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Lincoln, NE - Devine Ozigbo rushed for a career-high 170 yards on 17 carries with two touchdowns and Adrian Martinez put up his first career 300-yard passing game, but the Nebraska football team came up short in a 42-28 setback to Purdue Saturday at Memorial Stadium.

Martinez, making his second home start of his career, accounted for 414 yards of total offense (323 passing, 91 rushing), as Nebraska racked up a season-high 582 yards of total offense as a team, outdistancing the Boilermakers' high-powered offense 582-516. It marked the third consecutive home game that Nebraska out-yarded the opposition but came up on the wrong end of the scoreboard. In fact, the Huskers are averaging 115.7 more yards of total offense per game than their three opponents at Memorial Stadium.

Martinez completed 25-of-42 passes with two touchdowns and one interception. In addition to the big days for Martinez and the senior running back Ozigbo, sophomore wide receiver JD Spielman hauled in 10 catches for 135 yards and a pair of 21-yard touchdown receptions, while senior wide receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. contributed 69 yards on four receptions.

Junior linebacker Mohamed Barry led the Blackshirts with 11 tackles - his third game with double-digit tackles this season - while senior safety Aaron Williams pitched in eight tackles for the Huskers. Dedrick Young II, Dicaprio Bootle and Khalil Davis each added seven tackles. Bootle also contributed three pass breakups for the Big Red, who slipped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten.

Senior quarterback David Blough led Purdue, completing 25-of-42 passes for 328 yards and one touchdown. Tight end Brycen Hopkins led the Boilermakers with five catches for 103 yards, while Rondale Moore added eight receptions for 85 yards. D.J. Knox led the Purdue ground game with 87 yards and two touchdowns on 15 carries, while Markell Jones added 59 yards on 14 carries with one score. Purdue improved to 2-3 overall and 1-1 in the conference.

For the game, Nebraska put up 259 rushing yards, while Purdue ran for 188 yards on the day. One of the day's biggest stats came in the penalty department, where the Huskers were flagged 11 times for 136 yards, while Purdue committed 10 penalties for 75 yards.

Nebraska started fast, winning the coin toss and marching 75 yards on 10 plays after the opening kickoff. The drive was capped by Ozigbo's 18-yard touchdown run to give Nebraska a 7-0 lead, as the Huskers scored for the first time this season on their opening drive.

Purdue answered quickly, going 71 yards on six plays, including a 42-yard touchdown run by D.J. Knox to tie the game with 7:57 left in the first quarter.

Nebraska's second drive stalled, and Purdue produced points on its second possession, punctuating a five-play, 45-yard drive with a Spencer Evans 31-yard field goal to take a 10-7 lead into the second quarter.

Purdue extended the lead to 20-7 with 10 more points in the second quarter while silencing the Husker offense. The Boilermakers extended the margin to 27-7 early in the third quarter before Nebraska rallied. 

Wyatt Mazour sparked the Huskers with a 21-yard return on Purdue's pooch kickoff. The Boilermakers were also offsides on the kick, putting the Huskers at the NU 47 to start the drive. Ozigbo started the drive with a quick nine-yard blast. Three plays later, Martinez sprinted 16 yards on a key 3rd-and-5 conversion to set up his 21-yard touchdown pass to Spielman to cut Purdue's margin to 27-14 with 6:18 left in third quarter.

But the Boilermakers responded with a 90-yard touchdown drive in eight plays that concluded with Knox's second touchdown run of the day - this time from six yards out to push Purdue's lead back to 34-14 with 3:24 left in the third.

The Big Red offense refused to quick. Martinez connected with Morgan on a 26-yard pass on the first play of the ensuing drive. On the next play, two Boilermaker defensive backs interfered with Morgan moving Nebraska 15 yards closer to the goal line. After a quick completion to Ozigbo for another first down, Martinez hooked up with Spielman for their second 21-yard touchdown pass in four minutes to pull the Huskers within 35-21 with 2:32 left in the quarter.

Nebraska's defense was in position to stop Purdue on the ensuing drive, forcing a 3rd-and-20 by the Boilermakers near midfield. But Purdue picked up a conversion when Freedom Akinmoladun was flagged for roughing the passer while being blocked in the back into Blough. Purdue scored three plays later to extend the lead to 42-21 on the opening play of the fourth quarter.

Martinez and the offense kept attacking, flying 75 yards in just plays, capped by Ozigbo's second scoring run of the day, this time from 23 yards out to pull the Big Red within 42-28.

In the last 12 minutes, the Blackshirts produced four straight stops, but Martinez and the offense were unable to produce more points despite penetrating Purdue territory three times.

Nebraska returns to Big Ten road action next week at Wisconsin. Kick-off between the Big Red and the Badgers is set for 6:30 p.m. with live television coverage by BTN.

Purdue 42, Nebraska 28
Memorial Stadium (Lincoln, Neb.)
Attendance: 88,911
Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018

First Quarter (PUR 10-7)
11:20 - NEB - Devine Ozigbo 18 run (Barret Pickering kick), 10 plays, 75 yards, 3:40, NEB 7-0
7:57 - PUR - D.J. Knox 42 run (Spencer Evans kick), 6 plays, 71 yards, 3:15, 7-7
3:40 - PUR - Evans 31 FG, 5 plays, 45 yards, 1:59, PUR 10-7

Second Quarter (PUR 20-7)
12:51 - PUR - David Blough 1 run (Evans kick), 10 plays, 71 yards, 3:01, PUR 17-7
0:30 - PUR - Evans 25 FG, 12 plays, 72 yards, 4:54, PUR 20-7

Third Quarter (PUR 34-21)
8:25 - PUR - Bryce Hopkins 12 pass from David Blough (Evans kick) 6 plays, 51 yards, 2:45, PUR 27-7
6:18 - NEB - JD Spielman 21 pass from Adrian Martinez (Pickering kick), 6 plays, 53 yards, 2:02, PUR 27-14
3:24 - PUR - Knox 6 run (2PAT pass good) 8 plays, 90 yards, 2:48, PUR 35-14
2:32 - NEB - Spielman 21 pass from Martinez (Pickering kick), 3 plays, 69 yards, 0:52, PUR 35-21

Fourth Quarter (PUR 42-28)
14:56 - PUR - Markell Jones 6 run (Evans kick), 6 plays, 75 yards, 2:36, PUR 42-21
13:04 - NEB - Ozigbo 22 run (Pickering kick), 7 plays, 75 yards, 1:52, PUR 42-28

Thursday (09/27/2018)

Clearwater-Orchard 54, Stuart 16
Dundy County-Stratton 72, Arapahoe 44
Lincoln East 17, Lincoln North Star 0
Red Cloud 68, Hampton 13
Santee 66, Elba 31
Spalding Academy 79, St. Edward 32
St. Mary's 24, CWCE 20

Friday (09/28/2018)

Adams Central 48, Holdrege 21
Allen 28, Hartington-Newcastle 12
Alma 30, Hitchcock County 22
Aquinas Catholic 46, David City 7
Arcadia-Loup City 74, Ansley-Litchfield 52
Archbishop Bergan 54, Yutan 21
Arlington 14, Fort Calhoun 7
Arthur County 38, South Platte 37
Ashland-Greenwood 28, Falls City 0
Auburn 20, Nebraska City 6
Aurora 57, Fillmore Central 7
Axtell 71, Franklin 0
BDS 24, Tri County 6
BRLD 54, Tekamah-Herman 16
Battle Creek 35, Ponca 20
Bayard 64, Morrill 26
Bellevue West 62, Norfolk 27
Bennington 48, South Sioux City 12
Bertrand 52, Anselmo-Merna 8
Blair 49, Schuyler 7
Bloomfield 56, Wausa 14
Boyd County 52, Niobrara/Verdigre 0
Boys Town 34, Platteview 31
Burwell 41, Amherst 0
Cambridge 50, Southwest 0
Centennial 47, North Bend Central 14
Central City 45, Grand Island Central Catholic 25
Central Valley 54, Twin Loup 14
Chadron 34, Ogallala 20
Clarkson/Leigh 66, Omaha Christian Academy 14
Cody-Kilgore 40, Crawford 36
Columbus Scotus 21, Bishop Neumann 19
Cozad 19, Minden 0
Creek Valley 64, Potter-Dix 27
Creighton 70, Ainsworth 20
Creighton Preparatory School 43, Columbus 3
Crofton 20, Stanton 19
Cross County 40, East Butler 0
Deshler 38, McCool Junction 35
Doniphan-Trumbull 45, Sandy Creek 7
Dorchester 20, Lewiston 13
EMF (Exeter-Milligan/Friend) 50, Osceola-High Plains 6
Elmwood-Murdock 50, Weeping Water 12
Emerson-Hubbard 54, Mead 14
Eustis-Farnam 72, Maywood-Hayes Center 6
Falls City Sacred Heart 1, Parkview Christian 0 (Forfeit )
Freeman 33, Malcolm 13
Fullerton 16, Palmer 12
Garden County 40, Paxton 0
Giltner 76, Blue Hill 38
Gothenburg 35, Broken Bow 21
Grand Island 77, Omaha Bryan 7
Guardian Angels Central Catholic 60, Omaha Nation 12
Harvard 82, Heartland Lutheran 32
Hastings St. Cecilia 28, Superior 7
Hay Springs 39, Minatare 0
Hemingford 34, Sutherland 28
Hershey 19, Southern Valley 18
Howells-Dodge 38, Neligh-Oakdale 20
Humphrey St. Francis 1, Winside 0
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 51, Walthill 37
Hyannis 50, Sioux County 24
Johnson-Brock 72, Diller-Odell 14
Kenesaw 60, Lawrence-Nelson 12
Kimball 60, Perkins County 42
Laurel-Concord-Coleridge 56, Madison 18
Lexington 42, Gering 7
Leyton/Banner County 1, Wallace 0
Lincoln High 55, North Platte 6
Lincoln Lutheran 42, Lincoln Christian 13
Lincoln Northeast 20, Omaha South 7
Lincoln Pius X 31, Omaha Central 7
Lincoln Southeast 55, Bellevue East 7
Lincoln Southwest 56, Omaha Benson 7
Lourdes Central Catholic 44, Omaha Brownell Talbot 8
Lutheran High Northeast 60, Elkhorn Valley 24
McCook 44, Alliance 7
McPherson County/Stapleton 46, Sumner-Eddyville-Miller 34
Meridian 64, Pawnee City 26
Milford 46, Fairbury 0
Millard North 38, Elkhorn 28
Millard South 28, Elkhorn South 21
Millard West 42, Kearney 20
Mitchell 35, Chase County 32
Mullen 42, Medicine Valley 40
Nebraska Christian 50, Heartland 6
Norfolk Catholic 54, Hartington Cedar Catholic 20
Norris 21, Plattsmouth 3
North Central 60, West Holt 14
North Platte St. Patrick's 48, Bridgeport 7
Northwest 49, Beatrice 7
Oakland-Craig 47, Louisville 0
Omaha Burke 43, Gretna 26
Omaha Concordia 47, Douglas County West 16
Omaha North 49, Papillion-LaVista South 13
Omaha Roncalli Catholic 55, Mount Michael Benedictine 29
Omaha Skutt Catholic 50, Ralston 0
Omaha Westside 40, Omaha Northwest 0
Ord 36, ONeill 0
Osmond 50, Plainview 34
Palmyra 64, Humboldt-Table Rock-Steinauer 22
Papillion-LaVista 42, Fremont 6
Pender 92, Cedar Bluffs 70
Pierce 44, Columbus Lakeview 22
Pleasanton 51, Elwood 6
Randolph 14, Wynot 8
Ravenna 52, Shelton 22
Riverside 80, Elgin Public/Pope John 0
Sandhills/Thedford 68, Maxwell 16
Scottsbluff 53, Sidney 3
Seward 50, Crete 7
Shelby-Rising City 55, Twin River 7
South Loup (Callaway/Arnold) 42, Elm Creek 6
St. Paul 56, Gibbon 0
Sutton 36, Kearney Catholic 0
Syracuse 34, Conestoga 6
Thayer Central 36, Southern 31
Valentine 55, Gordon-Rushville 20
Wahoo 75, Raymond Central 6
Wakefield 72, Homer 30
Wauneta-Palisade 54, Brady 27
Waverly 42, Gross Catholic 0
West Point-Beemer 14, Boone Central/Newman Grove 0
Wilber-Clatonia 41, Johnson County Central 14
Wilcox-Hildreth 63, Silver Lake 32
Wisner-Pilger 34, Winnebago 14
Wood River 19, Centura 17
York 42, Hastings 21

Missing Scores:
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EVANSTON, Ill. - The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team swept Northwestern 25-19, 25-12, 25-23 in its first Big Ten road match of the season on Friday night at Evanston Township High School.

The Huskers (12-1, 3-0 Big Ten) pulled away midway through the first two sets for decisive wins. In set three, the Huskers trailed most of the set and were down 23-20 before mounting a 5-0 run to finish off the match. 

Jazz Sweet had a match-high 12 kills on .346 hitting and had five blocks. Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills on 10 swings, becoming the third player in Nebraska history to have a perfect 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills. Mikaela Foecke and Lexi Sun each added eight kills. 

Nicklin Hames had 32 assists and 15 digs, and Callie Schwarzenbach posted six blocks. The Huskers outhit Northwestern (10-5, 0-3 Big Ten) .265 to .143. 

Ella Grbac led Northwestern with eight kills. 

Set 1: An early 7-3 Husker lead became 7-6 after a brief Northwestern run. But Foecke and Sun smashed kills, and Hames dumped one to make it 10-6 Huskers. Nebraska led 14-10 but again sloppy passing allowed the Wildcats back within one, 14-13. Sweet answered with her fifth kill to keep the Huskers in the lead, and a block by Hames, an ace by Densberger and block by Foecke and Stivrins made it 19-13 Huskers after a 5-0 run. Nebraska won 25-19 with five kills from Sweet and four from Sun. 

Set 2: After falling behind 3-1, Nebraska went on a 7-2 run to take an 8-5 lead with three kills by Stivrins. After Northwestern cut it to 15-12 to force a Husker timeout, Foecke terminated twice and served three aces, and Stivrins blasted three more kills as the Huskers finished the set on a 10-0 run to win 25-12. The Huskers held Northwestern to .000 hitting, and Stivrins had six kills on six swings. Nebraska had four aces in the set, three by Foecke.

Set 3: The Wildcats used a 5-0 run to take an 8-4 lead early in the set. The Huskers clawed back to take a 13-12 lead with two blocks by Sweet and Schwarzenbach and kills by Sun, Foecke and Sweet. But Northwestern responded with a 4-0 run to go back ahead, 16-13. The Wildcats led 20-16 before kills by Stivrins and Sun trimmed the deficit to 20-18. Northwestern still led 23-20 when back-to-back kills by Sweet cut it to 23-22. Northwestern hit wide on the next rally to tie the score at 23-23, and an ace by Sun gave the Huskers match point at 24-23. Sweet and Schwarzenbach ended the match with another block, as the Huskers finished set three on a 5-0 run to win 25-23. 


Outdoor Report Week of Sept. 24th

The Western Nebraska Community College soccer and volleyball teams will be in key conference contests this weekend.

The Cougar volleyball team, who went 4-0 at home last week and are 14-6 on the season, will hit the road for three Region IX South conference matches beginning Thursday at No. 19 Otero Junior College. Otero has a 17-1 record on the season. First serve is set for 6 p.m.

WNCC will continue the southern Colorado road swing on Friday and Saturday. Friday, the Cougars head to Lamar Community College (15-6) for a 6 p.m. first serve and then Saturday to Trinidad State Junior College (9-8) for a 1 p.m. start.          

Last week the Cougar volleyball team went 4-0 with some impressive wins. WNCC started last week with a 3-1 conference win over McCook Community College behind a 24-kill out-pouring by Enna Masaki. The Cougars then swept through the Wyo-Braska Invite with 3-0 wins over Eastern Wyoming College, Dawson Community College, and Casper College.

WNCC has five players with over 100 kills for the season. Masaki leads the way with 199 followed by Amryi-Grace Paris with 160, Gaby Canavati with 151, Kaile Tuisamatatele with 142, and Leslie Mamai-Lagafuaina with 134.

WNCC’s blocking has been key as well as the team has 125 solo blocks and 80 assisted blocks. Mamai-Lagafuaina had 44 solos and 21 assists followed by Tuisamatatele with 26 solos and Masaki with 19. Mamai-Lagafuaina is fifth in the country in solo blocks,

The setting has been handled by Ogallala’s Jayme Commins, who has 632 set assists for 8.66 per game. Commins ranks 24th in the nation in sets per game.

While the volleyball team is on the road for conference contests, the men’s and women’s soccer teams will be hosting conference matches Friday and Saturday at Landers Soccer Complex. The women’s contests for both days begin at 1 p.m. with the men’s teams battling at 3 p.m.

WNCC will take on Trinidad State Junior College on Friday and then Otero Junior College on Saturday. This will be the second time these teams have faced each other.

The Cougar men enter the weekend contests at 6-3 overall and 3-1 in Region IX South play. Trinidad State is 2-7 on the season and 0-3 in conference action. NJC leads the conference at 4-0 and 7-3 overall.

Otero is 4-5 overall as they enter this weekend’s contests. The Rattlers are 2-2 on the season.

When the WNCC men met up with Trinidad and Otero earlier this month, the Cougars won both contests, earning 1-goal wins. WNCC topped Otero 2-1 before earning a 1-0 win over Trinidad State.

The women’s contests will decide first place in the conference standings. Trinidad, Otero and WNCC are all tied at 2-1 in conference play. The Cougar women are 3-4-1 overall while Trinidad is 3-4 and Otero is 4-4.

The Cougar women, who last played Oct. 15 when they tied Gillette College 2-2 split with Otero and Trinidad State in their first meetings. WNCC fell to Otero 2-0 before coming back to register a 1-0 win over Trinidad.

After this week, the Cougar men’s soccer team will have three regular matches left before regionals, while the women will have four matches left. Both squads will travel to Western Wyoming Community College on Oct. 5 before hosting Northeastern Junior College on Oct. 10. The women will travel to face York junior varsity on Oct. 11 before hosting Northwest College on Oct. 14. The Cougar men’s final regular season game is Oct. 12 at Central Community College-Columbus.

The only other team in action this weekend is the Cougar baseball team as they will scrimmage Colorado Mines in Golden, Colorado on Sunday at 10 a.m.


The third-ranked Nebraska volleyball team will leave the state of Nebraska for the first time this season when it heads to Illinois for a pair of Big Ten matches this weekend. The Huskers will begin the road trip at Northwestern on Friday at 7 p.m. in a match that will be streamed online with a BTN Plus subscription. For the second straight year, Nebraska will play Northwestern at Evanston Township High School, as the Wildcats’ permanent home of Welsh-Ryan Arena is under renovation. The Huskers will then make a quick turnaround and play No. 7 Illinois on Saturday at 7 p.m. at Huff Hall in Champaign. That match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at

The Husker matches will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided for both matches at and on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 25th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.

About the Huskers
• Nebraska enters the week at 11-1 overall and 2-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 11 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 30 of its last 31 matches.
• Nebraska and Illinois are tied for the longest road win streaks in the nation at eight entering the week.
• Nebraska has won 16 straight Big Ten matches dating back to last season. It’s the second-longest current win streak in the nation of any power five conference team (Texas, 20). The next closest Big Ten team is Wisconsin with three straight conference wins.
• Should Illinois defeat Iowa on Friday night, the Huskers will be looking to knock off one of the lone remaining unbeaten teams in the nation on Saturday for the second straight week. Last Friday, Nebraska ended Michigan’s perfect start to the season with a 3-1 win, leaving BYU, Illinois and Pittsburgh as the only undefeated teams left in NCAA Division I.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .106. The next closest team is Notre Dame at .130.
• Nebraska’s 2.80 blocks per set ranks 14th nationally.
• Nebraska ranks third in the Big Ten and 15th nationally with 1.79 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.67 kills per set and adds 2.37 digs per set and 19 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .337 and is the only active player in NCAA Division I with at least 1,000 career kills, 200 career blocks, 500 career digs and 100 career aces.
• Fellow senior captain Kenzie Maloney is averaging 3.98 digs per set to lead the Husker defense.
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth in the nation with 1.60 blocks per set. Schwarzenbach had 13 blocks in a 3-1 win over New Mexico on Sept. 14, the most in the NCAA in a four-set match this season.
• Since debuting for the Huskers on Sept. 14, Lexi Sun has put up 3.40 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set.
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has seven double-doubles through 12 matches and is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set.
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.60 kills per set on .295 hitting.
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set.

• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (542-70); 26th year overall (703-143)
• Shane Davis, Northwestern: 3rd year at Northwestern (34-44); 15th year overall (299-132)
• Chris Tamas, Illinois: 2nd year at Illinois (36-11)

Series History
• Nebraska is 12-1 all-time against Northwestern and 8-1 in the Big Ten era. After dropping the first-ever meeting between the teams as conference foes in 2011, Nebraska has won eight straight in the series, the last five coming in sweeps. NU swept Northwestern in Evanston last season, 25-13, 25-20, 25-21.
• Nebraska is 24-7-1 all-time against Illinois. The Huskers have won five straight against Illinois, including four sweeps in that span. NU is 9-2 against Illinois since joining the Big Ten and is 4-1 in matches in Champaign. Illinois’ last win against the Huskers was Nov. 26, 2014, 3-2 in Champaign. The Huskers won 3-1 last year in Lincoln in a homecoming for former NU assistant coach and current Illini head coach Chris Tamas.

Scouting Northwestern
• Northwestern is 10-4 overall and 0-2 in the Big Ten after road losses to Indiana (3-1) and No. 16 Purdue (3-1) last weekend. Northwestern will be playing its first home match of the season on Friday night, though the Wildcats did go 3-0 in the Chicago Cup two weeks ago, beating UIC, DePaul and Loyola-Chicago.
• Nia Robinson leads the Wildcats with 4.14 kills per set, which ranks fourth among all Big Ten players. Abryanna Cannon adds 3.80 kills per set and 2.00 digs per set, but she has been out with an injury since Sept. 8. Ella Grbac, daughter of former NFL quarterback Elvis Grbac, chips in 2.91 kills per set.
• Setter Britt Bommer is putting up 8.13 assists per set, and Michelle Lee is averaging 3.49 digs per set.

Scouting Illinois
• No. 7 Illinois is one of three remaining unbeaten teams in the nation at 13-0 (2-0 Big Ten). The Fighting Illini came back from down 0-2 to beat Indiana on the road last Sunday. Illinois has wins over currently ranked teams in Purdue, Creighton, Washington and Colorado this season.
• All-American setter Jordyn Poulter leads the team with 11.48 assists per set, which leads the Big Ten.
• Illinois ranks first in the Big Ten in aces per set (1.90) and is second in hitting percentage (.293) and assists per set (13.40). The Fighting Illini rank in the top 15 nationally in all three categories.
• Jacqueline Quade leads the attack with 4.06 kills per set, fifth-most in the Big Ten. Megan Cooney adds 3.27 kills per set. All-American middle blocker Ali Bastianelli ranks third in the conference in blocks with 1.54 per set and is hitting .393 on the season.

Foecke, Maloney Captain Young Husker Squad
• Seniors Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney are co-captaining the 2018 Husker squad. Foecke and Maloney are the lone players on the team who have been part of both the 2015 and 2017 NCAA Championship teams, and the duo will look to become the first in program history to appear in four straight final fours and win three national championships.
• Foecke, an outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, was selected the Most Outstanding Player of the NCAA Championship in both 2015 and 2017 after leading the Huskers to their fourth and fifth NCAA titles all-time.
• Foecke became the fourth player in NCAA history to twice be named the MOP - as she also earned the honor in 2015 - and she was the first to earn the honor in non-consecutive years.
• Foecke was named an AVCA second-team All-American and was unanimously selected to the All-Big Ten team and was an AVCA All-North Region pick for the third straight year in 2017.
• Foecke was a unanimous preseason All-Big Ten selection entering her senior season. She had a career-high 25 kills on .351 hitting with 13 digs at Creighton on Sept. 6, earning Big Ten Co-Player of the Week honors for the first of two times this season.
• Foecke ranks 10th on Nebraska’s career kills list with 1,328, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 108 career aces are tied for fourth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.
• Maloney, a libero from Louisville, Kentucky, was named to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament team in 2017 and was a first-team All-American after serving a school-record 13 aces during the NCAA Tournament.
• In her first season as NU’s libero in 2017, Maloney played all 125 sets and averaged 3.62 digs per set and 0.95 aces per set with season totals of 452 digs and 37 aces, second-most on the team.
• Maloney was named to the preseason All-Big Ten team this year. She is averaging a team-high 3.98 digs per set and had a career-high 25 digs in a win at No. 14 Creighton.
• Maloney became the 11th Husker all-time to reach 1,000 career digs when she did so against Missouri State on Sept. 15. She now has 1,041 career digs, ninth-most in school history in the rally scoring era.

Stivrins, Sweet Stepping Up in Sophomore Seasons
• After earning All-Big Ten Freshman team honors in 2017, middle blocker Lauren Stivrins and opposite hitter Jazz Sweet are both playing bigger roles as sophomores in the program.
• Stivrins is averaging 2.07 kills per set on a team-best .374 hitting percentage to go with 1.07 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is fourth on the team with 11 aces.
• Stivrins finished the 2017 season with 2.07 kills per set on .309 hitting and 1.02 blocks per set while playing all 125 sets. She tallied nine kills on .316 hitting against Florida in the NCAA Championship match and had seven kills and a career-high nine blocks in the NCAA Semifinal vs. Penn State.
• Sweet also played in all 125 sets last season and had 2.22 kills per set on .273 hitting in her first year as a Husker. Sweet posted 12 kills on .375 hitting against Penn State in the NCAA Semifinal.
• This year, Sweet moved into the starting lineup for the Big Red and is third on the team in kills per set at 2.60 and is hitting .295. Sweet also has 36 blocks this season, third-most on the team behind only the two middles.

Sun Makes Husker Debut
• Nebraska added sophomore outside hitter Lexi Sun to its attack in the offseason. The University of Texas transfer was a 2017 first-team All-Big 12 selection and received All-America honorable mention in her freshman season with the Longhorns. A native of Encinitas, California, Sun was the National Player of the Year, the Gatorade Player of the Year and the All-USA Volleyball Player of the Year as a senior at Santa Fe Christian.
• Sun made her Husker debut on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. She had 13 kills on .346 hitting with five digs, and she followed that the next day with nine kills on .368 hitting with seven digs against Missouri State.
• Sun is playing all six rotations for the Huskers and is averaging 3.40 kills and 2.27 digs per set.

Young Huskers Making Instant Impact
• Eight of the 15 Huskers on the roster are new to the team this season, and five are freshmen.
• Setter Nicklin Hames has started every match and has seven double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.84 assists and 2.93 digs per set. Her 20 service aces lead the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.60 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks second in the Big Ten and fourth nationally with her 1.60 blocks per set.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 10 matches and is providing 1.34 digs per set, as well as six aces from the service line.
• Outside hitter Capri Davis has played in seven matches and was huge for the Huskers in a 3-2 comeback win at No. 14 Creighton, providing 18 kills.
• Defensive specialist Chen Abramovich made her first collegiate appearance against Wake Forest on Aug. 31.

Smith Makes Return to Huskers
• Senior setter Brooke Smith was part of the Huskers’ 2015 NCAA Championship team and 2016 Big Ten Championship team. She played the 2017 season at Kansas State before transferring back to Nebraska for her senior season this year. Smith was cleared by the NCAA to start playing for the Huskers on Sept. 7 and has played in six matches, recording six assists and one ace.

Huskers Will Play School-Record 19 Home Matches
• Nebraska will play a school-record 19 regular-season home matches in 2018.
• Nine of the Huskers’ 10 non-conference matches were played at the Devaney Center this season. The only road trip was to Omaha, where NU beat Creighton, 3-2, on Thursday, Sept. 6.
• The 2018 season marked the first time the Huskers didn’t play a non-conference match outside of Nebraska since 2007.

Huskers Aiming for 250th Consecutive Regular-Season Sellout
• Nebraska carries an NCAA women’s record 245 consecutive regular-season sellouts. Should the Huskers continue to sell out, their 250th straight sellout would be on Friday, Nov. 2 against Penn State.

Huskers Ranked No. 3 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 3 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 99 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 476 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 531 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.

Cook Adds to Legacy; Joins AVCA Hall of Fame
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 19th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2018. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, eight final fours, 12 conference championships and 16 top-10 final rankings since 2000. Cook has 703 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history.
• Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .886 win percentage in that time (542-70).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 52 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook was named the AVCA North Region Coach of the Year in 2016, his fifth career regional coaching honor and fourth while at Nebraska.
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the 10th active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins with the Huskers’ eighth win of the season on Sept. 14 against New Mexico. Cook is one of 27 Division I coaches all-time to have reached the 700-win mark.
• Cook passed former Husker head coach and AVCA Hall of Famer Terry Pettit on the all-time career wins list earlier this season. Pettit finished his career with 694 career wins, which Cook passed on Aug. 31 when Nebraska beat Wake Forest.

Husker Fans Set Attendance Standard Once Again
• Nebraska fans led the nation in attendance for a fifth straight season in 2017, averaging 8,202 fans per match, nearly 2,000 more than any other school.
• In 2016, the Huskers also led the nation with an average attendance of 8,210 fans per match, a new NCAA attendance record.
• In 2013, the Huskers led the nation in attendance (8,175) for the first time since 1992, ending Hawaii’s 21-year reign as the national leader.
• The Huskers repeated as attendance champions in 2014 with 8,083 fans per match, which included a school-record 8,585 fans at the Oct. 3 win against Penn State.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (27 straight seasons).

Cook’s Coaching Tree Continues to Grow
• Nebraska head coach John Cook’s assistant coaches have a great track record of moving on to become head coaches.
• Following the 2017 season, Husker assistant Tyler Hildebrand was named the Director of Coaching, Beach Volleyball for USA Volleyball in his home state of California.
• After the 2016 season, Nebraska assistants Chris Tamas and Dani Busboom Kelly both accepted high-level Division I head coaching jobs. Busboom Kelly became the head coach at Louisville, while Tamas accepted the head coaching job at Big Ten foe Illinois. Tamas led his Fighting Illini squad to the Sweet 16 in his first year, while Busboom Kelly made the NCAA Tournament with Louisville and was named the AVCA East Region Coach of the Year.
• Seven assistants under Cook have become head coaches following their time on Cook’s Nebraska staff: Craig Skinner (Kentucky), Lee Maes (Virginia), Lizzy Stemke (Georgia), Dan Conners (UC Davis), Dan Meske (Augustana, Associate Head Coach at Louisville), Busboom Kelly and Tamas.
• In the last eight years, five of Cook’s Husker assistants have become head coaches. with her 1.60 blocks per set.



Lincoln – The Nebraska football team practiced for approximately two hours on Wednesday inside the Hawks Championship Center and on the Ed and Joyanne Gass practice fields.

Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about moving forward after a slow start and looking ahead to Saturday’s game against Purdue.

“The guys came back and put that one behind us,” Walters said. “We’re kind of in reset mode. The first three weeks, there are what they are. We have to look ahead, look forward. The guys have had three good practices.”

Walters talked about setting the tone and example for the team as coaches.

“Up until this year, we haven’t experienced a loss in a long time,” Walters said. “It was new for us. But we know we have to set the example. We have to be the standard. If players see us panicking and losing faith and belief in the system and in this program, then they are going to do the same thing. We understand it’s a long season. We’re not giving up on this season, we feel like we can accomplish everything we want to accomplish. The goals are still out there. It’s day-by-day. We’ve got to take it day-by-day, get better as coaches, get better as players, get better as trainers each day and if we do that, then we put ourselves at a good chance to win on Saturday.”

Walters mentioned Purdue’s defense and the game plan going into Nebraska’s conference home opener.

“They play with passion,” Walters said. “They fly around. Upfront, they’re big, they’re stout. They do a lot of movement up front. That’s going to be a challenge. Linebackers are downhill players. (Junior linebacker Markus Bailey) is kind of a hybrid. He plays out of the box and into the box, very athletic. Secondary wise, they bend, but don’t break. They want to keep everything in front of them and are good tacklers. They’re a solid defense. We have to make sure we go out there and can’t turn the ball over. You can’t have penalties. I think if we do that, then we have a chance at being successful.”

Walters also discussed the improvements from the receiver unit, mentioning how they are evaluated each week before going into a game.

“I thought (junior receiver Jaron) Woodyard did a good job,” Walters said. “He had a couple releases on their guys and ran a post route. He was open, we just didn’t have time. Tyjon (Lindsey), he’s growing and learning. It was good for him to get out there against that type of competition. Kade Warner has done a good job. Bryan Reimers has done well in practice. We’re just going to find out who that guy is. Nothing is set in stone. I told them at the beginning of the week, ‘I know what Stanley (Morgan Jr.) can do. I know what JD (Spielman) can do. Every other position at receiver is open. We’re grading every rep, and I’m posting it on the receiver door so that those guys know their pluses, their minuses, their grades each day. We’re going to play according to those grades.”

The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Purdue this Saturday, Sept. 29 in Memorial Stadium at 2:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.


Lincoln – Pinnacle Bank Arena will be full once again in 2018-19, as the NU Athletic Ticket Office announced that general public season tickets are sold out for the upcoming season.

The final season tickets for the public were purchased on Tuesday, making the fourth time in the past six seasons that the Huskers have sold out their entire season allotment of tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena. In all, nearly 15,000 season tickets have been sold, including the Red Zone student section, for the 2018-19 season.

Since moving into PBA in 2013-14, the Huskers have ranked in the top-15 in attendance nationally all five years, and are one of only nine schools in the country to average 15,000+ fans per contest in that span.

“Thank you to our fans for selling out Pinnacle Bank Arena again,” Nebraska Coach Tim Miles said. “There is a lot of excitement about the upcoming season, and we saw last season how much of a positive impact our fans can make on making Pinnacle Bank Arena such a great environment. In running into fans across the state over the summer and in recruiting, I know they are just as excited about the upcoming season as we are.”

Despite season tickets being sold out, fans will have a couple of additional opportunities to purchase tickets at Pinnacle Bank Arena for games during the 2018-19 season. First, a very limited number of single-game tickets will go on sale on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 10 a.m. by visiting or calling 800-8-BIGRED. These tickets include opponent returns and not every game will have tickets available to the general public.

In addition, tickets for the two student holiday break games (Dec. 22 vs. Cal State Fullerton and Dec. 29 against Southwest Minnesota State) will go on sale on Tuesday, Dec. 4, at 10 a.m. These tickets will be lower bowl seats, as UNL students are off campus for the holidays.

The Huskers return three starters, including returning All-Big Ten picks James Palmer Jr. and Isaac Copeland Jr., and nine letterwinners from a team that went 22-11 and placed fourth in the Big Ten in 2017-18. The Huskers’ lone exhibition game is against Wayne State on Nov. 1 with the season opener against Mississippi Valley State set for Nov. 6.


This Weeks Panhandle Athlete of the Week is Gering Senior Outside Hitter Olivia Schaub. Schaub help lead Gering to a sweep at the Kimball Triangular of the Kimball Longhorns and the number 9 team in the state of Nebraska in Class B the Sidney Red Raiders. Gering sits at a record of 8-9 going into the Twin Cities Invitation over the weekend. 


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After a 2-0 start to Big Ten play, the Nebraska volleyball team was rewarded with two Big Ten weekly honors on Monday. Mikaela Foecke was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week for the second time this season, and Nicklin Hames was named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for the first time.

Foecke, a senior outside hitter from West Point, Iowa, averaged 4.13 kills per set and 2.13 digs per set in wins over No. 18 Michigan and Michigan State. She had 21 kills on .391 hitting with nine digs and six blocks against Michigan, and followed with 12 kills on .417 hitting with eight digs, three blocks and an ace against the Spartans. It marks her third career Big Ten Player-of-the-Week honor.

Hames, a freshman setter from Knoxville, Tennessee, averaged 10.50 assists per set and 3.25 digs per set in the Husker victories. Hames had double-doubles in both matches - bringing her season total to seven - and served five aces and posted three blocks.

Big Ten Weekly Honors (Sept. 24, 2018) Co-Player of the Week: Stephanie Samedy, So., MINNCo-Player of the Week: Mikaela Foecke, Sr., NEB
Defensive Player of the Week: Allegra Rivas, Fr., MD
Setter of the Week: Samantha Seliger- Swenson, Sr., MINNCo-Freshman of the Week: Nicklin Hames, NEB
Co-Freshman of the Week: Adanna Rollins, MINN