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GARDEN CITY, Kan. – For the fourth time in four straight road games The McCook Community College volleyball team had to go to a fifth set, but unlike the previous four games, MCC picked up a win Thursday night snapping a four game losing streak.

 

MCC won 25-19, 17-25, 20-25, 25-16, 15-11.

 

The Lady Indians improve to 15-9 on the year while the Broncbusters fall to 0-24.

 

MCC takes the weekend off them will play its sixth straight road contest Tuesday in Cheyenne, Wyo. against Laramie County Community College.

 

MCC’s will return home Oct. 11 for three straight days taking on Trinidad State at 7 p.m. Oct. 11, Otero Junior College Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. and Lamar Community College Oct. 13 at 3 p.m.





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LA JUNTA, Colo. – For the second week in a row the McCook Community College Indian golf team finished the first day in the lead at the Otero Junior College tournament. MCC leads Eastern Wyoming by four strokes and Otero JC by five.

 

“Here we are again, going into Day 2 with the lead,” MCC Coach Tyler Loop said. “We played very solid golf today on a par 70 course and a warm yet breezy day.”

 

Sophomore Ronnie Quick (London, England) shot the low round and is in first place with his 67. Sophomore Cameron Lampe (Windsor, Colo.), is three shots back with a 70 and is tied for fourth place.

 

Three MCC freshmen had strong rounds Thursday. Chesney Tatman (North Platte) had a 72; KC Carlson (Delta, Colo.) shot a 73 and Gabe Vielma (McCook) a 76.

 

Sophomore Graham Gaspard (Breckenridge, Colo.) and freshman Trevor Oberg (McCook) competed Thursday as individuals. They both shot rounds of 74.

 

The two-day tournament continues Friday.

 

“Let's hope we learned from last week and finish this off,” Loop said.

 

TEAM SCORES

 

McCook CC 282

 

Eastern Wyoming 286

 

Otero JC 287

 

Central Wyoming 294

 

Northeastern JC 300

 

Lamar CC No team score

 

MCC SCORES

 

Cameron Lampe70

 

Ronnie Quick 67

 

Chesney Tatman 72

 

KC Carlson73

 

Gabe Vielma76

 

Graham Gaspard84 *

 

Trevor Oberg85 *

 

*- played as an individuals





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The Nebraska women's basketball team was previewed as the No. 34 team in the College Sports Madness Top 44 Women's Basketball rankings on Thursday, Oct. 4, as the website does its day-by-day reveal of its top teams entering the 2018-19 season.

The Huskers, who are the No. 5 team in the 14-team Big Ten Conference according to College Sports Madness, were credited with producing one of the nation's top turnarounds under Big Ten Coach of the Year Amy Williams in 2017-18, while bringing their top five scorers back from a year ago.

Nebraska tied for third in the final Big Ten standings and advanced to the semifinals of the Big Ten Tournament before earning a trip to the 2018 NCAA Tournament. The Huskers finished with a 21-11 overall record that included an 11-5 mark.

Second-team All-Big Ten point guard Hannah Whitish returns to lead the Big Red on the court after averaging 12.6 points and 4.7 assists per game as a sophomore. Center Kate Cain, who earned Big Ten All-Freshman and Big Ten All-Defensive honors, also returns after shattering Nebraska's single-season block record with 100. She averaged 9.9 points and team bests of 7.0 rebounds and 3.1 blocks as a freshman. Senior Maddie Simon (10.1 ppg, 5.3 rpg) and junior Nicea Eliely (8.2 ppg, 4.0 rpg) also return to Nebraska's starting lineup, while sophomore Taylor Kissinger was one of the Huskers' top players off the bench as a freshman, averaging 10.0 points per game.

Two-year contributor Grace Mitchell is joined by graduate transfer point guard Kristian Hudson to provide the Huskers with more leadership and experience in 2018-19.

The Huskers also will feature a freshman class that was ranked among the top 20 in the nation by ESPN. Leigha Brown (Auburn, Ind.), Sam Haiby (Moorhead, Minn.), Kayla Mershon (Chanhassen, Minn.) and Ashtyn Veerbeek (Sioux Center, Iowa) will try to help the Huskers continue climbing the ladder in both the Big Ten and national rankings this season.

Season tickets for Nebraska women's basketball are on sale right now at Huskers.com. Nebraska fans can get their first look at the 2018-19 Huskers at an open practice that is free to the public at Pinnacle Bank Arena on Tuesday, Oct. 23 at 6 p.m.





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LINCOLN, Neb. - The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team posted a 3 -1 (25-10, 23-25, 25-15, 25-11) win over the Iowa Hawkeyes in front of 8,097 at the Bob Devaney Sports Center on Wednesday night.

Mikaela Foecke had 20 kills and nine digs while hitting .459, Jazz Sweet had 15 kills and Lexi Sun added 13 kills and 13 digs on .385 hitting as the Huskers won their 14th straight match to improve to 14-1 overall and 5-0 in the Big Ten. Iowa dropped to 10-6 overall and 2-3 in the Big Ten.

Nebraska had a .373 to .071 hitting advantage, and freshman setter Nicklin Hames had 47 assists and 11 digs.

Kenzie Maloney had 12 digs as the Huskers posted nine more than the Hawkeyes, 50-41. Nebraska served 11 aces, including three by Sun and Maloney, and two each by Maloney, Hayley Densberger and Lauren Stivrins. Callie Schwarzenbach and Stivrins led the team with five blocks each.

Set 1: The Huskers went up 13-7 after a 4-0 run served by Hames, which included an ace. Six players combined for the Huskers' first nine kills. The lead went to 10 at 18-8 after Sun served an ace and tipped home her fourth kill for a 9-1 Husker run. Densberger served back-to-back aces to end the set at 25-10, giving the Huskers five aces in the set. NU hit a season-best .789 in set one with 15 kills and no errors on 19 attacks.

Set 2: Iowa got off to a quick start in the second set, taking a 5-2 lead. The Huskers trailed 11-6 before Stivrins started a comeback attempt with a solo block and an ace. Sweet and Sun terminated to make it 12-11 Hawkeyes. Sweet recorded two more kills to keep the Huskers within striking distance, and a Foecke blast tied the score at 14-14. Nebraska reclaimed the lead briefly at 16-15 on a tip by Foecke, but Iowa answered with a 4-0 run to go up 19-16. Nebraska trailed 23-20 before a pair of Iowa errors and a Schwarzenbach and Sweet block tied the set at 23-23. A service error by the Huskers gave Iowa set point, and the Hawkeyes won the set 25-23 after a Husker hitting error.

Set 3: Nebraska never trailed in set three, going ahead 15-6 after a 5-0 run sparked by a kill and block by Hames and two blocks by Schwarzenbach. Kills by Sweet and Foecke and a block by Stivrins and Hames made it 21-11 Huskers. Nebraska went on to win 25-15, hitting .333 and holding Iowa to -.026.

Set 4: After Iowa scored the first point, Nebraska reeled off a 7-0 run to take control. Sun served two aces, and Schwarzenbach, Foecke and Sweet all had kills. Iowa pulled within 14-9, but Nebraska went on an 11-2 run to win 25-11 with Foecke contributing two kills and Stivrins posting back-to-back blocks.

Up Next: Nebraska hosts No. 5 Minnesota on Saturday at 7 p.m. The match will be televised on NET and will air on Husker Sports Network radio affiliates, Huskers.com and the Huskers app.





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MHS Boy’s tennis @ KHS JV invite 10-3-18

 
Team Standings
1 Kearney Blue 60 pts
2 Hastings 43
3 Kearney Gold 42
4 North Platte 38
5 Norfolk 32
6 McCook 31
7 Grand Island 28
8 Kearney Catholic 27
9 Holdrege 23
10 Lexington 6
 
#1 Singles-Brandan Eckhardt, 2-3, 6 th Place
Def Z. Florea, North Platte 8-2
Lost to A. Kusek, Hastings 8-1
Def A. Lopez, Lexington 8-1
Lost to K. Obasi, Kearney 8-1
Lost to B. Prettunta, Kearney Catholic 8-2
 
#2 Singles-Jadon Karp, 1-4, 8 th Place
Lost to B. Little, North Platte 6-3
Lost to E. Borden, Holdrege 6-0
Def E. Pineda, Lexington 9-8 (7-5)
Lost to C. Getz, Kearney Gold 8-1
Lost to W. Kohles, Grand Island 8-2
 
#1 Doubles-Joel Gray/Nick Wolvin, 4-1, 3 rd Place
Def C. Sharp/M. Eschenbrenner, Kearney Catholic 8-0
Def T. Amos/L. Bowen, Lexington 8-0
Def B. Crocker/A. Vu, Kearney Golds
Lost to A. Klemme/K. Menagh, Grand Island 9-7
Def C. Zurn/C. Lee, North Platte 8-2
 
#2 Doubles-Paul Stoney/Davin Brunswick, 3-2, 5 th Place
Def A. Aldama/M. Hein, Holdrege 8-1
Lost to J. Thompson/E. Osborn, Kearney 9-7
Lost to S. Aubeelauak/J. Bokenkamp, Kearney Gold 8-6
Def G. Kohler/E. Vanmany, Grand Island 8-0
Def C. Martin/K. Schrock, Kearney Catholic 8-3
 
Next action: Friday at North Platte 3:30, final regular season matches





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Lincoln – Husker fans can get their first look at the 2018-19 Nebraska men’s basketball team on Wednesday, Oct. 24, as the Huskers will host an open practice and scrimmage at Pinnacle Bank Arena.

The 2018-19 Husker Hoops Preview begins at 5 p.m., as the doors will open for the start of the live practice for the Huskers. The Huskers will practice until 6:30 p.m., including a short scrimmage for approximately 15 minutes, before Head Coach Tim Miles will take the microphone to talk about the upcoming season.

The free event will conclude with an autograph session with the Husker players in the south main lobby, and season posters and schedule cards will be available for fans. The first 1,000 fans will also receive a free t-shirt.

The Oct. 24 event will be fans’ first opportunity to see the 2018-19 Huskers in action. Nebraska returns nine letterwinners from last season, including first-team All-Big Ten performer James Palmer Jr. (17.2 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 3.0 apg), as well as All-Big Ten selection Isaac Copeland Jr. (12.9 ppg, 6.1 rpg, 1.0 bpg). NU brings back three starters from a team that went 22-11 last season, including senior point guard Glynn Watson Jr. (10.5 ppg, 3.2 apg, 1.4 spg), while junior forward Isaiah Roby started 13 games last season, and led the Huskers in both rebounding (6.3 rpg) and blocked shots (2.0 bpg).

The Husker Hoops preview will be the first opportunity to see Nebraska’s five newcomers in action, including Robert Morris transfer Dachon Burke, who earned second-team All-NEC honors last year after averaging 17.6 points, 5.8 rebounds and 2.1 steals per game. Other newcomers include guards Amir Harris and Karrington Davis and forwards Dedoch Chan and Brady Heiman.

Free parking is available in the festival lot behind Pinnacle Bank Arena or fans can pay in the three parking garages on Pinnacle Arena Drive (Red 1, Green 2, Blue 3). Fans are encouraged to enter in the south main lobby entrance at Pinnacle Bank Arena and concessions will be available for purchase. The north concourse entrance will not be open for this event.

Fans are encouraged to follow the clear bag policy at Pinnacle Bank Arena. To review this policy, please visit huskers.com/gameday.

The Huskers open the 2018-19 season with an exhibition game against Wayne State on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. while the season opener is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6, against Mississippi Valley State at 7 p.m.

Husker Hoops PreviewDate: Wednesday, Oct. 24
Time: Doors open at 5 p.m.
Practice and Scrimmage: 5-6:30 p.m.; Autographs 6:45-7:30 p.m.
Location: Pinnacle Bank Arena
Entrance: South Main Lobby
Event Cost: Free
Parking: Free Parking: PBA Festival Lot
Pay Parking: Red 1, Green 2, Blue 3 garages off Pinnacle Arena Drive





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

 

Following practice, Offensive Coordinator Troy Walters met with the media and talked about how the offense will look to build off its second-half performance against Purdue.

 

“That’s what we want to do,” Walters said. “We want to be the type of offense that puts stress on the defense. We play fast, we take shots, we’re in and out of formations and personnel groupings where we keep them off balance. We showed the offense that when we do things the right way, everybody's on the same page, and we’re fundamentally sound and disciplined, these are the results. We can go down and score on anybody.”

 

Walters talked about how important perimeter blocking is to the offense.

 

“It’s a huge part of our offense,” he said. “Most of the run game, we have perimeter passes off of it, and so if you can’t hold up on the perimeter, you’re probably not going to play as much as you’d like to. We have this saying ‘no block, no rock,’ and the guys have to understand that we’re a team, and as the receivers, we’ve got to be able to block the perimeter. We have to protect our brothers who catch the perimeter screen and we’ve got to block for the running backs. Big plays are created because receivers are getting after it downfield.”

 

Walters also touched on the challenges his unit will face against the Wisconsin defense.

 

“They’re a reflection of their defensive coordinator (Jim Leonhard),” Walters said. “We were both actually up for the Broyles Award, so we hung out at that award ceremony, and he played 10-12 years in the league. As a player, he was undersized and played with passion and enthusiasm. That’s what they do.

 

“They’re fundamentally sound, they’re not going to beat themselves. They’re tough, and they really reflect their entire coaching staff. So we’ve got our work cut out. We know where they’re going to line up. It’s just a matter of us executing, doing our jobs and not making the dumb mistakes and having the penalties and turnovers. If we do that, then we give ourselves a chance to win.”

 

Walters also spoke about the sense of urgency senior receiver Stanley Morgan Jr. has played with.

 

“He’s done a great job,” Walters said. “He’s everything that you want in a senior and a player that’s played up to the standards we expected of him. He’s passionate, he loves Nebraska, he loves his teammates and he wants to win. So every time we come into that locker room after a loss, it hurts him. You can see it in his eyes and in his words, but he’s stuck with us. He’s not going to quit, he’s not going to throw in the towel. He’s been a great role model for the younger guys, and he’s just done an excellent job.”

 

The Huskers will be back on the practice field on Thursday morning. Nebraska faces off against Wisconsin this Saturday, Oct. 6 at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison, Wis. at 6:30 p.m. (CT). The game will be televised on BTN.





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STERLING, Colo. - The McCook Community College volleyball team dropped a five-set decision at Northeastern Junior College Tuesday, 23-25, 25-19, 25-23, 16-25, 8-16.

MCC falls to 14-9 on the year and 0-6 in the south division of the Region IX conference.

Freshman Faith Simpson (Wauneta-Palisade) led MCC with 15 kills. Sophomore Ryan Maddera (Colorado Springs) had 13 and sophomore Haley Jacobsen (Littleton, Colo.) had seven kills.

The Lady Indians to travel to Garden City, Kan., on Thursday. MCC beat Garden City CC on Sept. 11 in a three-set home sweep.

Next week, MCC wraps up its six-game road streak in Cheyenne, Wyo. Oct. 9 to take on Laramie County Community College.

MCC’s next home match is Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. against Trinidad State.





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Alliance 0 McCook 4

Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer def B. Darveau 6-0, 6-0
2 Syd Wier def K. Sanders 6-4, 6-2
 
Varsity Doubles
1 Caden Bortner/Mason Michaelis def C. Crowe/D. Garcia 6-1, 6-0
2 Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze def Z. Placek/H. Hill 6-1, 6-0
Alliance Junior Varsity 1 McCook Junior Varsity 6
 
JV Singles
Joel Gray lost to K. Sanders 6-4
Nick Wolvin def B. Darveau 6-3
Brandan Eckhardt def B. Richie 6-3
Paul Stoney def B. Darveau 6-4
 
JV Doubles
Joel Gray/Nick Wolvin def C. Crowe/D. Garcia 6-3
Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze def C. Crowe/D. Garcia 6-1
Brandan Eckhardt/Paul Stoney def Z. Placek/H. Hill 7-6 (7-4)
Scottsbluff 0 McCook 4
 
Varsity Singles
1 Zion Moyer def D. Mohr 6-0, 6-2
2 Syd Wier def P. Robbins 6-1, 6-2
 
Varsity Doubles
1 Caden Bortner/Mason Michaelis def L. Frank/R. Little 6-0, 6-1
2 Logan Barenberg/Isaac Hinze def E. Ramirez/A. Schaff 6-3, 6-2
Scottsbluff Junior Varsity 0 McCook Junior Varsity 7
 
JV Singles
Joel Gray def E. Gion 6-0
Nick Wolvin def J. Escamilla 6-1
Brandan Eckhardt def A. Wicker 6-1
Paul Stoney def A. Hafner 6-1
Isaac Hinze def J. Kahl 6-1
 
JV Doubles
Joel Gray/Nick Wolvin def E. Gion/A. Wicker 6-0
Brandan Eckhardt/Paul Stoney def J. Escamilla/A. Hafner 6-0
The team continued to dominate play sweeping Alliance and Scottsbluff 4-0. State format was played
with the varsity to better prepare ourselves for state next week. With the wins the team improves to 8-
2 in duel play this season, with one last road duel Thursday at North Platte to conclude the regular
season.
 
Next action: Wednesday Junior Varsity @ Kearney JV invite 9:00
Thursday Varsity/Junior Varsity @ North Platte 3:30





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• The No. 3 Nebraska volleyball team returns home for two matches this week after a successful weekend road trip to Illinois last weekend. The Huskers will meet Iowa on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Bob Devaney Sports Center to begin a stretch of three straight home matches. The match will be televised on BTN and streamed online at BTN2GO.com. 
• The Huskers and Hawkeyes will also 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 at Huskers.com 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 13-1 overall and 4-0 in the Big Ten. The Huskers have won 13 straight matches since a season-opening loss to Florida. Dating back to last season, Nebraska has won 32 of its last 33 matches. 
• Nebraska has won 17 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 has 22 straight Big 12 wins). 
• The Huskers swept Northwestern last Friday before knocking off previously unbeaten No. 7 Illinois, 3-1, on Saturday. The Huskers are tied with Minnesota, whom they will play on Saturday night, with perfect 4-0 Big Ten records.
• Nebraska leads the nation in opponent hitting percentage at .112. The next closest team is Florida Gulf Coast at .127. 
• Nebraska’s 2.87 blocks per set ranks 10th nationally. 
• Nebraska ranks second in the Big Ten and eighth nationally with 1.86 aces per set.
• Senior captain Mikaela Foecke, who has twice been named Big Ten Player of the Week this season, leads the Huskers with 3.58 kills per set and adds 2.46 digs per set and 24 service aces this season. The AVCA second-team All-American is hitting a career-best .328 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 3.86 digs per set to lead the Husker defense. 
• Freshman middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach ranks first in the Big Ten and second in the nation with 1.66 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 3.09 kills per set and 2.27 digs per set. 
• Freshman setter Nicklin Hames has eight double-doubles through 14 matches and is averaging 9.94 assists and 2.94 digs per set. 
• Sophomore opposite hitter Jazz Sweet is second on the team in total kills and is producing 2.64 kills per set on .293 hitting. 
• Sophomore middle blocker Lauren Stivrins is averaging 2.14 kills on a team-best .398 hitting percentage to go with 1.06 blocks per set. Stivrins was named the Big Ten Co-Player of the Week on Monday after becoming the third Husker in program history to achieve a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills. She had 10 kills on 10 swings at Northwestern.

Coaches
• John Cook, Nebraska: 19th year at Nebraska (544-70); 26th year overall (705-143)
• Bond Shymansky, Iowa: 5th year at Iowa (73-71); 17th year overall (363-180)

Series History
• Nebraska is 27-0 all-time against Iowa and won both matches last year by sweep. The Huskers have won 18 straight matches by sweep against the Hawkeyes.

Scouting Iowa
• Iowa enters Wednesday’s match at 10-5 overall and 2-2 in Big Ten play. The Hawkeyes are coming off a 3-2 win at Northwestern on Sunday. Iowa has also beaten Michigan State (3-0) while suffering losses to Michigan (1-3) and Illinois (0-3). Four of Iowa’s five losses this season have come against ranked opponents.
• Taylor Louis leads the Hawkeyes with 4.13 kills per set on .281 hitting. Louis was a preseason All-Big Ten selection. Cali Hoye adds 3.61 kills per set and is second on the team with 11 aces. 
• Sophomore setter Brie Orr is averaging 10.26 assists per set. Libero Molly Kelly ranks second in the Big Ten with 5.12 digs per set and leads the Hawkeyes with 15 aces. 
• Iowa is hitting .242 on the season and allowing opponents to hit .186. 
• The Hawkeyes rank third in the Big Ten in digs at 1.58 per set.

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 1,349, which also ranks fourth in the rally scoring era (2001 to present). Her 113 career aces are 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 PrepVolleyball.com 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 3.86 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 1,063 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 2.14 kills per set on a team-best .398 hitting percentage to go with 1.06 blocks per set. She added serving to her repertoire this season and is third on the team with 14 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.
• Stivrins picked up her first-career Big Ten Player of the Week honor after becoming the third Husker in school history to post a 1.000 hitting percentage with at least 10 kills when she went 10-for-10 in a sweep of Northwestern on Sept. 28. 
• 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 2.64 and is hitting .293. Sweet also has 46 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 PrepVolleyball.com 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 3.09 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 eight double-doubles. The Knoxville, Tennessee native is averaging 9.94 assists and 2.94 digs per set. Her 21 service aces are second-most on the team.
• Middle blocker Callie Schwarzenbach has started every match and leads the team in blocks with 1.66 per set. Schwarzenbach ranks first in the Big Ten and second nationally in blocking.
• Defensive specialist Megan Miller has played in 11 matches and is providing 1.30 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 477 times, which is also the most in NCAA history.
• Nebraska has appeared in all 532 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 705 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 (544-70). 
• 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.

Foecke Named Senior CLASS Award Candidate
• Thirty NCAA women’s volleyball student-athletes, including Nebraska outside hitter Mikaela Foecke, were selected on Oct. 1 as candidates for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate volleyball. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. 
• An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. 
• A native of West Point, Iowa, Foecke carries a 3.649 GPA majoring in animal science and is a two-time NCAA Championship most outstanding player, making her one of only four volleyball players in NCAA history to accomplish that feat. Foecke was an AVCA second-team All-American in 2017 after leading the Huskers to their second NCAA Championship in three years. Foecke has excelled both on and off the court in her four years at Nebraska, as she is a three-time academic All-Big Ten selection and has received Nebraska’s high honors (silver) academic medallion twice.





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