• Wednesday's match can also be heard on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, including 107.3 FM in Lincoln and 105.9 FM in Omaha. A live audio stream will be provided at Huskers.com and also on the official Huskers app. John Baylor is in his 26th season doing play-by-play for the Husker volleyball program. Lauren (Cook) West, a former All-America setter for the Huskers, will provide color commentary.
• Nebraska is 6-1 all-time against Rutgers and won the only meeting last year, 3-0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-13) in Lincoln. NU has won six in a row in the series.
• John Cook: 20th year at Nebraska (570-77); 27th year overall (731-150)
• CJ Werneke: 12th year at Rutgers (88-255); 18th year overall (199-341)
About the Huskers
• Jazz Sweet led the Huskers over the weekend with 3.88 kills per set on .393 hitting as Nebraska won at No. 20 Illinois (3-2) and at Northwestern (3-0). Sweet had a career-high 18 kills with six digs and four blocks on .324 hitting to lead the Huskers to the comeback win at No. 20 Illinois. She followed the next night at Northwestern with 13 kills on a season-best .526 hitting percentage with three digs and a block.
• Callie Schwarzenbach had season highs of eight kills and eight blocks in the win at Illinois. She followed the next night with four blocks and three kills in a win at Northwestern.
• Nicklin Hames averaged 11.50 assist per set over the weekend. She had a double-double of 57 assists and 11 digs at Illinois, setting a season high for assists and posting her sixth double-double of the season.
• Nebraska has a .144 opponent hitting percentage this season, which ranks second in the Big Ten.
• The Huskers have held five of their 11 opponents below .100 hitting this season.
• The Huskers rank second among Big Ten teams with 15.39 digs per set. Freshman libero Kenzie Knuckles leads the team with 4.00 digs per set.
• Lexi Sun leads the Huskers with 3.46 kills per set this season. The junior from Encinitas, California was named the MVP of the Ameritas Players Challenge after a career-high 23 kills against Loyola Marymount.
• All-America middle blocker Lauren Stivrins leads the Huskers in blocks with 1.20 per set. She is also putting up 2.32 kills per set on .332 hitting.
• Rutgers (6-7, 0-2 Big Ten) was swept by Michigan and Penn State in its first two Big Ten matches last week.
• The Scarlet Knights are led by Tali Marmen's 2.49 kills per set. Kamila Cieslik adds 2.22 kills per set.
• Rutgers ranks 14th in the Big Ten in hitting percentage (.192) and 11th in opponent hitting percentage (.191). The Scarlet Knights average 2.67 blocks per set this season, third-best among Big Ten teams.
Huskers Ranked No. 2 in AVCA Coaches Poll
• Nebraska is ranked No. 2 in the AVCA Coaches Poll this week.
• The Huskers have been ranked No. 1 in 100 all-time polls, the most in NCAA history. The Huskers held the No. 1 ranking this season the week of Sept. 16.
• The Huskers have been ranked in the top 10 a total of 492 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 548 AVCA Coaches Polls since it was established in 1982. Nebraska and Stanford are the only two programs to be ranked in every poll all-time.
Three Huskers Named to Preseason All-Big Ten Team
• Nicklin Hames, Lauren Stivrins and Lexi Sun were all voted to the 14-player preseason team by the conference's head coaches. Additionally, the Huskers were picked second in the preseason poll behind Wisconsin. Minnesota was third.
• Stivrins, a Scottsdale, Arizona native, had a breakout sophomore season to earn first-team All-Big Ten and first-team AVCA All-America honors in 2018. The Huskers' co-captain averaged 2.36 kills per set and had a hitting percentage of .421, the third-highest mark in school history and the No. 3 mark in the nation last season. Stivrins was selected to the NCAA Championship All-Tournament Team after a career-high 19 kills on .615 hitting in the championship match against No. 1 Stanford.
• Hames, a sophomore from Maryville, Tennessee, set the Huskers to the NCAA Championship match as a true freshman. The Huskers' co-captain finished the season with 10.49 assists per set and 3.32 digs per set, along with 40 service aces, second-most on the team. Hames had 25 double-doubles during the 2018 season, which broke Jordan Larson's school record for double-doubles. She tallied a career-best 62 assists in the NCAA final against Stanford with 12 digs.
• Sun, a junior from Encinitas, California, is Nebraska's top returning kills leader. She averaged 3.11 kills per set and 2.69 digs per set in 2018, her first season as a Husker. Sun was one of NU's top servers with 30 aces on the season, and she played a big role for the Huskers down the stretch with 19 kills and 12 digs in the NCAA Semifinal win over Illinois.
"29,029" and "To Be Continued..."
• The 2019 Nebraska volleyball team has two slogans for the season: 29,029 and To Be Continued...
• 29,029 is the elevation in feet of Mount Everest. The Huskers, who nearly reached the peak of college volleyball in 2018 before coming up three points short against Stanford, are using the memory of that defeat to motivate them in 2019. The Huskers will play 29 regular-season matches, and head coach John Cook said the hardest part of climbing Mount Everest is the final 29 feet. "Many people say the elevation is 29,000 feet, forgetting the final 29 feet. We got to that 29,000 (in 2018). We didn't get that last 29 feet. All the bad things happen in the last 29 feet. People mentally let go, they're exhausted, they get stuck. Our whole theme is we've got to figure out how to get the last 29 feet."
• The Huskers also have a team slogan of "To Be Continued..." in 2019. The slogan references the Huskers continuing what they couldn't quite finish in 2018 - winning an NCAA Championship. It also means carrying on the recent success of the program (four straight NCAA Semifinals appearances) and preparing to bring back the entire team for the 2020 season, as the Huskers have no seniors on their roster for the first time in program history. The ellipsis signifies the three points that separated the Huskers from a national championship in 2018.
Foecke and Maloney Leave Big Shoes to Fill
• This year, the Huskers are without two players who led the program to four straight final fours from 2015-18 in Mikaela Foecke and Kenzie Maloney. The All-Americans both graduated, leaving big production to replace at outside hitter and libero. Foecke and Maloney won two NCAA titles, two Big Ten titles and won more postseason matches than any other player in Husker history.
• Stivrins, Hames and Sweet are among 10 returning players who are being counted on to step up for the Huskers. Jazz Sweet also returns to lead the Huskers on the right side, and sophomore Callie Schwarzenbach is back after breaking the Nebraska freshman record for blocks last season with 177. Sophomore hitter Capri Davis played a big role last year coming off the bench, and sophomore Megan Miller and Hayley junior Densberger both have a plethora of experience in the back row.
• A group of six freshmen help offset the loss of the most decorated senior class in school history. Three of the six newcomers - outside hitter Madi Kubik, middle blocker Riley Zuhn, libero Kenzie Knuckles - were PrepVolleyball.com All-Americans and ranked among the top 40 prospects in the 2019 class. The Huskers' incoming class was ranked No. 2 by PrepVolleyball.com.
Huskers Visit Asia in Summer of 2019
• The Nebraska volleyball team took a 17-day trip to Japan and China over the summer. The Huskers took on top professional teams from the two countries during the trip, winning about half of the sets they played. Head Coach John Cook called it "by far the best" of the five trips his teams have taken to Asia in his 20 years at Nebraska.
• In addition to the highly competitive matches, the Huskers also toured numerous sites in Asia, including the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and the Great Wall of China. With six newcomers and no seniors on the roster for the 2019 season, the trip was a great opportunity for the team to bond on and off the court, a team that will spend the next two years playing together.
• The NCAA allows a team to take a foreign trip every four years, and Cook has made it a habit to take his team to Asia. Previous trips have usually paid off with successful seasons. In the last four seasons following a Cook-led foreign trip, Nebraska has responded by winning three conference titles and two national championships.
• Cook took his first team to Asia prior to the 2000 season, his first as Nebraska's head coach. The Huskers responded with a 34-0 season and the program's second national championship.
• In 2006, Cook took his team back to Asia and the results were the same: another national championship. The Huskers went 33-1 following their international trip and capped the national title with a 3-1 victory over Stanford in front of 17,209 fans at the Qwest Center in Omaha.
• Nebraska went back to Asia in 2010. Although NU did not win the national title that year, it did put together a 29-3 season that included a Big Ten title. Nebraska took a No. 3 ranking into the NCAA Tournament but was upset in a four-set loss at No. 11 Washington in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
• The Huskers' last Asia trip in 2014 with only one senior was followed by a 23-10 season. But the following year saw that young group go on to win the program's fourth national title.
Nebraska Fans Continue Record-Setting Consecutive Sellout Streak
• Nebraska volleyball holds an NCAA women's record 260 consecutive regular-season sellouts.
• Nebraska led the nation in attendance in 2018 for the sixth straight year since moving into the Bob Devaney Sports Center in 2013, averaging 8,205 fans per match.
• Nebraska has ranked in the top three nationally in attendance every season since 1990 (28 straight seasons).
• Nebraska set a new school record for attendance - 8,632 - against No. 2 Stanford on Sept. 18.
AVCA Hall of Fame Head Coach John Cook in 20th Season at Nebraska
• Nebraska head coach John Cook is in his 20th season as the Nebraska volleyball head coach in 2019. He has led the Huskers to four national championships, nine final fours, 12 conference championships and 17 top-10 final rankings since 2000.
• Cook has 731 career wins and is one of the all-time winningest coaches in NCAA history. Since taking over the program in 2000, Cook has led the Huskers to a nation-leading .881 win percentage in that time (570-77).
• Under Cook, the Huskers have achieved 55 AVCA All-Americans and 19 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans, both among the best in the nation. He is a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year, earning the prestigious honor in 2000 and 2005, and a seven-time conference coach of the year, including Big Ten Coach of the Year in 2016 and 2017, his first and second Big Ten honors with the Huskers in their Big Ten era (2011-present).
• Cook is one of only four active coaches - and one of six all-time - to be a two-time AVCA National Coach of the Year and was honored in 2008 by USA Volleyball, receiving its All-Time Great Coach Award.
• Cook was inducted into the AVCA Hall of Fame in 2017, joining former Husker volleyball coach Terry Pettit in the hall.
• Cook became the ninth active Division I head coach to reach 700 career wins in 2018.
NEBRASKA vs NORTHWESTERN
OCT. 5, 2019 | MEMORIAL STADIUM
LINCOLN, NEB. | 3 P.M. (CT)
TV - FOX (Tim Brando, Spencer Tillman, Coley Harvey)
RADIO - Husker Sports Network (Greg Sharpe, Matt Davison, Ben McLaughlin
SATELLITE RADIO - Sirius Channel 83, XM 83
INTERNET RADIO - Huskers.com, TuneIn.com
APP AUDIO - Official Huskers App, TuneIn App
SPANISH RADIO - Huskers.com, Huskers App, 97.7 FM (Omaha/Lincoln), 93.3 FM (Grand Island)
2019 Record: 3-2, 1-1 Big Ten
Last Game: Ohio State (L, 48-7)
Coach: Scott Frost
Career/NU Record: 26-17 (4th Year)/7-10 (2nd Year)
vs. Northwestern: 0-1
2019 Record: 1-3, 0-2 Big Ten
Last Game: Wisconsin (L, 24-15)
Coach: Pat Fitzgerald
Career/NW Record: 97-73 (14th Year)/Same
vs. Nebraska: 4-4
Nebraska plays its second straight home game at Memorial Stadium on Saturday afternoon, as the Huskers entertain Northwestern in a Big Ten West battle. The game will mark Homecoming 2019 in Lincoln. Kickoff is set for shortly after 3 p.m. with national television coverage on Fox. The game can be heard on the Husker Sports Network from Learfield-IMG.
Nebraska will look to bounce back from a loss to fifth-ranked Ohio State on Saturday night in Lincoln. The setback dropped Nebraska to 3-2 overall and 1-1 in Big Ten Conference play. The Huskers now head into a key stretch of two Big Ten West games in the next two weeks, with games against Northwestern and at Minnesota before heading into their first bye week of the 2019 season.
Northwestern heads to Lincoln with a 1-3 overall mark and an 0-2 record in Big Ten Conference play. The Wildcats have faced a difficult early-season schedule, opening Big Ten play against a pair of nationally ranked opponents in Wisconsin and Michigan State. The reigning Big Ten West champ Wildcats again have a strong defense, allowing 318.8 yards and 21.5 points per game in 2019.
Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten, the series between the Huskers and Wildcats has consistently provided some of the most entertaining and tightly contested league games on an annual basis.
Nebraska holds a 7-5 all-time lead in the series between the two schools. Since Nebraska joined the Big Ten in 2011, the schools have split eight games, with the visiting team winning six of the eight contests.
• Prior to Nebraska joining the Big Ten, the schools had met four times. Nebraska held a 2-1 edge in regular-season matchups, and also defeated the Wildcats in the 2000 Alamo Bowl.
Nebraska has History of Tight Matchups with Wildcats
Six of the eight meetings have been decided by three or fewer points or in overtime, with the teams needing overtime the past two seasons.
• The four games in Lincoln between the two schools have all went down to the wire. The first three meetings at Memorial Stadium between 2011 and 2015 were decided by a total of eight points. The 2017 meeting in Lincoln went to overtime before the Wildcats posted a 31-24 victory.
• Nebraska holds a 226-205 scoring edge in the eight meetings as Big Ten opponents.
Huskers on Homecoming
Nebraska will play host to Northwestern on Saturday as part of the annual Homecoming festivities on the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus. The game will be the 109th all-time Homecoming contest in school history. The Huskers boast an all-time record of 81-23-4 (.769 winning percentage) in Homecoming games.
The Huskers lost last year's Homecoming game against Purdue in Lincoln, ending a streak of nine straight Homecoming victories. Nebraska is 6-1 against Big Ten teams in Homecoming games since 2011.
Nebraska Joins 900-Win Club
Nebraska reached a major milestone in the history of its program with its win at Illinois on Sept. 21, becoming the fifth program in the country with 900 all-time victories. Nebraska joined Michigan (956), Ohio State (916), Texas (911), and Alabama (910) in the 900-win club. Oklahoma and Notre Dame joined the 900-win club a week later on Sept. 28.
Rk. School (Wins)
1. Michigan (956)
2. Ohio State (916)
3. Texas (911)
4. Alabama (910)
5. Nebraska (900)
Notre Dame (900)
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. NU has scored on its opening drive in three of the first five games in 2019.
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. At Colorado, Nebraska drove 96 yards in five plays on its first possession to take a 7-0 lead. The Huskers opened with a field goal on the game's first drive against Northern Illinois, covering 58 yards in eight plays. The opening-drive success has continued a theme throughout Frost's head coaching tenure.
• 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. In Frost's two seasons, Nebraska has scored on its opening possession 10 times in 17 games.
• 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 18 times in 30 games (60 percent). The average length of the touchdown drive in that span is 74 yards.
• In three-plus years as a head coach, Frost's offenses have scored on their opening drive 23 times in 43 games, with 21 touchdowns and two field goals. In 83 games over six-plus seasons as a play-caller, Frost's offenses have scored on their first possession of the game 44 times, putting points on the board in more than half of their opening possessions.
• Frost's Opening Drive Scoring Percentage: 53% (44 of 83 drives)
• Frost's Opening Drive Touchdown Percentage: 46% (38 of 83 drives)
Barry Continues to Pile Up Tackles as Blackshirt Leader
Senior inside linebacker Mohamed Barry is serving as a team captain in 2019 after a breakthrough junior season in 2018. Barry totaled 112 tackles as a junior after recording only 44 tackles in his first two seasons combined.
• Barry leads the Nebraska defense with 41 tackles in 2019. He opened the season with a team-high 12 tackles against South Alabama, tying his career high. He added a team-high 10 tackles against Northern Illinois for his ninth career double-figure tackle game. He has led Nebraska in tackles in 12 of 17 games since the start of the 2018 season.
• Barry is looking to become the sixth Husker to have back-to-back 100-tackle seasons, joining David (2010-11), his position coach Barrett Ruud (2003-04), Lee Kunz (1977-78), Clete Pillen (1975-76) and Jerry Murtaugh (1969-70).
• Barry led Nebraska with 112 tackles in 2018, the most by a Husker since Lavonte David made 133 stops in 2011. Barry was second in the Big Ten and 38th nationally with an average of 9.3 tackles per game, and he was the Big Ten's leading returner in that category.
• Barry was tabbed as a third-team All-Big Ten selection by the conference media in 2018 and was an honorable-mention selection by the league's coaches. He is on the 2019 preseason watch lists for the Butkus Award and the Lott IMPACT Trophy.
Bootle and Jackson Break Up Opponent Passing Games
Junior Dicaprio Bootle wreaked havoc on opponent passing games in 2018. Bootle broke up 15 passes and had a career-high 39 tackles in his first season as a starter in 2018, helping Nebraska rank 34th nationally in pass efficiency defense, a 61-spot improvement from the 2017 season. This season Bootle ranks second on the team with four breakups.
• Bootle ranked ninth nationally in breakups and 16th nationally in passes defended per game (1.3) in 2018. His 15 pass breakups ranked second on Nebraska's season chart and were the most by a Husker since DeJuan Groce broke up a school-record 17 passes in 2000. Bootle has four pass breakups in 2019.
• Bootle earned third-team All-Big Ten honors last year, becoming the first Husker cornerback to be honored by the conference in four seasons.
• Senior Lamar Jackson lines up opposite Bootle at corner, giving Nebraska one of the conference's best cornerback tandems. Jackson has an interception and a team-high nine PBU in 2019.
• Jackson ranks third in the nation in passes defended per game at 2.0 per contest and is tied for the national lead with his nine breakups.
• Jackson had a career-high four breakups against Northern Illinois, bettering his previous career high of two breakups in a single game.
Spielman Continues to Climb Husker Charts
Junior wide receiver JD Spielman has already made Husker history as the only player in program history to have a 200-yard receiving game. Spielman is also leaving his mark on Nebraska's career record book. He has 140 career catches for 2,039 yards, ranking sixth all-time at Nebraska in both categories.
• Spielman reached 2,000 and 1,000 career receiving yards faster than any other Husker. He hit 2,000 yards at Illinois on Sept. 21, breaking the 2,000-yard barrier in 25 games. He reached 1,000 career yards in only 15 games, eclipsing Heisman winner Johnny Rodgers (16 games).
• Spielman needs 50 catches and 708 yards to become Nebraska's all-time leader in both categories. He averaged 61 catches and 842 receiving yards per season in his first two years. On a per-game basis in his 26-game career, Spielman averages 5.4 receptions and 78.4 receiving yards.
• Spielman is the only player in school history to record 100 catches prior to his junior season.
• Spielman owns the only two 200-yard receiving games in Husker history (200 yards vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 209 yards at Wisconsin in 2018).
• Spielman is the only wide receiver in school history to have two career games with double-digit receptions (11 vs. Ohio State in 2017 and 10 vs. Purdue in 2018). Running back Marlon Lucky is the only other Husker to have two career games with double-digit catches.
• Spielman had more than 800 receiving yards in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only Huskers with two 800-yard receiving seasons. No Husker has ever had three 800-yard receiving seasons.
• Spielman had more than 50 catches in each of his first two seasons, joining Johnny Rodgers, Kenny Bell and Stanley Morgan Jr. as the only players in program history with multiple 50-catch seasons. No Husker has ever had three 50-catch seasons.
• Spielman opened the 2019 season with a 76-yard punt return for a touchdown against South Alabama, marking his second career punt return score. He had a 77-yard punt return touchdown last season against Bethune-Cookman. He also had a 99-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in his first career touch against Arkansas State in the 2017 season opener. Spielman is one of only eight players in program history to return both a punt and kickoff for a touchdown.
• Spielman had a 65-yard TD reception at Colorado, his sixth career touchdown of at least 65 yards.
• Spielman had seven catches for 160 yards at Illinois, marking his third-highest receiving total at Nebraska. It was his sixth career 100-yard receiving game.
The Big Ten Conference announced on Monday morning that Nebraska’s Oct. 12 game at Minnesota will kick off at 6:30 p.m. CT and will be televised on FS1 or BTN. The network designation will be determined following this Saturday’s games.
Nebraska’s game this Saturday against Northwestern at Memorial Stadium will be televised on FOX with kickoff shortly after 3 p.m. CT. Game times and television announcements for remaining 2019 Nebraska football games will be made six to 12 days in advance.
The Spanish broadcast will be available for free on Huskers.com and the Huskers app and will be carried over the air on Lobo 97.7 FM serving Omaha, Lincoln and eastern Nebraska and Le Grand 93.3 FM serving Grand Island and central. Enrique "Kike" Morales and Oscar "El Tico" Monterroso will call the game, with Morales describing the play-by-play and Monterroso adding color commentary. Morales and Monterroso serve as the Spanish-language announcing crew for the Kansas City Chiefs, in partnership with Tico Sports.
Saturday will mark the first non-English broadcast of a Nebraska game for both Nebraska Athletics and the Husker Sports Network.
"This broadcast is an exciting opportunity to introduce new fans to Husker Football and grow the listenership of the Husker Sports Network," Husker Sports Network General Manager David Witty said.
"We want to thank Andy Ruback with Flood Communications and Alan Usher with Hometown Family Radio for helping us bring this broadcast to listeners of their stations. We also want to thank Tico Sports, specifically Enrique Morales and Oscar Monterroso, for bringing experienced and professional football broadcasting to the Husker Sports Network, to ensure we are providing the best possible broadcast."
"We are excited to bring a Spanish-Language radio broadcast to Husker fans in Nebraska and around the world for our game with Northwestern," Nebraska Athletic Director Bill Moos said. "The timing is especially fitting with the game falling in National Hispanic Heritage Month and as a part of the University's Homecoming festivities. This broadcast is an important step in making sure we engage a growing demographic of Nebraska's population and welcome all fans to Husker Nation."
Saturday's Spanish broadcast will begin with a pregame show at 2:45 p.m., leading up to the 3 p.m. kickoff.
Adams Central 50, Ord 27
Alliance 37, Chase County 21
Amherst 62, Ansley-Litchfield 26
Aquinas 35, Centennial 0
Arcadia-Loup City 42, South Loup 6
Archbishop Bergan 42, Louisville 0
Arlington 50, Omaha Concordia 0
Ashland-Greenwood 42, Auburn 0
Aurora 39, Fairbury 0
Bancroft-Rosalie/Lyons-Decatur 42, Yutan 27
Battle Creek 54, Stanton 7
Beatrice 19, York 16
Bellevue West 42, Lincoln Pius X 0
Bertrand 27, Loomis 26
Bishop Neumann 28, Columbus Lakeview 21
Blair 57, South Sioux City 21
Bloomfield 42, Allen 26
Boone Central/Newman Grove 28, Logan View-Scribner-Snyder 21
Bridgeport 23, Gibbon 10
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley 40, Southern 26
CWC-Ewing 40, Twin Loup 20
Centura 35, Grand Island Central Catholic 34
Chadron 24, Sidney 9
Clarkson/Leigh 60, Pender 6
Cody-Kilgore 70, Hay Springs 12
Cozad 46, Holdrege 7
Creek Valley 54, Arthur County 28
Creighton 70, Niobrara/Verdigre 12
Deshler 56, Dorchester 27
Diller-Odell 62, Pawnee City 26
Dundy County-Stratton 48, Alma 0
East Butler 52, Nebraska Lutheran 12
Elkhorn Mount Michael 50, Schuyler 0
Elkhorn South 44, Columbus 0
Elkhorn Valley 47, Madison 27
Elm Creek 36, Burwell 28
Elmwood-Murdock 58, Nebraska City Lourdes 22
Emerson-Hubbard 55, Cedar Bluffs 40
Falls City Sacred Heart 53, Meridian 14
Fillmore Central 33, Superior 7
Fort Calhoun 22, Boys Town 21
Garden County 62, Leyton/Banner County 6
Gordon/Rushville def. Southern Valley, forfeit
Gothenburg 28, O'Neill 0
Grand Island 38, Lincoln North Star 0
Grand Island Northwest 35, Seward 28
Hartington Cedar Catholic 34, Ponca 0
Harvard 72, Lewiston 21
Hastings 44, Crete 7
Hastings St. Cecilia 13, Sandy Creek 7
Heartland Lutheran 67, Hampton 20
Hemingford 55, Kimball 12
Hitchcock County 74, Southwest 0
Homer 82, Winnebago 22
Howells/Dodge 50, Lutheran High Northeast 27
Humphrey St. Francis 68, Osmond 0
Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family 79, Spalding Academy 24
Hyannis 33, Potter-Dix 24
Johnson County Central def. Conestoga, forfeit
Johnson-Brock 66, Parkview Christian 20
Kearney Catholic 31, Minden 22
Kenesaw 38, Axtell 7
Lexington 24, McCook 21, OT
Lincoln Christian 39, Falls City 16
Lincoln East 55, Bellevue East 3
Lincoln Lutheran 62, Nebraska City 20
Lincoln Southwest 41, North Platte 34, OT
Malcolm 67, Syracuse 6
Maywood-Hayes Center 67, Wilcox-Hildreth 47
McCool Junction 55, Sterling 0
McPherson County/Stapleton 50, Eustis-Farnam 34
Mead 62, Omaha Christian Academy 12
Medicine Valley 50, Maxwell 25
Milford 35, Central City 19
Millard North 34, Fremont 14
Millard South 48, Omaha Northwest 19
Mullen 33, Brady 14
Nebraska Christian 52, Shelton 14
Neligh-Oakdale 34, Laurel-Concord/Coleridge 24
Norfolk Catholic 21, Crofton 20
North Bend Central 41, Twin River 12
North Central 56, Boyd County 0
North Platte St. Patrick's 41, Hershey 0
Oakland-Craig 58, Tekamah-Herman 6
Ogallala 18, Mitchell 0
Omaha Burke 28, Elkhorn 0
Omaha Central 17, Lincoln High 7
Omaha Gross Catholic 21, Ralston 12
Omaha Skutt Catholic 34, Plattsmouth 0
Omaha Westside 49, Omaha Creighton Prep 21
Osceola-High Plains 52, Cross County 18
Overton 44, Pleasanton 32
Palmer 40, Heartland 14
Palmyra 44, Omaha Brownell-Talbot 20
Papillion-LaVista 38, Gretna 23
Papillion-LaVista South 44, Lincoln Northeast 0
Pierce 42, Wayne 0
Plainview 64, Elgin Public/Pope John 16
Platteview 44, Douglas County West 6
Ravenna 36, Fullerton 18
Red Cloud 44, Silver Lake 18
Riverside 76, Winside 30
Scottsbluff 42, Gering 7
Shelby/Rising City 23, David City 13
Sioux County 46, Crawford 21
St. Edward 51, Elba 13
St. Paul 41, Wood River 0
Sutherland 59, Bayard 33
Sutton 22, Doniphan-Trumbull 16
Tri County 67, Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer 0
Valentine 36, Broken Bow 6
Wahoo 54, West Point-Beemer 7
Wakefield 68, Omaha Nation 6
Walthill 61, Santee 0
Wauneta-Palisade 30, Paxton 22
Waverly 21, Norris 14
Weeping Water 42, Thayer Central 36
Wilber-Clatonia 49, Freeman 0
Wisner-Pilger 34, Guardian Angels 14
Wynot 40, Wausa 22
The Huskers (10-1, 2-0 Big Ten) followed up their Friday night 3-2 comeback win at No. 20 Illinois with a hard-fought sweep of the Wildcats 24 hours later. Nebraska got 13 kills on .526 hitting from Jazz Sweet, who led Nebraska in kills for the second straight night.
Lexi Sun had 11 kills, and Lauren Stivrins had 10 kills on .615 hitting with three blocks and three aces. Madi Kubik contributed six kills, and Callie Schwarzenbach had a career-high four solo blocks to go with three kills.
Nicklin Hames had 34 assists and nine digs, and Kenzie Knuckles led the team with 10 digs.
The Huskers hit .316, their best outing in their last six matches. Northwestern was held to .190 hitting. NU had a decisive 10-2 advantage in blocks and a 7-3 edge in aces. Megan Miller contributed two of NU's seven aces.
Nebraska has started 2-0 in Big Ten play each of the past seven seasons.
Temi Thomas-Ailara led Northwestern (9-5, 0-2 Big Ten) with 16 kills.
Nebraska plays its third straight Big Ten road match when it visits Rutgers for a 6 p.m. (CT) match on Wednesday in New Brunswick, N.J.
Set 1: Northwestern jumped out to an 8-2 lead as the Huskers started slowly. The lead went to 11-3 before the Huskers started chipping away, and a block by Schwarzenbach and Hames cut it to five, 13-8. Northwestern made it 17-10 before Sweet tallied consecutive kills, and Knuckles served an ace before a block by Stivrins trimmed the Wildcats' lead to 17-14. An ace by Miller started an 8-0 run for the Huskers that put them ahead 22-18. The Wildcats got back within 23-21 with an ace, but Kubik got a kill and Sun and Stivrins teamed up for a block to give the Huskers the 25-21 win. NU outscored Northwestern 22-10 after trailing 11-3.
Set 2: Sweet had the first three points of the set for the Big Red, all via kills, but the Wildcats once again had the better start, taking an 8-5 lead. But a tip kill by Sun and three straight aces by Stivrins made it 10-8 Huskers after the 5-0 run. Nebraska went up 13-10 after another three-point spurt, and a kill by Schwarzenbach, followed by three errors by Northwestern and a block by Sweet and Schwarzenbach had the Huskers ahead 18-11. Northwestern scored three in a row to force a Husker timeout, but Sweet got the Huskers out of the rotation with her seventh kill, and her eighth kill of the night made it 21-15. Stivrins hammered another kill, and Sun tooled a block to give Nebraska the 25-17 win in set two.
Set 3: Schwarzenbach started the set with a kill and two blocks, and kills by Sweet and Stivrins made it 6-4 Huskers. Northwestern answered with four straight points on the jump serve of Thomas-Ailara to go up 8-6 before Kubik terminated to get the Huskers out of the rotation. A back-row blast by Kubik and a Northwestern hitting error restored an 11-9 Husker lead. But the Wildcats came out of a timeout with a 3-0 run to go up 12-11. Sun came back with a kill for Nebraska and Northwestern hit into the net to put the Big Red back in the lead, 14-12. Schwarzenbach added another solo block, her fourth of the match, and the Huskers led 16-12 after a 5-0 run. The game of runs continued as Northwestern strung together four points to tie the set at 16-16. Sun terminated an out-of-system ball to end the run, and the Huskers went ahead 19-17 after Sweet connected again. Northwestern answered with a 4-0 run to gain a 21-19 advantage before Stivrins sided out for the Big Red with her eighth kill. Thomas-Ailara put Northwestern ahead 22-20 with a kill, but Stivrins answered for the Big Red. Sun then put away a bump set from Hames to tie the score at 22-22. Northwestern earned set point twice, but Sun killed off both of them. The Huskers appeared to gain set point at 26-25 on a kill by Sweet, but the point was reversed after video review showed an attack by Northwestern earlier in the rally hit the floor. Sweet's 12th kill gave the Huskers sideout once again. Thomas-Ailara and Sweet traded kills once again to put the score at 27-27, and Hames and Stivrins combined for a block to get match point at 28-27. Northwestern sided out before Stivrins terminated on the slide, and Sun ended the set and match with her 11th kill.
University of Nebraska Chancellor Ronnie Green and Athletic Director Bill Moos announced Friday plans to embark on construction of a new athletic facility housing the Nebraska football program. The ‘Go Big’ project will provide Nebraska Athletics with a facility that will be the largest of its kind in the country.
The new athletic complex will be approximately 350,000 square feet and will be constructed east and north of Memorial Stadium and will blend naturally into the University of Nebraska’s flagship campus. The facility will be convenient and beneficial for all 600-plus Husker student-athletes, and help Nebraska provide the most comprehensive student-athlete experience in the country.
Groundbreaking is expected to occur next summer with completion of the new complex scheduled for the summer of 2022. The $155 million project will link the new facility with Memorial Stadium and will also improve the fan experience at Memorial Stadium. Construction will include new vertical transportation for fans entering and exiting the North Stadium.
“Nebraska has been an innovator in college athletics going back to Coach Devaney and Coach Osborne,” Moos said. “We are making the investment to once again be a national leader in facilities, and continue our mission of competing at the highest level and building for championships.”
The facility will provide the Nebraska football program with a new locker room, strength and conditioning center, athletic medicine facility, equipment room, meeting rooms, coaches’ offices and an additional outdoor practice facility. Plans for the building also include the training table and academic support facilities for student-athletes across all 24 Nebraska sports.
The last major facility construction for the Nebraska football program was completed in 2006 with the opening of the Tom and Nancy Osborne Athletic Complex. Since that time, every Big Ten school has opened new football facilities or is in the planning stages of constructing a new facility.
The current football facilities were built to accommodate a roster of approximately 125 players. Head Coach Scott Frost has placed a renewed emphasis on the importance and mission of the storied Nebraska walk-on program. Nebraska’s 2019 roster has more than 150 student-athletes creating a need for an expanded locker room, weight room, athletic medicine and meeting spaces.
Nebraska owns the largest roster in the Power Five ranks this season and trails only the service academies among FBS schools.
“This new complex will give our football program everything we need to operate efficiently on a daily basis,” Frost said. “This building will showcase Nebraska and be a difference-maker as we sell our program to recruits from all parts of the country. It was also important that we design a building that benefits all of our student-athletes and helps position all of our teams to compete at the highest level.”
The addition of a new athletic complex continues a building boom on the University of Nebraska campus. When including projects that are newly completed, under construction or committed, UNL is investing more than $350 million in new or renovated facilities. Recently completed or upcoming projects include the College of Engineering, the Johnny Carson Center for Emerging Media Arts, Mabel Lee Hall and more than $50 million of facility investments on East Campus.
“We are investing more than $500 million to lead on a national stage—both in athletics and academics,” said Ronnie Green, Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln. “And we appreciate all of the incredible public and private support we have for these efforts. This new facility is an exciting opportunity to ‘Go Big’ for Husker Football and all of our student-athletes.”
The footprint of the new athletic facility will sit on part of the current location of Ed Weir Track, the outdoor home of the Nebraska track and field program. As part of the facilities plan, Nebraska will construct a new outdoor track stadium north of the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Innovation Campus. The new outdoor track will be closer to Nebraska’s indoor track facility and coaches’ offices, which are housed at the Devaney Center.
The facility upgrades for the football and track program continue Nebraska Athletics’ commitment to championship facilities. Nebraska has partnered with the city of Lincoln to have the Husker basketball programs compete in Pinnacle Bank Arena, one of the nation’s top arenas. The renovated and modernized Bob Devaney Sports Center provides Nebraska with the nation’s top volleyball venue. The Husker soccer and tennis programs have opened new facilities in the past five years, and the men’s and women’s gymnastics programs will soon move into a new training facility.
"This facilities upgrade is another example of the commitment the Nebraska Athletic Department shows to dreaming big," Nebraska Volleyball Head Coach John Cook said. "When we renovated the Devaney Center in 2013, it changed the landscape of college volleyball with our record attendance numbers, and it certainly helped in attracting recruits who have helped us win two national championships and compete in four straight Final Fours. This new facilities project is another huge step forward for our athletic department.”
The Nebraska Athletic Department has a goal of raising approximately $100 million to fund the ‘Go Big’ project. Nebraska Athletics is one of only a handful of athletic departments in the nation who receive no state dollars or student fees and give funds back to the university. The Athletic Department annually provides more than $10 million to the general University fund, including $5 million to provide scholarships for non student-athletes.
Ashland-Greenwood def. Fort Calhoun, 25-22, 25-11, 25-22
Auburn def. Palmyra, 25-23, 16-25, 25-23, 13-25, 15-6
Beatrice def. Fairbury, 25-12, 25-16, 25-22
Bellevue West def. Omaha Burke, 25-16, 25-9, 25-19
Bruning-Davenport/Shickley def. Meridian, 25-20, 25-16, 25-23
Burwell def. Ainsworth, 25-22, 25-22, 13-25, 25-22
Cambridge def. Arapahoe, 25-13, 25-17, 25-13
Chadron def. Scottsbluff, 25-14, 22-25, 25-19, 25-20
Columbus Scotus def. Lincoln Christian, 23-25, 25-14, 25-21, 25-21
Cross County def. Palmer, 25-17, 25-8, 25-22
David City def. Schuyler, 3-0
Falls City Sacred Heart def. Lewiston, 25-16, 25-11, 25-12
Fremont def. Grand Island, 19-25, 21-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-10
Garden County def. Paxton, 25-5, 25-14, 25-12
Giltner def. Nebraska Lutheran, 25-9, 25-17, 25-12
Grand Island Central Catholic def. Adams Central, 25-16, 26-28, 25-19, 25-14
Hartington-Newcastle def. Osmond, 25-18, 23-25, 20-25, 25-19, 15-7
Hastings def. North Platte, 27-25, 25-20, 26-24
Hastings St. Cecilia def. Sutton, 25-15, 25-13, 25-9
Heartland def. McCool Junction, 25-8, 25-8, 25-0
Hershey def. Southwest, 25-15, 25-23, 25-22
Humphrey St. Francis def. Bloomfield, 28-26, 25-11, 25-10
Johnson County Central def. Southern, 25-13, 28-26, 25-16
Johnson-Brock def. Freeman, 25-13, 25-13, 25-15
Kearney Catholic def. Grand Island Northwest, 18-25, 16-25, 25-20, 25-20, 15-10
Kenesaw def. Hampton, 25-14, 25-15, 25-22
Lawrence-Nelson def. Silver Lake, 25-13, 25-20, 25-8
Lincoln Lutheran def. Crete, 25-19, 25-11, 25-11
Lincoln Pius X def. Norfolk, 25-19, 25-14, 25-16
Lutheran High Northeast def. Pierce, 25-13, 25-17, 25-14
Malcolm def. Yutan, 25-6, 25-20, 25-19
Maywood-Hayes Center def. Wauneta-Palisade, 25-20, 25-17, 25-20
Mead def. Omaha Christian Academy, 25-9, 25-11, 25-6
Millard North def. Omaha Northwest, 25-9, 25-17, 25-16
Minden def. Gothenburg, 25-16, 25-15, 28-26
North Bend Central def. West Point-Beemer, 25-18, 25-17, 25-17
Omaha Gross Catholic def. Omaha Concordia, 25-16, 25-20, 20-25, 20-25, 15-8
Omaha Marian def. Papillion-LaVista South, 25-18, 22-25, 23-25, 25-14, 15-10
Platteview def. Douglas County West, 25-16, 25-11, 25-15
Seward def. Columbus, 25-13, 19-25, 25-16, 25-20
Summerland def. Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family, 3-0
Thayer Central def. Milford, 25-14, 20-25, 25-17, 29-27
Valentine def. Mullen, 25-18, 25-19, 16-25, 22-25, 15-9
Wausa def. Creighton, 25-18, 25-22, 25-23
Guardian Angels def. Arlington, 25-16, 25-16
Oakland-Craig def. Guardian Angels, 25-18, 25-22
Axtell def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-15, 25-17
Southern Valley def. Axtell, 25-19, 25-22
Southern Valley def. Wilcox-Hildreth, 25-14, 25-14
|Blue Hill Triangular|
Blue Hill def. Shelton, 25-8, 25-11
Blue Hill def. Red Cloud, 25-19, 25-7
Shelton def. Red Cloud, 25-22, 25-20
|Broken Bow Triangular|
Broken Bow def. Centura, 25-22, 29-27
Broken Bow def. Gibbon, 25-8, 25-18
Centura def. Gibbon, 25-17, 25-18
|Cedar Bluffs Triangular|
Cedar Bluffs def. Pender, 25-17, 25-19
Howells/Dodge def. Pender, 25-6, 25-19
Howells/Dodge def. Cedar Bluffs, 25-16, 25-17
Conestoga def. Weeping Water, 25-21, 25-18
Raymond Central def. Weeping Water, 25-17, 25-12
Raymond Central def. Conestoga, 25-17, 25-22
Maxwell def. Cozad, 25-19, 22-25, 25-19
Sutherland def. Cozad, 25-9, 25-17
Sutherland def. Maxwell, 22-25, 25-12, 25-19
Shelby/Rising City def. High Plains Community, 28-26, 25-15
Shelby/Rising City def. Dorchester, 25-22, 25-12
|East Butler Triangular|
Aquinas def. East Butler, 25-17, 25-11
Aquinas def. Friend, 25-12, 25-9
East Butler def. Friend, 25-23, 25-15
|Elgin/Elgin Pope John Triangular|
Elgin Public/Pope John def. Riverside, 25-27, 25-15, 25-19
Nebraska Christian def. Riverside, 25-13, 25-13
Nebraska Christian def. Elgin Public/Pope John, 25-22, 25-10
|Elm Creek Triangular|
Elm Creek def. Sumner-Eddyville-Miller, 25-10, 25-17
Elm Creek def. Loomis, 25-22, 19-25, 25-19
Sumner-Eddyville-Miller def. Loomis, 28-26, 21-25, 25-16
Fullerton def. Osceola, 25-11, 25-22
Fullerton def. Elba, 25-8, 25-11
Gering def. Kimball, 25-10, 25-3
Sidney def. Gering, 25-21, 25-11
Sidney def. Kimball, 25-11, 25-11
|Hartington Cedar Catholic Triangular|
O'Neill def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 25-23, 25-17
Wayne def. O'Neill, 25-18, 25-18
Wayne def. Hartington Cedar Catholic, 21-25, 26-24, 25-15
|Hay Springs Triangular|
Leyton def. Hay Springs, 26-24, 25-27, 28-26
Mitchell def. Hay Springs, 25-12, 25-15
|Lourdes Central Catholic Triangular|
Nebraska City Lourdes def. Falls City, 2-0
Syracuse def. Nebraska City Lourdes, 25-11, 23-25, 25-20
Syracuse def. Falls City, 25-7, 25-16
|Nebraska City Triangular|
Nebraska City def. Ralston, 27-29, 25-17, 25-15
Omaha Roncalli def. Nebraska City, 25-12, 14-24, 25-21
Omaha Roncalli def. Ralston, 25-9, 25-16
|Omaha Brownell-Talbot Triangular|
Humboldt/Table Rock-Steinauer def. Omaha Brownell-Talbot, 2-0
Omaha Brownell-Talbot def. Cornerstone Christian, 25-12, 25-16
Amherst def. Hi-Line, 21-25, 25-18, 25-23
Overton def. Hi-Line, 25-21, 25-19
Overton def. Amherst, 25-15, 25-22
Walthill def. Santee, 25-21, 28-26
Winside def. Walthill, 25-7, 25-5
Winside def. Santee, 25-9, 25-13
Battle Creek def. Wisner-Pilger, 25-23, 25-19
Battle Creek def. Crofton, 25-10, 25-13
Wisner-Pilger def. Crofton, 25-21, 25-10
Laurel-Concord/Coleridge def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-21, 15-25, 25-16
Wynot def. Laurel-Concord/Coleridge, 25-13, 25-22
Wynot def. Wakefield-Allen, 25-17, 25-21