26-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
NEBRASKA vs. SOUTH ALABAMA
AUG. 31, 2019 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN | 11 A.M. (CT)
TV - ESPN (Beth Mowins, Anthony Becht, Rocky Boiman)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin)
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 196, XM 113
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
2018 Record: 4-8, 3-6 Big Ten
Last Game: at Iowa (L, 28-31)
Rankings: 24 (AP)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 23-15 (4th Year)/4-8 (2nd Year)
vs. South Alabama: 0-0
2018 Record: 3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt
Last Game: Coastal Carolina (W, 31-28
Coach: Steve Campbell
Career/USA Record: 63-32 (8th Year)/3-9 (2nd Year)
vs. Nebraska: 4-5
The Nebraska Cornhuskers open their 130th season on Saturday by hosting the South Alabama Jaguars at Memorial Stadium. Kickoff for the 2019 season opener is set for 11 a.m. and the matchup will be televised nationally on ESPN, with radio coverage available on the Learfield IMG College Husker Sports Network.
Nebraska enters the 2019 season with a No. 24 preseason ranking in the Associated Press poll, marking the Huskers' first appearance in the preseason poll in five years. The Huskers are one of seven teams from the Big Ten Conference ranked in the AP preseason poll. The Big Ten led all conferences with seven teams ranked in the preseason poll, and the seven ranked teams tied the conference record for the most teams appearing in the preseason AP top 25. Nebraska also received the most votes among non-ranked teams in the USA Today coaches' poll.
Scott Frost will lead his second Husker team against a South Alabama squad that also features a second-year head coach in Steve Campbell. The Jaguars went 3-8 in Campbell's first season, including a season-ending victory over Coastal Carolina. Frost guided Nebraska to a 4-8 record in his debut season in Lincoln. The Huskers improved dramatically throughout the course of the season, winning four of their final six games with both losses in that stretch coming on the road to teams that ended the 2018 season ranked and are in the 2019 preseason top-25 polls.
Nebraska is 1-0 all-time against South Alabama, and the Huskers are 9-1 against current Sun Belt teams.
Nebraska kicks off its 130th season on Saturday by facing South Alabama for just the second time in program history but for the second time in five seasons. The first meeting between the teams came on Sept. 12, 2015, with the Huskers defeating the Jaguars 48-9 at Memorial Stadium.
• In the only previous meeting in 2015, Nebraska rolled up 561 yards of total offense with more than 300 yards passing and 250 yards rushing. Defensively, NU held the Jaguars to 19 rushing yards on 24 carries, the fewest rushing yards Nebraska had allowed in 20 games.
• The Huskers' 2015 win against South Alabama marked the 875th victory in the history of Nebraska football. At the time, Nebraska was just the fourth school to reach 875 all-time wins, joining Michigan, Notre Dame and Texas. It also marked Mike Riley's first win as Husker head coach.
• Nebraska is 9-1 all-time against current members of the Sun Belt Conference. The Huskers had been 9-0 against Sun Belt teams before suffering a 24-19 loss to Troy on Sept. 15 last year.
Husker History in Season Openers
Nebraska has an impressive history in season openers, especially when opening the season at home. The Huskers have won 97 of their 129 season openers, winning their first game more than 77 percent of the time while posting a 97-27-5 record. When opening the season in Lincoln, Nebraska has a stout record of 84-14-3 (.847).
• Nebraska is 32-2 in its first game of the season dating back to 1986, with the two defeats coming in the past four seasons by identical 33-28 scores. In 2015, BYU erased a one-point deficit with a Hail Mary touchdown pass on the final play of the game. Last season, Colorado came back from a one-point deficit to win the game with a 40-yard touchdown pass with 1:06 to play.
• SEASON OPENER RECORD: 97-27-5 (.771)
• AT HOME: 84-14-3 (.847)
• BIGGEST WIN: 117-0 vs. Kearney St. (1911)
• BIGGEST LOSS: 54-0 at Minnesota (1943)
• LONGEST WINNING STREAK: 29 (1986-2014)
• LONGEST LOSING STREAK: 6 (1942-47)
Frost Set for Second Season
Scott Frost is set for his second season at Nebraska in 2019. The 2017 consensus national coach of the year, Frost boasts a 23-15 career record in his first three seasons 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 126-33 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.
Nine of 10 Assistants Return for Second Season
Nine of Nebraska's 10 assistant coaches will return for their second season in 2019, with all nine having coached with Scott Frost in each of his four seasons as a head coach.
• Nebraska's nine returning assistant coaches mark its highest number of returning assistants since 2013, when a Husker coaching staff last had zero turnover during the offseason. Nebraska has had at least one coaching change each of the last six seasons.
• The lone new addition to the staff is Tony Tuioti, who coaches the Husker defensive line. Tuioti comes to Nebraska after spending the past two seasons at Cal, including the 2018 campaign as the Bears' defensive line coach. Tuioti was also an assistant defensive line coach for two seasons in the NFL with the Cleveland Browns in 2014 and 2015.
• Four of the Huskers' 11 full-time coaches played at Nebraska, including Frost, offensive line coach Greg Austin, running backs coach Ryan Held and inside linebackers coach Barrett Ruud.
• Nebraska's coaching staff has been lauded the past three seasons. In addition to Scott Frost being recognized as the 2017 national coach of the year while at UCF, the Husker staff features a Broyles Award finalist in offensive coordinator Troy Walters (2017) and two Broyles Award nominees in defensive coordinator Erik Chinander (2016) and quarterbacks coach Mario Verduzco (2018). The Broyles Award is presented annually to the nation's top assistant coach.
Nebraska Aims to Build Off Strong Finish to 2018
Nebraska won four of its final six games last season after an 0-6 start. The Huskers were nearly two touchdowns per game better both offensively and defensively over the second half of the 2018 season while facing four bowl teams in their final six games, including a pair of teams who were ranked in the final 2018 Associated Press top-25 poll.
• As part of its 4-2 finish, Nebraska won three games by at least 19 points. The Huskers' two losses were a five-point loss at Ohio State and a last-second three-point loss at Iowa.
• Offensively, Nebraska averaged 36.7 points per game in the final six games of 2018, after averaging 23.3 points per game in its first six contests.
• Defensively, the Huskers held two of their final five opponents to single digits last fall. Nebraska allowed 24.2 points per game in its final six contests after allowing 38.3 points per game in its first six games.
Roster Full of Youth for 2019 Huskers
Nebraska features a youthful roster again in 2019, one year after the Huskers' 2018 freshman class made a significant impact.
• Among the 153 players on the Husker roster, 105 are underclassmen, including 78 freshmen and 27 sophomores. Overall, 69 percent of Nebraska's roster is comprised of underclassmen. Additionally, 101 of the 153 players on the roster have been added in Scott Frost's two seasons.
• Nebraska's two leading returning rushers from 2018, its leading passer, its leading scorer, its leading kickoff returner and two of its top four returning receivers were all freshmen in 2018.
• Sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez is Nebraska's leading returning rusher after he ran for 629 yards as a true freshman. Sophomore running back Maurice Washington is the Huskers' second-leading returning rushers after gaining 455 yards as a true freshman in 2018.
• In the passing game, Martinez returns after leading Nebraska with 2,617 passing yards as a true freshman in 2018. Two of his top four returning targets are classmates, as Washington ranks second among Husker returners with 24 catches in 2018 and Kade Warner ranks fourth with 17 catches.
• Nebraska's top scorer last season was Barret Pickering, who totaled 82 points as a true freshman in 2018.
• The youth movement may not be as pronounced on defense, but the Blackshirts are expected to be led by several players who were first-year starters in 2018.
• Nebraska's top returner in tackles (senior Mohamed Barry), tackles for loss (Barry), sacks (junior Ben Stille) and pass breakups (junior Dicaprio Bootle) were all first-year starters in 2018, and the Huskers are hoping that year of starting experience will pay dividends this fall.
• NU also featured first-year starters at punter and place-kicker last season with both starters returning. Senior Isaac Armstrong was second in the Big Ten in punting average in 2018 with the ninth-highest average in NU history (43.6 yards per punt). Pickering connected on 14-of-18 field goals last year. He made his final 10 field goals and including PATs, he has made 36 straight kicks.
26-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball team held its 2019 Red-White Scrimmage on Saturday night in front of a crowd of 7,946 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center. The Red team won all three sets that were played, 25-18, 25-21, 25-19.
Capri Davis, who started on the White team and played the third set with the Red team, put up 18 combined kills while hitting .467. Lexi Sun finished with 10 kills, and Callie Schwarzenbach had 10 kills on .467 hitting for the Red team. Madi Kubik had nine kills, playing sets one and two with the Red team and set three with the White team.
Nicklin Hames had 29 assists and eight digs to lead the victorious Red squad. Lauren Stivrins was perfect with seven kills on seven swings with five blocks. Jazz Sweet had five kills. In addition to Davis posting 16 kills through the first two sets with the White team, Riley Zuhn finished with four kills on .300 hitting.
Kenzie Knuckles and Megan Miller each had eight digs. Nicole Drewnick set the White team and had 25 assists and seven digs.
During the intermission, junior Hayley Densberger received the team's Lifter of the Year award, as voted on by her teammates.
Set 1: The Red team had a strong first set, winning 25-18. They hit .321 with Hames setting, and five different players had kills. Sun had five kills to lead the Red team, while Sweet had three kills. For the White team, Davis had seven of their eight kills, and Drewnick assisted on all eight kills.
Set 2: The Red team gained early separation again after an 8-2 run made it 11-5. Red led 20-13 before White went on a 4-0 run with Davis posting two kills to help them pull back within striking distance. But after a timeout, Sun terminated to earn sideout for the Red team, and they took control again to win 25-21. She added three more kills to bring her total for the match to eight. Schwarzenbach had four kills for the Red team. Davis had nine kills in the set to lead the White team, bringing her two-set total to 16 on .444 hitting.
Set 3: For the final set, Davis switched to the Red team and Kubik switched to the White team. The set was closely contested throughout, but Kubik posted back-to-back kills to put White ahead 10-7. White led 14-11 after a Densberger ace, but Schwarzenbach tallied two kills, and Stivrins had a solo block before Sun got a kill and Knuckles served an ace to give Red a 16-15 lead. The Red run continued with an error by the White team and a back-row smash by Davis to make it 18-15. Sweet tipped a kill for a 19-15 lead, extending a 7-0 run. Sweet served an ace and Stivrins, Sun and Davis added kills as Red pulled away to the 25-19 win.
Up Next: The second-ranked Huskers begin the regular season on Friday against No. 18 Creighton at 7 p.m. at the Devaney Center. That match is part of the Husker Invitational. UCLA will play Baylor in the first match at 4:30 p.m. on Friday. Doors will open at 3:30 p.m. NU will also play UCLA on Saturday at 7 p.m. after Creighton takes on Baylor. Both Husker matches next weekend will be televised on NET.
26-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos announced Sunday that Head Softball Coach Rhonda Revelle will return to her duties leading the Nebraska softball program effective immediately.
Statement from Athletic Director Bill Moos:
“Our student-athletes’ well-being will always be the top priority at the University of Nebraska. Members of our softball team brought forward concerns regarding Coach Revelle and we took their concerns very seriously and initiated a comprehensive review.
“After reviewing the findings, I have concluded that Coach Revelle will continue to lead our softball program. Coach Revelle and her staff understand the seriousness of the student-athlete concerns and are committed to providing a complete and positive student-athlete experience on the field, in the classroom and in life.”
Statement from Head Coach Rhonda Revelle:
“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue to serve as the Head Coach of the University of Nebraska Softball Team. I also want both to recognize and thank the University of Nebraska leadership for their steadfast commitment to and unwavering support of this softball program.
“I love this state. I love this University. I love this team. I am so ready for and I am looking forward to Nebraska Softball growing strong and better together during the 2019-2020 season.”
There will be no additional media availability with Bill Moos, Coach Revelle or softball student-athletes at this time.
23-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln - The Nebraska women’s basketball team will face a loaded nine-game Big Ten home schedule this season, beginning with its league opener against defending conference tournament champion Iowa on Saturday, Dec. 28.
Nebraska’s Big Ten tip-off against the Hawkeyes, who advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight a year ago, was the first of 18 conference dates for the Huskers announced by the Big Ten office and the Big Ten Network on Friday as part of the unveiling of the league-wide men’s and women’s basketball schedules for 2019-20.
No game times or television information were announced for any conference games. Those designations will come from the Big Ten at a later date.
Season tickets for Nebraska women’s basketball are on sale now at Huskers.com/Tickets and by calling 800-8-BIG-RED during regular business hours Monday-Friday at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office. Reserved season tickets are just $180 for the Huskers’ 18-game home schedule.
After opening Big Ten play at home against the Hawkeyes, the Huskers will hit the road for a New Year’s Eve clash with another 2019 NCAA Tournament team when they face Michigan State in East Lansing. The Spartans advanced to the NCAA Second Round last season.
The Huskers open January at home with back-to-back games against Minnesota (Jan. 4) and Wisconsin (Jan. 9) before back-to-back road games at 2019 NCAA Tournament teams Rutgers (Jan. 12) and Maryland (Jan. 16). The Big Red then return home for games against 2019 NCAA qualifier Michigan (Jan. 19) and Purdue (Jan. 22).
Nebraska closes January much like it opens the month, with back-to-back games against Wisconsin (Jan. 25) and Minnesota (Jan. 30) - this time on the road - to complete season series with the Badgers and Golden Gophers.
The Huskers will play three of their first four games in February at Pinnacle Bank Arena, beginning with a battle against Ohio State (Feb. 2), before facing 2019 NCAA Tournament qualifier Indiana (Feb. 9) and Penn State (Feb. 13). Those three home games surround a road trip to Iowa City to complete the season series against the Hawkeyes (Feb. 6).
Nebraska closes the regular season with three of its final four games on the road, starting with trips to Northwestern (Feb. 16) and Ohio State (Feb. 19), before closing regular-season home action against Illinois on Saturday, Feb. 22. The game against the Fighting Illini will mark Senior Day for Huskers Nicea Eliely, Kristian Hudson, Grace Mitchell and Hannah Whitish.
The Big Red will conclude the regular season with a road trip to Bloomington to complete the regular-season series with Indiana (Feb. 27), before returning to the Hoosier State for the Big Ten Tournament at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis (March 4-8).
Coach Amy Williams, who enters her fourth season at the helm of the Huskers, returns five starters and each of the team’s top seven scorers from a year ago. The 2018 Big Ten Conference Coach of the Year will lead a team that features three-year starters in seniors Nicea Eliely and Hannah Whitish along with returning starters in juniors Kate Cain and Taylor Kissinger. A strong group of four sophomores also returns for the Huskers, including Leigha Brown, Sam Haiby, Ashtyn Veerbee, and returning starter Kayla Mershon, who each played in all 30 games for Nebraska in 2018-19.
23-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln – Five weekend Big Ten home games, including matchups with Purdue, Indiana and Wisconsin, highlight Nebraska's 2019-20 men's basketball conference schedule released Friday morning.
The five home games include the Big Ten home opener against Elite Eight qualifier Purdue on Sunday, Dec. 15, as well as contests with Indiana (Jan. 18), Penn State (Feb. 1), Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Northwestern (March 1).
The 20-game slate begins with a pair of conference matchups in mid-December, as Nebraska will open Big Ten play at Indiana on Friday, Dec. 13, before hosting Elite Eight qualifier Purdue two days later.
Following non-conference action, the Huskers open 2020 at Pinnacle Bank Arena with matchups against Rutgers (Jan. 3) and Iowa (Jan. 7). The remainder of January features home games with Indiana (Jan. 18) and Michigan (Jan. 28). The meeting with the Wolverines will feature the Big Ten's newest head coaches in NU's Fred Hoiberg and Michigan's Juwan Howard. The rest of NU's January schedule includes road tilts at Northwestern (Jan. 11), Ohio State (Jan. 14), Wisconsin (Jan. 21) and Rutgers (Jan. 25).
The February slate is highlighted by a visit by Final Four qualifier Michigan State, which will be likely open the season as the No. 1 team in the country, on Thursday, Feb. 20. It is one of three home games against NCAA qualifiers that month, as NU also hosts Wisconsin (Feb. 15) and Ohio State (Feb. 27) as well as Penn State (Feb. 1). NU also makes road trips to Iowa (Feb. 8), Maryland and Illinois (Feb. 24) in February.
NU's only home game in March is a Senior Day matchup with Northwestern on March 1, before the Huskers close out Big Ten play at Michigan (March 5) and Minnesota (March 8). The Big Ten Tournament takes place at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis from March 11-15.
Start times and television information for all Big Ten games and non-conference matchups will be announced at a later date. All of the Huskers' Big Ten games, as well as the 2020 Big Ten Tournament, will be televised by one of the conference television partners, as the Big Ten has contracts with FOX Sports (Fox and FS1), ESPN (ESPN and ESPN2), CBS as well as BTN.
Season tickets for the 2019-20 season are completely sold out, while details on any remaining single-game tickets, including games over Holiday break, will be announced at a later date on Huskers.com/Tickets.
22-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
The Nebraska volleyball team begins another season with the annual Red-White Scrimmage this Saturday at 6 p.m. at the Devaney Center. As of Thursday morning, a limited number of tickets and standing-room only are still available and can be purchased at Huskers.com/tickets. The Husker players will sign autographs following the scrimmage on the northwest concourse of the Devaney Center.
The match will be broadcast on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and AM 590 in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com, on the official Huskers app and the TuneIn 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 coming off its fourth straight NCAA Semifinals appearance and returns 10 players from its 2018 NCAA runner-up squad. For the first time in school history, the Huskers will have no seniors on their roster.
All-American Stivrins and Setter Hames Lead Huskers into 2019 Season
• Nebraska's two captains for the season are All-America junior middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and sophomore setter Nicklin Hames, who was an All-Big Ten Freshman pick and earned All-America honorable mention in 2018. The young duo will guide a Nebraska team that has no seniors on its roster for the first time in program history.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors. She 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. As a junior in 2019, Stivrins will aim to hunt down Tracy Stalls' single-season school-record hitting percentage of .473 in 2007.
• Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team in 2018 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. She 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.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has taken on two mantras 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. The Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history.
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 and Hames are among 10 returning players who will be counted on to step up for the Huskers. Juniors Lexi Sun and Jazz Sweet return to lead the Huskers on the pins, 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 junior Hayley 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.
22-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Tim Melville had to pause for a moment to clear his throat of some whipped cream.
He'd gotten the traditional condiment treatment in the showers from his Colorado Rockies teammates, in celebration of his first major league win.
Melville pitched seven innings of two-hit ball in his first big league appearance in almost two years, and the Rockies cruised to a 7-2 win over the Arizona Diamondbacks on Wednesday.
Melville, a 29-year-old right-hander with just six previous major league appearances who started this season in independent ball, limited Arizona to a first-inning double and a sixth-inning home run by Ketel Marte to go with four strikeouts and two walks. He also picked up his first hit — a two-out, fourth-inning single — and his first two career RBIs.
In April, Melville wasn't on a team when he came to a game as a fan at Chase Field.
"You win or you learn. I never look at it as losing," Melville said. "I've had a lot of ups and downs throughout my career and other opportunities in the big leagues. I'm very thankful for this one."
Melville was an emergency call-up from Triple-A Albuquerque earlier Wednesday to start in place of Jon Gray, whom the Rockies before the game placed on the 60-day injured list with a left foot fracture.
"I told him after the game, timeless. That's a throwback pitching style game. He could have pitched in the '20s, could've pitched in the '50s, '70s, '80s," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "That was fun to watch. A guy that understands how he gets his outs, how he changes speeds. He stayed just within himself and did his thing."
Colorado won the season series with Arizona, 10 games to nine. Alex Avila also homered for the Diamondbacks, who had their four-game win streak snapped.
The Rockies jumped on struggling Mike Leake (9-10) early with two runs on three straight singles and a fielder's choice in the first.
In the fourth, a hit batter, four singles and a sacrifice fly produced three more runs and a 5-0 lead. Leake got through five innings and was charged with five runs on eight hits. He's allowed 17 earned runs on 26 hits in 16 innings over his last three starts.
"Sometimes balls through holes can beat you," Leake said. "I got a little elevated towards that fourth inning. I could have stayed off the plate or more down."
Melville executed a squeeze bunt in the sixth to drive in Yonathan Daza, and Charlie Blackmon drove in his second run of the day with a single after Trevor Story led off the seventh with a walk and stolen base.
Marte hit his 27th home run of the season in the sixth, a solo shot to right field. Avila took Jesús Tinoco deep in the eighth for his ninth of the year.
"The theme here is we never got anything going offensively," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said. "I think we were prepared, we just went out of the zone (swinging) too often."
Diamondbacks right-hander Joel Payamps made his major league debut and allowed two runs on four hits in three innings. The 25-year-old from the Dominican Republic also had three strikeouts, with his first one as a big leaguer coming against the Rockies' Garrett Hampson.
Rockies: RHP German Márquez (12-5, 4.71 ERA) gets the call to open a four-game series at St. Louis on Thursday. Márquez is 4-0 over his last five starts.
Diamondbacks: After Thursday's off day, the Diamondbacks are off to Milwaukee for a three-game series with the Brewers in a matchup of teams trying to stay in the postseason hunt. Arizona has RHP Merrill Kelly (9-12, 4.63) set to start Friday's series opener. The Diamondbacks have lost five straight at Miller Park.
21-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln, Neb. -- The Nebraska football team practiced for just over two hours Wednesday morning inside the Hawks Championship Center and outside on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields, concluding practice with a brief walk-through on Tom Osborne Field in Memorial Stadium.
Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters spoke with the media after the conclusion of practice and talked about if he sees any separation in the wide receivers he coaches.
"Yeah we're putting guys in different situations,” Walters said. “Playing a lot of guys in different positions because we want that depth. This past week we've had a couple of scrimmages, a couple of game day simulations just to see how guys react. Definitely guys are separating themselves but I feel good about the depth that we have. I feel good about the guys understanding the offense so that we can move guys around, JD Spielman doesn't always have to play in the slot, we can move him outside if we need him. So we're very pleased with how things are coming and the depth of the group."
Walters went on to discuss how deep he would like to have his group on game days.
"You'd like to be at least two deeps, so that gives you six,” Walters said. You'd like to have six to seven guys that you believe in, that you can put in at anytime. One of the focuses this season is playing fast and selling out so I don't want guys to hold things in and be on cruise control because they're tired. They don't want to get tired. We want guys to go full speed and when you get tired we'll sub and get some other guys in and we feel like we have some depth where we can get guys in and play just as fast. We'd like to play six, seven, maybe eight."
Walters also commented on how the true freshmen have fared doing during camp.
"They're doing a good job,” he said. “What I'm pleased with is some of the other guys that have stepped up. So they've made it harder for those freshmen, they kind of ‘overshined’ the freshmen. They've done a good job but some of the other guys, (Jaevon) Mcquitty, Mike Williams, Andre Hunt have stepped up and their game and are doing well. The freshmen, they have a battle on their hands, but they've stepped up we'd like for them to play this season, get some experience under their belt. How much? Really just depends on the season and how things kind of shake out."
Walters finished his comments by speaking on moving toward game day preparations for South Alabama and what he will look for from his offense.
"Competition against the defense has been awesome,” Walters said. “Going against them every day has been awesome so we don't want to lose that. We don't want to lose that ‘good on good’, or that ‘iron sharpens iron’. So we'll still go against our defense ones versus ones, twos versus twos, but now the focus shifts to getting a jump on South Alabama. Understanding their tendencies and what we're going to see defensively.
“Now first game, you're never sure what you're going to see. We're going to go into that game plan, doing what we do. The good thing about our defense is that it is very similar to South Alabama so we'll be able to adjust to whatever they throw at us, and now we're trying to simulate game day atmosphere, game day situations so the guys have to be focused, dialed in and the extra days of going against South Alabama (in practice) will help us next Saturday."
The Huskers will continue preparations for South Alabama on Thursday. Kickoff for the season opener is scheduled for August 31, at 11 a.m. at Memorial Stadium with television coverage provided ESPN.
21-Aug-2019 / NU Athletic Communications
Lincoln -- Nebraska sophomore quarterback Adrian Martinez garnered another watch list spot, as the Manning Award, sponsored by the Allstate Sugar Bowl, announced its 30-player watch list on Wednesday.
Martinez is one of three sophomores on the Manning Award Watch list, which is presented to the top quarterback following the conclusion of the 2019 season, including bowl games.
Martinez returns to pilot the Husker attack after a record-breaking freshman year in 2018. The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder set 11 school records after becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start an opener in school history. On the season, Martinez completed 224-of-347 passes for 2,617 yards and 17 touchdowns, while also rushing for 629 yards and eight scores en route to All-Big Ten and Freshman All-America honors.
Martinez ranked 12th nationally and led all freshmen nationally in total offense per game (295.1 ypg) while also setting school marks for 300-yard total offense (seven) and 400-yard total offense (three) games in 2018. Martinez set freshman records for completions, completion percentage, passing yards, passing touchdowns, total offense and total touchdowns (25), and he was fourth nationally among all freshmen in passing yards per game at 237.9 yards per game.
Martinez threw for a season-high 384 yards and two touchdowns against Wisconsin, while his best game of the year came against Minnesota, when he completed a school-record 86.2 percent of his passes (25-of-29) for 276 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for a career-high 125 yards and a score on 15 carries.
Martinez and the No. 24 Huskers open the season on Saturday, Aug. 31, against South Alabama. Kickoff for the ESPN televised contest is set for 11 a.m. (CT).
21-Aug-2019 / Associated Press
PHOENIX (AP) — Eduardo Escobar is collecting some memorabilia to go along with the flashy statistics he's posting this season.
Escobar had a lineup card and encased baseball Tuesday night, keepsakes for his most recent accomplishments.
The ball was from the two-run triple Escobar hit in the sixth inning, which gave him 100 RBIs on the season. That triple was part of a five-run rally that gave the Diamondbacks a big lead, and Arizona held on to beat the Colorado Rockies 8-7.
"For sure I'm going to put it in my office, 100 percent," Escobar said, admitting he never imagined 100 RBIs in a season. "I am so glad and so happy to play for this team. I love it here and I believe in my guys."
Pinch-hitter Jake Lamb broke a 3-3 tie with pinch-hit single before Escobar came up, and the Diamondbacks scored five runs in the sixth off Colorado starter Kyle Freeland (3-11) and reliever Bryan Shaw.
Escobar became the third player in Diamondbacks history with 20-plus doubles, 20 or more home runs and at least 10 triples in a season, joining Steve Finley (1999 and 2003) and Stephen Drew (2008). He also became the first National League switch-hitter with 100 RBIs since Chase Headley accomplished the feat with the San Diego Padres in 2012.
He's the ninth Diamondbacks player to reach 100 RBIs, and he's the only player in the major leagues with 10 or more doubles, triples and home runs this season.
"What can you say about Eduardo Escobar? We've got to appreciate exactly what's he's done here in Arizona for us this year," Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo said, admitting he could have given his third baseman a little more rest earlier in the season. "This isn't the time to rest him, so he's got to grind through this and step up and do what he's doing."
Nick Ahmed homered and drove in two runs. He set a career high for home runs with his 17th and matched his career-best RBI total with 70.
Arizona's 34 home runs against the Rockies is a franchise record against an opposing team in a season.
Lamb, batting for starting pitcher Alex Young (5-3) with one out and the bases loaded, bounced a hit through the middle to drive in two runs, and Ketel Marte followed with an RBI on a fielder's choice ahead of Escobar's triple.
David Peralta had three hits, Young lasted six innings with three runs allowed and Archie Bradley got his sixth save.
"Any game where we can just grind out wins consecutively is huge," Young said. "It doesn't matter how we win."
Bradley gave up a run in the ninth inning after Charlie Blackmon led off with a double.
"We had a couple of chances throughout the game and couldn't get that big knock," Rockies manager Bud Black said. "We got the tying run, the go-ahead run to the plate a couple of different times and we couldn't really capitalize."
The Diamondbacks stayed within striking distance for an NL wild card, four games behind the Chicago Cubs.
Nolan Arenado homered in his 1,000th career game for the Rockies, and Trevor Story had four hits and two RBIs
The Rockies led 2-1 in the top of the fourth after Arenado's 31st home run of the season, a two-run shot. Down 8-3, Colorado rallied with three runs in the seventh, but couldn't catch up.
Freeland left the game with one out in the bottom of the sixth with a strained groin. He allowed three earned runs on five hits.
Peralta stumbled in left field and fell as he set up to throw the ball to the infield on Tapia's fifth-inning single.
It didn't cost the Diamondbacks for the moment, and Peralta smiled as he got to his feet and waved to the cheering crowd.
The Rockies' Daniel Murphy hit a ground rule double in the sixth because the ball got stuck under the padding of the right field foul pole.
And for good measure, a Wilmer Flores foul ball knocked over a phone in the press box.
The Diamondbacks called up infielder Ildemaro Vargas from Triple-A Reno before Tuesday's game after they optioned pitcher Bo Takahashi to Double-A Jackson following Monday's game.
Vargas has split time between Arizona and Reno this season. Takahashi, 22, was brought up for his first Major League stint on Sunday, but did not make an appearance in the brief time he was with the Diamondbacks.
Rockies: RHP Jon Gray (11-8, 3.84 earned run average) is scheduled to start the series finale against Arizona, and is coming off eight scoreless innings of five-hit ball in his last start, Aug. 16 against Miami.
Diamondbacks: RHP Mike Leake (0-1, 7.71 ERA with Diamondbacks; 9-9, 4.64 overall) is set for his seventh career start against the Rockies. He's 2-2 in his career against Colorado.