost's offenses have scored a touchdown on their opening possession 17 times in 26 games (65 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 73 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 21 times in 39 games, with 20 touchdowns and one field goal. In 79 games over six-plus seasons as a playcaller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 42 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 53% (42 of 79 drives
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 47% (37 of 79 drives)
Blackshirt Defense Makes Noise in Opener
The Nebraska defense has focused on taking a step forward in 2019, specifically causing more turnovers and big impact plays. Nebraska checked the box on that offseason priority in Week One against South Alabama.
• Nebraska had five takeaways against South Alabama including four in the second half of the 35-21 victory. The five takeaways matched the most in two seasons under Scott Frost (Illinois, 2018) and was only the fourth time since 2010 that a Nebraska defense recorded five or more takeaways.
• Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns–a 38-yard interception return by Eric Lee Jr. in the third quarter and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Alex Davis in the fourth quarter to cap the scoring. The two defensive touchdowns marked the first time Nebraska scored a pair of defensive touchdowns since having two interception returns for touchdowns against Southern Miss in 2013.
• Lee's interception return for a touchdown was the first by a Husker since Marcus Newby had an interception for a touchdown against Northwestern in 2017.
• Davis' fumble recovery for a touchdown was the first by the Huskers since Josh Mitchell returned a fumble 57 yards for a touchdown against Miami in 2014.
• Nebraska also scored on a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown by JD Spielman in the third quarter. The three non-offensive touchdowns were a first for Nebraska since the Huskers had three defensive touchdowns in a 31-3 win over Wake Forest in 2005.
• Nebraska was the only team in Week One with three non-offensive touchdowns and the two defensive scores are tied with Utah for the national lead.
• Defensive coordinator Erik Chinander has a history of producing disruptive defenses. In 39 games as a defensive coordinator (UCF, Nebraska) Chinander's defenses have scored 11 touchdowns.
31-Aug-2019 / Husker Athletics
LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 2 Nebraska volleyball team moved to 2-0 on the season for the first time since 2016 with a dominant 25-12, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of UCLA in front of a crowd of 8,237 at the Devaney Center on Saturday night.
The Huskers used a stellar defensive effort for the second night in a row to finish the Husker Invitational with a 2-0 record. After holding Creighton to .067 hitting on Friday night, the Big Red limited the Bruins to a .114 hitting percentage on Saturday, including a 54-42 edge in digs. Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles had 19 digs for a weekend total of 41 (6.83 digs per set) to lead the Huskers. She was named to the all-tournament team, as was Lauren Stivrins. The junior middle blocker had seven kills on .357 hitting for the Huskers against UCLA to cap a weekend in which she hit .433.
Lexi Sun had a team-high 12 kills and hit .321 to go with seven digs. Capri Davis pounded nine kills on .381 hitting, and Jazz Sweet contributed seven kills with a team-best .412 hitting percentage on the night.
NU served seven aces and only allowed three. Megan Miller had a career-high four aces. Nicklin Hamesset the Huskers to a .320 hitting percentage for the match with 32 assists. Callie Schwarzenbach and Madi Kubik each had four kills for the Big Red.
Baylor's Yossiana Pressley was the MVP of the tournament after averaging 6.33 kills per set. Other all-tournament team members included Shelley Stafford (Baylor), Hannah Lockin (Baylor), Brittany Witt (Creighton) and Mac May (UCLA).
Set 1: The Huskers went in front 8-3 behind two kills each from Kubik and Sweet. Stivrins added back-to-back kills for a 10-4 Husker lead, and Sun terminated a pair of kills around a Stivrins ace to make it 13-5. The Bruins clawed within 13-9 after a 4-0 run, but UCLA committed two errors and Sun connected on a shot down the line for a 16-9 Husker lead. Schwarzenbach got in on the action with a pair of kills, and the Huskers pushed the lead to 23-12 with Stivrins contributing two more kills, and Davis pounded a pair to finish off the set at 25-12. NU hit .324 and held UCLA to .056 hitting in the set. Seventeen of NU's 25 points came via kills, and six Huskers had at least two kills.
Set 2: Sun and Davis opened set two with kills, and Stivrins connected for a kill before Knuckles served an ace to make it 5-1. Miller added another ace for an 8-2 lead, forcing a UCLA timeout. The break did little to slow the Huskers, though, as Miller served another ace and a UCLA error put the Huskers ahead 10-2. The lead increased to double digits at 18-8 after Davis and Stivrins stuffed a Bruin attack. Sweet then terminated a long rally that included a pair of athletic digs by Knuckles, and Davis made it 20-9 with her sixth kill. Miller's third ace of the set increased the lead to 21-9. The Bruins scored the next four points to pull within 21-13, but Davis got sideout for the Big Red and UCLA hit wide to push the lead back to 10 at 23-13. Kubik placed a shot to the floor for set point, and NU won 25-16 to go up 2-0 in the match. The Huskers had four blocks in the second set to help limit UCLA to .103 hitting.
Set 3: NU had an 8-4 lead after Sun contributed a block, kill and ace, but UCLA rattled off four straight points to tie the score at 8-8. Sun restored the lead for the Big Red with another kill, and Kubik tacked on a kill to put NU up 13-9, forcing a UCLA timeout. The Bruins came out of it with two points in a row to cut the lead in half, but Sun posted back-to-back ills before Sweet added a third in a row to make it 16-11 Huskers. After UCLA cut it to 16-14, Sweet and Schwarzenbach posted kills and Miller served her fourth ace of the night before Hames dumped a kill for a 21-16 advantage. NU finished off the sweep, 25-19.
Up Next: Nebraska hits the road for a pair of matches against ranked opponents next weekend at the USD Invitational. The Huskers w
31-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln - The Blackshirts forced five South Alabama turnovers and the Cornhuskers scored three non-offensive touchdowns in the second half, as the No. 24 Nebraska football team worked its way to a 35-21 season-opening win at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Playing in front of the NCAA-record 369th consecutive sellout of nearly 90,000 fans at Memorial Stadium and an ESPN national television audience, Nebraska got a 38-yard interception return for a touchdown from Eric Lee Jr. on the first drive of the second half. The Huskers also got a fumble return for a touchdown by Alex Davis on forced fumble by Cam Taylor on the first play of the fourth quarter to lead a bevy of big plays by the Blackshirt defense.
In between the two scores by the defense, the Huskers got a 76-yard punt return touchdown from junior JD Spielman to give the Big Red three non-offensive scores in a span of 15:07 to start the second half. Lee added his second career interception in the fourth quarter, while Lamar Jackson caused a first-quarter fumble for the Blackshirts.
The strong performance by the defense allowed the Huskers to overcome a less than spectacular effort by the offense in the second half. The Huskers ran only 17 offensive plays in the second half for just 66 total yards, and South Alabama was able to cash in a pair of Husker turnovers for 14 points in the half.
In the game, Nebraska managed just 276 total yards, including just 66 in the second half. South Alabama produced 314 total yards on 79 plays, including 222 yards on 47 plays after halftime.
Husker sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez completed 13-of-22 passes for 178 yards on the day, hitting 2-of-3 passes for 19 yards in the second half. Tight end Jack Stoll led the receiving corps with 66 yards on three receptions, while true freshman Wan'Dale Robinson added three receptions for 33 yards and Spielman pitched in a pair of catches for 36 yards.
Junior running back Dedrick Mills led the Huskers with 15 carries for 44 yards for the game. Sophomore running back Maurice Washington added 39 yards on six carries - all in the second half - while Robinson contributed four carries for 21 yards. As a team, the Huskers managed 98 rushing yards on 44 carries.
Quarterback Cephus Johnson completed 19-of-34 passes for 231 yards and two touchdowns for South Alabama, but he also threw three interceptions and was sacked four times. Johnson rushed 18 times for nine yards and a touchdown. Tra Minter led the South Alabama ground game with 37 yards on 10 carries, but the Jaguars managed just 83 rushing yards on 44 carries against a stout Blackshirt defense. Minter added five receptions for 47 yards, while Kawaan Baker pitched in 59 yards on four catches and Cade Sutherland contributed four catches for 53 yards.
In a first half that was primarily controlled by the defenses, Nebraska managed 210 yards of total offense, while holding South Alabama to 92 total yards. Martinez completed 11-of-19 passes for 159 yards in the half, but the Huskers struggled to get rolling on the ground, producing just 51 yards on 30 carries. Mills led the Husker ground game with 31 yards on 14 carries, including a pair of short touchdown runs that staked Nebraska to a 14-7 halftime lead.
Lee made the Nebraska defense's biggest play of the game on the first drive of the second half, when he bolted to a Johnson pass toward the South Alabama sideline and intercepted it on his way to a 38-yard touchdown return. Lee's first career interception gave the Big Red a 21-7 lead with 13:11 left in the third quarter.
Lee's big defensive play, preceded a huge special teams play by Spielman less than two minutes later, when Spielman raced 76 yards down the South Alabama sideline for his second career punt return touchdown. Spielman, who initially bobbled the 49-yard punt by South Alabama's Jack Brooks, secured the ball in the middle of the field and made a pair of Jaguars miss before breaking outside for the score to give Nebraska a 28-7 lead with 11:32 left in the quarter.
After the Blackshirts notched their third consecutive stop to open the second half, a high, wobbly punt was fumbled by Spielman at the 29 and recovered by South Alabama at the Nebraska 13 with 8:11 left in the quarter. The Jaguars capitalized three plays later on a nine-yard touchdown pass from Johnson to Davyn Flenord to cut Nebraska's lead to 28-14 with 6:47 left.
Nebraska's offense finally ran its first play of the second half with 6:47 left in the quarter, and quickly marched into South Alabama territory, before Martinez threw his first interception of the season to end the possession. The Jaguars turned the Huskers' second straight turnover into points with a 13-yard Johnson touchdown pass to Khameron Taylor to cut Nebraska's lead back to 28-21.
South Alabama opened the fourth quarter with the ball and momentum trailing by just one score, but Cam Taylor hit Johnson from the backside and forced a fumble that was recovered by Alex Davis in the end zone to give Nebraska a 35-21 lead on the first play of the fourth quarter. That play gave Nebraska a two-score lead, and the Blackshirts made it hold up by shutting out the Jaguars the rest of the way.
Senior linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 12 tackles, while Taylor added five tackles, including two tackles for 16 yards lost. He also hauled in his first career interception and returned it 48 yards in the second half. Lee pitched in four tackles and the first two interceptions of his career while adding a breakup. As a team, the Blackshirts produced 10 tackles for 49 yards lost, including four sacks for 32 yards.
Nebraska returns to action next weekend for its first road game at former conference rival Colorado. Kickoff between the Big Red and the Buffaloes in Boulder is set for 2:30 p.m. (CT) on FOX.
#24 Nebraska 35, South Alabama 21
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln)
Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019
First Quarter (7-7)
12:19 - NEB - Dedrick Mills 1 run (Dylan Jorgensen kick), 9 plays, 81 yards, 2:41, NEB 7-0
5:32 - USA - Cephus Johnson 3 run (Frankie Onate kick), 9 plays, 41 yards, 3:10, 7-7
Second Quarter (NEB 14-7)
9:15 - NEB - Mills 1 run (Jorgensen kick), 12 plays, 42 yards, 4:24, NEB 14-7
Third Quarter (NEB 28-21)
13:11 - NEB - Eric Lee Jr. 38 INT return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 21-7
11:32 - NEB - JD Spielman 76 punt return (Jorgensen kick), NEB 28-7
6:47 - USA - Davyn Flenord 9 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 3 plays, 13 yards, 1:24, NEB 28-14
2:17 - USA - Khameron Taylor 13 pass from Johnson (Onate kick), 6 plays, 58 yards, 2:42, NEB 28-21
Fourth Quarter (NEB 35-21)
14:53 - NEB - Alex Davis fumble recovery in end zone (Jorgensen kick), NEB 35-21
Kickoff Time: 11:02 a.m. (CT)
Time of Game: 3:27
31-Aug-2019 / Husker Athletics
LINCOLN, Neb. - The second-ranked Nebraska volleyball team began the 2019 season with a 3-1 (25-19, 24-26, 25-17, 25-21) victory over No. 18 Creighton at the Husker Invitational on Friday night in front of a standing-room only crowd of 8,450 at the Devaney Center.
Lexi Sun posted a team-high 13 kills, and Capri Davis added 10 kills off the bench for the Huskers. Nebraska (1-0) held Creighton to a .067 hitting percentage while hitting .181 on the night. NU had eight blocks, five of which came from Callie Schwarzenbach.
Lauren Stivrins had nine kills on 15 swings, hitting .500 on the night. Jazz Sweet terminated seven times, and Madi Kubik had five kills. Kenzie Knuckles had a match-high 22 digs in her first match as a Husker. Nicklin Hames had 35 assists and 15 digs to go with four service aces. Megan Miller added 14 digs.
Keeley Davis led Creighton with 13 kills. Jaela Zimmerman added 12 kills and 10 digs.
Set 1: The Huskers bolted to a 12-5 lead with a 6-0 run after Creighton had cut it to 6-5. Kubik had three kills in a span of four rallies to force a Creighton timeout. Sweet had three early kills for the Big Red as well. Creighton rallied with a 4-0 run to pull within 13-10 and force a Husker timeout. The Huskers responded with a 4-0 spurt, which began with back-to-back kills by Sun. Sun found the floor again following a long rally to increase the lead to 18-13. Hames served three consecutive aces, interrupted briefly by a Bluejay timeout, and the Huskers built the lead to 21-13. Davis came off the bench to get a kill for the Huskers for a 23-18 lead. Stivrins earned set point for the Big Red with her second kill of the night, and the Huskers claimed the 25-19 win on another Davis kill. The Huskers hit .243 but held Creighton to just .032 hitting in the set.
Set 2: Sun had two kills and an ace to get the Huskers off to a 6-2 advantage. The Bluejays battled back to take a 10-9 lead on back-to-back kills by Keeley Davis. Creighton led 14-12 when a Bluejay hitting error and Davis kill tied the set at 14-14. Megan Ballenger answered with two kills for Creighton to restore a 16-14 lead. Davis answered again and Creighton misfired twice to give Nebraska a 17-16 edge. Stivrins and Hames stuffed a Bluejay attack to push the NU lead to two at 19-17. The teams traded sideouts for nine consecutive rallies until Creighton stuffed a Husker attack to tie the set at 23-23. Creighton committed a service error after a Husker timeout, giving the Big Red set point at 24-23. But Zimmernan found the floor to knot the score at 24-24, and she followed that with an ace for set point for Creighton. Davis hit long to give Creighton the 26-24 win.
Set 3: The Husker defense got involved early in set three with back-to-back blocks by Schwarzenbach, one with Sweet and one with Davis. Davis posted a kill and combined with Stivrins for a block, and the Huskers built a 10-3 lead on a 4-0 Miller serving run. Stivrins posted three kills in a short stretch of time to put the Huskers up 12-5, and Sun, added two kills and a block to make it 16-8. Three straight Creighton kills sliced a 19-10 Husker lead to 19-13, but the Huskers responded with three points of their own, two of which came on kills by Stivrins and Sun. The Huskers finished off the 25-17 win, holding Creighton to -.065 hitting in the frame.
Set 4: With the Huskers trailing 5-4, Sweet, Davis and Hames posted consecutive kills to put the Huskers up 7-5. Stivrins and Sun produced kills to make it 10-7, but the Jays scored four of the next five to tie the score at 11-11. Davis put the Huskers up 14-12 with her ninth kill. Davis recorded a solo block to keep the lead at two, and Stivrins smashed a kill to make it 17-14. The Bluejays scored the next three points, however, to tie the score at 17-17. With the score tied 21-21, Sweet terminated and Creighton hit into the net for a 23-21 lead. Davis tooled a block for match point at 24-21, and the match ended on a Creighton hitting error.
Up Next: The Huskers will face UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. on NET and the Husker Sports Network, after Creighton faces Baylor in the 4:30 p.m. match. Baylor swept UCLA in the early match on Friday, 25-20, 25-16, 25-20.
31-Aug-2019 / Ap
Arthur County 58, Hyannis 25
Bloomfield 56, Winside 0
Central Valley 58, Riverside 20
Elkhorn Valley 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 26
Millard South 53, Gretna 7
Omaha Burke 16, Lincoln Southeast 14
Papillion-LaVista South 42, Papillion-LaVista 14
St. Mary's 40, Boyd County 0
Twin Loup 44, Anselmo-Merna 22
Arthur County 58, Hyannis 25
Bloomfield 56, Winside 0
Central Valley 58, Riverside 20
Elkhorn Valley 56, Elgin Public/Pope John 26
Millard South 53, Gretna 7
Omaha Burke 16, Lincoln Southeast 14
Papillion-LaVista South 42, Papillion-LaVista 14
St. Mary's 40, Boyd County 0
Twin Loup 44, Anselmo-Merna 22
Adams Central 24, Aurora 8
Allen 44, Cedar Bluffs 6
Alma 38, Bertrand 24
Archbishop Bergan 16, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 15
Ashland-Greenwood 37, Fort Calhoun 14
Axtell 28, Loomis 20
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 38, Hartington Cedar Catholic 29
Bayard 42, Leyton/Banner County 26
Bellevue West 63, Lincoln High 6
Bishop Neumann 42, Boys Town 14
Blair 21, Plattsmouth 14
Blue Hill 46, Meridian 8
Brady 56, Paxton 0
Burwell 42, North Central 0
Centennial 48, Syracuse 7
Central City 41, St. Paul 12
Chadron 46, Gordon/Rushville 6
Cody-Kilgore 54, McPherson County/Stapleton 12
Columbus 27, Norfolk 24, OT
Columbus Lakeview 55, Fillmore Central 6
Columbus Scotus 27, Aquinas 19
Crawford 44, Edgemont, S.D. 18
Creek Valley 58, Eustis-Farnam 40
Crete 33, Lexington 14
David City 19, Stanton 12
Doniphan-Trumbull 58, Wood River 0
Dorchester 62, Walthill 13
Dundy County-Stratton 56, Perkins County 8
East Butler 30, Guardian Angels 20
Elkhorn Mount Michael 20, Ralston 12
Elkhorn South 34, Elkhorn 7
Elm Creek 21, Overton 0
Elmwood-Murdock 74, Johnson-Brock 42
Elwood 48, Arapahoe 8
Fairbury 14, Auburn 12
Falls City 17, Milford 6
Falls City Sacred Heart 56, Nebraska City Lourdes 18
Franklin 48, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34
Fremont 21, Lincoln Northeast 0
Fullerton 34, Arcadia-Loup City 26
Gothenburg 27, Chase County 6
Grand Island 32, Kearney 31
Grand Island Central Catholic 35, Malcolm 7
Grand Island Northwest 43, Gering 0
Harvard 62, Spalding Academy 26
Hastings 30, McCook 7
Hastings St. Cecilia 28, Hershey 13
Heartland 62, Giltner 8
Hemingford 36, Mullen 31
Homer 52, Emerson-Hubbard 18
Howells/Dodge 42, Clarkson/Leigh 14
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 64, Pawnee City 12
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 71, Deshler 0
Kearney Catholic 56, Broken Bow 7
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 32, Randolph 20
Lincoln East 23, Lincoln Pius X 0
Lincoln Lutheran 37, Omaha Concordia 28
Lincoln Southwest 29, Lincoln North Star 0
Louisville 35, Conestoga 0
Maxwell 66, Morrill 44
Maywood-Hayes Center 35, South Platte 19
McCool Junction def. Hampton, forfeit
Mead 74, Parkview Christian 26
Millard West 30, Millard North 0
Minden 40, Gibbon 0
Nebraska Christian 44, Thayer Central 12
Nebraska City 35, Schuyler 12
Nebraska Lutheran 26, Palmyra 23
Neligh-Oakdale 36, Clearwater/Orchard 22
Norris 26, Beatrice 21
North Bend Central 32, Johnson County Central 21
Oakland-Craig 28, Crofton 0
Ogallala 48, Holdrege 7
Omaha Brownell-Talbot 72, Omaha Christian Academy 44
Omaha Central 53, Omaha Benson 2
Omaha Creighton Prep 24, Omaha North 21
Omaha Roncalli 42, Omaha Gross Catholic 7
Omaha Skutt Catholic 49, Bennington 28
Omaha South 42, Omaha Northwest 6
Omaha Westside 35, Bellevue East 0
Ord 28, Cozad 0
Osceola-High Plains 50, Palmer 48
Osmond 38, Wausa 8
Pender 37, Winnebago 36
Pierce 35, Norfolk Catholic 14
Plainview 42, Wynot 12
Platteview 30, Lincoln Christian 29
Pleasanton 45, Ansley-Litchfield 28
Potter-Dix 40, Hay Springs 0
Ravenna 54, Amherst 10
Raymond Central 46, Douglas County West 8
Sandhills/Thedford 53, Ainsworth 30
Sandy Creek 22, Southern Valley 15
Scottsbluff 42, North Platte 21
Shelby/Rising City 7, Battle Creek 3
Sidney 14, Bridgeport 13
Silver Lake 48, Lewiston 6
Sioux County 45, Minatare 6
South Sioux City 56, Omaha Bryan 27
Southern 54, Diller-Odell 8
Sterling 50, St. Edward 6
Stuart 40, Niobrara/Verdigre 13
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Elba, forfeit
Sutherland 38, South Loup 34
Sutton 17, North Platte St. Patrick's 7
Tekamah-Herman 42, Ponca 12
Tri County 36, Exeter-Milligan/Friend 20
Twin River 18, Centura 12
Valentine 20, Mitchell 7
Wahoo 47, Wayne 0
Wakefield 28, Creighton 22
Wauneta-Palisade 30, Hitchcock County 20
Waverly 28, Seward 7
Weeping Water 90, Omaha Nation 6
West Point-Beemer 34, Arlington 29
Wilber-Clatonia 54, Superior 7
Wilcox-Hildreth 34, Red Cloud 20
Wisner-Pilger 32, Cross County 24
York 30, Alliance 9
Yutan 29, Freeman 14
29-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- A pair of former Huskers are playing the FIBA Basketball World Cup which begins over the weekend. The event takes place in China from Aug. 31 to Sept. 15, and Tai Webster (New Zealand) and Jorge Brian Diaz (Puerto Rico) are competing for their respective countries in the competition.
Pool play begins on Saturday and runs until Sept. 5, when the top two teams in each pool will advance, while the bottom two teams in each group will be in their own classification round. All of the pool play games are available on ESPN+
It is the second straight time that Webster and Diaz have played in the FIBA World Cup, as both played in the 2014 event in Spain. The event was moved to the year prior to the Olympics following the 2014 FIBA World Cup.
Webster, who played at Nebraska from 2014 to 2017, is currently playing with Galatasaray in Turkey for a second consecutive season. Last year, he averaged 10.9 points, 3.7 assists and 3.0 rebounds per game in 33 games in the country’s top division. He also played in the 2018-19 Eurocup, averaging 12.5 points and 4.2 assist per game in 10 contests. At Nebraska, Webster was a three-year starter for the Huskers, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors in 2017, as he averaged 17.0 points, 5.1 rebounds and 4.0 assists per game. He was NU’s starting point guard during the 2013-14 season when Nebraska reached the NCAA Tournament.
Diaz, who played for three seasons at Nebraska (2010-12), has played professionally in his native Puerto Rico for the past seven years, helping Quebradillas to a pair of championships. At Nebraska, he enjoyed his best year in 2010-11, averaging 10.5 points and 4.4 rebounds per game to help the Huskers to 19 wins and an NIT appearance. His final season was cut short by injuries, as he played just 16 game and averaged 8.6 points per game.
Results from the FIBA Basketball World Cup 2019 will qualify seven nations for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The top two finishing teams in the World Cup from the Americas and Europe zones will earn qualifying places in the 2020 Olympics, as will the top finisher from Africa, Asia and Oceania. Additionally, Olympic host Japan automatically qualified, and the final four nations will qualify through four FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournaments that will be held in 2020 in advance of the Olympics.
Puerto Rico Pool Play Schedule
vs. Iran Aug. 31, 3:30 a.m.
vs. Spain Sept. 2, 7:30 a.m.
vs. Tunisia Sept. 4, 3:30 a.m.
New Zealand Pool Play Schedule
Vs. Brazil Sept. 1, 3 a.m.
vs. Montenegro Sept. 3, 3 a.m.
vs. Greece Sept. 5, 7 a.m.
29-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska will kick off the 2019 season on Saturday at Memorial Stadium, taking on South Alabama in an 11 a.m. game.
Husker fans will see limited changes at Memorial Stadium this fall as college football celebrates its 150th season. One significant change to the Huskers’ game-day routine will be the Unity Walk path when the team arrives at Memorial Stadium to begin preparations for each home game.
Below is a closer look at what fans should watch for at Memorial Stadium in 2019:
· The Nebraska football team will arrive at Memorial Stadium approximately two hours and 15 minutes before home games (approximately 8:40-8:45 a.m. this Saturday). Fans are encouraged to gather on the East side of Memorial Stadium to welcome the team at this time.
· The Unity Walk will have a slightly different path this season. After proceeding through the East Stadium loop, the team will unload the buses near the bell tower on the south side of the loop. From there the team will walk through the parking lot on the east side of the stadium, past the national championship and Coach Devaney statues outside and enter the stadium through Gate 20.
· Fans will be alerted when the buses depart the team hotel by a short burst of fireworks at the stadium. This will signal that the team will arrive at the Stadium in approximately 8-10 minutes.
Spirit Squad Changes
· Fans will notice changes to the Husker Spirit Squad for the 2019-20 season, beginning with Saturday’s game against South Alabama.
· The Spirit Squad will resume basic stunting and tumbling as part of its regular routines, enhancing the game-day experience for Husker fans.
· The new policy allows for tumbling and basic one-high stunting, but does not include other elements such as basket tosses and multi-level pyramid stunting.
· The 2019-20 Husker Spirit Squad includes six male squad members.
Husker Nation Pavilion
· The Husker Nation Pavilion will once again take place at the Ed Weir Track and as always will be free and open to the public. The primary entrance to the Husker Nation Pavilion will be on the South side of Ed Weir Stadium near the columns.
· The Husker Nation Pavilion features various forms of family fun and games for kids of all ages. Inflatable games (weather permitting) will be a regular feature, including an obstacle course, quarterback toss, hoops tic-tac-toe, hoops hotshot, and baseball toss. Face painting will also be available.
· Fans may sit in the Ed Weir Track and Field Stadium and have the opportunity to meet friends before the game or watch a game on the Ed Weir video board.
· The Husker Nation Pavilion will open three hours before kickoff (8 a.m. this Saturday).
· Updated weekly information on the Husker Nation Pavilion will be posted at https://huskers.com/sports/2019/8/20/husker-nation-pavilion.aspx
Osborne Athletic Complex Lobby
· The Osborne Athletic Complex lobby will once again open four hours before kickoff and remain open until one hour before kickoff.
Husker Fan Shop Locations
· Nebraska fans will have numerous locations to buy the latest Husker apparel for the 2019 season.
· The Husker Fan Shop locations at the East Stadium (Gate 18), Pinnacle Bank Arena and the College of Business are open on a daily basis and will also be open on Husker game days.
· Additional Husker Fan Shop locations on Saturdays will include tent or trailer locations outside the Stadium near Gate 2, Gate 22, by the Ticket Office on Stadium Drive, at the base of the pedestrian bridge at the North end of Stadium Drive and a location by the Hawks Center. Inside the Stadium, Husker Fan Shop satellite locations are near Gate 6 (West), Gate 14 (NE), Gate 12 (NW), the West Stadium Club and the East Stadium Club.
· Each game this season, a decorated veteran of U.S. military service will take his or her post next to this unoccupied chair in honor of the more than 800 Nebraskans lost in combat, but whose fate remains “UNKNOWN.” The chair is located in North Memorial Stadium Section 33, Row 18, Seat 27.
· Nebraska will salute all Veteran's and active military at the Oct. 26 game vs. Indiana.
The Husker Sports Network from Learfield/IMG College
· The Husker Sports Network from Learfield/IMG College will once again begin its coverage of Nebraska football games five hours before kickoff (6 a.m. this Saturday). The network will continue with coverage for approximately four hours after the conclusion of the game, including an exclusive one-on-one interview with Head Coach Scott Frost.
Commercial Break Clocks
· A clock showing the time remaining in each media break will again be visible in Memorial Stadium. The new feature will allow fans to know when game action will resume on the field. The commercial break clock can be found on the upper east ribbon board near the south end.
· For the first time in 2019, open captioning of public address announcements, referee announcements and emergency messages will be available on the ribbon boards on the facades of the East and West balconies of Memorial Stadium.
Special Events for 2019 Season
· Nebraska will celebrate numerous special events throughout the 2019 season.
· Nebraska will take part in the College Football 150 celebration throughout the year. The Huskers will wear a uniform patch throughout the year to honor this special anniversary in the history of the game.
· As the University of Nebraska recognizes its 150th anniversary, Homecoming festivities for the Oct. 5 game against Northwestern will focus on the N150 celebration.
· Nebraska’s special events and recognitions will begin this weekend.
o On Friday, the 2019 class of the Nebraska Athletics Hall of Fame will be enshrined in a private ceremony and reception. The class will also be honored on the field between the first and second quarter of Saturday’s game.
o Nebraska will also honor the 50th anniversary of the Husker Power program this weekend. A private event honoring the Husker Power 50 team will be held on Friday evening and there will be an on-field recognition during the first quarter of Saturday’s game.
· Other special dates for the 2019 season including the following:
o Sept. 14 vs. Northern Illinois: Red Cross Day/First Responders Day, Nebraska Football Hall of Fame
o Oct. 5 vs. Northwestern: Homecoming, Nebraska 150
o Oct. 26 vs. Indiana: Veteran’s Day and Military Salute
o Nov. 29 vs. Iowa: Senior Day, Heroes Game
· The Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office will open four hours before kickoff except for 11 a.m. games when it will open at 8 a.m.
· For additional information on Nebraska’s game-day policies, Husker fans should visit Huskers.com/gameday.
· Nebraska continues to have a clear bag policy at Memorial Stadium and all ticketed venues. More information can be found at huskers.com/bagpolicy.
· Fan drop-off attempts around the Stadium are prohibited. Uber, Lyft and other taxi drop-offs and pickups with be at 14th and Vine streets.
28-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln – A pair of Nebraska newcomers were rated as two of the top 25 impact Junior College transfers for the upcoming season. Jervay Green and Cam Mack were both ranked by the website BustingBrackets.com as two of the nation’s top impact transfers. The Husker duo were the only two Big Ten newcomers listed in the ranking.
Mack was ranked as the No. 2 impact transfer and the top point guard in the JC class. As a freshman at Salt Lake Community College, Mack averaged 19.1 points, 7.6 assists and 2.4 steals per game. He boasted a 2.8-to-1 assist-to-turnover ratio while dishing out 10-or-more assists nine times in his only season at Salt Lake CC.
Green was rated as the No. 15 impact JC transfer after averaging 23.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 5.3 assists per game at Western Nebraska CC. As a sophomore, Green shot 55 percent from the field, including 39 percent from 3-point range to earn second-team NJCAA All-America honors. He totaled six 30-point games last season, including a school-record 51-point performance.
Fans will get their first opportunity to see the newcomers in action on Friday, Sept. 27, as part of the Opening Night with Husker Hoops. Doors open at 6 p.m. for the 7 p.m. event which includes a 20-minute scrimmage and a performance by Hip-Hop superstar Rick Ross. Tickets are free, but need to be ordered in advance by visiting Huskers.com/Tickets.
28-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
• The Nebraska volleyball team begins the 2019 season with two home matches this weekend as part of the Husker Invitational. The second-ranked Huskers will play No. 18 Creighton in an in-state showdown to open the season at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Devaney Center. Then on Saturday, Nebraska will close the tournament against UCLA at 7 p.m. The other matches this weekend are Baylor vs. UCLA at 4:30 p.m. on Friday and Creighton vs. Baylor at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday. Doors to the Devaney Center will open at 3:30 p.m. both days.
• The Husker matches will be televised on NET and will be streamed on BTNPlus.com and the BTN+ app. Subscriptions start at $9.95 per month. Both matches will be broadcast on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha on Friday and AM 590 in Omaha on Saturday. 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.
• Three-time AVCA All-America setter Greichaly Cepero will be honored between sets two and three on Friday. Cepero is being inducted into the Nebraska Athletic Hall of Fame on Friday. A two-time Big 12 Player of the Year, Cepero was the AVCA National Player of the Year in 2000. That season, Cepero guided Nebraska to a 34-0 record and was the Most Outstanding Player at the NCAA Tournament when the Huskers won the national championship. Cepero helped Nebraska to a 123-10 record during her career, which included three conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Semifinals. She ranks third in school history in career assists.
• John Cook, Nebraska: 20th year at Nebraska (560-76); 27th year overall (721-149)
• Kirsten Bernthal Booth, Creighton: 17th year at Creighton (346-165); 20th year overall (458-206)
• Michael Sealy, UCLA: 10th year at UCLA (198-90)
• Nebraska is 18-0 all-time against Creighton. The Bluejays came as close as they ever have to taking down the Huskers last September in Omaha. Creighton took a 2-0 lead in the match at CHI Health Center Omaha, but the Huskers pulled off the comeback with 25-18, 25-22, 15-10 wins in the final three sets. It marked the first time a match between the teams has ever gone five sets.
• Nebraska is 12-5 all-time against UCLA. The last meetings were in 2017 when the Bruins came to Lincoln for back-to-back matches in the same weekend. NU swept both matches. UCLA's last win against the Huskers came in 2009 in the Ameritas Players Challenge, 3-2.
• Creighton went 29-5 (18-0 BIG EAST) in 2018 and reached the second round of the NCAA Tournament. The Bluejays, who have been to seven straight NCAA Tournaments, are picked second in the BIG EAST Preseason Coaches Poll.
• Senior setter Madelyn Cole was a first-team All-BIG EAST selection last year after averaging 10.92 assists per set with 51 service aces last year.
• Middle blocker Megan Ballenger returns after averaging 2.53 kills per set on .305 hitting last year. Libero Brittany Witt averaged 4.32 digs per set last season. Both are preseason All-BIG EAST selections.
• UCLA went 13-14 (8-12 Pac-12) in 2018 and missed the NCAA Tournament for the first time since 2013. The Bruins were picked seventh in the Pac-12 Preseason Coaches Poll.
• The Bruins return top hitter Mac May, who put up 3.69 kills per set and 34 aces as a sophomore and was an All-Pac-12 selection.
• Outside hitter Jenny Mosser averaged 2.44 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set last season.
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 will be 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 will be 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 will 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 253 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).
Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Preseason Coaches Poll. NU began and ended last season at No. 2.
• 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 487 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 542 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.
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook Enters 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 721 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 (560-76).
• 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.